BASSETERRE: The new Consulate of St. Kitts and Nevis in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is providing services to nationals and citizens of the twin-island federation.
“What we are doing today is having the reception ceremony to mark this special occasion,” said St. Kitts & Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas during a reception he hosted while on a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last weekend.
Dr. Douglas stated that the Consulate is important in laying the foundation for a partnership that will bring significant development to the people in general and St. Kitts & Nevis in particular.
He thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the United Arab Emirates for the assistance in ensuring a St. Kitts and Nevis presence in Dubai.
“I want to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for working very closely with us, to have realized our particular dream and our objectives to be present here to represent our nationals and citizens,” said Douglas. “I also want to thank my own Cabinet colleagues for the bold decision that it took several years ago, firstly to establish the relationship and then the decision to have this Consulate.”
Douglas recognized the service providers who are in St. Kitts & Nevis “because without them the collaboration with the service providers here could not have taken place”.
“This collaborative effort has really driven the investment in our country and to a large extent, is responsible for the improvement in the quality of life of our people,” said Douglas. “We are here at the Consulate General to serve our nationals and citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis who are not only here in the UAE, but who are situated globally and who would have access to this office, whether they are here or abroad and also to facilitate the visitors who may wish to come into our country in the future. Our intention is to help to promote our country, to be better able to serve you, our nationals, who are working or residing here as well as our citizens who are here and who may be globally located.”
Douglas said Consul General, Alex Woodley, is amply qualified for the position. She worked in the foreign ministry for several years as Deputy Consul General in the country’s New York Mission.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Elvis Newton, said that the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis took the decision in 2008 to establish a presence in the United Arab Emirates because of the need to expand its traditional relationships beyond the United States of America, the United Kingdom, other countries in Europe and elsewhere which share traditional relationships.