Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has revealed that the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) passport count has surpassed 800.

Speaking in parliament yesterday, Browne failed to deliver the report as stipulated under the CIP Act, but committed to doing so in January 2016 as he gave a limited update on the programme and the first since his last statements in June.

June to December 16th this year saw 194 applications and the granting in excess of 300 passports under the programme, according to the prime minister.

China tops the list with 71 followed by Syria 17, India 9, Libya and Italy 8, Lebanon and Pakistan 7, and the US, France and Bangladesh 5.

According to the Antigua Observer, Prime Minister Browne said he did not have the report on how much has been earned in the National Development Fund, but estimated it at EC$100 million for the year so far.

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