Government to find new, innovative ways to maintain CBI Programme’s ‘platinum brand’
From the press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis’ platinum branded Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme continues to be an important contributor to non-tax revenue, and also adds significantly to the overall performance of the federation’s robust construction industry, said Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris during his presentation of the 2018 Budget Address earlier today.
“In the first half of 2017, construction grew by just under 9 percent – a direct result of the injection of a significant amount of resources to construct several multi-million dollar condo, villa and hotel developments.,” he said. “Some of these developments are the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, which opened for business just last month; Koi; the Heldon Estate; T-Loft Raddison; the King’s Pavilion Hotel – all of which are being facilitated under the CBI.”
Harris said his Team Unity government will continue to find new and innovative ways to keep the federation’s CBI Programme highly competitive in an increasingly competitive industry. The federation’s Citizenship by Investment Programme was recently awarded as the World’s Most Innovative Investment Immigration Programme at the Global Citizen Awards Ceremony in Russia.
This international accolade came after the government introduced the six-month Hurricane Relief Fund as a third option under the CBI Programme. Funds raised via this third investment option will help foot the more than $150 million bill the government of St. Kitts and Nevis faces to rebuild key public infrastructure, which suffered damage during the passage of the two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria.
The substantive reforms, restructuring and repositioning efforts of the economic citizenship programme by the Team Unity government, since assuming office in 2015, have also allowed for the federation’s programme to emerge as a global leader in the industry, receiving highest acclaim by the Financial Times of London on four indicators, including the quality of due diligence.
These reforms include the hiring of IPSA International, a regulatory risk mitigation company, to do a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s citizenship programme, as well as new management for the CIU, the introduction of a 24/7 case management system that allows for round-the-clock, real-time monitoring of the status of CBI applications, the employment of additional due diligence providers with specialist knowledge of particular countries and regions, and increased partnerships with friendly governments such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union.
Prime Minister Harris announced that his government will host a CBI Conference in the first half of 2018 where “all stakeholders will have an opportunity to discuss the future of the programme and how we can make it even greater.”