St Kitts and Nevis crowned as best destination to invest in according to 2023 CBI (CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT) Index

Basseterre, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — St Kitts and Nevis has been recognised as the best CBI destination in the 2023 edition of the CBI Index, trumping 11 other countries with active citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes.

The country, which has made several sweeping changes to its CBI Programme in the last year, took top honours, scoring 77 points in a race between nations such as Dominica, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Malta, Vanuatu, Turkey, Egypt, Austria, Cambodia, and Jordan.

The 2023 CBI Index noted that St Kitts and Nevis has been the most proactive CBI nation in the Caribbean when it comes to responding to security concerns raised by Western nations. The country ‘stands out for taking immediate and decisive action based on the ‘Six Principles’ framework. Moreover, it underscores a political will to take a proactive leadership role in the long-term sustainability of the industry through good governance, enhanced due diligence, and regional harmonisation with international partners.’

Now in its seventh year, the CBI Index utilises its established nine-pillar index architecture to provide investors with a data-driven framework with which to measure the performance and appeal of global CBI programmes. The nine pillars include Standard of Living, Freedom of Movement, Minimum Investment Outlay, Mandatory Travel or Residence, Citizenship Timeline, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence, Family and Certainty of Product.

St Kitts and Nevis scored full marks in Mandatory Travel or Residence, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence and Certainty of Product pillars.

The Mandatory Travel or Residence pillar examines the travel or residence conditions imposed on applicants both before and after the granting of citizenship. St Kitts and Nevis does not have travel or minimum residency requirements for its programme, making it straightforward for busy entrepreneurs and global citizens to attain citizenship in the country.

The Ease of Processing pillar measures the end-to-end complexity of the CBI application process. The overall effortlessness of the application process is a particularly vital component, and the promise of a smooth, hassle-free process can generate readiness to engage with a programme.

The Due Diligence pillar measures a programme’s integrity. St Kitts and Nevis retains its top position from the previous year due to the Citizenship by Investment Unit’s changes made as part of a rapid implementation of the ‘Six Principles,’ which include mandatory interviews and measures to stop financial irregularities in the real estate option to safeguard the Programme’s reputation.

The Certainty of Product pillar encompasses a range of factors that measure a programme’s certainty across five different dimensions including longevity, popularity and renown, stability, reputation, and adaptability. As the only country to attain a perfect score in this category, St Kitts and Nevis’ performance reflects not only its swift response to the recent unprecedented international pressure imposed on all Caribbean CBI programmes, but its continuous proactive approach to instituting industry leading changes.

“I am thrilled to once again to have the St Kitts and Nevis CBI Programme recognised as the best in the industry,” said Michael Martin, Head of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit.

“This recognition by the CBI Index is another confirmation of why St Kitts and Nevis should be the first choice for any global investor. For four decades we have crafted solid, innovative and sustainable investment solutions, giving investors the confidence to attain their goals in the global arena.”

St Kitts and Nevis continues to provide an exemplary model to the investment migration industry. The country made bold changes to its Programme at the end of 2022 and further changes in July, the latter changes convincingly addressed security concerns raised by the United Kingdom, the European Union and previously the United States.

The country hosted four of the Caribbean’s CBI nations, along with a delegation from the United States, who all agreed on 6 Principles to be followed by the Caribbean nations. While many of the security measures were already in place as part of St Kitts and Nevis’ due diligence processes, the country was one of the first to institute mandatory interviews with applicants aged 16 years and older.

St Kitts and Nevis has also tightened regulations around how Authorised Agents and International Marketing Agents operate, requiring them to have their businesses registered under the laws of St Kitts and Nevis and limiting how they may advertise the St Kitts and CBI Programme internationally.

Other legislative changes include increased minimum investment thresholds, revised dependant eligibility, and the closing of loopholes for real estate investment options.

St Kitts and Nevis has shown the most commitment to upholding the integrity and reputation its CBI programme in the international arena.

The CBI Index is a rating system designed to assess the performance and appeal of active CBI programmes across a diverse range of indicators and measures. Its purpose is to bring value to the CBI industry by providing a data-driven and practical tool for appraising programmes and facilitating the decision-making process for individuals considering them.

