Dominica offers citizenship to Chinese investors for $200,000

The Prime Minister is leading a delegation to Asia
The Prime Minister is leading a delegation to Asia

The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica has visited China to find applicants for its citizenship-by-investment program, China Business News reported Wednesday.

Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004, expressed his hope that the Dominica Economic Citizenship Program, established in 1993, would attract investors during his trip to China last week.

Amid economic difficulties such as pest encroachment on banana plantations, insufficient tourism and the lingering effects of the financial crisis in 2008, the country’s “passport-for-sale” program aims to increase government revenues, reduce debts and rebuild the country’s economy.

Interested parties can immigrate to Dominica by either submitting an application directly to the government or by obtaining citizenship with a minimum investment of $200,000, according to Skerrit.

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114 Comments

  1. romantic
    April 7, 2015

    but is allu that vote him there ehh… lol d country nice boy… he selling Dominica and we doe even know it.. Daddy Skerrit we.

  2. ATKINSON
    April 5, 2015

    “Thirsty Fools” comment is on point and nailed it, And i would add, also the big girl, house madame alix boyd-knights,will be pole dancing, in her red dress for the supremo and tony

  3. Truth
    April 4, 2015

    Put that money into building a new “not Chinese built hospital!” Boy oh boy………….?

  4. John
    April 4, 2015

    Next he is going to put Dominica on EBay.

  5. John
    April 4, 2015

    Within a few years the Chinese flag will be flying over Roseau Dominica will be a Chinese colony and China will build a Naval base in Portsmouth.

  6. Shirley Allan
    April 3, 2015

    Folks after reading about Skerrit’s adventure in Malaysia and China, and hearing the lamentations of Dominicans on Matt’s show this morning I thought I should repost my proposal that I wrote for them in 2008.. It would appear that there is a severe bankruptcy for ideas in this 4 times elected Labor Party Government.. The Venezuela gravy boat is dried up, the agricultural industry KILLED.. Not much coming ?
    A Modest Proposal
    Fashioned on Jonathan Swift’s “ Modest Proposal
    For the development of my beloved Island of 289 square miles, rugged mountainous terrain, 366 rivers and streams of pure, fresh water, unusual black sand beaches, rare animal species, tropical rain forests which provide a heaven for rear flora and fauna., waterfalls, and the greenest forest of thousands of different plants and tress. It is a place where only 68,910 beautiful people reside. Due to volcanic activities the island has one of the larges Boiling Lake in the world. She stands tall a

  7. DFR
    April 2, 2015

    This will be an issue down the road. Check out Scarborough ,Ontario Canada . If this is the only way to raise money for DA then we are in for a long bad ride !!

  8. Francisco Telemaque
    April 2, 2015

    “The US should give Dominica an exorbitant grant. They should put their money where their mouth is.” ( Facts Sex Machine).

    Why should the United States, give anything to Dominica; when you people hate the United States so much. The leader of the country that creature, sides with communist Venezuela, Cuba, and his beloved ALBA communistic friends against America.

    The only thing Dominica will get from America, is Dominica’s share of what comes through the Caribbean Basin arrangement; and even when he got it the last time he insulted the U. S. representative who presented the gifts by handing him two bottles of cheap Dominica white-rum.

    Facts anything Skerrit wants he knows how to get from the friendly nations such as Petro Carib $30 meg he spent buying idiotic Dominicans vote. Oh, that friendly nation Petro Carib!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  9. Doc. Love
    April 2, 2015

    Skeritt must understand, the googley he is trying to bowl Dominicans will not work. Maybe, he really believes Dominicans have memoui pouile. The traveling to China to sell pass ports, was not by accident or as some Dominicans claim, a fete ride. It was a well executed plan. Dominicans cannot forget the breaking news by Allen just last year, when he disclosed that plans were afoot for 10,000 Chinese to settle in the north of Dominica. Many DLP supporters castigated Allen, I believe after hearing the news coming from China, he must feel vindicated. All the Dominicans who were asking what is Nantan’s position on the Team which traveled to China, well, he is from Portsmouth, he knows Portsmouth better then Skeritt, Martin, Peters and McIntyre.

  10. Country Man
    April 2, 2015

    Where there is no vision, the people perish. This is it my people – we are in for a ride with these visionless leaders.

  11. So we come
    April 2, 2015

    “Skerrit also said that applicants would not be taxed on their property, and that there were no regulations on capital gains and no language requirements.” So..we don’t need you to be “real” citizens that participate in civic matters or dare hold your new government accountable. And, no property tax means no additional revenue to pay for sanitation, road repair, etc.

    “When asked whether he was concerned about corrupt Chinese officials or businessmen illegally transferring their property to Dominica, he said that applications for citizenship will be approved only after comprehensive investigation and that the program was not established for criminals from China or the United States.” So how did all the other criminals get a foot in the door Skerrit?

