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Caribbean News Desk Radio prog.. stories include Immigration Tribunal for Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Community (Caricom) and other nationals living in Antigua and Barbuda, who believe that they are being denied citizenship, should soon have a new mechanism to make their case.

The government in St. John’s  on Thursday announced plans to set up an Immigration Appeals Tribunal while not implementing new taxes this financial year.

The pronouncements were made in the Throne Speech delivered by Governor General Rodney Williams ahead of the budget presentation on Monday.

In his first speech from the throne, Williams says the Government is working to get the Immigration Appeals tribunal up and running by March.

CARICOM nationals residing there have long complained that they are unfairly being denied the right to citizenship even though they have been lawfully resident for the prescribed period of seven years.

Antigua and Barbuda’s population of 89,000 persons is made up significant numbers of Guyanese, Jamaicans, and nationals of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic.

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IN THIS EDITION, YOU CAN HEAR THE FOLLOWING STORIES

Antigua and Barbuda moves to address concerns by Caricom nationals who believe that they are being denied citizenship of that twin-island nation

Guyana gets a US$50 million Line of Credit from India

The Eastern Caribbean is to be marketed as a single yachting destination

China to trade in mortgage-backed securities in The Bahamas

Barbados hopes to remain a peace zone, despite rising global conflict