Nevis Premier Parry and US Ambassador Ourisman
May 22, 2008
A landmark autonomous investment agency was launched on Nevis on May 21, 2008, at a ceremony at the Old Manor Hotel in Gingerland. The Nevis Investment Promotion Agency (NIPA) evolved from the Marketing and Development Department in the Ministry of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
The Agency, which was launched by Premier of Nevis and Minister of Finance in the NIA Hon. Joseph Parry, has responsibility for investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare services. It would also advocate policy changes to enhance the investment climate on Nevis.
During his feature address, Premier Parry underscored the importance of the new agency and said that the NIA had demonstrated its confidence in the private sector, through its support for the agency which was private sector driven.
“We have subsumed the Marketing Division of the Financial Services Division into this organisation (NIPA). We believe it will strengthen its capacity to function and perform. This is a new venture for Nevis but new in the Caribbean. We look forward to positive results,” he said.
Mr. Parry described NIPA as a one stop facilitator to promote the island, to give after care and support for future expansion and to lobby government to continually make Nevis more user friendly.
“We believe that this NIPA shall achieve these objectives. We believe that in the next few years the Federation and Nevis in particular will no longer be regarded as a difficult place to do business,” he said.
The Premier said it was the intention of the Administration to equal or surpass any other jurisdiction in the world in due diligence regulations, supervision of regulations and the highest standards of conduct even as the island maintained its existing excellent record for good service.
He said too that the NIA anticipated every help and cooperation from the United States of America as it endeavoured to build an industry in Nevis’ efforts to be self reliant.
“This is very American and we anticipate your support, advice and even direction as we work as partners of however unequal,” he said.
Meantime, Junior Minister with responsibility for Trade and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Import and Export in the NIA Hon. Dwight Cozier, said the creation of NIPA by the Nevis Reformation-led NIA was in response to the interest shown by both local and foreign investors who were eager to place their confidence in a small but stable and growing economy.
“The broad purpose of NIPA therefore, is to create a healthy business climate in Nevis that will encourage increased investment even while the agency guarantees to protect investors by helping them to understand the relevant laws and policies designed to sustain their interests in investment on Nevis
Hence, the aim of the agency is to both maximise the economic development of Nevis while maintaining high performance standards in the business community,” he said.
During the ceremony which was attended by Deputy Governor General Mr. Eustace John, Premier Parry and United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Her Excellency Mrs. Mary Ourisman unveiled a plaque which was inscribed “This plaque commemorates the official launch of NIPA by Premier Hon. Joseph Parry 21st May 2008″.
Other remarks were given by Mr. Starret Greene Organization of American States representative, St. Kitts/Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Nevis Division) representative Mr. Chris Martin and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Mr. Laurie Laurence.
An investor testimonial was given by General Manager of the West Indies Power Limited Mr. Rawlinson Isaac while Director of the Nevis Financial services Ms. Bernadette Lawrence gave the Vote of Thanks.
The national anthem was rendered by Ms. Datricia Morton, a prayer by Pastor James Douglas, a musical interlude by Mr. Junior Parris and a poem by Mrs. Patricia Hanley.