April 10th 2018
Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Kyss FM) Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris has yet to comment on serious claims made in the 2018 International Narcotic Strategy Report recently released by the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C, released just last week.
The report, which essentially questioned the screening process of applicants to the Federation’s Citizenship by Investment Program, alleged that the process is open to abuse by drug dealers and tax dodgers using the island nations as a way of laundering money for transit between the US and Europe.
To this date, there is still no information as to how applicants are screened and vetted for the CBI programme and the Sustainable growth Fund, ensuring that means are in place to prohibit persons from masking criminal activity as detailed in the US report.”
Stakeholders, both locally and abroad are eagerly waiting for a response from the Prime Minister.
The Team Unity government has dragged itself into a war with business owners at the popular hang-out spot at Frigate Bay, The Strip, as questions are now being raised demanding a breakdown of the major investment made by the Timothy Harris-led government to renovate the area.
Following notice of a significant increase in the lot rental fees for establishments on The Strip, persons have begun to question the government and their plans to advance the overall outlook of the beach.
This decision, the proprietors, their employees and patrons recall, was disclosed by the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Lindsay Grant in 2016, when he stated that the government has invested EC$7.4 million into the project.
Hon Grant said that the “replenishing and reenergizing” of the area would begin 2016 and would include, but were not limited to entrance and exit roundabouts, paved roads and sidewalks with wheelchair access; pickup and drop off points; unit entrance porticos; garbage enclosures; toilet blocks; gazebos; landscaping; street lights and turtle friendly beachside lighting; boardwalks; designated parking; signage and improved security including CCTV; outpost management office; marsh enhancement features; jogging trails and beach reclamation and replenishment and development of the dock and the jetty presently at Frigate Bay.
Unfortunately, almost two years after the multi-million dollar investment was made and the money made available to execute the project, the Ministry has yet to complete anywhere near one-third of the plan originally disclosed.
To date, The Strip has seen construction of only two round-a-bouts on the western and eastern ends of the beach, along with a paved road and sidewalk on the left.
There is now widespread speculation aimed at the Ministry of Tourism, that there has been mismanagement of the funds.
The business owners say they are suspicious of the increases as it appears to be a government scheme to reacquire funds which they believe may have been mismanaged.
As of this morning, the business operators have still been unable to meet with either the Hon. Grant or the Frigate Bay Development Board.