Sunday 8 December, 2019

Nevis Premier: We don't do business that way

The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis has not appointed a single non-national as an ambassador, since assuming office in 2015.

The bold declaration made by Nevis Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation for St Kitts and Nevis, Mark Brantley.

Responding to claims that Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sold diplomatic passports and offered ambassadorships to non-nationals, in exchange for cash, Premier Brantley said the St Kitts and Nevis unity government does not do business that way.

“We are quite proud of our track record in diplomacy, from assuming office in 2015 until now. We have invested heavily in the safety and security of our Citizenship by Investment programme and our due diligence processes have multiple layers to ensure that no criminal or other unsavoury individuals get access to our programme” he told Loop News.

Premier Brantley said the twin-island state earned a Platinum Standard rating for its CBI programme, an accomplishment they’re extremely proud of and go to great lengths to protect.

He said their CBI programme continues to rank best in class globally for safety and security, because of the stringent measures implemented.

Individuals hoping to access the programme, must have a clean criminal record and must provide adequate proof of the source of investment funds.

The Citizenship by Investment programme was founded in St Kitts and Nevis, in 1984. It has since been adopted by a number of other countries in the Caribbean (Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda) and Europe (Cyprus, Malta, Portugal.)

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