    “Skerrit also stated that Dominica welcomes people to enter and leave the country freely, be they tourists, investors or residents.” Sounds like a rallying call to criminals if I ever heard one…

  12. Jane Doe
    April 2, 2015

    The State is obliged to cut out the middle-man now and sell passports directly, so that the State can pay Civil Servants back-pay.

  13. April 2, 2015

    Why or why are we so narrow minded, uneducated, uninformed and ignorant i Dominica. Dominicans nationals are all over the world, Guadeloup , Antigua, USA to name a few. But we carry on so bad, living in the dark ages when Chinese or Haitan nationals are mentioned. There are Chinese in jamaica and Trinidad which has enhanced those countries. Having a multi cultural community enriches a country. The Chinese people are law abiding, hard working, and family oriented, all positive traits which we as a people shoul try to emulate. So please my people try living in the 21st century and stop being so racist and ignorant.

    • Partisan
      April 2, 2015

      You really sound like ‘you know it all’ but ‘have not read it’ all! In Trinidad, Chinese are the most anti-social and least trusted people. Stands to reason given their history of a acting as an elite secret society, and inhumane treatment of their own people. Not all chinese are bad but most of them are not good neighbours. Mr. Skerit bringing Dominica to it’s knees.

    • Anthony Ismael
      April 2, 2015

      The real concern is not the race of this latest rounds on potential Dominican citizens. I’ve long argued that 70,000 is inadequate to help develop Dominica in relation to our neighbors. The issue is, this Economic Citizenship Program is not viable for changing Dominica’s economic fortunes. The fee for citizenship is a one time fee and that will not help the treasury ten years down the road. This is equivalent to using a band aid to close a gaping wound gushing with blood.

    • Anthony Ismael
      April 2, 2015

      Furthermore, allowing them to avoid property taxes and capital gains taxes means that there is no additional revenue being generated from their potential business activities. Now a reduced tax rate or reduced capital gains tax would be more feasible.

      How will the government finance new schools, maintain roads, maintain a modern hospital etc. Skerrit’s proposal sends a desperation signal to potential investors.

  14. CC
    April 2, 2015

    I wonder why the PM never spoke about this during the election, he waits until after the election to announce this? I hope dcans open their eyes, and vote this PM out next election.

  15. Anoushah Alie
    April 2, 2015

    I am not against Chinese people coming to Dominica as citizens. China has over 1 billion people who are in need of a new location to seek opportunities and escape their carbon-monoxide filled atmosphere that will eventually cause all of their deaths. I love that they want to experience a different place and Dominica is giving them the opportunity to do that. Different cultures coming together is a great tool toward ending cultural confinements that keep adept human-beings in one place. That is soul drenching and nauseating. We need to be able to explore the world to keep our souls, hearts, and minds balanced.

    These are my concerns:

    1). Their failure to employ Dominicans in their businesses.
    2). They employ their own and it is prevalent in their businesses.
    3). There seems to be little communication happening between these new citizens and the locals.

    The Prime Minister needs a viable plan that will integrate these two cultures by engaging them through various talks.

  16. THIRSTY FOOLS
    April 2, 2015

    when the poopoo hit the fan in dominica, skerrit will be on his hammock in Miami while tony at his side sipping aged rum.

  17. Marcus Hill
    April 2, 2015

    70,000 people is 100 % of Dominica’s population and 0.000058 % of China’s so do the maths. It is very easy for us to become a minority in our own Country.

    The question is will we allow this to happen?

  18. PS
    April 2, 2015

    Will it be liezhi de, pianyi de or even lianjia de, I wonder?

  19. Stupse!
    April 2, 2015

    It was at this moment I said that’s it for Dominica. Skerrit was and is the worse thing to ever happen to Dominica. I don’t care who agrees with me or not because I’m not trying to will a popularity contest, but you cannot have a government selling out the country like that. The thing is though it have a lot of foolish people in Dominica that blindly praise this man for everything he does. They never seem to see the repercussions of his actions until it’s too late. China is not Dominica friend. They don’t just do things just because they feel like being friendly. Yes they have to pay but that’s like nothing to them. So many countries are in debt and one of their biggest creditors is China. I know some nuisance going to come and try to rebutle this out of pure ignorance. That’s one of the foolish people in talking about.Nasio Fountain said “truth will reveal” indeed it will in due time.

  20. Anon...
    April 2, 2015

    Anyone realise the date for this announcement. ??? I really hope that this an April fools joke.

  21. Ma Moses
    April 2, 2015

    Sold down the river again. That expression comes from slavery days when our own folks in W. Africa would keep captured slaves up river till they had gathered enough to take down the coast to be bartered for baubles, trinkets, guns and a piece of cloth with foreign traders.

