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Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM

February 17, 2017
CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM ROSEAU, Dominica -- The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) program has been a life-saver for the people of Dominica – without it, the country would have struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Erika. That was the message from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who addressed the Dominica Business...

Commentary: They don't like that

February 17, 2017
Commentary: They don't like that I’ve just finished listening to Mr John Batchelor of the John Batchelor Show in the USA interviewing Mr Gregory Copley. I also read a report of the interview. If you do a little googling, you’ll get a sense of the politics of those two gentlemen. The interview is about the Dominica situation.

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Commentary: Trump travel ban

February 16, 2017
Commentary: Trump travel ban After President Trump signed his executive order to restrict immigration and foreign travel to the US, protests erupted nationwide. This order created a metaphorical wall around the US, separating us from allies and enemies alike. Its creation lacked advanced notice as well as transparency...

Commentary: The picture becomes clearer

February 14, 2017
Commentary: The picture becomes clearer Unfolding events, utterances and information since my article of February 8, 2017, on the Dominica situation, and further reflection on prior events, have made the picture even clearer to me. Over the years, I’ve been one of the more vocal spokespersons in my country on economic citizenship.

Dominica citizenship programme 'robust and prudent', says government

February 13, 2017
Dominica citizenship programme 'robust and prudent', says government ROSEAU, Dominica -- The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme of Dominica is bringing investors into the island state, creating jobs and helping to restore the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015. That’s the message from government and industry sources gleaned on a recent...

Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel

February 11, 2017
Commentary: St Kitts-Nevis CBI program and the Medellin Cartel I see that one of the Astaphans, the one from St Kitts, has written an extensive commentary seeking to discredit me, claiming that I am an instrument of the Dominican opposition. I am afraid that the gentlemen knows nothing about me and my 25-year career, including trips to testify before...

Venezuela reported to have issued passports to people with ties to terrorism

February 10, 2017
Venezuela reported to have issued passports to people with ties to terrorism NEW YORK, USA -- Hard on the heels of an ongoing controversy over the issue of a diplomatic passport by the Dominica government to an Iranian national implicated in a multibillion dollar scheme to evade international sanctions against Iran, CNN has uncovered serious irregularities...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking

February 8, 2017
Commentary: Ken Rijock has me thinking About a week ago, American Mr Kenneth Rijock informed the world that Dominica’s prime minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit, was under investigation by the United States Department of Justice for his role in the sale of a Dominican diplomatic passport to an Iranian gentleman named Alireza Zabahalat Monfared.

Antigua-Barbuda implements new diplomatic passport policy

February 7, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda implements new diplomatic passport policy ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet on Saturday approved a new policy on diplomatic and official passports to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced details of the new...

CBI bank accounts under scrutiny in Dominica

February 6, 2017
CBI bank accounts under scrutiny in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica (WINN) -- Although there has been no official word, either from foreign banks in Dominica or the Roosevelt Skerrit administration, that government citizenship by investment (CBI) accounts have been closed, there is, however, speculation in Roseau and elsewhere...

Iranian with St Kitts-Nevis passport sanctioned by US Treasury Department

February 6, 2017
Iranian with St Kitts-Nevis passport sanctioned by US Treasury Department BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against an Iranian businessman who holds a St Kitts and Nevis (SKN) passport, for violation of the prohibited ballistic missile program by Iran. CEO and director of...

Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy

February 1, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis PM concerned about new US immigration policy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed by former St Kitts and Nevis prime minister, now opposition leader, Dr Denzil Douglas, about the potential negative impact of the new US immigration policy implemented by the Trump administration. “We have seen an executive order...

Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region

January 28, 2017
Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. An Iranian man accused...

St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment unit launches new and interactive website

January 28, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis citizenship by investment unit launches new and interactive website BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) launched a new and interactive web portal as part of its rebranding process on Thursday. The web portal was designed and developed by Open Interactive, a private organization founded...

Rapid progress made on Cabrits Resort Kempinski in Dominica

January 26, 2017
Rapid progress made on Cabrits Resort Kempinski in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Over the past few years, the government of Dominica has given the green light for a number of projects under its citizenship by investment (CBI) programme aimed at developing the island’s tourism. The Cabrits Resort Kempinski Dominica is the most advanced and...

St Lucia opposition pledges to review all economic citizenships granted under new rules

January 16, 2017
St Lucia opposition pledges to review all economic citizenships granted under new rules CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has announced it will review every economic citizenship granted by the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) under new citizenship by investment programme (CIP) rules recently promulgated by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

January 16, 2017
Citizenship consultants criticise Caribbean 'Passports for Sale' broadcast BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Henley & Partners, a global residence and citizenship planning firm, with its headquarters in Europe, has criticised the CBS 60 Minutes television programme aired on January 1, 2017, as “one-sided”, saying that Caribbean citizenship-by-investment programmes...

Commentary: Linton; holding the doo doo stick

January 16, 2017
Commentary: Linton; holding the doo doo stick The leader of Dominica’s opposition, Lennox Linton, went on CBS’s 60 Minutes to paint our CBI program and, by extension, the other programs in the OECS as mail order type programs. This was all CBS needed to paint our CBI program as a potential threat to the United States.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes

January 14, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: The real challenge of citizenship programmes A few days into the New Year, Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Allen Chastanet, suggested that all five of the Eastern Caribbean nations that sell citizenship by investment (CBI) should develop a joint approach through the OECS secretariat. His proposal, which is unlikely to be adopted, came amid...

Definite benefits to citizenship by investment programmes, says Caribbean travel writer

January 13, 2017
Definite benefits to citizenship by investment programmes, says Caribbean travel writer LONDON, England -- There are definite benefits to the citizenship by investment programmes across the Caribbean, says Caribbean & Co. founder, Ursula Petula Barzey on the heels of a recent CBS 60 Minutes report called Passports for Sale, which painted a very negative picture.

Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica

January 13, 2017
Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Silver Beach Resort and Spa, one of the approved citizenship by investment real estate developments in Dominica is now part of the world’s largest hotel chain - Marriott International. The five-star luxury resort, which will debut on Dominica’s picturesque northwest coast...

St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship

January 11, 2017
St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has reiterated his disdain for the economic citizenship programmes being operated by some member states of the OECS. Gonsalves in his latest comment on the matter emphasized that...

CBS broadcast stood still in time, says head of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit

January 9, 2017
CBS broadcast stood still in time, says head of St Kitts-Nevis citizenship unit BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean are major talking points after a CBS 60 Minutes feature highlighted potential threats they pose to the national security interests of the US. Caribbean leaders have been swift to respond to what was...

Former St Kitts-Nevis minister weighs in on Caribbean citizenship programmes

January 7, 2017
Former St Kitts-Nevis minister weighs in on Caribbean citizenship programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- With claims being made by the Dominica prime minister and various people on social media that Caribbean citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are being unfairly targeted by the CBS network in the United States, former St Kitts and Nevis minister...

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