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Grenada to initiate meeting with Caricom Crime and Security Agencies to discuss due diligence for Citizenship by Investment in the Region



Wednesday, August 1, 2018 6:52 PM- George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE'S: GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE: AUGUST 1ST, 2018 - Prime Minister, Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell will be initiating a meeting with CARICOM level crime and security management agencies to discuss compliance with due diligence procedures for Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes operated by regional countries.


The meeting with the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) and the CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) will be one of the priority agenda items for Dr. Mitchell in his capacity as the new Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.


The meeting is in response to concerns about the perception that proper due diligence is not always enforced by all countries which operate such investment programmes.


Dr. Mitchell said there are reports that applicants in some jurisdictions may be granted certificates of citizenship and passports without the proper checks being conducted by JRCC and IMPACS.


The Prime Minister noted that all representatives at the recent ECCB Monetary Council meeting said this does not happen in their jurisdiction. However, he said, “the fact is, the rumours exist and they have to be addressed. If it is not true, they must be confronted, simply saying it is not true is not enough. We have to do more to protect the integrity of the CBI programmes for the benefit of all of us.”
The meeting will allow representatives of JRCC and IMPACS to present the facts as they relate to compliance with established procedures for granting citizenship.


Dr. Mitchell said, “If any one of us allows applicants to qualify for citizenship and receive passports without the regional checks being conducted, they will have the data and be able to present it to us. The expectation is that countries would then confront their respective departments responsible for the CBI programmes to address the matter accordingly.”


Dr. Mitchell also stressed the importance of maintaining the reputation of CBI programmes because any discrepancies found within one programme can impact the integrity of all the other programmes operated regionally.


At present, Grenada, Antigua &Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Lucia are the regional countries with CBI programmes.


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Notes to Editors:

The Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) is the central clearing house for the Advance Passenger Information (API) and acts and on behalf of individual CARICOM member states for the purpose of pre-screening passengers from air and sea carriers traversing the region.

The JRCC acts as a conduit to ensure effective communication among Law Enforcement personnel, which is necessary to enhance border control related activities.

The JRCC assists regional law enforcement personnel in the detection of persons who are travelling with stolen, lost and fraudulent travel documents, along with the identification of and monitoring the movements of persons of interest, including those who may be a high security threat to the safety and security of the region. (SOURCE: www.caricom.org)

CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) is the nerve centre of the region’s new multilateral crime and security management architecture, specifically designed to administer a collective response to the crime and security priorities of member states.

IMPACS is headed by an Executive Director who reports to the CARICOM Council of Ministers for National Security and Law Enforcement. The core functions of IMPACS include:


•           Implementation of actions agreed by the Council relating to crime and security.


•           Advising the Council on appropriate regional responses to crime and security arrangements on the basis of research and analysis.


•           Providing a clearing house for relevant information in matters relating to crime and security.


•           Contributing to the development and implementation of strategies for effective representation of CARICOM on a regional and international level on matters relating to crime and security.


•           Collaboration and co-ordination with national and international crime prevention and control agencies to determine

trends, methodologies and strategies for crime prevention and enhancing security for the Caribbean Community. (SOURCE: www.caricom.org)



 

 

 

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