Member of Estonian Parliament Mart Nutt finished his tour of the Eastern Caribbean region with a visit on 15 April to Saint Kitts and Nevis. Mr Nutt met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation Mark Brantley, and Director of the Department of Technology Amicia Mussenden.
At the meeting with Foreign Minister, Estonian delegation introduced its key messages concerning the United Nations Security Council campaign and discussed the perspectives of bilateral and regional cooperation. Estonia and Saint Kitts and Nevis have successfully supported each other’s’ candidatures and Estonia hopes for the support of Saint Kitts and Nevis also for its Security Council candidature.
For Saint Kitts and Nevis the greatest security threat are the risks related to climate change and the impact of natural disasters on resilience of the society. The 2017 hurricanes did not significantly affect Saint Kitts and Nevis, however, the extent of damages to its neighbouring islands – Dominica and the Virgin Islands – vividly demonstrates how complicated is the recovery for a small state and how it demands large-scale effort from entire society.
Small states all over the world are in a paradoxical situation where they are suffering the most and disproportionally from the consequences of climate change, while not being its major cause. Foreign Minister Brantley was interested in developing bilateral cooperation with Estonia in the area of e government, as well as proceed with exchanges related to theatre production, which was a pleasant surprise.
At the end of the official visit, the Estonian delegation also called on the National ICT Centre of St Kitts and Nevis, where they introduced Estonia’s experience in e government and digital services. The ICT Centre is focused on the development of public digital services and securing their broadest possible delivery system. Great attention is paid to the establishment of digital services system, which is resilient to natural disasters. Additionally, St. Kitts and Nevis is looking for regional cooperation opportunities as well as opportunities to learn from other countries’ experience.
The visit to Saint Kitts and Nevis draw to a close the two-week tour of MP Mart Nutt to the Eastern Caribbean countries. The other countries visited included Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica, where Mr Nutt met with several Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and senior officials.