St. Kitts – Nevis In Top 12 Countries At Political Risk

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St. Kitts – Nevis Seen As Bad Political Risk

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
People’s Action Movement
January 24, 2011

While the world economy is broadly on the road to recovery, the level of political risk has risen in more countries than it has declined, according to Aon’s 18th annual Political Risk Map.

The level of Poltitical Risk in St.Kitts- Nevis has risen and has moved the country into the top 12 in the world in terms of highest political risk according to AON Risk Solutions 2011 map. The rise in Political Risk according to the AON Risk map is  due  mainly to an increase in public debt non-payment risk, according to the  global firm’s ranking.

Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AON), measures the political risk of 211 countries and territories based on the level of risks such as currency inconvertibility and exchange transfer; strikes, riots and civil commotion; war; civil war; sovereign non-payment; political interference; supply chain disruption and legal and regulatory risk.

St.Kitts – Nevis Opposition Party People’s Action Movement Deputy Political Leader the Hon. Eugene Hamilton lamented the ranking as he suggested that it can negatively impact foreign investment .”

“This world ranking by AON Risk Solutions in my view is a further indictment  of the present Labour Administration and their mismanagement of our social and economic affairs,” said MP Hamilton. The AON listing takes into account things like soverign non-payment and  political interference and they are of the opinion that based on their information that St.Kitts-Nevis should be placed as a high Political risk area  which is a major influencer on international business transactions and investment. This ranking is basically suggesting that businesses looking to invest or do business in St.Kitts – Nevis should be very cautious. This is not good for the development of our federation and as I mentioned before it is a further indictment on this labour government and their mismanagement of our economy,”  Hamilton continued

The federation is among 12 others, mainly from the Caribbean, to be downgraded on the Aon Risk Solutions 2011 map.

The others are: Algeria, Benin, Comoros, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Antilles, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad, Myanmar, Iceland and Bahrain.

The listing ranks countries on a six-point scale according to factors including strikes, riots and civil commotion, war, sovereign non-payment, political interference, currency inconvertibility, supply chain disruption, and legal and regulatory risk.

A downgrade indicates that the severity of the risk has heightened, while an upgrade indicates that the risk is less severe.  The countries which were upgraded are: Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Panama, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India.

The firm’s associate director, Beverley Marsden, has said she expects political risk to continue to be a major influencer for businesses transacting in emerging markets in 2011.

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