ST KITTS AND NEVIS is looking to make some changes to its Economic Citizenship Programme, in the face of concerns voiced by countries including Canada and the
The twin-island state’s new Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris made this admission yesterday, on the fringes of a meeting of the Regional Security System’ (RSS) Council of Ministers at the Hilton Barbados resort.
“We at home are working post-haste to revamp the programme to institute some control measures which we think will reduce incidence of risk to our programme and to our partners internationally and we are confident,” he commented.
“In December 2014 an independent investigation was done of the programme. We are studying that report from a credible and respectable entity that has itself been involved in due diligence in relation to citizenship, in relation to financial transactions and they are looking at those recommendations and in a week or two Cabinet will make a determination how we will proceed in light of those recommendations and in light of the other information that we have garnered from our interactions with developers in the programme, service providers and, of course, with concerned governments.”
Prime Minister Harris new Team UNITY Administration has been praised by service providers for their handling of the programme since taking office. International agencies have declared that the programme will likely improve it,s image and standing with the change of political leadership of the country. Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas came under heavy scrutiny and criticism regarding his handling of the citizenship programme .