How did Dave Ames become a Vincentian? By Amor Rodney

Ralph Gonsalves (left) and Dave Ames (right)

In a story published in one of SVG’s local newspaper, it was revealed that Mr Dave Ames, one of the principals in Harlequin Properties, the developers of the associated with the Buccama Bay Resorts, is now a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. If this is indeed so, then I think it was a good move on the part of the government to grant a Vincentian passport to Mr Ames.

After all, the gentleman has done a lot for the economy of this country and he has great plans to do even more. It therefore stands to reason that Ames’ activities would be made less challenging for him as a citizen.

Even as support the granting of citizenship to Mr Ames, some questions arise out of the situation. For instance

  1. What criteria was used by the authorities to grant citizenship for a foreign national who is not normally resident in St. Vincent and the Grenadines?
  2. Which of the conditions as laid down in the constitution and applicable legislation did Ames meet satisfy in order to be granted citizenship?
  3. For how long has Ames been a citizen?
  4. How long did it take from the point of application to the actual granting of citizenship?
  5. Is there a fast track to citizenship in SVG?
  6. Could Ames be classified as an economic citizen?
  7. Are there any others who were granted citizenship under similar conditions to those of Mr Ames?
  8. Does Mr Ames’ status signal a turn around in the government’s position regarding economic citizenship?
  9. Does the prime minister owe the country an explanation?
  10. Has the NDP’s position been vindicated?

We must welcome David Ames as a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He does have a great deal to offer this country. However, given circumstances in which his status was revealed; given the position of the government against the so call economic citizenship program; it is only reasonable to expect a full explanation regarding the conditions under which Mr Ames is now the bearer of a Vincentian passport.

Mr Ames, welcome to St. Vincent and the Grenadines! May your endeavour be forever profitable!

Amor Rodney

15 responses to this post.

  1. Does somebody know if Mr Ames had opened or/transferred a loan company in the Caribbean?


  2. Law firms Kobalt Law, Carter Lemon Camerons and Regulatory Legal have been inundated with calls from investors for advice over their Harlequin holdings.

    By Marc Shoffman | Published 11:22 | 0 comments

    Nicolette-Elizabeth Crozier, spokesman for CLC, said a series of meetings has been set up in its London offices throughout April for those parties who have been affected or concerned.
    She said: “Clients will be attended by one of the senior lawyers who specialise in civil fraud claims.”
    Investors attending the free initial meeting are required to bring copy documentation prior to attending to enable CLC to provide case-specific advice.”
    Meanwhile, Stefano Lucatello, senior partner for London-based Kobalt Law, said: “We are hoping to get a freezing order against the business.
    “We need the impetus to get an out of court settlement.”
    In March, Regulatory Legal dropped proceedings at Birmingham High Court to freeze the assets of Harlequin Property amid concern about investor money put into projects in the Caribbean.
    Gareth Fatchett, director of law firm Regulatory Legal, said a settlement had been reached so no further action would be taken on behalf of the claimants. However, he said he was still open to issuing proceedings on behalf of other investors.
    A spokesman for Harlequin Property said: “We do not comment on ongoing litigation, nor will we speculate on unissued litigation.”
    He claimed that while Mr Fatchett had described his recent case as a settlement, “it was in fact merely a standard cancellation agreement by another name, which would have been achieved without expensive and protracted legal action, and in fact had already been made available to Regulatory Legal before the unnecessary court appearance.
    “Harlequin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and looks forward to concentrating on developing the business for the benefit of all its investors.”
    It comes after an advisory firm linked to an alternative investment sister-business promoting Harlequin Property products has launched a review of its advice processes.
    A statement from TailorMade Independent said its regulatory permissions for new pension business, as reported earlier this week, had been suspended while an FSA-sanctioned review was ongoing.
    Another TailorMade group company with the same directors, TailorMade Alternative Investments, had stopped promoting Harlequin products.
    The then FSA declined to comment on the reason for the restriction and said it would not comment when asked whether advisory firms were being investigated regarding Harlequin products.
    Background: The Sipp Exposure
    Meanwhile, Sipp firms continue to reveal their exposure to Harlequin Property.
    Rupert Curtis, managing director of Curtis Banks has admitted the firm knew when it acquired the assets of Montpelier that the book had Harlequin Property investments, however, he said the firm would not be liable for these.



