The Cabinet has decided that the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit will be managed by a Canadian Immigration Professional beginning next month.
It was disclosed that effective May 16th 2016, Mr. Chisanga Chekwe, a Canadian who served as Deputy Minister in the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade for over 5 years will be placed at the helm of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).
The Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst indicated that Zambian Born Chekwe is highly credentialed noting that Mr. Chekwe was a Rhodes Scholar, who earned entry as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Judicature in England following his graduation.
The Former Canadian Immigration Professional earned both a Bachelor and Master Degrees at the University of Oxford; he also earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) at the University of Birmingham and an LLM at the University of London.
The Future CIP Unit Head also served for more than 5 years as Deputy Minister, with responsibility for more than 300 staff members. He also held responsibility for three Assistant Deputy Ministers and an Executive Assistant. He successfully increased the number of immigrants that Ontario could nominate for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship.
He also co-chaired the Federal Provincial and Territorial Immigration Table that permitted skilled immigrants to enter Canada.
The Government spokesman told ZDK News that Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme continues to be ranked highest in the region, and indicated that the latest appointment of a Canadian Professional will continue to ensure that the programme receives stellar reviews.
Mr. Chisanga Chekwe was subjected to a rigorous interview by Cabinet officials, and the Cabinet made their decision feeling confident in the responses of Mr. Chekwe who will become the Chief Executive Officer of the CIP Unit next month.
He will become the second Canadian to hold this post.