Press Statement by the Prime Minister

Prime Minister the Right Honourable Perry Christie said today that it is an “absolute lie” that his Government has agreed to the sale or grant of 500 Bahamian citizenships to Chinese investors in connection with the Baha Mar Project.  “Bahamian citizenship”, the Prime Minister said “is not for sale at any time at any price to anybody . This is a non-negotiable position of my government. Moreover, it is for me personally, a matter upon which no compromise is possible.  I can therefore assure the Bahamian people, without any equivocation whatever, that no deal offering Bahamian citizenship in return for an investment in The Bahamas will ever be entered into while I head the government of The Bahamas.  I find the very idea of citizenship-for-sale to be repugnant to all that I believe in and to all that I stand for as a Bahamian. It will never happen on my watch. ”

The Prime Minister also said that the grant of Bahamian citizenship is subject to strict eligibility requirements and qualifications under The Bahamas Nationality Act. “The suggestion that just because you buy Bahamian real estate or make an investment you somehow qualify for Bahamian citizenship is complete and utter nonsense.  Not only is it as a complete non-starter from the standpoint of the Government’s immigration policy, it is not even legally possible.”

The Prime Minister indicated that he would be speaking in more comprehensive terms to the misleading information presently circulating on social and the electronic media concerning Baha Mar during his contribution to the budget debate in the House of Assembly later this week.

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