PM: Government had no choice on CIP

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has declared that the government had no choice but to launch a Citizenship by Investment (CIP) programme here.

Chastanet noted that four other OECS countries had already launched the programme.

“It means that a person can get a passport from Dominica for one hundred thousand dollars, or get a passport from Grenada, St Kitts or Antigua and have the full rights of being here – they got OECS citizenship,” the PM said.

Chastanet noted that some of the Chinese who came here to open restaurants received their passports through Dominica.

“They came in as an OECS person to invest in Saint Lucia and we cannot prevent them from coming in,” the PM stated.

He observed that the Prime Minister already has the authority to grant citizenship.

“So for me, we are past that point,” Chastanet said.

He said the critical point was how to set up a system to satisfy concerns about the CIP.

Chastanet recalled that a lot of people had said that he was against the CIP because he was criticizing Ernest Hilaire.

However he said he had always spoken about the need for the programme.

“My issue was that Ernest Hilaire was the High Commissioner in the UK embroiled in a scandal called Juffali and the worst thing that he did is that he gave a person a diplomatic passport,” the PM asserted.

He said Saint Lucians only found out about the diplomatic passport with news of Walid Juffali’s divorce case.

He declared that Saint Lucians would have been none the wiser ¬†about Juffali’s diplomatic passport otherwise.

Chastanet said:

“How then can you take a man who was involved in that scandal, put him now as the Chairman of the CIP – oh yes and by the way, everybody knew that Ernest was going to run; so here you have a person who was also going to be a politician.”

The PM asserted that his issue had to do with Ernest Hilaire’s involvement.

“All we asked for was for Ernest to resign as Chairman,” he said.

He stated that his United Workers Party (UWP) had asked the then government to allow the party to participate in the policy of the CIP.

However Chastanet noted that when it came to the CIP regulations, everything was shrouded in secrecy.

The Prime Minister spoke last night during the DBS Television programme РTalk, with  host -Rick Wayne.




  1. Anonymous
    December 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    And the back and forth begins. Apparently you politicians love secret deals and giving diplomatic passports in secrecy. You Mr Chastenet did your share of giving passports and giving away our tax dollars to airlines and told us its none of our business.

  2. Concerned Citizen
    December 9, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Try repairing the deplorable roads and move on to more positive things affecting St Lucia

  3. Sad-But-True
    December 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

    De..flection from this an-i.mal. Nothing substantial comes out of it’s mouth.
    No surprise here. You need to tell the Saint Lucian People, how much did DSH spend funding your campaign to have given them this much PO.WER over NATIONALS. You are just like an..cestors, wh..ite boy. Vi…cious and D..irty.

  4. Sad-But-True
    December 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

    You need to tell the Saint Lucian People, how much did DSH spend funding your campaign to have given them this much PO.WER over NATIONALS. You are just like an..cestors, wh..ite boy. Vi…cious and D..irty.

  5. Bad Boy
    December 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    the Oppositions job is to make sure that the Government does the right thing your job is to do the right thing and move on with Government business all the money you all got to Champain get some more to do Government business and get on with it travelling and not bringing back a thing its time boss man you just using all the KDA started do uour bit. hell man

  6. Anonymous
    December 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    And now the prime liar excuses and excuses continues..

    1. Larvaywitai
      December 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Never see the secondary roads up north so bad, my Government fix them roads.

  7. Anonymous
    December 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Juffali is dead and buried. Why are you talking about this dead man…oh yeah… you’re trying to distract people and not speak about how you just $&#%# the country for generations to come

  8. Girl
    December 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Las bat chou Chastanet

  9. Calvin
    December 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    The CIP program provides our island with an unprecedented opportunity for our new citizens to compete at the 2018 in events such as alpine skiing with CIP participants from St. Kitts.

    Our government needs to get behind this with substantive funding to ensure that our CIP peeps will be able to properly train, are well equipped, and able to hit a home-run for all Looshans at the upcoming 2018 Winter Games.

    Fielding a Winter Olympic team as St. Kitts has done deserves our support and government allocation of sufficient funding.

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