Governor general supports plan to consider implementing economic citizenship programme

Governor general supports plan to consider implementing economic citizenship programme

Saint Lucia’s Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy has supported government’s plan to look at the possibility of implementing an economic citizenship programme here.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony told reporters last month that his government intends to consider installing the programme as a means of boosting inward investment. He said that this consideration comes at a time when the country battles with a “severe, debilitating and oppressive,” economic climate for which it may have to begin considering initiatives which it had first declined to implement.

“I think we cannot close our eyes because it’s an option we may have to consider and in so doing we may have to look at the experiences of other countries,” the prime minister said.

The governor general, in presenting her throne speech at parliament on Tuesday said that, “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.”

However she questioned that “if we should think that it is a viable option, then under what circumstances should we do so?”

The governor general also spoke in favour of government’s idea to have a special task force appointed to examine the programs of other countries and to make developmental recommendations for the consideration of cabinet. That task force will comprise of individuals from various spheres including the opposition, private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, she said.

“It is my government’s hope that this matter will be addressed with urgency during the current parliamentary year,” the governor general noted.

Meanwhile, though supporting the island’s thrust to broaden the range of incentives offered to investors which is hoped to make the island more attractive to investors, the governor general stressed that “it is right for our people to guard the grant of citizenship to others, jealously.”

She further stated, “My government understands the feeling among many that the offering of citizenship is a sacred right only to be bestowed upon persons born in Saint Lucia, even though our constitution makes provision for the granting of citizenship to persons by descent or by marriage.”

“Our laws also allow citizenship to persons who have proved themselves as worthy citizens by their commitment to our country, evidenced by their length of stay. The reality is that we do grant citizenship to persons who invest in our country and demonstrate a commitment to it,” she said.

Citizenship by investment programmes grant citizenship of a country to individuals who invest money to a country’s development.

Dominica, St.Kitts Nevis and Antigua Barbuda have already launched such programmes.

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  1. I will sell all my property and move to the UK, as soon as the government implements this.
    I am so through with those (so-called) politicians we have here, who are not visionaries, but just copy-cats of every Caribbean islands.

    This is why, they love to reference other Caribbean islands in their budget presentations. But no other islands make mention of St Lucia in theirs.

    Shame on your Kenny.

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    • Ok! Good luck with that. It seems the local real estate market is dead on its heels these days, principally because locals don't have any money or the banks don't see them as qualified financially to take on debt.

      HENCE the interest in getting foreign money and investors in the first place.

      There is plenty of scope for placement of foreign investment capital here without the need to intrude on St Lucia's beauty and open space.

      THE BIG PROBLEM that I see is that NOBODY has seen fit to come up with a proper PLAN for the future development of St Lucia that everybody could see and then buy into.

      Absent that, there is always room for corruption and peddling of planning permission and St Lucia continues directionless.

      Of course there could also be corruption in granting economic citizenship to KNOWN undesirables in exchange for cash but there it is up to the SYSTEM to catch that so that the people are not put upon.

      The Caribbean islands with economic citizenship (mainly St Kitts) have it to stimulate their real estate market on approved developments.

      THE ONLY WAY FORWARD for St Lucia is to get some sort of access to foreign currency earnings and cash. Anything else is Peter paying Paul paying Tom paying Peter.

      Tourism on its own doesn't cut the mustard because wages are low and the earnings are remitted offshore unless there are St Lucian hoteliers.

      BTW, there are several islands that ARE actually already doing things to revitalise their economies BUT St Lucia is not one of them so why should it be mentioned. St Lucia may be special but special will not see it through unless something gets done.

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    • why are you going to the UK? you always say how much you hate people of fair complexion.

      Take your racism elsewhere.

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  2. OMG!!!! WELL KENNY JUST KICK US ALL OUT AND BRING IN THE CHINES!! WE ALL KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. INVESTORS MY ASS!!!!
    WE DONT EVEN HAVE JOBS FOR ST LUCIANS WHEN A CHINA MAN COMES N OPENS 1 RESTAURANT AND COMES WITH HIS 50 CHILDREN THEY WILL ALL BE ST LUCIAN. SMFH!!! THE BETTER DAYS YOU IDIOTS CALL IT

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  3. This idea of selling our citizenship to anyone who can afford it is just insane and frankly insulting. I am a St.Lucia working overseas and all I am entitled to after 10 years (regardless of the value of my investment) is Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC). Which should some investor have the right to vote on government and policies that would affect the local people. We need to think about the long term repercussions of making a move like that.

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  4. Wow! Brilliant idea! You dumb ass st.lucians please broaden yourl minds! Look at things from different aspects! They not selling citizenship to anybody! Its for investors. When investors will hear such more of them will be coming to st.lucia and we will be moving up the ladder! Our government dont want bad for us!

