Cit­i­zen­ship by in­vest­ment to start in Jan­uary

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony de­liv­ered a stir­ring open­ing ad­dress to the Global Cit­i­zens Fo­rum in Monaco on Thurs­day, 8th Oc­to­ber, 2015. Dur­ing the course of his speech to the elite gath­er­ing, the prime min­is­ter an­nounced that Saint Lu­cia will be ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for cit­i­zen­ship by in­vest­ment as of 1st Jan­uary, 2016.

Dr. An­thony de­scribed him­self as a jeal­ous guardian of Saint Lu­cian cit­i­zen­ship. How­ever, he noted that the time had ar­rived to think be­yond the tra­di­tional ap­proaches to deal with the myr­iad prob­lems fac­ing small states, and that “of­fer­ing cit­i­zen­ship through in­vest­ment has now also be­come a vi­able al­ter­na­tive.”

The prime min­is­ter in­formed the gath­er­ing of cit­i­zen­ship lawyers, wealth man­agers, mar­ket­ing agents, in­vestors and VIPs that Saint Lu­cia, by ac­cept­ing new cit­i­zens, would not just be of­fer­ing cit­i­zen­ship but would be of­fer­ing an iden­tity, a peo­ple and Saint Lu­cia’s place in the world.

He stressed that new cit­i­zens must en­hance Saint Lu­cia’s global stand­ing and en­sure that the coun­try’s proud her­itage en­dures.

In his ad­dress, the prime min­is­ter out­lined the prin­ci­ples and char­ac­ter­is­tics of the pro­gramme to be im­ple­mented by Saint Lu­cia. He ob­served that the leg­is­la­tion es­tab­lish­ing the pro­gramme was sup­ported with­out po­lit­i­cal ran­cour, with the bless­ing of both gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion.

Ear­lier that night guests had been soothed by the mu­si­cal skills of Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son who played var­i­ous tra­di­tional Saint Lu­cian songs. The prime min­is­ter’s ad­dress was fol­lowed by a per­for­mance from Boo and Haitian su­per­star Wy­clef Jean. Wy­clef, best known for his band the Fugees - a recog­ni­tion of their refugee her­itage - is at­tend­ing the Fo­rum as a spe­cial guest. He per­formed with Boo at the in­vi­ta­tion of the prime min­is­ter.

The event was also at­tended by a num­ber of lawyers and pro­fes­sion­als from Saint Lu­cia.

Prime Min­is­ter Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, speak­ing in Monaco at the 2015 Global Citizen Fo­rum.

(Re­alis Pho­tog­ra­phy)

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