September 28, 2007
Premier of Nevis Hon Joseph Parry and Mrs. Parry joined His Excellency Mr. Avinash C. Gupta, High Commissioner of India for lunch at the Mount Nevis Hotel on Thursday September 27, 2007. The Indian official accompanied by his wife, visited Nevis to bid farewell to the government and people of Nevis, one month before the end of his three-year tour of duty in the Caribbean.
Premier Parry presented Mr. Gupta with a gift on behalf of the people of Nevis, in appreciation of his services on behalf of the government and people of India. He said the Indian government had close ties with Nevis because of their colonial links even as India had grown into a powerful nation of the world particularly in the field of technology and industry.
The Premier further stated that Nevis had associations with many Indians a number of whom have indicated their interest in conducting business on Nevis.“We have had associations with a number of Indians we have Mr. Joshie here who has been with us for a number of years and he has been involved in a lot of the infrastructural work. We have also been making more and more contacts with Indian business persons.
“There is one person who wants to start a broadband telecommunications making Nevis its headquarters so we are looking forward to that and we also have another group which has interest in internet technology and doing some teaching here in the Caribbean area. More and more persons are showing interest in working in the Caribbean and we have those who are showing interest in working in Nevis,” he said.
In response, the High Commissioner who will leave the Caribbean on November 01, 2007, for New Deli, India, thanked Mr. Parry and noted that he had enjoyed the hospitality and warmth of the people of the Caribbean in particular Nevis and would return home with warm memories of the Region.
He said he would assist however possible with any future assistance his government would give to Nevis.
“We [Indian Government] will all look forward for any type of association since you are aware that my government believes in south, south cooperation. Whatever we have achieved over the last 60 years, we would like to share with friendly countries and friendly people of the region in particular Nevis. So that has been my endeavour, that has been my focus and we have widened the coverage of money and technical skills to St. Kitts and Nevis and it will be my endeavour to further expand those,” he said.
Mr. Gupta left Nevis to return to his base in Guyana on Friday.