SLP to PM: Stop politicising CIP Unit

Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party is surprised by the Citizenship by Investment Unit issuing a statement in response to the Labour Party.

The statement issued by the Labour Party was critical of the changes made by the Government and was critical of the actions of the Prime Minister. Therefore, it was expected that the Government or the Office of the Prime Minister would have responded.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to stop politicising the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIP Unit) and avoid using the staff to pursue his political objectives. The SLP believes that the CIP Unit must remain professional and objective and political operatives must not be seen to be directing or interfering in its decisions.

Accordingly, the SLP calls on the staff of the CIP Unit and other government agencies involved in issuing citizenships and passports, to be vigilant and ensure that the correct procedures are followed and that they do not give in to threats from political operatives.

The Labour Party, however, supports the announcement of the CIP Unit in its Press Release that citizenship which has been granted to anyone on the basis of false representation or fraud or wilful concealment of material facts can be revoked. The SLP, therefore, wishes to repeat that when it assumes office it will conduct due diligence on every citizenship granted and any government official, board member, or political operative who knew or ought to have known or directed or approved any citizenship which is not in keeping with internationally accepted due diligence practice or the laws of Saint Lucia will be held criminally liable.

The SLP calls on the Prime Minister to review his approach and management of the CIP as the actions of the Government are severely undermining the image and reputation of Saint Lucia and posing a security risk to Saint Lucia. The Saint Lucia Labour Party says it is clear the Government does not want a debate on CIP in Parliament to avoid the public being informed.

The SLP says based on information reaching it from agents and persons within the industry there is a crisis of confidence in the Saint Lucia CIP as there is a fear that friendly governments and enforcement agencies are now reluctant to be associated with the Saint Lucia CIP. Additionally, there is a now a higher fear of de-risking and loss of correspondent banks because of the loss of confidence in Saint Lucia. The SLP is sounding a loud warning to Prime Minister Chastanet that this will be catastrophic for the CIP in particular and Saint Lucia in general.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party once more calls on the Prime Minister to revoke the changes made and to restore credibility to the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment programme and end all political interference in the operations of the Unit.


  1. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Yll have to stop accepting those SLP press releases. Let’s them work to figure out what they’re going to do to win the next election.

    1. Anonymous
      April 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      So you want to stop them from exercising their free speech, wonder was your position the same when the UWP was in opposition and sending their press releases.?

  2. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    You jackasses this is not what you stated in the previous release. You realised that St Lucians know you were (taking us for asses) so you changed the statement. We know that you are entitled to your due diligence. What can you do if the investors character qualified him when he was given citizenship? You won’t be able to touch them. (Word deleted)

  3. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Why do they continue to release crap in an attempt to correct a previous crap? I am getting convinced that they are finished.

  4. St. lucian
    April 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    The hypocritical snake.

    When the SLP proudly says if given a chance in government it will revoke things in CIP it does not like even to the detriment of holders of CIP status dont they think that it is such stupid talk that will scare prospective CIP clients. So to make out that such persons are fearful of the programme it is only because of their (SLP) scare tactics.
    Economic sabotage, terrorism treason call it what you may, all the same

  5. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

    We need a general strike to remove Chastanet from power

  6. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    When we resume power ūüėĀbull, this is what you fellas good at, giving a good bark when you’ll in opposition so that is where you’ll stay. You still have not answered the people of St Lucia on so many matters. you guys played politics with police matters‚Äč which brought about impacts and you did nothing about it, it’s still a drag so many years later. I don’t know for other but I not falling for you guys nonsense again you took us for fools and when we asked for answers non was given. NO RESPECT

  7. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I think u have to remove yrself hypocrite because the prime minister has not done anything to warrant such claims. If this is the strategy u’all want to use to confuse ppl,I can tell u from the word go,u’ve failed.The C.I.P program will move forward with or without u.

  8. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I agree.

  9. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    If there us another election Chastanet and his uneducated baboons would lose

  10. Anonymous
    April 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Are the politician working together to keep the electorates in the dark as much as possible? Are all politicians rich? Are they interested in the people or themselves? Do you really think the current government and the opposition are actual enemies? Are they not in the same society? . People please think rationally and try to make the best out of life independently.

  11. Nutral
    April 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    None of the parties want to deal with the result of the impac prob don’t you all realize that

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