  22. Observer
    April 2, 2015

    Ma Moses

    Titiwi did not get under my skin. However, I am exasperated by the negativity of some of my fellow Dominicans., towards those who are desperately trying to promote and create opportunities for our people.

    There is now mass hysteria about the abysmal situation in Dominica, but we are failing to address the situation.
    Skeritt did not elect himself as Prime Minister, the greedy grabbing people of Dominica did that knowing that Dominica needed a change.

    I am confident that Mr Skeritt desires the best for Dominica,, and I am not being facetious but after three terms in office, it was obvious that he and his ministers did not have the prerequisite to steer Doninica forward to prosperity. Yet lazy, grabbing, avaricious Dominicans voted him in.

    i will reiterate what I have said on many occasions before, “Dominicans do not celebrate or support their fellow Dominicans achievements, but will try all means to undermine or destroy them

    Shame on us!

    • Tjebe fort
      April 3, 2015

      Observer you are right you know, Skerrit did not elect himself but he sure bought himself the result, which is even worse. That is how I see it.

  23. ATKINSON
    April 2, 2015

    Maybe the supremo mean $200,000. Renminbi :mrgreen: And he will built a great wall painted red in roseau. Then rename one of the parish after chairman Mao Zedong, while we all will be using chopsticks to eat our broth

  24. April 1, 2015

    Zor bon la, Dec. 9 2015 I gave up on Dominica :-D

  25. Bod
    April 1, 2015

    Roll up, roll up. One Caribbean nature island going cheap ! What am I bid ? Who’ll give me two hunnert thou for a passport ? Come on ! Roll up ! Roll up ! Cash only please. I thank you.

  26. RastarMarn
    April 1, 2015

    But wait nuh what does Dominica have to offer dem ChinaMan-dem, wait so Skerrit going to offer these people whom already have a financial advantage over the already struggling, financially depressed inhabitants on Dominica,,,

    So when all these ChinaMan-dem come Skerrit gonna give them a sweet-heart deal and give them all that cheap government Land he have holding???

    Garçon what is dat for Dominicans nuh!!!

    Linton I know you does read dis Garçon you need to get to the paperwork and repeal whatever constitutional, legislation to stop this bogus activities mista-dem have been doing dis for too long now yeah enough is enough,,,

    Skerrit an other note, why don’t you work on nationalizing the Electric Company and the Telecom services and try to do more with what you have already and not bring anyone else to take from the people on Dominica who already struggling as it is,,,

    Linton can you demand the current accounting relating to the economic citizen program???

    Please!!!

    • really
      April 2, 2015

      Why should Linton do that? Dominicans don’t want to know – hence the December 8th results.

  27. too late
    April 1, 2015

    so all dominica want is to eat up people money. we run venezuela broke cause we eat up all dem people money in red clinic , cooking gas, and yes we care. look now venezuela doh even have toilet paper.now mista dem busy in china , malayasia looking for people money again. even moroco catch up to dominica now and stop give money for de hotel

  28. The voice of god?
    April 1, 2015

    US official cautions Caribbean countries about citizenship programmes

    Published on March 31, 2015 – Caribbean News Now

  29. Jupe
    April 1, 2015

    Skerritt do right. Sell off the whole island and the population. That’s what they voted for. De country nice boy.

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      You want jobs. How else can they be obtained?

      • really
        April 2, 2015

        By the government going to the drawing board and devising economic growth strategies that will utilize our natural resources and not by selling us out.

        Better to make “bomb” that to go and get a job as a maid..right?

  30. Dominica for sale
    April 1, 2015

    Cheap cars. Cheap, cheap cheap.

  31. yesterday
    April 1, 2015

    But what kind of nonsense is that I’m hearing there? This is ludicrous!!!!!!! What is $200,000.00???? More Chinese than the population of Dominica can afford that. How’s that going to help out economy?? These people are going to desend on Dominica like locust. This will only stiffle local businesses and snuff us out
    As a local business person, I see no hope for us. Our future is bleak, we are doomed. I will have no choice but to bow out and quite while I still have a chance. The economy is dead, we the private sector are suffering. We can longer take it. Our children and grand children will become second class citizens in a country our forefather worked hard and fought for, in hopes that we will enjoy and live in prosperity. It all done for now . Madness

  32. Doc. Love
    April 1, 2015

    Skeritt is truly looking for problems. Instead to trying to better the economy, he is out their looking for fast money. Should a radical or Chinese mafia purchase a $200, 000 pass port, which is peanuts, and causes problems in the outside world, in particular the United States of America, I hope the Skeritt lovers will also help him carry the blame. :mrgreen:

  33. Think About It
    April 1, 2015

    Are we really for sale? And our sale price is really cheap,$200,000.00 that’s it. Soon from now Dominica will be too small for the criminals we will attract mark my words.

