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Saint Lucia Joins the Caribbean Memorandum of Agreement: What To Expect

Neringa Bulakiene
13 June 2024

Saint Lucia has officially joined the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a regional agreement aimed at promoting economic growth and development through the movement of goods and services. This milestone is expected to bring numerous benefits to the island nation and its citizens, but what should expect those who plan to receive residency there? In this article, we'll delve into the details of the MoU, its benefits, and what potential residents can expect from this new development.

What is the Caribbean Memorandum of Agreement

The Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a regional agreement signed by several Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and now Saint Lucia. The agreement aims to promote economic integration, cooperation, and mutual understanding among its member states. By facilitating the movement of goods and services, the MoU aims to increase trade, stimulate economic growth, and create jobs.

What MoA Will Bring to the Table

The signing of the MoU is expected to bring numerous benefits to Saint Lucia and its citizens. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Simplified Trade: The MoU will simplify trade procedures, reducing the time and cost associated with importing and exporting goods. This will make it easier for businesses to operate across borders and increase trade volumes.
  • Job Creation: The increased economic activity generated by the MoU will lead to job creation, both in the formal and informal sectors.
  • Improved Economic Competitiveness: The MoU will enable Saint Lucia to compete more effectively in the global economy, as businesses will be able to access a wider range of markets and customers.
  • Enhanced Regional Cooperation: The MoU will strengthen regional cooperation and integration, promoting a sense of community and shared purpose among Caribbean countries.

Among many things, we should mention that now 5 Caribbean countries are to raise the minimum threshold for citizenship programs to $200,000. The decisions will come into force on June 30, 2024.

Moreover, Caribbean countries have decided on the following:

  1. Enhance standards for sharing applicant information and create a single digital portal with the Joint Regional Communications Center (JRCC) in Barbados.
  2. Establish uniform standards in accordance with international requirements and best practices for regulating citizenship programs.
  3. Strengthen verification of applicants and regulation of marketing and local program agents.

Hurry up: Get Your Caribbean Life via Investment Citizenship Program

Investors will have time to submit applications based on the old rules, according to which the minimum threshold is just $100,000 before the changes come into force on June 30. With a new agreement in place, investors should consider this development as a call to action. The market is becoming more regulated, and those who act promptly can still benefit from more accessible investment thresholds of $100,000. By securing citizenship, investors can enjoy enhanced global mobility, financial privacy, and personal security – making it an attractive opportunity for those seeking to expand their global reach.

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