Updated: Jun 21, 2021
In a brief ceremony at St Kitts and Nevis High Commission in London, His Excellency High Commissioner Kevin M. Isaac was joined by his Cameroonian counterpart Mr Albert Njoteh Fotabang to sign a joint communique forming diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The diplomats discussed areas of mutual interest, including promoting cultural exchange and enhancing support for small states in international organisations. Additionally, they agreed to establish a visa waiver, enabling citizens to travel freely between the countries.
The signing between St Kitts and Nevis and Cameroon aligns with the government's commitment to further relations with the African continent, bridging the gap between the regions and emphasising their shared history and challenges. The last few years have seen St Kitts and Nevis commence ties with Mozambique, Djibouti, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, amongst many others. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mark Brantley, praised the signing as a long-time advocate for strengthening diplomacy between Africa and the Caribbean.
High Commissioner Dr Kevin M. Isaac also spoke about what the signing means for the relationship between the regions: "We are delighted to have formalised diplomatic relations with Cameroon. We know that building new relationships and deepening existing ones are key elements of the Government's policy. We are also confident in the belief that in working together to bridge the geographical divide, we will bring about tremendous opportunities for our citizens on both sides," he told CS Global Partners.
In recent decades, St Kitts and Nevis has become a popular destination amongst African investors seeking second citizenship. Through its Citizenship by Investment Programme, the dual-island nation has welcomed high net-worth individuals and their families to become citizens once investing in its Sustainable Growth Fund. As the oldest CBI Programme on the market, St Kitts and Nevis offers an attractive investment route that guarantees citizenship within two months, granted that applicants could successfully pass the necessary due diligence checks.
Gaining St Kitts and Nevis citizenship comes with a wealth of opportunities, including alternative business prospects, access to higher quality education and healthcare and the second home in a stable democracy committed to the rule of law. Most significantly, investors gain visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry to nearly 160 countries and territories, increasing global mobility and removing the bureaucratic hassle of applying for visas.
"CBI has long been considered an option amongst wealthy Africans. Lengthy and often hard to obtain visas mean that travel has generally been a challenge for most African passport holders. By obtaining dual citizenship, you are able to diversify your options and gain easier access to the rest of the world," says Micha Emmett, CEO of CS Global Partners.
St Kitts and Nevis also boasts a growing economy and a stable currency pegged to the US dollar. African investors who choose to do business on the islands are privy to several incentives along with the knowledge that they can pass down their citizenship for generations to come, establishing a future legacy for one's family.
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