  34. Tjebe fort
    April 1, 2015

    Well mr. Skerrit Sir, I will have one of your novelty passports , if I can pay you in bitcoins. Our passport will be as valuable as our badly printed nex-level postage stamps that have no glue on the back. Edward O. LeBlanc will turn in his grave so he does not have to face you in Itassi.

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      Once upon a time other countries in the world did not have stamps with glue. Remember the days when D/ca did not have television and a lot more items. Someday the stamps may have glue.

  35. Bwa Chesse
    April 1, 2015

    I knew that was a sewo. A big delegation like that going china to market a well known program.

  36. Ambra Battilana
    April 1, 2015

    Dis offshore & passport thing was not on the DLP manifesto, u had Roseau Enhancement program, geothermal and tablets, I want my vote back, you tired lie to de people.

    • La Terre
      April 2, 2015

      You were warned before election. Why do you want your vote back. Thats what you and many others wanted. There should be NO complaints now, take what you put there.

      • A Doubting Thomas
        April 3, 2015

        La Terre we were warned by whom? Who would you want the people to vote for if not our PM and the DLP? I for one cannot think of any other party or group at this present time who could do better; and apparently so did the majority of the voters.

        Honourable Prime Minister we gave you a strong Mandate and you and your government a fourth term to govern our country again because we like what you have been able to accomplish and want you to continue to work in the best interest of our country and people.

        The majority of Dominicans are happy with you and the job you and the government is doing. We will not be distracted by those who do not want Dominica to progress and prosper.

        May the Good Lord continue to bless and guide you.

        As we ponder on the true meaning of today, Good Friday and the sacrifices God made for us and as we look forward to the Mystery and Miracle of the coming of Easter, I wish all Dominicans A Happy and Blessed Easter.

        “A Doubting Thomas” the…

  37. Dominican
    April 1, 2015

    Might be just me, but citizenship by investment just has a dirty shady feel to it.

  38. Truth and Justice
    April 1, 2015

    I weep for myhomelamd in the 1960 and to the 1979 black people had so much optimism so much to hope for but the same people who betrayed Toussaint L”overture the first African who took his land to freedom has betrayed Dominica. Remember who fought stidently against independence but then destroyed the country economy by striking, so they could gain power, who started the citizenship program in1994. Now who continues to do the same, my people think, not as enslaved but as independent thinkers. Selling your birthright away and no accountability. Have Dominicans ever been told how much was made from the sale of passports and how was the money spent.

  39. alas
    April 1, 2015

    Story comes out of a state-level Chinese media agency.
    Kelvar Darroux, who authorizing de truthfulness of de statements of our Honourable PM?
    Is pest encroachment the same as Black Sigatoka?
    Insufficient tourism?
    …obtaining citizenship with a minimum investment of $200 000. applicant will not be taxed on their property.
    Our PM expects foreign investment would create more job opportunities for the domestic population, boost the development of the tourism industry, and facilitate infrastructure construction and energy programs.
    Chinese investors here don’t create lucrative job opportunities for us local.
    Promise of a Hotel at PWC site is a pipe dream for years now….talk with no action.
    Chinese investment in construction? They don’t hire locals.
    Chinese investors didnt invest in geothermal.
    There are Dominican citizens out there who can make 2, 3, 4 times that amount in investment in their land of birth.
    I’m not inspired. Not amused.
    COME AGAIN!

    • Titiwi
      April 1, 2015

      Hehe Kelver, how are you going to censure and sanitize reports like that from outside Dominica? All you are doing is making people like GIS look like Johnny-come-lately’s, leaving them at the starting blocks. Mr. Titre’s job is superfluous I think!

  40. Truth and Justice
    April 1, 2015

    This is not a joke or to be taken lightly,do you all realise that it is possible for 100, 000, chinese to take him up on his offer and Dominica would change forever with the local population becoming a minority in their own land,. Instead of trade and develoment now we are trading citizenship,selling out our land and our people.

  41. Ebeh
    April 1, 2015

    The country has NO money. NONE whatsoever. Dominicans are just sitting and watching like brainless children. Passports are being sold left, right and centre. When Dominica is finally put on the terrorist watchlist simply because of the kinds of people that possess our passports, only then will you mules will wake up. But by then it will be too late. Begging and theft is rampant in the land and ppl are still singing the country nice. Carry on.

  42. Justkum
    April 1, 2015

    Our problems are deeper than a lack of Ideas for developing our little island. One major flaw is the system inherited for selecting MPs. One has only to be “popular”, and today popularity can be swayed for $$. Ironically, popularity isn’t enough to face today’s challenges, popularity alone can’t guarantee our economic advancement. The result are leaders limited by their lack of understanding of world dynamics and further blinded by greed and personal ambition. To build our nation, our politicians must be genuine and stop giving Dominicans false hope. We must start producing again. Nothing worse than a frustrated farmer, carpenter, college grad. etc. in Dominica. Cyclical tax is a hindrance to economic growth. We need is to boost exports. Before we begin selling passports we should identify core industries for strategic investment and be keen on avoiding conflict with local interest. Give Gov’t workers right for private investment with conditions. The Is have it!

