Incentives for Returning Montserrat Nationals

Montserrat Diaspora Consultations are a series of discussions initiated by the Office of the Chief Minister, which includes representatives from the Montserrat Progressive Society in New York, Toronto Montserrat Association, and the Preston Montserrat Association in the UK to provide incentives for returning nationals. Recently, the discussions included investment opportunities and the development of a new town for Montserrat.

Other events included an extensive tour of the island, a tour of the new town development at Little Bay, the housing developments in Look Out, and a visit to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, where visitors viewed a short video on the history of the volcano and the impact on the island. These tours were sponsored by the Montserrat Tourist Board.

There were also presentations on the island’s economy, trade, and benefits for returning nationals by Chief Minister Reuben T. Meade, Cynthia Farrell of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Comptroller of Customs Melroy Meade, Parliamentary Secretary Germaine Wade (VP of the Montserrat Festival Committee), Michael Joseph of the Bank of Montserrat, Ernestine Cassell of the Montserrat Tourist Board, and Joseph Cassell, General Manager of LIME. Julian Daniel of the MDC spoke about the possibilities for nationals who want to purchase land in Little Bay to consider the lease to own option.

For full article, see http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-23725–22-22–.html

Shown here, Little Bay in 2002 (above), from http://www.yachtanju.com/montserrat.htm, and the projected development (below) from http://searchmontserrat.com/montserrat/new-town-development/

2 thoughts on “Incentives for Returning Montserrat Nationals

  1. I grew up in Montserrat,up st Georges hill,will I get some incentives for coming back? I was once a police officer there. I now live in buffalo new York.

    1. Montserrat could become another Bermuda, BVI or Cayman Is. if similar efforts are made. Tax incentives or holidays could be introduced by the Montserrat government (aimed at the diaspora worldwide – working families as well as retirees) as well as the British government (aimed at those living in Briton). However in the long term probably the best outcome for Montserrat is to join St Kitts & Nevis. To achieve de-colonisation, there could be a transfer of sovereignty-Hong Kong style with special passports for residents of Montserrat, as new citizens of St Kitts & Nevis. just like Hong Kong SAR passport holders now have after 1997. The timeline for transfer of sovereignty could be 10 years. Unlike Hong Kong, Montserrat should become a full democracy as a special region within St Kitts & Nevis.

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