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Posted: Monday 20 April, 2009 at 3:44 PM

National Consultation to discuss poverty assessment studies on Friday

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By: Erasmus Williams, CUOPM

    BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 20TH 2009 (CUOPM) – The findings of the recent Poverty Assessment Studies on St. Kitts and on Nevis will be presented at a National Consultation on Friday.
    As promised by Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, the social and economic partners will get an opportunity to receive updated information on poverty on both islands.
    The Consultation will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
    Ahead of the national consultation, two in-country reviews will be held in Nevis this evening (Monday) and two on St. Kitts – at St. Paul’s and Cayon tomorrow Tuesday.  A media sensitization workshop for media practitioners will be held on Wednesday in the Ministry of Finance Conference Room.
    During the National Consultation, brief remarks will come from Prime Minister Douglas and Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry and a representative from the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
    The regional independent review of the reports will be presented by Mr. Collin Williams. The review on behalf of St. Kitts will be presented by Mr. Elvis Newton and that for Nevis by Ms. Annette Manners.
    “In addition to discussing the findings of the studies, stakeholders will be invited to identify areas of special concern that emerge from the report and explore strategies and make recommendations on the way forward,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Mrs. Hilary Hazel.
    The St. Kitts Report shows a drop in household poverty, a significant decrease in indigents and an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent.
    The research for the CPA was conducted in 2007/2008 and statistics reveal that the poverty rate for individuals stood at 23.7 percent as opposed to 30.5 percent when a similar exercise was conducted in 2000.
    The rate of indigence among individuals dropped from 11 percent in 2000 to 1.4 percent in 2007/2008.


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