  43. Dan Tanner
    April 1, 2015

    No end to the greed and corruption in Dominica.

  44. ee
    April 1, 2015

    Stop prostituting our island to the highest bidder

  45. April 1, 2015

    I thought it was $60,000 U.S. Did it go up? That’s an awfully high price relative to other countries with similar programmes.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 1, 2015

      Steve, if you have ten million dollars, U.S. that is to deposit in a bank here, you could automatically become a citizen of the United States overnight you know, and yet not many billionaires around the world takes advantage of that privilege.

      Again I say if Dominica was unique as Skerrit believes he would all he would have to do is advertise in the New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal, or some popular magazine stating Dominica is open to foreign business, and see what happens.

      Dominica is a dead place my friend, Douglas Charles Airport is not attractive enough for a pull of anybody, according to his old colleague Ambrose George “come again Skerrit.”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      If any serious development is going to take place in Dominica, it has to begin from within, and outsiders may follow.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        April 1, 2015

        Eliminate the errors I made in that one it will make more sense!

    • Fawkes
      April 2, 2015

      What do you mean? It was never $60,000 USD and is still low in comparison even to St. Kitts with whom they have been partnering to promote the program…. Stuppes. Just like to come and run your mouth with incorrect facts every time!

      The Citizenship Program of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) was established in 1984 and requires applicants to make an economic contribution to the country. In exchange, they and their families are granted full citizenship.

      To qualify for citizenship, the applicant must make either an investment of at least US$ 400,000 in one of the approved real-estate developments in addition to paying government fees, other fees and taxes, or alternatively making a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF, a public charity) starting from US$ 250,000 (for a single applicant).

  46. White oak
    April 1, 2015

    Face it, the country needs money. This will encourage more investment in the island if our price is slightly lower than the competition (Antigua, St. Kitts, Cyprus, etc). With more investment in the island that leads to more investment in the people and this will greatly assist in our development.

  47. White oak
    April 1, 2015

    Honestly not a bad idea, a lot of other countries in the region are doing it. I’m for it, its the right move.

  48. REAL!!!!
    April 1, 2015

    This is treason against the state.

    1. The program has no accountability and is not transparent under this administration.
    2. The revenues from passport sales cannot be accounted for….
    3. 15 years the DLP is selling passports, what sustainable projects can we show which impact our economy and created jobs from this program.
    4. They should suspend the program, present a comprehensive report of the collected revenue , how it was used and evaluate the short/long term economic performance of the program.
    5. It is treated like a cash cow….what happens when you cannot sell passport no more?

    • Peter Potter
      April 2, 2015

      Ok good, we all know about it. The problem is, we write about it and complain and moun about it. Let me tell, that does not make it go away. I truly believe the time has come for us to unite and stop this Labour regime right now. They have run out of ideas, money and ‘friends’. We can not afford to wait for the next election.

  49. Concerned Dominican
    April 1, 2015

    I know of a house for sale in Pointe Michel for 200,000!!!! Tell the Chinaman come buy it and he can get a DA passport as a result which will give him the rights to buy more land and to work and live in the country that nice!!! De country nice bwoy!!! I wonder how many ‘foreigners’ around the word now have Dominican passports?? Hhhmmm

    • A Doubting Thomas
      April 1, 2015

      Concerned Dominican

      I doubt not as much as the amount of Dominicans with foreign passports. What do you think?

    • anonymous2
      April 1, 2015

      Throw in mine too.

    • Foreigner
      April 1, 2015

      When I came to Dominica last, everyone in the customs line in Antigua with Dominican passports was either white or asian.

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      Setting sarcasm aside, Dominica has become a very expensive place to live.
      Some people have become aggressive and demanding.
      It will not be long when a house for sale will cost $1M. Consider the cost of renting.
      As the cost of living escalates, that day is coming.
      The unemployed and poor will not be able to live and eat properly.
      The money must come from somewhere to also construct projects and their completion.

  50. H
    April 1, 2015

    Someone has sold you out. This is tragic news.

  51. Francisco Telemaque
    April 1, 2015

    Well, I predicted that Roosevelt and his high powered team would return home with nada, zip, zero, nothing! If there were those who thought I was crazy, they have proved themselves wrong. The way Skerrit is going about it is wrong!

    You do not attract investors by selling then citizenship for more than a quarter of a million dollars and expect them to rush to your country, the so called investors who would fall for that crap are shady people involved in criminal activities.