The CBI Index stands as one of the most recognised and reputable rating tools in the investment migration industry and has a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and knowledge.

Secretary of St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
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La Réunion annuelle sur l’investissement s’offre une nouvelle identité pour devenir le Congrès AIM et prépare sa 13e édition qui se déroulera à Abou Dabi en mai 2024

ABOU DABI, Émirats arabes unis, 15 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sous la nouvelle étiquette de « Congrès AIM », le comité d’organisation de l’une des plus grandes plateformes d’investissement au monde accueillera cette année encore des dirigeants régionaux et internationaux, des décideurs d’élite et des pionniers à l’occasion de la 13e édition de la réunion annuelle qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 mai 2024 au centre national des expositions d’Abou Dabi.

La conférence se déroulera sur le thème « S’adapter à un paysage de l’investissement en pleine mutation en exploitant le nouveau potentiel du développement économique mondial ». Le Congrès AIM 2024 bénéficie du soutien du ministère de l’industrie et des technologies avancées, et compte le département du développement économique d’Abou Dabi (ADDED) comme partenaire principal.

Les Émirats arabes unis accueilleront une nouvelle fois les participants au cœur de leur belle capitale, et comptent bien faire un succès inédit de cet événement qui a attiré l’année dernière pas moins de 10 313 participants et 693 intervenants de 175 pays.

Son Excellence Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, le Ministre d’État au Commerce extérieur des Émirats arabes unis s’est montré très enthousiaste envers le Congrès AIM 2024, en déclarant que « Depuis plus de dix ans, le Congrès AIM démontre son ferme engagement en faveur de la promotion d’une coopération économique mondiale et de la mobilisation du potentiel de certains pays émergents. Dans un périmètre mondial de l’investissement en pleine évolution, il apparaît capital de faire preuve d’adaptation pour explorer de nouveaux axes de croissance. Le rassemblement du Congrès AIM demeure un événement majeur en 2024, et réunit les principaux acteurs économiques du monde autour d’un dialogue constructif ouvrant la voie à des investissements à fort impact qui contribueront à bâtir un meilleur avenir pour chacun ».

Son Excellence Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, le Président de l’ADDED déclare pour sa part que « En capitalisant sur le remarquable succès de l’édition 2023 du Congrès AIM, nous relevons la barre pour répondre aux attentes de la communauté mondiale de l’investissement tout entière. En tant que capitale fédérale, Abou Dabi est la ville idéale pour mener le débat mondial sur les perspectives de l’investissement et ses dynamiques dans un monde en profonde mutation. Notre approche envers les flux d’investissement s’aligne sur notre engagement sans faille pour consacrer le développement humain, la durabilité et les technologies avancées au cœur de programmes socio-économiques à l’échelle nationale et internationale, tout en respectant le calendrier d’application des normes ESG et en favorisant des synergies à travers des initiatives de coopération internationale – pour que chacun d’entre nous ait de meilleures conditions de vie ».

Dawood Al Shezawi, le Président de la fondation AIM Global, a quant à lui souligné que « Renommer la Réunion annuelle sur l’investissement en Congrès AIM se fait sur fond de recul continu de la croissance économique mondiale dans une société en proie à de multiples enjeux ». Il ajoute que « Ce congrès se veut un événement majeur pour le monde de l’investissement et donne aux décideurs d’élite et aux dirigeants prestigieux du monde entier une occasion unique de se concentrer, ensemble, sur les défis les plus urgents, comme repenser le commerce mondial, rectifier les contours du paysage de l’investissement pour – in fine – créer un impact socio-économique durable dans plusieurs régions du monde ».

Le Congrès AIM repose sur cinq piliers : les investissements directs à l’étranger, les portefeuilles d’investissement étrangers, les start-ups, les PMEs et les villes du futur. La réunion consacrera ces sujets essentiels, et en encadrera les activités.

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Encontro anual de investimentos anuncia nova identidade enquanto AIM Congress, em preparação para a 13.ª edição em Abu Dhabi, em maio de 2024

ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sob a sua nova identidade enquanto “AIM Congress“, a comissão organizadora da plataforma de investimentos líder a nível mundial junta, mais uma vez, os líderes, pensadores e inovadores regionais e internacionais na 13.a edição do evento que irá ocorrer de 7 a 9 de maio de 2024 no Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Tendo como base o tema “Adaptação a uma perspetiva de investimento em mudança: impulsionamento de novo potencial para o desenvolvimento económico mundial“, o AIM Congress 2024 é apoiado pelo Ministério da Indústria e da Tecnologia Avançada e pelo Departamento de Desenvolvimento Económico de Abu Dhabi (ADDED) enquanto principal parceiro.

