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Caribbean News Desk radio prog for Tues Nov 25, 2014

St Kitts and Nevis has pledged to resolve security concerns by Canada in the wake of that North American country now requiring nationals of that twin-island nation to obtain visas.

Canada says that its decision was based on concerns about the integrity of the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

This decision follows the entry of Syrians and Iranians to Canada bearing St Kitts and Nevis passports.  The price-tag for Economic Citizenship is said to be as much as US$1 million.

St. Kitts and Nevis Foreign Minister, Patrice Nisbett has told residents of that twin-island federation that efforts are being made to address Canada’s concerns.

Mr Nisbett says that already, previous names of passport holders are included in the passport observation page and their places of birth are printed in the passport and not only accessible electronically.

The Foreign Minister says that that the Economic Citizenship programme has been rewarding for the largely tourism-dependent country…

Iran and Syria are among several countries that are high on international terror watch-lists.

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In today’s programme:

St Kitts and Nevis promises to address Canada’s concerns about that Caribbean island’s passports being issued to investors

Chronic non-communicable disease is still  a major problem in the Caribbean

The region told to do more to push tourism in the face of aggressive competition from even war-torn countries

Cuba sells medicines and health technologies to more than 50 countries, including vaccines, generic medications, equipment and diagnostic systems.

The Bahamas to get National Health Insurance next year
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Caricom expanding relations with former Soviet States.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation wants more aggressive promotion and education due to stiff competition

And Guyana’s ruling party to decide on its presidential candidate for upcoming elections shortly