Michael Martin Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) head said, CIU intended to enhance its engagement up to the maximum level with the general public. This engagement with the public will be aimed at improving information sharing and ensuring transparency.
Citizenship by investment (CIU) head stated that a large number of changes are going to happen with regard to public engagement.As per him, there is no engagement as much as it should be .In fact,this low engagement and less information sharing could be the reason behind the misconception regarding the citizenship by investment programme of St Kitts and Nevis.
Citizenship by Investment (CIU) head Michael Martin was speaking on the radio show “InFocus”.
Speaking specifically, he made it clear that we need to overhaul the entire programme to turn it into a more attractive programme as compare to other Caribbean countries.
He advocated installation of a communication unit that will be responsible for sharing information linked to citizenship through the investment programme of St Kitts and Nevis.
Mr. Martin also added that the local messaging will raise awareness among the public about the important aspects of the Citizenship by Investment programme. The public will come to know how much CBI is important for island country and how it will benefit the individual.
The CIU head expressed satisfaction over the mounting billboards at the project sites supported by CBI. He said mounting billboards advertising the program is a good way to showcase where investments have been made.
CIU head also explained that the regular publication of a document outlining statistics such as the number of applications,number of applications approved, and revenue generated under CBI are also under consideratio.
All of it is part to bring accountabilty and transparency in the unit. Moreover, public and private ventures benefitting from the CBI supporting many acivities such as tourism, public infrastructure, education, small business development, health, and many more.
Mr Martin also said that CBI contributes to 35 per cent of GDP. Its 35 per cent share that makes it more important. When we consider the 35 per cent contribution of CBI to GDP, then obviously, it is crystal clear that it is doing a lot to develop the country and develop the people of St Kitts and Nevis.
Highlighting the importance of citizenship by investment, Mr Martin stressed that CBI investment would be all around us, and if it were not for CBI, we would not be where we are today.