Tendo novamente, lugar na vibrante capital dos EAU, o AIM Congress 2024 planeia superar o sucesso alcançado com a sua edição do ano passado, a qual atraiu 10 313 participantes e 693 oradores de 175 países.

Sua Excelência, o Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Ministro do Comércio Externo dos EAU, expressou o seu entusiasmo pelo AIM Congress 2024, afirmando que “Durante mais de uma década, o AIM Congress tem sido firme no seu compromisso de promover a cooperação económica global e impulsionar os mercados especialmente emergentes dos países. No âmbito do panorama em mudança do investimento global, é extremamente importante que os países se adaptem e explorem novas possibilidades de crescimento. Na edição de 2024, o AIM Congress continuará a ser o palco principal para o encontro dos agentes económicos mais proeminentes a nível mundial, facilitando o diálogo e o caminho para investimentos impactantes que impulsionam um futuro melhor e mais brilhante para todas as pessoas.”

Sua Excelência, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Presidente do ADDED, declarou que “Tendo por base o enorme sucesso da edição anterior do AIM, estamos a elevar o nível do evento para atingirmos as expectativas da comunidade global de investimentos. Enquanto capital do capital, Abu Dhabi é palco para conversações globais sobre o panorama e a dinâmica dos investimentos, numa era caracterizada por grandes mudanças. A nossa abordagem aos investimentos internos e estrangeiros é orientada pelo nosso compromisso inabalável em colocar o desenvolvimento humano, a sustentabilidade e a tecnologia avançada no núcleo dos planos socioeconómicos aos níveis local e internacional, em apoiar as agendas ESG e em reforçar as sinergias através da cooperação internacional para a melhoria da vida de todas as pessoas.”

A este respeito, Dawood Al Shezawi, Presidente da fundação global do AIM, comentou: “Face aos diversos desafios que o nosso mundo enfrenta atualmente, e considerando o declínio contínuo do desenvolvimento económico global, emerge o anúncio da nova identidade do AIM enquanto AIM Congress, posicionando-se como o palco principal para o investimento e fornecendo a plataforma ideal para que os líderes e responsáveis pela tomada de decisões proeminentes de todo o mundo possam abordar coletivamente os problemas mais urgentes, reformar o panorama comercial e de investimentos global e, por fim, impulsionar impactos positivos e duradouros a nível económico e social em diversas regiões em todo o mundo.”

O AIM Congress tem por base os seus cinco principais pilares — IDE, IEC, empresas em fase de arranque, PME e futuras cidades — que sustentam os objetivos do evento e fornecem um fluxo de trabalho para as respetivas atividades.

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Akufo-Addo is the ‘devil’, he wants to make Bawumia the poodle of the Akyems – Alhaji Saani

A founding member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Saani Mohammed, has descended heavily on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In an interview on Kumasi-based Oheneba1TV on Facebook on September 13, 2023, Alhaji Saani, a member of the council of elders of the NDC in the Ashanti Region, described the president as the devil because he has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians.

He said that Akufo-Addo’s recent admission that the next president of Ghana would solve the challenges of the country means that he intentionally brought hardship on Ghanaians.

“We warned Ghanaians about Akufo-Addo but they did not listen. Those who knew him warned us but we did not listen. See the mess we are in today.

“Akufo-Addo is the devil himself… I’m not just symbolising; he is the one,” he said in Twi.

The NDC leading NDC member added that the president now wants to use the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, as a stooge to continue ruling Ghana but it would not work this time around.

“He wants to make Dr Bawumia, the poodle of Akyems. But history tells us that Dr. Bawumia would not win even if Akufo-Addo supports him,” he added.

Source: Ghana Web

Akatsavakpor basic school ripped off by rainstorm

A rainstorm on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, ripped off classrooms of Akatsavakpor D/A Basic School near Klikor in the Volta Region.

