Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony delivered a stirring opening address to the Global Citizens Forum in Monaco on Thursday, October 8, 2015.
During the course of his speech to the elite gathering, the Prime Minister announced that Saint Lucia will be accepting applications for citizenship by investment as of 1 January 2016.
Dr. Anthony described himself as a jealous guardian of Saint Lucian citizenship. However, he noted that the time had arrived to think beyond the traditional approaches to deal with the myriad problems facing small states, and that “offering citizenship through investment has now also become a viable alternative.”
The Prime Minister informed the gathering of citizenship lawyers, wealth managers, marketing agents, investors and VIP’s that Saint Lucia, by accepting new citizens, would not just be offering citizenship but would be offering an identity, a people and Saint Lucia’s place in the world.
He stressed that new citizens must enhance Saint Lucia’s global standing and ensure that the country’s proud heritage endures.
In his address, the Prime Minister outlined the principles and characteristics of the programme to be implemented by Saint Lucia. He observed that the legislation establishing the programme was supported without political rancour, with the blessing of both Government and the Opposition.
Earlier that night guests were soothed by the musical skills of Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, who played various traditional Saint Lucian songs. The Prime Minister’s address was followed by a performance from Boo and Haitian superstar Wyclef Jean. Wyclef, best known for his band the Fugees – a recognition of their refugee heritage – is attending the Forum as a special guest. He performed with Boo at the invitation of the Prime Minister.
The event is also attended by a number of lawyers and professionals from Saint Lucia.