Saint Kitts and Nevis Country Report
Strikes have not been a major operational constraint over the past decade. The administration of Prime Minister Timothy Harris has sought to prioritise infrastructure spending, especially within the tourism sector, to promote economic growth. However, certain operational risks persist, including a fairly low-skilled workforce, and the islands’ susceptibility to hurricanes and other natural disasters. The country received foreign aid to help with recovery efforts following the damages caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, which cost the country at least USD150 million.
There is no history of terrorist attacks or groups on the islands, and the risk of future terrorist incidents is low. There has been no evidence to suggest that any terrorist group has the intention of conducting attacks on the islands.
The main threat for investors on the islands is petty crime, particularly street-level theft, although this is of a low level when compared with other Caribbean states. Reported criminal incidents, however, decreased by 48% during the first two months of 2019, compared with the same period of 2018. Violent crime tends to be linked to drug trafficking and criminal gangs and is not usually specifically directed at foreign nationals or businesspeople.
St Kitts and Nevis has friendly relations with most of its neighbours. Its coast guard capabilities are limited to counter-narcotics operations. The country is highly unlikely to go to war with other nations. The country, together with other Caribbean nations, disputes Venezuela’s claim over Aves Island (Bird Rock).