Nevis: Country and Foreign Investment
Lime, formerly Cable & Wireless (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd (a joint venture between Cable & Wireless and the St. Kitts-Nevis Government), provides all domestic and international telecommunications services to the islands, including fixed lines, mobile coverage and internet services.
Inter island links to Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Martin (Guadeloupe and Netherlands Antilles) are handled by VHF/UHF/SHF radiotelephone international: international calls are carried by radiotelephone to Antigua and Barbuda and switched there to submarine cable or to Intelsat; or carried to Saint Martin by radiotelephone and switched to Intelsat.
The Government runs a 39-channel cable television service that broadcasts daily news programs from North America and England via satellite. Three local newspapers are published: the weekly "Democrat" and "Observer" and the twice-weekly "Labor Spokesman". Tap water is rated as being of high quality and is considered safe to drink.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and The Eastern Home Mortgage Bank are headquartered in St. Kitts. There are several accounting firms and law firms of international standing. A full range of legal, accounting, management and trust company services are available.
There are no exchange controls in Nevis and the invoicing of foreign trade transactions may be made in any currency. Importers are not required to make prior deposits in local funds and export proceeds do not have to be surrendered to Government authorities or to authorised banks. There are no controls on transfers of funds. The Government of Nevis guarantees the free transfers of profits and repatriation of capital.