Premier of Nevis and the leader of Concerned Citizens Movement Mark Brantley outlines what has Nevis done with $400 million
Nevis: Premier of Nevis and the leader of Concerned Citizens Movement Mark Brantley outlines what has Nevis done with $400 million?
Read Here: Full statement of Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley
We now know that since 2008 the Citizenship by Investment programme has brought roughly $5.3 BILLION to Basseterre and from that the island of Nevis has received just under $400 million. Had the people of Nevis received their fair share they would have received some $1.35 BILLION.
I became Premier of Nevis in December in 2017 and ever since then I have been agitating for Nevis to receive what was committed to. Timothy Harris became PM in 2015 on the back of the Charlestown Accord that he has refused to honour notwithstanding that he signed it.
It has been a matter of some amusement to me that throughout this public debate about Fair Share, Dr Harris has repeatedly said how much money Nevis has received from CBI. He has NEVER once said how much money St Kitts kept for itself. And so the rhetoric uttered over and over by him and now taken up by his recently purchased partners in the NRP is that Nevis received $400 million.
St Kitts has kept 93% of CBI monies for itself while Nevis has received a paltry 7%. However, little Nevis is constantly being asked to account for its share by those who refuse to join the fight for what belongs to Nevis. St Kitts has not been asked to account for its 93% and the NRP has said on their platform that they do not wish to know about that.
My government is transparent and open so let us start from the fact that the under $400 million was received not at one time but over the course of 7 years. That means that Nevis received roughly $57 million per year.
So let us look at a small sample of projects and expenditure overall in Nevis:
My list of 36 tems is NOT exhaustive but a mere snapshot of some of the development that has happened on Nevis in the past few years. You will agree with me that less than $400 million from CBI could not even cover salaries and wages which in 7 years plus double salaries amounted to over $775 MILLION.
That is why this election for Nevis is about fairness and allowing ALL in our country, Kittitians AND Nevisians, to benefit from the full fruits of their citizenship. We must get our Fair Share and that is non negotiable!!
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