by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Most of the workers in the Manufacturing Sector are now back on their jobs and the sector is showing signs of recovery, said the Prime Minister of St.Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris.
During his Press Conference on Thursday, February 9, 2022, Dr. Harris gave credit to the people working in the Manufacturing Sector, as they ensure that St.Kitts- Nevis stands competitive on the global market.
Harris stated, ” It is to the credit of the high performance of our workers in our export manufacturing enclave and the other sectors of the manufacturing plant, that in spite of great competition globally and in particular from China, that we continue to lead the OECS in the export of merchandise to the USA. Of Course, our merchandise not only goes to the USA, but they go to Europe.”
In addition, Harris stated, “That speaks to the quality of work that is being done in our industrial estates at the Industrial Site in Basseterre and of course in Sandy Point. Let us not take the contributions and the skills and the performance of our workers in these factories for granted.”
The Prime Minister said factories such as API Harowe Server St.Kitts Limited, Kajola Kristada Limited and Jaro Electronics Limited continue to penetrate external markets with their quality electronic products. He also mentioned that Carib Brewery, a dominant manufacturing company in St.Kitts, delivers consistent output and is making progress with significant renovations and expansions at its plant.
According to Dr. Harris, the broad Manufacturing Sector has provided over 1,300 jobs in the Federation with just under 100 additional persons employed in the sector in 2021. To be exact, 1,316 persons are employed in the sector, with an expected increase in 2022.
Prime Minister Harris said, “this is good news and it is a positive sign that our manufacturing sector is surely getting back on track, slowly but surely.”