    The offer should be: If you come and invest in our country, in return we will grant you citizenship when we see your efforts, such as depositing a certain amount of money into a bank on the island, let’s see your investment capital. That’s how it got started in Ireland! Another thing Skerrit does’ not know is that practically all the investors out of China are agents of the government, the government of China gives these people money to invest, the reasons Skerrit should know unfortunately he does not!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 1, 2015

      If Skerrit knew how to use commonsense, he would realize another method instead of selling citizenship might be more an a traction. We need the investments in order for jobs to be created in the country, its about the people, and their earning power through which taxes are extracted to run the country.

      How many people can Skerrit attract to the country to invest by selling citizenship to them? The man is ridiculous! Let us assume ten people arrive, they each pay $200,000.00 dollars making it a total of approximately twenty million dollars, cant that make a dent in the nations poor economy?

      Well, he said he want fifty years, so the he is on his way with the help of the idiots who keep electing him. Let’s see how many investors will flood Dominica to become Dominica at a cost of two hundred thousand dollars. Skerrit, and those who went on vacation with him are in a trance! I hope to see plenty of Chines students attending the State College.

    • Bomboclat
      April 1, 2015

      Are you gay? No like really? All you do is just talk about Skerrit, give mapewii and talk about people. Jeez!

      • Sandra Floie
        April 1, 2015

        Are you not tired of making a fool of yourself? I notice each time Mr. Telemaque writes comments pertaining to Mr. Skerrit, you get on the man’s back talking nonsense about gay. If the man I gay there are los of gay people in the world you should realized by now that whoever is Francisco, he seems to be someone who is academically educated, and well informed.

        You appear t be someone not very intelligent, and has some psychological, or mental problems ,your conduct exposes how shallow a person you are!

  52. THIRSTY FOOLS
    April 1, 2015

    all options are exhausted, skerrit going for Dominica’s jugular. is do or die.. I am so sorry for our economy and those Dominicans he fooled

  53. Anthony Ismael
    April 1, 2015

    How will this help the local economy? I would love to see an audit of the program thus far.

    • THIRSTY FOOLS
      April 1, 2015

      it does not help the local economy, our monies are exported but it does help those corrupt politicians and their lawyer friends

  54. Jaco Parrot
    April 1, 2015

    CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW – A United States diplomat has cautioned the region about pursuing economic citizenship programmes.
    US charge d’ affaires Mark Bysfield told Caribbean national security officials at a Regional Security Service (RSS) meeting in Barbados that, despite the difficult economic times that require austere budgets, Caribbean states must be cautious.

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      The US should give Dominica an exorbitant grant. They should put their money where their mouth is.

  55. Taking notes
    April 1, 2015

    Is it $us? If it is, I have no problem with it. The 1st world countries has been doing for years. Great move! Just ensure due deligence is conducted before entry.

  56. Lougawoo Mem
    April 1, 2015

    For all those who were fooled with all the gimmicks, lies and deception as usual, you haven’t seen anything yet. More to come. You created a political monster, deal with the consequences.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      April 4, 2015

      Look at the two comments above the first by Taking Notes a single sentence had a hidden comment rating with 41 thumbs down as I write this at 9:46 AM this Holy Saturday.

      The second comment immediately following Taking Notes comment is the one by Lougawoo Mem with 44 thumbs up at the same time.

      Why would the readers give the first comment all those thumbs down and I am sure the same readers give the second comment all the thumbs up?

      Many DNO readers and posters are consistent if nothing more which is fascinating.

  57. DA/roots
    April 1, 2015

    Well , China does have giant corporations , and engineering capabilities , and all that technology etc etc , and can do a whole lot .Yes , some employment benefit could be derived from it accordingly
    , but there should be concern for some small enterprises , in this particular area . Small Business Associations , should seek support , in not allowing or say, restricting giant wholesale businesses engaging in retailing themselves , thereby weakening their chances to rise and improve , in an already competitive enviroment . Many times those same large businesses still control commodities in their own establishments ..

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 5, 2015

      China may have engineers, however, ninety (90%) of them are American trained, about half of China engineers and other professionals, are trained in America, and Europe. They go back to China which is mandatory, and utilize their Western learnt skills and professions in their native China.

      Their skills are never exported to places such as Dominica, except when they loan money to people like Skerrit, it is mandatory agreed that they send there people to spend and oversee how the money they loan the beggar country is spent. That is why, they built the Stadium, State House and a few roads in the country, all the money goes back to China, since they even provide the laborers to do the work.

      As for the Large industries in China, they are American, and European owned, they took their business there because of cheap labor! Hence they cannot export industries to Dominica when they have none to export!

  58. Mamizoo
    April 1, 2015

    When Austrie of all people said that the opposition has ideas to I smiled because I knew from credible inside sources that the lsbor administration are actually desperately digging into the bag of ideas presented by the opposition party. I was Marley surprised that such utterances were coming from Reginald Austrie who at the first sitting of Parliament went off on his usual path-mepwizaying the opposition members. Less than a month after Reginald Austrie is proclaiming that the opposition has ideas. Well I say all of this to reiterate that the country is riding into a perfect storm. The government is desperate and Dominicans we must brace ourselves for a very very difficult time ahead

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      Think positive. Could it be worst than what it was in those days?