A visit by this reporter to the school saw a wooden structure that served as a classroom for the lower primary pupils, destroyed, while the upper primary and JHS classrooms and the headteacher’s office, which also served as the school storeroom had their roofs ripped off and mangled.

This reporter also saw pieces of aluminum roofing sheets scattered all over the school’s compound while some were also seen hanging on nearby trees.

Headmaster of the school, Freeman Atitsogbui told this reporter that the incident had affected academic activities in the school, especially at a time when the pupils were writing their end-of-term exams.

“It has affected the school so greatly that academic work has virtually come to a halt. Our office and store have also been affected resulting in damage to some of our teaching and learning materials including textbooks. We have managed to salvage some of the items in the storeroom which we are keeping in a safe place,” the headmaster said.

He appealed to the Ketu South Municipal Assembly, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), and other well-meaning individuals to immediately come to the aid of the school in getting the situation under control.

Chief of the area, who is also a Divisional Chief of Klikor, Torgbi Korkudjaah-Boafo Tamakloe II, visited the school in the company of some elders of the community following the disaster and pledged his support towards re-roofing the classrooms for academic work to be restored.

He also appealed to the relevant institutions and well-meaning indigenes of the area, to “pull resources together to help fix the challenge at hand to safeguard the education and future of our young ones.”

Source: Ghana Web

Ada boat disaster: 15 fishermen rescued, 1 dead, 3 still missing

15 out of 19 fishermen involved in the Ada boat disaster have been successfully rescued.

According to Citi News, one fisherman has been confirmed dead, while the whereabouts of three others remain unknown.

The distressing event unfolded on Thursday morning when two separate boats, Shalon and Barcelona, carrying a total of 19 fishermen, capsized in the wake of a powerful tidal wave.

This marks the sixth boat accident this year at the estuary, highlighting the perilous nature of their profession. A search operation is currently underway to locate the remaining missing individuals.

The Ada community is grappling with shock and grief in the aftermath of this unfortunate incident.

Source: Ghana Web

56-year-old driver fined GH?6,000 for possession of narcotic drug

A 56-year-old driver, who unlawfully had in his possession 45 white and gold foil wraps of cocaine with a net weight of 1.410 grammes has been sentenced to pay a GH?6,000.00 fine by an Accra Circuit Court.

Emmanuel Mensah also had 19 foil wraps of heroin with a net weight of 2.3634 grammes in his possession unlawfully.

Charged with two counts of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs, Mensah pleaded guilty.

The Court presided over by Jojo Amoah Hagan, convicted Mensah on his own plea and sentenced him accordingly.

Mensah was sentenced to pay a fine of 500 penalty units, equivalent to GH?6,000.00 in default, and serve 15 months imprisonment in hard labour.

The facts as presented by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Nyamekye was that the complainants were Police Officers stationed at the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of CID Headquarters, Accra.

The prosecution said the convict was a resident of McCarthy Junction.

It said on March 2, 2023, at about 1015 hours, the complainants acted upon intelligence gathered and arrested the convict at a narcotic drug peddling base at Tudu, Accra.

The prosecution said a search conducted on the convict revealed 45 gold foil wraps of cocaine with net weight of 1.410 grammes and 19 gold foil wraps of heroin with net weight of 2.3634 grammes after a Forensic Science examination they conducted on them.

Source: Ghana Web

5 dead after attempting to mine in restricted area

Five individuals lost their lives while attempting to mine in a prohibited area within Tarkwa, a town situated in the Western Region of Ghana.

Assaseradio.com reports that the victims, all employees of Tarkwa Community Mining, had embarked on an unauthorized mining expedition with the assistance of four others.

Kwodwo Safo, the Public Relations Officer of the company, expressed his deep sorrow over the incident, stating, “It is quite unfortunate that nine of our workers went there for this unfortunate event to happen.”

The ill-fated mining operation resulted in five fatalities and left four others injured.

Safo revealed, “We recorded five fatalities and four injuries. So we rushed those who are injured to the nearest hospital.”

In the wake of this tragedy, the mining company is taking proactive measures to prevent any further access to restricted mining areas.

Safo explained, “This is the first time it is happening. It has actually given us a blow, and we’ve put measures in place.”

Source: Ghana Web