Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has written several local organisations expressing concern about the appointment of Dr. Walid Juffali as St. Lucia’s representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and said the attention this issue has gained could affect the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
“The unwanted spotlight on Saint Lucia stems from this diplomatic status being conferred upon an individual with no known connection to our country, who has neither the qualifications nor the experience to hold such a position – and above all it is a position which he himself seems to have little interest in, given that he has not attended any of the 27 meetings of the IMO held since his appointment.”
Chastanet continued: “It is critical that this programme, already viewed by many as ill-conceived and not properly fleshed out, be run independently, cleanly and transparently as the avenues for abuse is numerous. It must also be apolitical to survive international scrutiny,” the missive added.
The UWP leader called on the various organizations to “ensure that the CIP achieves its aim to attract credible investment to Saint Lucia by urging the Government to follow the principles set out above.”
Below is the full letter: