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2 Bills and 1 Resolution Passed in 1st Business Session

Monday, August 17, 2020

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HIGHLIGHTS

The first business session of the Parliament of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis was held on Thursday 13th August 2020.
The Anti-Proliferation Bill and The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill were passed into law during the sitting.
The National Assembly passed a Resolution to permit the Minister of Finance to borrow $300 million for the purpose of meeting current requirements.
The Attorney General made reference to the horrors associated with the deployment of atomic bombs during World War Two.
The AG highlighted the relationship with St. Kitts and Nevis in keeping with membership in the Caribbean Financial Action task Force and the Financial Action Task Force.

2 Bills and 1 Resolution Passed

The first business session of the Parliament of the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis was held on Thursday 13th August 2020. This sitting took place in the renovated Parliament Chamber at Government Headquarters five weeks after the Throne Speech sitting which had been convened on Wednesday 8th July 2020 at the specially configured Marriott Ballroom in Frigate Bay.

The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill and The Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill were passed into law having had all three readings during the sitting. Meanwhile the National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Electronic Communications Bill were given their first reading.

The National Assembly also passed a Resolution authorizing the Minister of Finance to borrow,by means of advances in the form of Treasury Bills, sums not exceeding $300 million for the purpose of meeting current requirements.

Attorney General Hon Vincent Byron was the seconder of the Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill and made a presentation in support of its passage. He also made a presentation in support of the Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill.

The Anti-Proliferation (Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction) Bill is intended to advance the prevention and suppression of the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It addresses the international obligations of St. Kitts and Nevis in relation to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation Process and the need to strengthen financial security within the Federation.

 

In his presentation, the Attorney General made reference to the horrors associated with the deployment of atomic bombs during World War Two.

 

“Today, we are faced with the threat that small actors, individuals and terrorist gangs can bring widespread destruction and hardship to this world with scaled down bombs, small bombs and other forms of weaponry” stated Minister Byron. He described such weapons of mass destruction as having “the capacity to inflict death and destruction on such a massive scale; and so indiscriminately that [their] very presence in the hands of a hostile power, a group or individual can be considered a threat to mankind”.

 

In that regard, the Attorney General also highlighted the rationale whereby St. Kitts and Nevis is responding to its regional and international obligations in keeping with membership in the Caribbean Financial Action task Force and its relationship with the Financial Action Task Force.

 

He expressed similar sentiments in relation to his support of the Miscellaneous Amendments Financial Action Task Force Bill 2020. This Bill addresses a number of small amendments to different laws including the Police Act, the Customs Act, the FSRC Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the FIU Act, to bolster national security and to facilitate greater alignment with the FATF Recommendations.

 

 

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It is the principal mission of the Office of the Attorney General to provide legal advice and services to and on behalf of The Crown, and to conduct and respond to all matters of litigation for and against The Crown or any Ministry or Agency of the Government.

Importantly, its mandate includes the extensive oversight of the legislative agenda of the Government.

The Office of the Attorney General also provides administrative support for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and superintends all matters relating to the Electoral Office.

Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs

The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs ensures that the rule of law is facilitated and supported by the various mechanisms by which citizens can have equal access to the justice system and by which they can be afforded the protection of the law. It also takes responsibility for ensuring that the statutes are updated and modernized to keep pace with an evolving society.

Quick and convenient access to important and noteworthy matters relevant to entities under the Office of the Attorney General and departments within the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs.

Hon. Mr. Vincent Byron
Attorney General

Ms. Diana Francis
Permanent Secretary

(Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs)

The Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General is chiefly responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to the Executive Branch of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The functioning of the Office is rooted in the Constitution and is further detailed by the provisions of the Attorney General’s Act Cap 3.02 of the laws of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

One of the more prolific manifestations of the advisory functions of the Office of the Attorney General is its contribution to the legislative agenda of the government. As such, the responsibility of preparation of all legislation: from conceptualization to the presentation of Bills and the crafting of Regulations falls within the purview of the office.

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Government Headquarters,
Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts

+1(869) 467-1013

attorneygeneral@gov.kn

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