  3. Posted by past guest looking for answers on October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    the resort is one of the best thing happen to the country from what i understand but managers like mr fernando dont no how to deal with is staff if one of his staff member leave for what ever reason then decide to come back there for what ever reson he treat them like nothing ! i saw it for my self so mr ames in a case like that where the staff makes the business what it is and people like fernando and manuela miss treat them what should they do how should they deal with it?


  4. Posted by Murray Sutherland on September 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Is Dave’s old loan company “Loan’s Made Easy” moving to St Vincent as well!!!!!!!!!
    Beware you poor people there’s a loan shark about!!!!!!!!!


  5. Posted by Peter on August 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    The granting of a Vincention passport is definitely an economic citizenship situation for AMES. He does not live here, he has never lived here, he has never owned a private home in SVG, he is still a UK resident citizen at his home in Essex England, and has only ever been an occasional visitor for one to a few days at a time in Saint Vincent.
    He did not, and does not qualify for citizenship under the normal terms. He has not held any kind of official residency, temporary or permanent. He has not resided in the country for a minimum of seven years, he does not have a Vincentian born wife, or Vincentian children. That leaves only two routes to citizenship, he is an economic citizen or he is a male lover of Gonsalves, I doubt the latter, so it must be the former.
    Obtaining SVG citizenship could save him and lose SVG millions in alien landholding taxes, unpaid from the past and on all future land or property acquisitions.
    He doesn’t need other Vincentian company directors.
    It will be more difficult for the UK to extradite him should that situation arise.
    It allows him to move freely in the Eastern Caribbean when using a Vincentian passport.
    It will get him through passport lines quicker in CARICOM countries.
    It would allow him to travel across borders if the British police confiscate his UK passport.
    It will allow him to fly using the SVG passport if an international arrest warrant is issued against him naming him as British with a British passport.
    It will allow him to claim to the UK revenue that he pays his tax’s in SVG.
    It gives him a new identity.

    There is no reason on this earth that AMES needs a Vincentian passport if he is not permanently living in SVG. This is another GONSALVES folly.

    Now a reminder of another matter.

    Where did the US$1 million in cash come from that FRANCIS took to the NCB bank in a bag?.
    Where did all the US$s in cash come from that was shared among ULP, Ministers, family, mistress’s and friends.


  6. Posted by Jcalmers on August 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Why is it that no one seems able to do anything about what is going on in st Vincent especially at buccament bay and the command ames


  7. Posted by Peter on July 24, 2012 at 10:52 am




  8. Posted by Peter on July 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Where did the million US dollars cash come from that was taken to the NCB bank to change into EC$s, carried in an old bag. Clean money in these kind of amounts normally come through banking channels and systems, electronic transfer etc. I believe this was dirty money, I call on Francis and Gonsalves to explain where it came from.


  9. Posted by LOL on July 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Another storm in a teacup?

    $$$$$$$$$ is what got him in.

    Get to grips with the reality that rich folk and poor folk are NOT the same, despite all the idealistic “equality” we hear about.

    Ames bought his way in, the same way any of us with a million Pounds Sterling can buy our way in to almost any country on the face of this planet, including USA, becoz Money TALKS and bullshirt walks.
    No need to pose rhetorical questions, here…


  10. Posted by AB on June 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    So Vincentians can go to other countries and get citizenship and others cant come here and get same?


    • AB, such a stupid question! Which country circumvents its laws to give Vincentians citizenship? WhicH of the current qualifications in law did Ames meet to be granted citizenship? Don’t you see that Ralph flip flopped again?


