George Georges is pictured here with Prime Minister Spencer, National Security Minister Dr Errol Cort, Permanent Secretaries Sandra Joseph and Joycelyn Greene, Mr Myatt of the CIP Division and Marwan Alkemzi, a business partner of Georges.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- George Georges and his family of four from Syria on Monday became the first family to receive Antigua and Barbuda citizenship under the recently established Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, during a brief ceremony, presented Georges with his certificate of citizenship by registration and his Antigua and Barbuda passport. Earlier in the day, Georges was administered the oath of allegiance by minister of national security and labour, Dr Errol Cort.
Spencer, in welcoming Georges to the Antigua and Barbuda family, thanked him for the confidence he has exhibited in the process and in Antigua and Barbuda and noted that he is looking forward to Georges opening up avenues for investment for Antigua and Barbuda.
The prime minister said that Georges, who is based in Dubai, has already indicated interest in a number of developmental projects and has introduced a number of investors to the government in the field of tourism.
Georges, who gained citizenship through his contribution to the National Development Fund, said that he is delighted to have been accepted for Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship and it is his intention to work in the interest of his newly adopted country.
Under the Citizenship by Investment Act, individuals and their families can become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda through investment, donations to a charity and contributions to the National Development Fund.