Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has acknowledged the rising number of Chinese businesses in the capital Roseau is worrying Dominican nationals, but he has denied government has shown some preference to the Chinese investors.
He said the Chinese nationals are entitled to pay taxes as well as take on the necessary measures to establish their businesses, and the issues raised may just be political. According to Skerrit, “there has been an evolution of business ownership and business enterprises in Dominica, for the last 50, 60 years and from time to time the demographics changes”.
He added that he has had discussions with the Inland Revenue Division to ensure all investors pay up “whether you are a Chinese national, or you are Dominican…once you are established here, you have to pay taxes under the laws of Dominica. If you do not pay then we will come after you”.
Locals have complained about the speedy rate at which Chinese businesses are being erected in Roseau. The prime minister said while the matter appears to be affecting some Dominicans they must be fair about their approach to the issue. He noted, there are Dominicans working in foreign countries including Antigua, St. Maarten and the United States.
“We have to be very careful in this small world that we do not attack groups of people and being unmindful of the fact that we as Dominicans are in other people’s countries, in some cases basically doing some of the same things [as the Chinese]
“At the end of the day, its unfortunate, every single thing in this country boils down to party politics…and its unfortunate,” Skerrit lamented.
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