The government has finally broken its silence on a Bitcoin project which was expected to take place in Dominica this month, with Dr. Kenneth Darroux saying that the government did not receive any formal proposals on the matter from the organizers of the event.
Darroux was named as the contact person in Dominica for the project by several Bitcoin-related websites.
He was a guest on state-owned DBS Radio Talking Point program on Monday and he said he felt it was not necessary to comment publicly on the matter, since “quite frankly there was nothing to talk about.”
“I really never felt it necessary to make any public statement re this Bitcoin issue,” he stated. “Honestly there was nothing to comment about, really just to say once and for all to set the record clear, that there was no formal proposal put forward by the developers or the potential businessmen to the government really on the Bitcoin issue.”
The matter came to light in August 2014 with several websites claiming that Dominica was going to be the first nation to use the digital currency, Bitcoin, on a large scale following a project slated for March 15, 2015.
The sites claimed that officials in Dominica had collaborated with several Bitcoin businesses and companies for what was called “Bit Drop” project, where Dominicans were to be given the currency via SMS texting.
“With a population of over 70,000, this project will create the world’s largest and highest density Bitcoin community,” one website boasted.
In February organizers said the project was cancelled because Dominica did not provide the ‘promised’ support.
Throughout the entire episode, the government had remained silent despite several attempts to get a comment.
But on Monday Darroux said he did hold discussions with the organizers but a formal proposal was never sent to the government.
“So the people come to us with proposals, I sat with the guys, they spoke to me and that was it,” he said. “Of course it was suggested that they would have had to forward a proposal to the government, to the Ministry of Finance and that was never done.”
He said the organizers of the event went ahead and did their own public relations.
“That was it really,” Darroux said.