It’s either Economic Citizenship Program or higher taxes PM says

passportDominicans have been told that if the much talked about Economic Citizenship Program (ECP) were to be removed, they would have to bear the burden of higher taxes.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who addressed the ECP matter on the Next Level radio program recently, said Dominica is not the only island benefitting from programs like these, but countries like the United Kingdom, United States of America and other Caribbean islands such as Grenada and Antigua have similar programs in place.

“So there are economic benefits to the program and there is a growing number of countries which are moving towards that because the point is people have to try to diversify their economy, diversify the sources of their financing,” the Prime Minister said.

He questioned where some of the finances for important intervention would come from if the program were to be removed.

“Where do you get the money from? Through taxation,” he stated. “How many of us would like me to go to the budget debate address and indicate to the country that I’m increasing taxation on the country?”

Skerrit noted that if the country’s opportunities are not defended, it will lose the benefits of the ECP and there will be no choice but to impose more taxes on the people.

“And we would be worse off without the program than we will be with it because it is an important source of funding. A legitimate program,” he said.

Skerrit also rubbished claims that funds are being withdrawn from the ECP accounts.

Recently there have been allegations that money from the program was placed in the account of a high-ranking official.

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100 Comments

  1. DNO
    June 10, 2015

    Dear Admin: You owe it to the people of Dominica to make up their own mind; what is truth and what is fiction. Therefore, please print comments sent from MDTH. Is Censorship already implemented?

  2. June 10, 2015

    It is the private sector in a free market economy who has responsibility for growing the economy,dominica is a free market economy.some people believe they are hurting skerrit,but in fact they are implanting wrong values in the minds of the people,especially the young people who will believe that it is government job to grow the economy and not them who must build new companies.the irony though,when people take the advice of those lamplighters and go to the government for help they are branded as beggars.boss be careful about the misinformation you are spreading,it will not go away when another government gets into office.

  3. Trevor Fabien
    June 10, 2015

    The Developed Countries such as America, Great Britain and France to new a few also has these
    -A proper educational system
    -A proper Health System
    _The Freedom to voice their opinion and strike
    -The governments appear to be transparent and prosecute those who commit crimes and abuse their office

    So when Mr Skerrit talks about other countries, he needs to maybe think about adopting these other measures instead of talking absolute bubbles.

    That guy has ran out of ideas and is now operating on empty. As a matter of fact, Dominica is on Auto Pilot, sorry I meant Auto Prime Minister.
    Who the hell is running this island called Dominica. I bet you if you looked in the cockpit, sorry again, I meant the PM office, you would see that the man at the head has gone AWOL, (Absent Without Leave).
    By the way being AWOL is punishable by time in military jail. Of course he is not in the army so we will have to think of something else for the PM.

    We need a new man at the head, someone…

  4. Too Hard Too Long.
    June 10, 2015

    This is the worse argument I have ever heard in favour of the ECP. Mr PM, this argument is a distraction. You said everything about how you believe we think and nothing at all about the ECP.

    Put forward another argument.

    By the way, I’m noticing more and more that the PM seems to be bowing out of the race. He’s making reckless statements. Anyone else notice that?

  5. June 10, 2015

    Mr. PM..I’m not into politics anymore neither do I reside in Dominica.But I’ve always have some issues with our so called politicians in Dominica.This passport for citizenship has been going on for sometime now and there have been no real substantial benefit to the nation and it’s people to the contrary it has created problems for Dominicians where the advance nations are concerned,slapping them with visa to be able to enter countries as a result of that twisted program.
    It’s high time that somebody learn and truly do something different instead of following one another in a strait line likes goats. Labour under E.O. Leblanc,Labour under Patrick John,Freedom under Ma Charles,U.W.P under Edison James and now Labour under you. It’s the same failed policies over and over again.It’s like you all are not learning..

  6. Truth be Told
    June 10, 2015

    …and this in a nutshell is this Labour Party government economic strategy and development plan for the Commonwealth of Dominica, after killing every viable industry on the island! Sell my PM, sell, and if you get a good price for the entire island, sell Dominica and Dominicans too, ‘pasque say sort yo sort’!

  7. NOTAX
    June 10, 2015

    No Sir it’s not going to Happen!! Fortunately for us, you will be long gone before you do any more Damage. This time you went too far.

