The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew has taken measures in order to reduce the cost of living for the people of the twin-Island Federation during the post-COVID environment with the growing inflation. The announcement about the following was made by Prime Minister, Dr Terrance Drew himself during the monthly press conference taken place on Wednesday.
During the address, Prime Minister Dr Drew held talks on several ongoing issues of concerns, including emphasizing on the upcoming policies that his administration are planning to proceed with. PM Drew mentioned that, “I want to emphasize the unwavering commitment of my St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration to lowering the cost of living for all our citizens in this post-Covid environment with inflation, we see fuel prices and transport costs rising. We are taking it very seriously and doing what we have to do to lower the cost of living for you our beloved citizens. We have taken significant measures to ease the burden and make a positive impact on your daily lives.”
He further mentioned about the measures taken by PM Drew-led administration to alleviate the financial strain faced by families across St Kitts and Nevis. PM Drew emphasized on the recent initiative of granting concessions on school supplies, and it is extended up to September 30, 2023. As the new term is likely to begin from September. Noting to which, PM Drew ensured that families are in the best position to get what is needed for their children to go to school, which assures that children across nation are having the resourced that they need to thrive academically, and this will automatically bring a positive impact.
Considering this, PM Drew added that, “And as we put that policy, we are looking at even more ways in which we can work on it and make sure it continues to benefit our people even more. So, the feedback from our people, that feedback is critically important.”
At the same time, PM Drew also held talks on the decisions that his administration has made in order to address the rising cost of food, recognizing the impacts that it has put on the households. Noting to this, PM Drew added that, “Shipping charges for food containers have been capped at pre-COVID rates, stabilizing prices and providing much-needed relief for our people. In addition, we continue to monitor to see how the food prices will move and to be ready to make any other adjustments that are necessary to make sure our people get the best price that we can have.”