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    • stupppess - you are really igonorant my child. One man's "investor" is another man's criminal

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  5. I agree with Kenny nothing else to do since am paying $50,000 a month in salary to ambassadores and can't even bring in 1 investor. I told those investors not to come anyway because i would not have benefitted. i have not found a replacement Minister to deal with the crime situation and the US is up my A... for things that i don't feel to answer. I try to sell the sea bed to Grynberg already and look now he suing us for 1 billion 500 million dollars (thats our whole budget for 1 year). So i am left with no choice but to keep people in prison while police kill the rest, make the press shut the hell up about it. Draw from one of those foreign cronnies in exchange for a diplomatic passport, set up CCJ and then retire with my family in Trinidad on the CCJ bench. On that CCJ bench i would be in a better position to deal with Chas and RIchard if they reach before me. The National Bank dun sellout to us already. Even rum won't be a problem because Angostura buyout the distillery many years ago from my family. What more could i say check me out on Maracas Beach we will sip some Chairman's Reserve? i tell you all already that is my grand father that build the "Devil Bridge." You all trying and play with me!!!!

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  6. Is there a policy of the Government that the GG has not supported? We should stop pissing in the eyes of the less fortunate among us who did not have the opportunity of an education to understand that the GG is A RUBBER STAMP. If the Goverment has a diarrhea then all what she does is support it with La-GG-it.

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  7. JADIA THAT IS THE KIND OF HYPOCRISY I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WITH YOU POLITICIANS.YOU GUYS ,THE SLP,THE BETTER DAYS CREW ASK MR CHASTANET TO CLARIFY TO THE PUBLIC WHAT WAS THAT HE DISCUSSED IN NEW YORK'S MEETING CONCERNING THE POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECONOMIC CITISONSHIP PROGRAMME.NOW YOU DOING THE SAME SHITT....

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  8. It's a sad sad reality that seemingly St Lucia will always be poor.

    Nobody can think 'outside the box' to implement a plan that EVERYBODY else and their dog out of necessity is considering if not already activating, with proper caveats of course.

    What is more, nobody trusts the Government to implement the plan because properly conceptualising it is typically outside the skill level of the powers that be anyway. So it ends up being just talk.

    I sense a touch of xenophobia creaping in as well and I really truly thought that St Lucians were way above that.

    Undesirables! With a per capita homicide rate roughly 25-30 times that of the UK, a country not without its own troubles, and general crime rampant already, much of the worst of it unsolved, we need to go into the EXPORT business.

    You only need a handful of properly selected economic citizens to start to turn this place around.

    Anyway, St Lucia already has legislation in place to import highly-skilled foreign expertise to develop key areas of the economy with tax incentives. What happened to the work on that front? Devoid of ideas, I guess.

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    • Show me the statistics or URL, about the murder rate being 25-30 times that of the UK.
      And show me what mathematical equation was used to come with this.

      I will being to challenge anyone of you, who loves to post figures to put your points across.

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  9. mr priminister u are sistimatice selling us.i wander when u will stop and tell your selve that u have enought money and will start working in faver of the people and they needs...AND STOP SELLING OUR COUNTRY 2 THE REACH PEOPLE we will need it, its only a small island...i voted 4 u and now u shaming me?

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  10. Kenny Davis Anthony should be charged with treason. This is the one time that I wished it was the 19th century, cuz heads would've been rolling in Castries...and that's all I have to say.

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  11. Are u F-ing SERIOUS???? If we didn't know it then, we know it now: the gov't is all out of ideas for economic development. Kenny, while ur at it why not roll out the red carpet for the money launderers, Child Molesters, and scam artists !!!!

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  12. I think this is a very bad policy direction. So many undesirables will set their anchors here. I expect Kenny himself will not be around to witness the resulting carnage. He would have already resettled in his new home in Trinidad, earning his fat pension benefits and probably knocking at the door of the CCJ for an underserved judgeship.

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  13. Kenny has GOT to be kidding me?! Has anyone not heard about little St. Kitts, and all the tourble they're going through now because of this same program? All the Afghan, Isreli and Russian bad apples "investing" there and given St. Kitts passports causing all kinda problems!

    SLP NEEDS TO GO; WITH THESE STUPID FAILING IDEAS!!!!!

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  14. I am not in support of it.
    And this is reason enough for me to vote against the SLP in the next General Election.

    Our sovereignty is at stake.
    Our reputation as a people is being played and toyed with, by the Government of this Land.

    I will stage a one man protest against this.

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  15. The headline "Governor General Supports Plan ..." is misleading. All the GG did was read what was in the speech given to her by the Prime Minister. She does not have a choice whether she reads it or not, so we don't know whether she supports it or not.

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    • Boy you have to be a dunce to write this kind of ignorant headline. Every idiot in the country knows that the GG is just a highly paid ceremonial living robot. Whoever that person is, that person is getting a fat salary for reading speeches written by the existing PM, and cutting ribbons to open buildings and other capital projects.

      Please. Please. I beg you please. Do not insult us any further. What a load of pure drivel it is to say that the GG believes, supports, or wrote whatever she reads. Wow! Some Saint Lucians can really embarrass people.

      The funny thing about this PM, is mate doh know wha he doing. Simple. He have big title, and not enough smarts to go with it. When you don't know where you are doing any road will do. He is catching at straws and tilting at windmills.

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  16. This is not a good idea. You can get all sorts of underisrables in the country just because they have money. Wait til Caricom makes you have free movement of persons within Caribbean. The burdens on infrastructure, land etc will be very bad for you. The common man will suffer by selling out the country to foreigners.

    THIS IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT YOU ARE SELLING.

    FYI I'm a frequent tourist to st lucia.

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