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 a query from OBSERVER media on whether Caribbean CIPs should compete in the area of diligence.
The chairman replied: “There should definitely not be any competing on that level but rather the Caribbean should strive to adopt common standards, such as ensuring each application is vetted and approved from the Joint Regional Communications Centre.”
The JRCC is one of Caricom’s intelligence agencies. According to Caricom’s website the JRCC assists “with the identification of and monitoring the movements of persons of interest, including those who may be a high security threat to the safety and security of the region”.
The website states that the JRCC also “assists regional law enforcement personnel in the detection of persons who are travelling with stolen, lost and fraudulent travel documents”.
Dr Kalin indicated that presently not all the Caribbean CIPs – in Antigua & Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis, Dominica, St Lucia and Grenada – are vetting their citizenship candidates through the JRCC.
The JRCC is one of the many subordinate agencies of the Caricom Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).