The government has added another country unto Antigua and Barbuda list of states blacklisted from the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
According to notes coming out of the cabinet meeting on Saturday, it was agreed to add Sudan to the list of states whose nationals are NOT allowed to apply for CIP citizenship.
Cabinet said the decision was taken in light of recent reports which indicate that despite the attempts by the United Nations to quell the violence, a civil war has increased with South Sudan making it a more dangerous place.
This brings the number of country-restrictions to six. In 2014 the government took the decision to ban citizens from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia the right from obtaining citizenship under the programme.
According to cabinet notes, there have been 934 applications thus far since the 2013 inception of the program. The December 2016, six-month report, was handed to the Prime Minister two weeks ago and is expected to be discussed in Parliament, today.
Meantime, the Cabinet agreed to adopt an improved policy for the issuance of Diplomatic and Official Passports. The Prime Minister is expected to make public the contents of that policy when he takes the floor of Parliament today.