The Division of International Trade’s responsibilities are to strengthen cooperation with the global community, promote the country’s contribution to multilateral trade organizations and, provide opportunities for economic investments by developing a range of programmes aimed at promoting fair and accessible trade. Success of the Ministry is based on the policy making initiatives and their implementation in accordance with the strategic political, social and economic interests of St. Kitts and Nevis.
To strengthen cooperation with the global community, promote the country’s contribution to multilateral trade organizations, and provide opportunities for economic investments by developing a range of programmes aimed at promoting fair and accessible trade. This involves creating an environment that facilitates the expansion of the manufacturing and services sectors by increasing the level of exports and thus, raising the profile in international trade.
- Ensuring the smooth implementation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Economic Union, CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)
- CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and other trade agreements
- Coordinating trade policy discussions responsible for matters relating to anti-dumping, subsidies, and competition policies
- Managing all WTO, international, and regional trade issues
- Enhancing competitiveness and attracting foreign direct investment, particularly in tourism and manufacturing
- The continued monitoring, evaluation and implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
- The continued evaluation and implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement, Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) Agreement, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measure (SPS) Agreement and the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the progressive development of the National TFA Committee.
- Encourage line Ministries to assume their role in the implementation of trade policies, and the drafting of new legislations (with the supporting regulations) for passing in parliament
- To conduct regular and strategic engagements with Civil Society, the Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).