Government pressed on economic citizenship proposal

Government pressed on economic citizenship proposal

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia government’s desire to sell thousands of passports abroad in exchange for huge sums of cash through the economic citizenship by investment programme should be of concern to all Saint Lucian citizens who love their country and desire transparency regarding this process, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said in a press release on Sunday.

“Moreover, given the unscrupulous history of this programme in most resource-poor nations that are desperate for cash and have already instituted it, there is an even greater danger, which is their limited capacity to manage the kinds of serious international criminal activities associated with economic citizenship by investment,” the LPM said.

According to the LPM, this programme will attract a number of foreign nationals who have earned their money illegally and who will not hesitate to take advantage of the safe haven that Saint Lucian economic citizenship affords them.

“Therefore, notwithstanding other pertinent arguments of a patriotic nature, which beg the question of whether our government’s proposed action amounts to a cheapening of Saint Lucian citizenship, the LPM, without any malice or ill will, is humbly requesting that the government of Saint Lucia update our nation on the following matters:

“A) Has our government entered into a consultative agreement with Christian Kalin of the Swiss law firm Henley & Partners with a view to enact the Economic Citizenship by Investment Programme here in Saint Lucia? If so, what is the total cost, if any, to the government and the people of Saint Lucia?

“B) Are any other foreign organisations or entities associated with this ongoing process?

“C) Which individual(s), organisation(s) or entities will administer or facilitate the drive to sell Saint Lucian passports abroad? Moreover, will these individuals, organisations or entities be licensed by the government of Saint Lucia, and is there a commission involved?

“D) Will the government of Saint Lucia seek the assistance of Interpol or perhaps other international law enforcement agencies before issuing the passports? In addition, will these agencies be granted unfettered rights to monitor our nation’s activities with regard to the proposed Economic Citizenship by Investment Programme?

“Finally, the LPM hopes that the government of Saint Lucia will accede to the preceding request in the interest of our nation and that it will not act with disdain towards the party for raising these important issues, which are rooted in the premise of good governance.”

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Not only will politicians sell st.lucia. they will make all of you slaves if you don't get rid of all of them by any means necessary

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  2. No only will politicians sell st.lucia. they will make all of you slaves if you don't get riid of all of them by any means necessary

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  3. I have read the comments and the yellow and green is so apparent. Will we stop being hypocritical and pretend it is the worst thing that can happen to Saint Lucia when I am sure many of us realise that this is being done by countries worldwide. People wake up from your slumber and let reality slapped you solidly in the face because the world does not revolve around Saint Lucia alone. Let us get with the program. Doubly amazed!!!!!!

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  4. 10 years of misery was not enough for St. Lucians, I couldn't believe it when St. Lucians voted for Kenny to bring this country to it's end. We had ten years of Kenny as if that wasn't enough, as if he hadn't done what he really came to do yet, as if St. Lucians didn't feel Kenny's arrogance and see his destructive ways. We chanted his 'en rouge' slogan. Now the streets are red with blood....the red slogan blood that was chanted all over the place....Yes St. Lucia is now "en rouge" be careful what you send out to the universe, you may very well be attracting it. Let's hope we recover from this ordeal, and it will take three times more effort...because we are a sinking disaster now.

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  5. This issue, if pursued, will be the downfall of this government and St. Lucia. We don't need to add to our woes !!

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  6. WHAT A TERRIBLE DECISION- ST.LUCIANS YOU NEED TO BOYCOTT THIS DECISION AND VOTE THIS PARTY OUT-

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    • economic citizenshipprogramme is an old story.you get a brand new passport in exchange for money.Lots of countries do it.European countries polinesian countries,Australia,USA.without even mentioning countries who allow you to have a passport after a few years of owning properties.So ,it is a cash cow.St Lucian passport are more valuable now because of the change in the european visas.So,i would say let us make some money.It is up to the leaders to make sure that only respectable people are allowed to use this service.Are they up to the task?It is an old controversy but some countries have managed to reap benefits from it without too much negatives.just saying..

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  7. I have for a long time indicate that we need a Referendum in this state. The Labour Government has lost their way and St. Lucia is sinking rapidly. No amount of money raised by whatever means will return this country to what it used to be. With a few good men and women we might just be able to see some light but it will take some time. Peace and love. We need a change now.

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  8. I just want to say a big thank you to the LPM party for consistently holding this government responsible. You all are doing a fantastic job.

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  9. Kennu bringing the country to Disaster. They are there fot theit pocket d. St luciand wake up.

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  10. Instead of this passport issue, please create jobs for the people.

    Is that what St Lucia has come down to????

    People need to protest against this. That's not right for a small country where the people can't even get jobs.

    I suppose they are opening ways for Jamaicans to invest in the drugs. Lately St Lucia is so interested in Jamaica. ....

    Jamaica has no money. Have you ever try to convert a US dollar to Jamaican. The exchange is 1US$ to 98 or 100 Jamaican dollar.

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  11. What a dangerous thing to do. Which country does that to it's people security and everything else such as health, more crimes than this country can manage as much as it is already. You want another person to gain st lucia's profits than it's own people?

    Kenny you are a very sick and physco path

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  12. That's why they never shud have been voted in! But idiot st. Lucian and their better days smh

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  13. Way to go LPM. Ask the questions that the UWP as the main opposition party should have been asking. You are indeed our life saver.

    Hope UWP finds its way soon for another five years of Labour will certainly sink this country.

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  14. Add me to the list of persons who plan on voting them out of office. They have no time or respect for us hence the reason why they refuse to consult us on this matter. This government has no idea what transparency means.

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