SPEAKING to reporters on the sidelines of the recently held 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government at the Marriott Hotel, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves reiterated his position on the Citizenship By Investment Programme.
Gonsalves was adamant that the CBI Programme is the sale of a country’s citizenship and passport.“When I came to office in 2001, I met in its infant stages a programme of selling citizenship and selling passport. And call it what you want, that’s what it is, selling citizenship and selling passport.”
He stressed that citizenship is the highest office in a country and should not be sold as a commodity. “I don’t agree with it in principle. The highest office in the land is that of citizen; higher than Prime Minister and higher than Governor General. It is not a commodity for sale.