Cabinet announces economic citizenship task force

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Cabinet announces economic citizenship task force


PRESS RELEASE –
Cabinet has appointed a task force to determine whether Saint Lucia, should establish an Economic Citizenship Programme.

In the 2014 Throne Speech, Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia announced that Government would begin to examine the question whether Saint Lucia should establish an Economic Citizenship Programme as a new area of investment.

Her Excellency announced that a Task Force consisting of persons from various sectors would be appointed to review and consult and advise Cabinet on the desirability of establishing such a programme.  The Governor General said,

“The time has arrived for us to examine the case for defining and broadening the framework under which citizenship might be offered as part of investing in Saint Lucia; and if we should think that it is a viable option, then under what circumstances we should do so.

Her Excellency indicated that the Task Force will comprise, “persons from various sectors including the Opposition, the private sector, the trade unions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to examine the programmes of other countries and to make recommendations for the consideration of Cabinet. It is my Government’s hope that this matter will be addressed with urgency during the current parliamentary year.”

Consistent with this announcement, Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony wrote to the Leader of the Opposition, inviting the Opposition to name a representative to the proposed Task Force. The Leader of the Opposition recommended Mr. Nicholas John as the opposition’s representative.

On August 4, 2014, Cabinet approved the following persons to serve on the Economic Citizenship Task Force: Dr. Vaughan Lewis, Foreign Policy Advisor (Chairperson); McHale Andrew, CEO Invest Saint Lucia; Brenda Williams, Accountant/Auditor (BDO); George Goddard, Trade Unionist; Timothy Ferdinand, President, National Youth Council; George Deterville, Director of Security, Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting; Larry Basham, US Attorney; and Nicholas John, nominee of the Leader of the Opposition.

Cabinet agreed that the Task Force should submit a report to the Office of the Prime Minister by December 1, 2014.

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  1. I hope that the will of the entire population is considered before a final decision is made. I foresee an enraged population if this program comes into effect. It's about time that we the people demonstrate to these politicians that it is we who run things and not just a chosen few. This economic citizens program is unacceptable. Those who engage in it will live to regret it. Trust Me.

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  2. jbugg

    new tools of democracy

    explain to your family and close friends and ask them to pass it on to their friends and so on (in as simple or graphic creole and English).

    like an inverse pyramid, your concerns will outflow like the Troumasse

    and before December the masses will call the jig for what it is.

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  3. Ok everyone one is saying this and that ,how many of ,if were called to take stand to fight against the decisions would do it

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  4. DISASTER, that is what it will be, money launderers etc buying up the land at exorbitant prices,and our grand children not able to pay for a piece of land in their birth country. Lawyers may make money processing the documents. That is what the research will show them.

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  5. Kenny and his Government are desperate. They have no ideas as to how to solve high unemployment, crime, inflation and a sinking economy. Selling St.Lucia out to fill their pockets.

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  6. OMG!! I hope this does not happen, as someone wrote we need to be grow and produce our own food, and live within our means. Too many criminals will be able to get their hands on our passports, we should not do this. Why do we have to pay those folks to let us know that this should not be done. The nation should have a vote on this. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS.

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  7. A born St Lucian with dual citizenship will be far less previlege than hamas obtaining economic citizenship in St Lucia. Eh bein Kenny, that not better days

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  8. Please think again about this....I was recently approached by a friend in the ME. and he asked what the hell was my country doing? I said what do you mean...he said that my country is selling passports to Pakistanis , terrorist affiliated country...apparently he thought I was from St. Kitts who already have this program going. Well that says it all...We should not jump on this bandwagon

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  9. IF THAT HAPPENS ..WE FINISH…I UNDERSTAND A PERMIT..BUT WHY CITIZENSHIP…WHAT KIND OF IDIOTS WE HAVE RUNNING OUR BLEEDING COUNTRY?HAV'NT THEY DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE TO THIS SWEET LITTLE COUNTRY WE CALL ST LUCIA? WHY YOU THINKING OF SELLING THE WHOLE DAM COUNTRY? PLEASE DON'T DO IT.YOU WILL SELL US TO WHO KNOWS WHOOOOO?

