October 23, 2020

Antigua opposition predicts CIP price war in the OECS

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From Caribbean News Service ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 19 2017 – The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) on Saturday criticized a decision by the Gaston Browne administration to lower the processing fees for the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The UPP said this will ignite a price war among OECS countries and is likely to […]

St Lucia citizenship unit counters opposition pledge to review economic citizenships

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From Caribbean News Now CASTRIES, St Lucia — The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) in Saint Lucia has attempted to counter a pledge by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The SLP statement followed a walk out […]

US slams St Kitts-Nevis in money laundering and financial crimes report

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By LK Hewlett WINN From Caribbean News Now BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — A US State Department report claims that St Kitts and Nevis “remains susceptible to corruption and money laundering and its deficient vetting of citizenship by investment candidates is also problematic”. The scathing report, released in March, attributes the country’s susceptibility to corruption […]

Sir Ronald Sanders: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in Citizenship by Investment

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From The Sun Dominica 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 […]

New look at Antiguan passport holders

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By Bert Wilkinson From Amsterdam News Just when the administration of President Donald Trump is applying greater scrutiny to who enters the U.S. and who doesn’t, authorities in Antigua are preparing to pull the plug on nearly 20 foreigners who bought passports and citizenship rights under its Citizenship by Investment Program in recent years. Economic […]

Antigua: Government orders probe into processing of passports under CIP

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From The Montserrat Reporter ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Feb 10, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government has ordered a re-examination of the applications of 19 passport holders on suspicion that there was “political interference” in the decision to have them processed, Minister of Economic Investment Asot Michael, has said. Michael, speaking at the weekly Cabinet […]

Call for Caricom’s intelligence agency to vet regional CIP applications

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By Antigua Observer From St Lucia News Online ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The head of a well-known citizenship advisory firm is making a call for Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) to vet applicants through Caricom’s Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC). Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr Christian H Kalin made the statement in response to […]

Panamanian organised crime prosecutor obtains extension in Panama Papers law firm investigation

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By Kenneth Rijock From Caribbean News Now PANAMA CITY, Panama — Javier Caraballo, the lead organised crime prosecutor investigating Panama Papers law firm, Mossack Fonseca, since April 2016, has obtained an extension of time in which to continue his ongoing investigation of alleged criminal conduct at the firm. He has requested judicial assistance from 16 […]

US cautions Caribbean BOTs about whom they give their passports

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From Merco Press South Atlantic News Agency The United States Government has cautioned Caribbean countries offering a Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) to be extra cautious about who they give their passports to, and ensure that recipients have no terrorist or crime links. It gave the advice, in a statement issued by the US Embassy […]

Open letter from Anthony Astaphan SC to Mondaq

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21st September, 2015 Mr Charles Aspinwall Mondaq London Office Dear Sir, I am instructed by the Honourable Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and the Attorney General on behalf of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda with regard to an article written by one Ian Moncrief-Scott and published on Mondaq’s website on the […]