Basseterre, St. Kitts — Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris and Minister responsible for the Citizenship by Investment Programme has urged employees of the Citizenship by Investment Unit to exhibit the highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality and service. Dr Harris addressed the staff on Tuesday evening at their office.
Dr Harris told employees that the Citizenship by Investment programme was critical to the quality of life of the people. Being cognizant of this, “I urge you to strive for excellence, be sensitive and professional to those who seek your service.”
Dr Harris has been spearheading efforts to reform, restructure and reposition the CBI programme as a model of transparency and accountability that surpasses the expectations of the international community. Dr Harris said his government has been working well with the governments of Canada, USA and UK to ensure, “our practices are such that we minimize if not eliminate risks of unsavory actors participating in the programme.”
In response to a query, Dr Harris said, “The mismanagement of the programme by the Douglas regime could not be undone overnight and I urge agents and promoters of the programme to demonstrate patience and understanding. We will never sacrifice my country or its reputation for the short run gains from the sale of citizenship that is why our government is working to recalibrate the programme and put it on a longterm sustainable footing.”