Published 5 February 2019
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
Photo: Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Mr. Les Khan addressing economic citizens and agents in Dubai.
The imminent introduction of the biometrics to the country’s programme was one of the highlights of a recent meet and greet with economic citizens and agents in Dubai on Monday, January 28. That effort was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Mark Brantley, who was supported by Attorney General, the Honourable Vincent Byron and Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Mr. Les Khan.
Speaking with the Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Khan said the necessary legislative framework is already in place for the introduction of biometrics.
He added, “The agents looked at this new addition in a positive light because they are also interested in ensuring that we get the best people and that we don’t get any rogue individuals into our programme. This is something that is very important in that region particularly because of the possibility of terrorist financing and terrorist activity, so we have to be very careful.”
Once implemented, St. Kitts and Nevis will be the only CBI jurisdiction in the Caribbean that utilizes fingerprint biometrics in a digital format.
Additionally, Mr. Khan said the meet and greet event in Dubai also represented an opportunity for the St. Kitts and Nevis Government to allay fears and concerns about the country’s programme – concerns created through the peddling of misinformation by Opposition actors.
“The meeting gave the agents a comfort feeling that the country is making every effort to keep our programme as one of the best and to maintain the platinum standard through increased diplomatic relationships, visa free access and due diligence processes.”
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment programme is one of the world’s longest running and successful programmes.
Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Mark Brantley pictured with economic citizens and agents during meet and greet in Dubai.
Photo: Attorney General, the Hon. Vincent Byron engages with citizens and agents in Dubai.