Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, as reaffirmed his belief that citizenship should not be for sale. In an interview with Antigua AM, he said, the highest office in the land is that of citizen, higher than governor general, higher than prime minister, and it’s not for sale. The passport, he adds, is the outward sign of the inward grace of citizenship, and that too he says is not for sale. It’s a position Dr. Gonsalves has held for years and his comments come at a time when other countries in the eastern Caribbean continue to face challenges with their programmes. It also comes just as Antigua and Barbuda’s CIP improved in its ranking in a recent review of such programmes globally. Dr Gonsalves made it clear that he has a disagreement with his colleagues in the OECS. According to him, it’s a question of principle. The Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the country in which they desire to become a citizen. In exchange the applicants and their families are granted citizenship.

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