“I ask you to have faith and confidence” – PM on CIP

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“I ask you to have faith and confidence” – PM on CIP
Dr. Kenny Anthony
Dr. Kenny Anthony
Dr. Kenny Anthony

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has urged citizens to have “faith and confidence” that Saint Lucia will deliver and manage the best Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) programme in the region.

During his New Year’s message, the Prime Minister noted that it was a difficult decision to make.

“But given the persistent decline in foreign direct investment caused by the world financial crisis, the mounting challenges to raise money for our development, the increasing use of citizenship programmes by other countries as an incentive tool, we took the decision to offer a similar programme,” he said.

The Prime Minister said he is aware that some persons are against it, while others are uncertain, and some are worried about the need to protect “our patrimony.”

“Rest assured that I understand your concerns and fears. After all, I too was a non-believer in the necessity and viability of such programmes. I offer those who have anxieties the comfort that we have designed the most transparent, robust, and structured programme to ensure that issues of credibility and integrity are well protected,” he explained.

Dr. Anthony said commencing on January 1 , the CIP Unit have received tremendous interest from potential applicants wishing to become new citizens of Saint Lucia.

“Whilst we have spent the last four years stabilising and restoring our economic foundation, the Citizenship by Investment Programme will provide impetus to our recovering economy to take off in the coming months,” he declared.

Over the next few weeks, announcements will be made of a number of resorts which will be constructed in Saint Lucia. These resorts will create much needed jobs in the construction sector, add more jobs in the hospitality sector, revive the real estate sector and restore a high level of growth to the local economy.

“I am excited by the progress in the Citizenship by Investment Programme and its prospects for the future,” he said.

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  1. Faith and confidence in what - in increased vehicular fees, 15% VAT, appointment of your friends in key positions, et al, whether they are suited or not, ad infinitum, ad nauseam!!

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  2. In 1997 you theme was "Transparency". We later found out about Helenites, rochamel, grynburg, Juffali and the list goes on.
    Now you are preaching "Due-diligence" and you are asking us to have faith and confidence? Not in you or anything you are involved in. What now coming out about that CIP in the Caribbean, is like you getting a "Chest of Gold"

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  3. Where are all these 'investors' going to live?  

    Even if they don't reside in St Lucia full time they will all want their huge palace type mansions  with their own private beach, they will want heritage sites etc.    Then what will happen.  

    What has been promised so far??    

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  4. Kenny is simply following the path of others who were booted out. He is not listening to the people's wishes. He has been caught allegedly lyeng several times. Finally, he forgot that he was elected by the people...he believes that he is the state. He is living in a bubble.

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  5. Hotels? KDA you've got to be KIDDING me! Where are hotels sustainable to the people? Teach de yutes a trade, invest in the YOUTH, teach people to farm, work the land we giving away to build HOTELS! They get it good when they reach, no tax and nuff concessions! Every 20 years changing their name to keep a good deal. We are at their mercy holding 200 jobs over our heads as ransom. You really are stale and old news! Time to get OUT!!!!

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  6. Kenny, only a miracle can help you when elections come around cause all around St Lucia knows what will happen.

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  7. GIVE US SOME SOLID EXAMPLES OF WHEN OUR TRUST IN YOU HAS PAID OFF? YOU HAVE ALLEGEDLY DECEIVED US OVER AND OVER AND YOU STILL HAVE THE NERVE TO USE THE WORDS FAITH AND TRUST.

    WELL GUESS WHAT, YOU NOW NEED TO HAVE FAITH IN US AND TO TRUST US CAUSE WE ARE YOUR BOSS AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

    CONSTANTLY IGNORING THE WISHES OF YOUR BOSS WILL GET YOU FIRED YOU WERE FIRED BEFORE AND THE SAME TRICKS YOU ARE USING NOW GOT YOU REHIRED BUT THIS TIME IT WILL BE FOR GOOD.

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  8. Too many unanswered questions.

    So many questions and comments have been made on previous CIP articles posted, but no answers.

    When questions are not answered it's hard to have faith and confidence.

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  9. Hon. PM why wasn't a referendum held to ascertain if St. Lucian's wanted this CIP implemented here? #due diligence my foot......Lucian passports for sale!!!

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  10. You have to earn faith and confidence. What little we had in you in 2006 you frittered away immediately upon taking office. You proved yourself arrogant, hardheaded, insensitive, inconsiderate, aloof, dictatorial . . . No more. No faith and no confidence. If the opposition parties were worth their name they would have rallied the scared Lucians who want to see your back and driven you out of office within the parameters of the laws of the land.

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  11. Jobs, jobs, jobs you said trust you. Helenites affair you said trust you. NDC affair you said trust you. Jufali, IMPACTS, Lambird you said trust you. Cost overruns you said trust you. That hotel scandal you said trust you.

    How many times are you going to blantantly LIE to St. Lucians while you and your friends benefit and still ask for trust in the your vice years voice? If St. Lucians trust you again then it's their prerogative and their consequence and burden to suffer. But from me the response is toof.

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  12. Kenny, Boy Boy Boy, You have to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We cant take it no more. You really did not have to waste Prime air time for your address. We had heard it all before. Bye Bye KDA!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. SLP shoot shate is not religion for none other than the red Kool Aid "better days" SLP political hacks. They are the ones who have to have faith. After all, they are already benefiting by allegedly lining their pockets with filthy lucre. The rest of us? We are getting a multinational black eye from this SLP yard fowl enrichment. We are reeling from comments from significant persons in the UK, the EU, the USA.

    Call elections. These buffoons have outlived their usefulness. They have outstayed their welcome.

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  14. Resorts????? We have resorts already that are constantly laying off workers due to a dismal tourism sector.

    Further have you not been paying attention??? China the largest lender continues to report a rapid decrease in economic growth as well as record breaking losses on the stock market.

    America has reported the same issue.

    Oil prices are significantly low....every financial analyst worth his salt has pointed towards a huge recession worse than the likes of 2011.

    But here you are with your alleged lies about "resorts and citizenship"

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