ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Thursday February 12, 2015, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) has been highly rated, according to a government statement issued here.
It said that Global immigrant investment company, Arton Capital, has ranked the CIP first in the region in its recently published semi-annual update of its Arton Index – the industry benchmark for global residence and citizenship programmes as perceived by investors.
The January/February edition of Arton Capital noted that the programme here ranks high among the top performers within all assessed countries.
“It gets the highest score for speed and relatively high marks for simplicity. In terms of cost, it has to catch up with its Caribbean peers, but it gets the top rank on Global Mobility compared to the other islands, especially after one island lost their visa-free access to a North American country,” the statement quoted the report as indicating.
Antigua and Barbuda ranking came in front of programmes in the United Kingdom, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Cyprus and behind programmes in Bulgaria and Hungry.
The Gaston Browne administration, which recently introduced amendments to the CIP, said it is one of the most effectively managed programmes with a very high due diligence reporting system.