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US advisory against St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme still in effect

March 25, 2017
US advisory against St Kitts-Nevis citizenship programme still in effect BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- While the United States has welcomed the efforts made by St Kitts and Nevis to tighten its citizenship by investment programme, and is working with the federation to make the programme a model one, according to US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela...

Global citizenship: Opportunities in the age of uncertainty

March 24, 2017
Global citizenship: Opportunities in the age of uncertainty DUBAI, UAE -- The 2017 edition of the Global Citizen Forum will be held in Doha, Qatar on November 5 and 6. Global citizens, world leaders, policymakers, philanthropists, celebrities and thought leaders will gather to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, particularly migration...

CBI financed development paves way for future projects in Dominica

March 23, 2017
CBI financed development paves way for future projects in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes are not usually associated with creating new affordable housing communities. However, the Petite Savanne Resettlement Programme in Dominica is a ground-breaking scheme to rehouse residents displaced by...

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

Antigua-Barbuda announces new head of citizenship unit

March 22, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda announces new head of citizenship unit ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced the appointment of the first national of Antigua and Barbuda, Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, to head the country’s important Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). Quinland-Donovan’s appointment takes...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue

March 9, 2017
ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, speaking to how critical funds from citizenship by investment (CBI) programs are to the ECCU countries...

Commentary: Trump's travel ban backfires - Mexican passports could soon be worth more than American

March 8, 2017
Commentary: Trump's travel ban backfires - Mexican passports could soon be worth more than American The tit-for-tat passport wars between the European Union and the United States caught fire last week when the EU Parliament voted to impose restrictions on US visitors. The EU is angry that the US still has not introduced the US visa waiver scheme for citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus...

OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes

March 7, 2017
OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, outgoing chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, said that, although regional integration is a work in progress, the member states and the OECS Commission...

Dominica CBI program creates new community for homeless residents after storm Erika

March 6, 2017
Dominica CBI program creates new community for homeless residents after storm Erika BELLEVUE CHOPIN, Dominica -- A major new development is underway to resettle the hundreds of residents who lost their homes after tropical storm Erika wreaked devastation across the island just 18 months ago. The Petite Savanne Resettlement program, which was established with...

Antigua-Barbuda implements diplomatic regulatory framework

March 1, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda implements diplomatic regulatory framework ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has announced that the Cabinet is implementing its recently announced policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation. The Cabinet based its policy on recommendations prepared by Sir Ronald Sanders...

Grenada citizenship investors urged to exercise caution

February 28, 2017
Grenada citizenship investors urged to exercise caution ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- There is growing concern among international investors in Grenada’s citizenship-by-investment program about the attempt by the government to seize a foreign-owned resort. A court in Grenada has temporarily blocked the government’s plan to forcibly end a 99-year lease...

Dominica to implement diplomatic passport policy changes

February 27, 2017
Dominica to implement diplomatic passport policy changes ROSEAU, Dominica -- In a surprise national address on Friday, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit expressed his regret “at the unfortunate turn of events with respect to a few persons holding diplomatic passports becoming persons of interest to foreign countries and external security organizations".

Antigua-Barbuda implements recommended diplomatic regulatory framework

February 23, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda implements recommended diplomatic regulatory framework LONDON, England -- The recent decision by the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda to approve a new policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation was based in part on the Global Investor Immigration Council’s (GIIC) regulatory recommendations. The GIIC is the investor immigration...

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...

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