(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS–FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010) A look at 40 years of entrepreneurship in Nevis was the main topic discussed on the popular radio program “In Touch with the Premier” this week.
The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry gave a brief history lesson of prominent business persons in Nevis which included Mr. Samuel Hunkins, Mr. Almon Nisbet, Mr. Wentworth Nicholls, Mr. Edmund Slack, Mr. Joseph Chapman, Mr. William Dasent, Mr. Arthur Evelyn, Mr. Brand, John E. Howell and Mr. Edmund Williams.
Among other investments the Premier pointed to were the Farmers Corporation Cades Bay, The Fisherman’s Corporation and the Nevis Credit Union.
“All of these investments brought a financial unity and independence to Nevis that assisted many on the island,” said the Premier.
It was also noted that a new brand of investors emerged under the leadership of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) in government during the 80’s, namely the Herbert’s of VON Radio, Mr. Percy Williams, Mr. Ward, Mr. Analdo Chiverton, Mr. Lescott, Wedge, the Bank of Nevis , Oualie Beach Resort and a host of others who were encouraged by the then Nevis Island Administration.
While he discussed new strategic investment since 2008 under his present Administration, Premier Parry noted the contribution of the Seabridge ferry service, which made travel between St. Kitts and Nevis easier through the transportation of vehicles between both islands.
“Some persons of the second generation have had a negative attitude to trade and business. We must also consider that the education system has mainly dealt with pure academic aspects of schooling. In addition to Immigration, which has also played a most pivotal role in the lack of continuation of business by the next generation,” he said.
“I am eager to promote a culture of Nevisian business enterprise and define the government’s role towards making Nevisians economically independent,” he said.