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  10. Hamas and Isis and all these other radical extremists will come here easily it seems. This is a no no! Very dangerous for our country....

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  11. So does that mean I don't have to marry a saint Lucian to get a Caribbean passport now? whoo hooo lol

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  12. Those political idiots can't seem to get out of their fog. At this point I am beginning to believe that a malaise has overcome the damn place. The amount the country will spend on public relations when this thing goes south, is just not worth it. What on earth has taken over my people? These men are simply out of ideas. Total idiots.

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  13. Wow...job are being created for the already employed and that gives them two salaries.....cabinet will endorse Kenny plans for economic citizens anyway....I know some hacks has already secure their contacts and will get their de kickbacks.

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  14. Why would one pay large sums for a St Lucia Passport then try getting visas to enter Canada and Europe? Doesn't make sense. The notion that we will make millions like St Kitts is delusional. Presently, St Kitts passport holders can travel to Canada, everywhere in Europe visa free. Think again, St Lucian passport holders need visa for everywhere. Let us revisit the LAND, grow what we eat, eat what we grow , and move away from those get rich quick schemes, They are nothing but schemes. Kenny, you have become DESPERATE. POOR THING

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  15. This initiative is nothing less than selling the birthright of St. Lucians for a "pottage of stew".

    How about the government fulfilling its stewardship by embarking on a programme that will improve the economic footing of all current citizens instead of just filling the pockets of politicians and their cronies?

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    • Such programmes mainly benefit the professionals lawyers accountants etc how will it impact the average st lucian citizen ? Make land more expensive for them,more difficult to get work ?

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  16. Hell no!!Please do not go that way.My birthright is not for sale.Please learn from other countries.We have to find other creative ways to survive.Too much potential corruption.

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  17. Oh YEAH your due diligence reference is so on point. Lets look at it another way.

    Say a MOGUL (legit or illicit trades man/woman) wanted his "empire" transferred -intact- to STLu (e.g., an ATZEC prince is harried both US DEA and LOcal Federales? One option is to transplant his "COCA _coola" pun intended, prduction and disribution facilities to a safe well protected haven. Islands are perfect you have built in advance warning and say this island is the CENTER of the transhipment zones between sud (growers) and nord (rich addicts).

    He can easily spend 100 million for 100 of his best crew and all the factory needs to set up shop, neutralize all local bajohn wannabes,
    influence the political power apparatus while remaining fully cloaked from USA surveillance or interdiction. If I was a cartel CEO Fair Helen would be my Lady Luck at any price

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  18. You would be surprised the amount of people who want a Saint Lucian passport. I had to French guy of St. Lucian parents, he was an American citizen who was looking for a St. Lucian to marry him so he can get St. Lucian citizenship. I think it's high time St. Lucia got their Justice system in tact. It is hard for us Saint Lucians to travel freely, why should we make it easy for others. Call me ignorant but it's just my opinion.

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  19. Renewal annual stamps on a special identy document with discounts for longer increments of year and subject to annual review (for criminal activity of course). The fees for said stamps are worth more to stlu coffers than outright blanket citizenship.

    My jaded cynical suspicions would grudgingly prefer Amsterdam styled legal prostitution for well screened locals, rather than this wholesale deeply discounted economic prostitution of of our citizenship.

    It looks more like Fair Helen's final TROJAN HORSE- and I am not referring tto the latex "frenchees" bearing the Brand name of that deceptive horse

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  20. I hope they don't do it. As Gonsalves said, you cannot possibly do the due diligence on so many people, the quality suffers. What type of person wants a Lucian passport? It hardly lets you travel freely.

    The whole free movement thing is tied up in this as well. What incentive is there now? I am sceptical. Let's hope they come up with a proper report, and not full of generalities.

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    • Actually, these people want our passports...Russians, Syrians etc etc etc! Perhaps even one or even two Americans who probably owe no taxes:)

      Furthermore, if we can't regulate the number of naturalized citizens processed based on due diligence, then we should have no banks whatsoever!!! If the quality of Due Diligence is to be affected then it is not due diligence.

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      • There goes our ranking for "ease of doing business!" Is this what the World Bank prescribed to get St. Lucia back down to No. 34??????? Only questions asked!

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