Dr. Kevin Isaac and Edward Turay, said “the agreement conforms with the Unity Government’s strategy and ongoing commitment and efforts to deepen relations and foster relationships and engagements with countries across Africa.”
St. Kitts and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is a two-island country in the West Indies, the smallest sovereign state in the Americas and Western Hemisphere, in both area and population.
In the last eighteen months, Government has been studying how best to exploit the obvious synergies that come from bilateral and multilateral engagements with African countries as well as to exchange best practices.
Sierra Leone is a member of ECOWAS (the Economic Community of West African States) which consists of fifteen member countries, including such countries as Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal, which are in the Western African region. These countries have both cultural and geopolitical ties and shared common economic interest.
The Sierra Leone High Commissioner expressed satisfaction that both countries have embarked on this new path in their cooperation which has long benefitted from engagement in the context of the Commonwealth. His Excellency Turay welcomed the opportunities embedded in free mobility of citizens and underlined his desire to enhance people to people contact between both countries and regions through tourism and business.
For his part, Dr. Isaac underlined the importance of convergence between St. Kitts and Nevis and countries in Africa and championed the visa free access as a bridge across the Atlantic. High Commissioner Isaac emphasized that the historical links between both the Caribbean and Africa should facilitate deepened relations – a position and project that holds resonance with Foreign Minister, Hon. Mark Brantley’s vision of an expanded diplomatic footprint.
Both envoys offered greetings on behalf of their respective governments and extended invitations at the Ministerial level to take forward the renewed partnership.