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One commission to rule them all: Caribbean moves a step closer to CIP harmonization

Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne Tuesday told reporters that OECS-country leaders recently agreed in principle to establish a commission that will govern the region’s citizenship by investment programs.

Proponents of CIPs have long made calls for so-called program harmonization – coordination of due diligence practices, information sharing, documentation requirements and so on – in the Caribbean, which, they say, would reduce the chance that any particular country will transgress and bring the region’s programs as a whole into disrepute.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has gone so far as to suggest full-fledged unification, which would include the harmonization of prices as well.

“We have held discussions with the various leaders within the OECS, and they have all agreed it’s now for the technicians to put the logistics together to ensure there is full cooperation and harmonization going forward,” the PM Browne told Antigua Observer, adding that a position paper is being prepared for discussion at the OECS-level, and that the next OECS-head meeting will see the a final decision on how to proceed.

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But Browne also suggested the particulars of such coordination would not be easy to solve.

“These things do not happen overnight, and when you are dealing with like five different countries, it will take some time to materialize.”

Christian Henrik Nesheim AdministratorKeymaster

Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 16 years in the United States, China, Spain, and Portugal.

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