Grenada government defends CBI programme
The Government of Grenada has denied allegations regarding the Citizens By Investment (CBI) Programme as well as the issuance of Diplomatic Passports.
This follows a recent Al Jazeera investigation which accused Caribbean politicians in Dominica and Grenada of receiving funds for their election campaigns through the CBI project.
However, the Government of Grenada in a statement insists no one has made any campaign contribution in order to be appointed as an Ambassador, nor is there any requirement for individuals to make campaign contributions in order to be considered for an appointment.
It says a recent well-publicized television documentary has left the erroneous impression that the issuing of diplomatic passports is a natural extension of, or is in any way related to the CBI programme.
Grenada’s government notes the two are governed separately, and have their own rules for implementation, under clear policy guidelines.
The government states a diplomatic passport does not automatically grant immunity to the holder and the only appointments that are subject to diplomatic immunity according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, are officials who are accredited by the receiving state.
Ambassadors-At-Large, as per international protocol, while they benefit from certain courtesies, have no diplomatic immunity anywhere, since they are not accredited by a receiving state.
The Government of Grenada assures that its diplomatic appointments, as well as its CBI programme, are conducted within the highest levels of integrity.