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Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants

July 8, 2017
Defamation claim in Dubai does not affect Caribbean, say regional citizenship consultants DUBAI, UAE – In response to speculation by regional media that defamation proceedings filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC), which began in Dubai this week, may somehow reflect negatively...

St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings

July 8, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis announces the addition of a residency programme to its CBI offerings BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced an addition to the range of programmes on offer by making available a residency programme to people wanting to live and work in St Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, made the announcement as a guest speaker...

Tropical depression accelerating westward

July 7, 2017
Tropical depression accelerating westward MIAMI, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services issued an advisory on Thursday in relation to a tropical depression that, while on the present forecast track, will likely pass a safe distance to the north of the Caribbean on Sunday, any shift to the left of the forecast track could result...

IMF concludes 2017 consultation with St Kitts-Nevis

July 6, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 consultation with St Kitts-Nevis WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 16, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with St Kitts and Nevis. Economic performance moderated in 2016. Growth moderated, reflecting the deceleration in tourism-linked sectors and contraction in...

St Kitts-Nevis not afraid of losing other visa waivers, says foreign minister

July 5, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis not afraid of losing other visa waivers, says foreign minister BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Against the backdrop of Antigua and Barbuda losing its visa-free travel to Canada last week, and an EU official for the Schengen area expressing concern about the integrity of the region’s due diligence process for its citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes...

Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court

July 4, 2017
Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court DUBAI, UAE -- The first hearing in legal proceedings for alleged defamation filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by well known regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC) and its representative office in Dubai began this week.

Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport

July 3, 2017
Chinese fugitive has Canadian residency, St Kitts-Nevis passport BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- On the heels of the recent withdrawal of visa-free entry to Canada for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, apparently because of concerns over its citizenship programme, questions are now being asked about the integrity of Canada’s own investor visa programme.

Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal

June 30, 2017
Chinese fugitive still in St Kitts-Nevis awaiting passport renewal BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Chinese national Ren Biao, accused of the theft of more than US$100 million in China and wanted by the Chinese government, is still in St Kitts and Nevis, awaiting a federation passport that he submitted for renewal. Baio became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis through its...

Commentary: Article caption brought me hope!

June 29, 2017
Commentary: Article caption brought me hope! As a writer, ardent reader and researcher, I am usually big on captions. In the 21st century, where our day comprises one continuous fast-flicking slideshow of tightly scheduled time slots, no one has the time to pick up an article while on the run and read it to the end. So we quickly scan the contents...

Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals

June 27, 2017
Canada ends visa-free travel for Antigua-Barbuda nationals ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Canada has decided to end visa-free travel for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. This decision reportedly relates to concerns over individuals who obtain passports under citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean. The Canadian High Commissioner...

Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Landmark St Kits and Nevis youth policy to open up opportunities

June 15, 2017
Landmark St Kits and Nevis youth policy to open up opportunities BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A new federal youth policy in St Kitts and Nevis will give young people greater access to education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, according to Pauline Campbell, head of the Commonwealth Technical Assistance Unit. Her comments come after the country’s...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Citizenship consultants file defamation claim

June 6, 2017
Citizenship consultants file defamation claim DUBAI, UAE -- On May 28, 2017, global citizenship consultants Arton Capital initiated legal proceedings for alleged defamation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against the Investment Migration Council (IMC) and its former UAE representative office. Arton Capital has partnered with the governments of...

St Kitts-Nevis electoral office investigation referred to DPP

June 5, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis electoral office investigation referred to DPP BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- After almost two years of investigation into alleged breaches of the law at the Electoral Office in 2015, the matter is before the director of public prosecutions to determine if charges will be brought against anyone involved. Responding to questions posed by...

Chinese fugitive reportedly detained by St Kitts-Nevis police

June 1, 2017
Chinese fugitive reportedly detained by St Kitts-Nevis police BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A Chinese national, with St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, who is wanted by Interpol, has reportedly been detained by police in Nevis. A report on Tuesday night indicated that Ren Biao, who is wanted for financial crimes in China, was in police custody.

DEA blasted for botched operations in Honduras

June 1, 2017
DEA blasted for botched operations in Honduras WASHINGTON, USA -- A scathing federal audit released this week by the Inspector General for the US Departments of Justice and State, has disclosed troubling details of a series of failed operations in Honduras by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that killed four innocent civilians.

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

Holders of St Kitts-Nevis passports without place of birth reminded to apply for new ones

May 29, 2017
Holders of St Kitts-Nevis passports without place of birth reminded to apply for new ones BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The ministry of national security has reminded all holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports without the country of origin field that such passports have been deactivated and they must reapply for new ones by paying the full cost. St Kitts and Nevis passports issued...

CBI programme integral to long-term development of St Kitts-Nevis, says PM

May 26, 2017
CBI programme integral to long-term development of St Kitts-Nevis, says PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says his government views the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CBI) as an integral part of the long-term development of St Kitts and Nevis that will “bring benefits to the next generation for another 30 years.” Harris said this is...

St Kitts-Nevis passes Advance Passenger Information Bill to tighten border security

May 25, 2017
St Kitts-Nevis passes Advance Passenger Information Bill to tighten border security BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Advance Passenger Information Bill 2017 was read a third time and passed into law on Tuesday, May 23, during the sitting of the St Kitts and Nevis parliament, with the objective of facilitating the provision of advance information relating to passengers and crew...

China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 25, 2017
China set to invest massively in Latin America and the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Historically, Latin America and the Caribbean have long looked to the US for support in terms of trade and investment, yet have often been left wanting. Now good times seem to be on the horizon, thanks to the promise of truly massive Chinese investment and trade that will...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition walks out after MP ejected from parliament

May 24, 2017
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- After a back and forth verbal exchange between Speaker of the National Assembly Michael Perkins and Labour parliamentarian Konris Maynard on Tuesday, the MP was ejected from the St Kitts and Nevis parliament, prompting a walkout...

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