  11. Posted by Catherine on June 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Sir Allan Stanford did a lot for Antigua and West Indie Cricket but he ah go spend de rest o he life behind bars!


  12. Posted by Catherine on June 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    After welcoming Mr Ames so profusely, I did not expect you to have any questions regarding his obtaining citizenship of SVG. I am sick of these sweeping statements like “After all, the gentleman has done a lot for the economy of this country’! Before I could accept this, you must present some figures.


  13. ..and favourable to SVG


  14. Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS on June 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Was Mr. Dave Ames improperly granted “Vincentian citizenship”, perhaps illegally and unconstitutionally so ? Under what provisions of the laws of SVG and the SVG Constitution was this presumably British citizen granted VINCENIAN citizenship ? If he is correct or accurate in his claim of acquired SVG citizenship, WHO ‘gave’ him such ? When ? Where ? Why ? HOW – – – by which route and under which provisions ? Can this man’s public claim of naturalization be adequately confirmed, warranted, or politically/legally justified ?

    Wasn’t Dave Ames resident in SVG for less than a stipulated seven years ?

    Isn’t it abundantly contrary to the declared official policy of this ULP Administration that “Economic Citizenship” is a prohibitive taboo ? Is the Gonsalves Cabinet IN BREACH OF their own declared policy ?

    Also, was/is Mr. Ames an undischarged bankrupt, or being sued to that end ? And, would his late-date seeking or obtaining such SVG citizenship therefore seem somehow legally improper, if not perhaps politically fraudulent ? Could our Minister of Legal affairs, or the Attorney general, please publicly address this issue and clear the air for mystified and deeply concerned SVG citizens, natives, and residents ? Let us remind them of their appointed DUTY to clarify and explain – – – and otherwise thoroughly GIVE A SATISFACTORY ACCOUNT TO OUR CITIZENRY, in case they have LOST sight of such.

    This brings to mind the case of SVG’s ambassador being recently reported as declaring his American birth and citizenship. How come we have a U.S.-born, U.S.- citizen, as the SVG ambassador to the United Nations ? Was he ever naturalized as a citizen of SVG ? When did naturalization take place ? If not, has he yet applied for legal naturalization as a citizen of SVG ? If not, then WHY NOT ?

    We are supposed to be a nation of laws. At least, we must respect THE RULE OF LAW. This is doubly so, if we are all EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW and LAW COURTS. Slavery was abolished in this land of HAIROUNA about 175 years ago. So, we are all equal – – – or ought to be, legally. The same laws apply to us all, without discrimination or nepotism. Let the law apply. Justice for all.

    Should any laws of this sovereign State have been violated, ignored, or impugned, then the culprits, collaborators, and conspirators, should be fully prosecuted AND SANCTIONED forthwith.

    If there is a clear case where the SVG Independence CONSTITUTION, 1979, has been violated, then let us have the requisite immediate APOLOGIES, RESIGNATIONS, PROSECUTION, AND MAXIMUM POSSIBLE SANCTIONS.

    The sovereignty, Constitution, and Laws, OF SVG, ought NOT ever be trifled with. Let the hammer of justice come down where deemed legally appropriate. Let us eschew the operation of gangsters and pirates. Uphold the full authority of the Constitution and relevant laws. We shall ensure peace, tranquility, and equality in this beloved State, by, firstly, abiding by the tenet expressed in our national motto, PAX ET JUSTITIA, peace AND justice. Let us, in SVG, have PEACE with JUSTICE.


    Peace via Equality and Justice.


    NO TRIFLING, cynical sale, or political shenanigans, with our most valued SVG CITIZENSHIP.

    All must abide by the Constitutional provisions as regards procuring CITIZENSHIP OF S.V.G. Our Freedom, Independence, and Equality before the law, are inextricably enshrined in this principle. So, too, obviously, our national Sovereignty.

    We need to constantly remind ourselves that OUR individual and national FREEDOM is predicated on our ETERNAL VIGILANCE.



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