  59. justbeingreal
    April 1, 2015

    Talk about being bankrupt of ideas!!!
    Now begging is all we know, just finding new ways of begging.. What a damn shame. We are now like the guy on the corner with a cup. So sad, we not even trying to work no more. Just newer ways of begging… smh..

  60. faceless
    April 1, 2015

    Desperate time, desperate measures. Its a clear sign of desperation on the part of the PM and his kabal.
    One would have thought that, Dominica had.money a plenty especially with the saga of immense cash flow during the last Gen Election.
    The Pm is tied up like a market crab. He is.like a bankrupt institution, with.no idea as how to get out the economic mess. Right now, Himself and a so.called high power delegate is touring the world bragging n putting Dominca on the world’s for sale.list , for just 200,000 us.
    They are not bothered weather those who.give the money are crooks, thieves, drug smugglers or notorious con artists. Its pathetic to read the for sale advertisement. Passport for sale.is.just vexatious, annoying, rude, disrespectful, lacking prudence n forsight.
    Now those who voted for Skerrit take that as a token of appreciation. Oh they using state funds for the tour n waste of time trip for labor crooks n kabal. They might get watches n colognes as gifts lol.. waste of…

  61. CC
    April 1, 2015

    I hope this is an april fools day joke by the PM

  62. trust me
    April 1, 2015

    It is a Shame!!
    people of Dominica had fight a long time to get their Independence and sovereignty.
    this independence have absolutely no price whatsoever.
    and today the person elected to drive this country and its people to development and prosperity is selling the Soul of the country for pocket money ?? and we are all ok with this ??
    wake up people, WAKE UP!!!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 2, 2015

      “people of Dominica had fight a long time to get their Independence and sovereignty.
      this independence have absolutely no price whatsoever.” (trust me).

      You do not know what you are talking about!

      Sometimes it could serve a better purpose for one to educate themselves on certain issues, before they come on DNO and make ridiculous, erroneous, and unfounded statements for people who know better to read.

      Anybody who makes the claim that Dominicans, or any politician fought, fight or wrestle, to gain independence from Britain or any colonial power; is either a liar, or are missed informed. And if that is found in our history, it would be a lie!

      The British Government, handed all the English speaking Colonies, of the Caribbean from Guyana in the South to Jamaica North independence unconditionally, We had to accept it, like it or not.

  63. Lang Mama
    April 1, 2015

    Yeh right , well Canada look out for another dose of Dominican chinese coming into Canada with Dominica passports. Oooops we need a visa to get into Canada now.

    Those liars are so desperate now that it is any port for a storm. More money for those lawyers and cabal who set up passport offices in Lan ka wi nous and Malaysia.

    DNO I heard that a certain office owned by a lawyer in Dominica have plans to build a drive thru so that you can order and pick up your passports like KFC.

  64. Bull Crap
    April 1, 2015

    Are you people …. me… Dominicans truly are a bunch Morrons eh for real…

  65. All Fools Day Lies
    April 1, 2015

    Skerro, I have a few questions for you because I do not want to be fooled today, “on all fools day.” 1. Is this special only available to Chinese, or to just about anyone with $200,000, regardless of their character? 2. Are we talking EC$ or USD? That’s important because if it is US I would like to know in whose pocket the difference of EC $336K going. 3. In Malaysia this week you placed a lot of emphasis on “Clean money”. Is that the same case with passports seeing that you do not want to send any negative signal to anyone?

  66. Dave Bertrand
    April 1, 2015

    So what about the thousands who obtained citizenship under that PROGRAM ? Isn’t that government going to publish the true figures and how much has ended up in the treasury ? ? Come on Mr Prime Minister let’s be transparent!

  67. DD
    April 1, 2015

    Open the doors for your own people overseas trying to invest in their country. You have made it so difficult for Dominicans themselves to build their businesses and florish.

    • Unky
      April 1, 2015

      I can attest to that and as much as I would like to invest in Dominica, it’m somewhat nervous.

      • Bigworld
        April 2, 2015

        So – americans can buy their way to represent DA at the olympics?
        The Chinese can buy citizenship?
        Meanwhile, the sons and daughters of Dominicans living abroad are treated like complete strangers.
        If we want to buy land – we are subject to the same “alien landholders duty” as anybody with no connection to the country.

        If you want to revitalise and encourage investment from people who actually care about Dominica look to the diaspora!

        From our perspective, Dominica seems to have too many people with vested interests in its current decay to change.

        Chinese investors will be just like the cruise ships visitors.
        They will take what they can and go – leaving nothing behind.

    • The Facts
      April 1, 2015

      Did you mean “flourish?”

  68. Trevor Fabien
    April 1, 2015

    Dominica For Sale.

    Anyone can buy or build a house worth $200,000.00 or more and will automatically have the right to be a citizen of Dominica providing they can afford the price of a passport and hopefully pass some security checks :-D . This is not a joke but if i do not laugh then i will cry for my country.

    Now how on God`s earth uis this going to help the economy. it will not provide any long term jobs jor anyone, a 1000 persons might not take up the offer of this and furthermore it only devalues our passport causing us Dominicans to suffer indignity when we travel across borders through immigration.

    The moneys are gained through this investment programme and it is mismanaged and squandered so we are regressing in terms of development.

    In my opinion, this is a terrible idea and it is very short term gain, if any gain at all for long term pain. Now, this is the perfect recipe for an economic disaster. Jobs jobs Jobs, that is how you raise revenue not by selling…

    • Tjebe fort
      April 1, 2015

      The P.M. is not all that stupid. These Chinese investors will become full Dominican citizens with the right to vote, even if they live overseas just like our own in the U.S.A. and Canada. You ever think about that? By the time the Chinese take over is complete our P.M. will long be in the U.S.A. enjoying the fruits of his labor. Malgraysa.

      • The Facts
        April 1, 2015

        It appears you can foresee the future and know what will occur then. Will you be alive to witness your prediction?

  69. CC
    April 1, 2015

    I wonder who’s pocket that money will be going into?

  70. Not a herd follower
    April 1, 2015

    It is quite clear to those without blinkers that the DLP is now desperately hoping that the Economic Citizenship Programme (ECP), first introduced in the early 1990s by the DFP Govt, will serve as the linchpin to drive economic growth. The DLP first tried tourism. Failure. Then all hope was on geothermal energy. But all the searing heat remains buried in the ground and the geothermal promise has gone cold. Now, it is the ECP’s funding of real estate developments and the government’s budget. We sit in the Chinese-funded stadium and wait to see if the ECP will produce great fireworks.

  71. Thorbjørn Jagland
    April 1, 2015

    What kind of prime minister is this? We hear more of what is happening to our country in foreign press, he tells the people nothing but want them to pay taxes. Who is he working for?

  72. Shaka zulu
    April 1, 2015

    Let the sale of Dominica begin. China is more than willing to have population reduction. This is a get rich quick scheme and shows the lack of innovation and determination to do what is right and best for Dominica. The passport scheme has been in existence since 1993, however we are yet to see a report on amounts sold, revenues generated, and how those revenues have been incorporated into long term investment in the country. Where is the accountability?
    Let’s assume in 22 years we sold one passport a year at $200,000. That would mean to date we would have generated $4,400,000. If this was US then it would be ec $12.1 million dollars. Now we all know that there were more than 22 passports sold. When will Dominicans stand up and stop this madness.

  73. April 1, 2015

    Passport going cheap cheap cheap. More Chinese stores are going to open quick quick quick while local businesses are going to sink sink sink.

  74. Titiwi
    April 1, 2015

    To be sure that is U.S.$$, right? I hope these investors see more for their money than those that put their cash in that L’Imprevue (above Springfield) investment scandal. The police in the U.K. are still looking for the individual that bamboozle these poor people. Our authorities know all about that but stay moumou.

    • Anonymous?
      April 1, 2015

      Why would it be “U.S.?” Are any of the parties involved U.S.?

    • Observer
      April 1, 2015

      DNO, please indulge me as someone needs to stand up yo Titiwi
      DNO, please indulge me by allowing me to reply to Titiwi

      Titiwi
      You are a perverse individual.

      I do not believe that you support anyone who tries to initiate development!

      I am sure that you reek of the aftershave “eau de jealousy”. Your name defines who you are, a very small fish who is desperate to emulate bigger and more successful fish!

      Dominica will never progress whilst we have such unsupportive and critical people like you.

      • Ma Moses
        April 1, 2015

        Observer, it looks that tiny titiwi getting under your skin though and touching a sensitive spot!

      • The Facts
        April 1, 2015

        As noted on this Website and by their comments, many of them are non-supportive. This is sad. One would think that they would be patriotic and encouraging. It is as if they want and expect everything done and proposed in D/ca to fail. They have projected that they are not nice people who want nothing good for their own country. Could they not give it their blessing and hope for the best rather than the worst?

      • Titiwi
        April 2, 2015

        Observer, let me blunt . I genuinely believe that Roosevelt Skerrit is bad for Dominica. That has nothing to do with politics, he would be bad regardless what party he leads. I will not stop agitating till we get rid of him as leader of the country.

      • well well well
        April 2, 2015

        blind mouse…….thats the only reason you are not seeing what is happen in this country.

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