  8. June 9, 2015

    I blame Dominicans, not Skerrit :-D

  9. silversliver
    June 9, 2015

    Dominicans, this is the most troubling and scary thing I have ever heard from any government!! If this is the only card that Skerrit has in his pack, then things are even worse than I thought! Clearly, the hand-outs from Lybia and Venezuela have dried up and are having serious consequences, but does this government intend to run the economy on passport sales? How many passports per year do they intend to sell to provide for Dominia’s needs? Is this sustainable? Soon we will have more “economic citizens” than natives! Obviously, this administration is absolutely bankrupt of creativity, ideas, or plans. This bunch of pimps, have no self nor national pride, and no scruples!!!
    I feel so sorry for Dominica!

  10. June 9, 2015

    Skerrit all the concerned Citizens of this country are asking for is transparency like in those countries that you mentioned; a full disclosure of all Passports sold; How much were they sold for; Who sold them and how much profit have these individual(s) pocketed; To whom were they sold; How much Investment has it generated and in WHAT? papa Bondie is that too much to ask for. And Madame Speaker that’s what we expect to hear him present and debate at the budget in the next sitting of parliament; not any dotish garbage about raising Taxes.

  11. swagger
    June 9, 2015

    So mr skerite thats the best u can come up with???? Thats the only thing that u can come up with to keep the country from tax man? An economic citizenship programn together with High import duties . and other high tax? Man u just a waste of time. You not seing it fit yet to develop industries to boost the economy. We have so many fruits and not one factor to prepare our fruits for export. Where is the international airport tou was talking about in election???? Mr skerite what is your plan to to employ all these young people that unemployed in dominica?? Mr skerite what kind of fiscal policy do u operate in dominica? Mr skerite the country dont have jobs why dont u look for ideas from the oposition ? Why are dominicans so stupid?? Why are they alowing mr skerite and his boys to get rich and they are becoming porrer everyday??

  12. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    The people on the U.W.P side I have land in the sailsbury heights I will sell or list you cheap . When your kids ask you what have you been doing over the last 15 yrs, what are you going to tell them I am waiting when my party gets in they are going to take care of us, thats reckless or insane, your kids and wife will never respect you. Labour kids will ask their parents mama we are still poor your party is inside for 15 yrs why are we poor still begging for crumbs. Its sad both sides will remain poor and begging for life. Dominica remains the poorest country in the world people on both sides government will never solve your problems think use you brains and talent and create the jobs and wealth for your self government is not the answer government is the problem stop drinking and go to work for your family

  13. Man kind
    June 9, 2015

    I do not think that you will in your right frame of mind will ever conceder to hike taxes on your citizens in a poor and underperforming economy .
    Regardless what your statistics show but in relity things are hard and tight .

  14. Ackroyd
    June 9, 2015

    Re American programme. You get a Green card initially and can apply for a Passport after five years.

    • June 10, 2015

      U can’t apply for passport unless u are an American citizen.u also have to pass the civic test before u can be granted citizenship

  15. June 9, 2015

    Mr Skerrit you need a serious management course,you have missed the plot from the start,,end of story…

  16. neverson St jean
    June 9, 2015

    Any time the pm can stand in the house of assembly and say that Obama is tunning programms like the red clinic from the ovsl office, Dominicans should ask him to save them the embarrassment and strp down. The guy is a clown

    • pete
      June 10, 2015

      Can we Dominican asked the FBI or Scotland Yard to investigate this Government.

  17. June 9, 2015

    I’m appalled but I’m not surprised……..but if this is not an indication that the Present Government of Dominica is Broke…..Dead Broke….then i don’t know what is…….
    Question: if the economy is so bad then why did we take the exorbitant loans that we did last year. how did you expect to pay it back. People the Economy is in the Dumps….it is dead it is just being propped up.

    No More NEP……No Tablet…….No Hospital…….no abertoire(or whatever they call it)……….where is the Huckster boat……where is the 5 Star Hotel in Portsmouth…………Nothing………….lies lies Lies……but ‘Labour ka Twavay’

    if the sale of passports that have the economy going what if Measures were implemented by the international community to ban or outlaw such dirty dealings then what………..PEACE

    for the Next 5 years …….i don’t think they making it this time na

  18. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    Why dont you prople stop making idiots out of your selves. Did you go to the university of the westindes. Skerritt is not stupid he have Lawyers telling him what to do , he obeys the Law he would never steal because he knows if he jets caught you all would hang him. America passport sold for $50.000 if you a going to open a business and employ 50 people, or invest in the stock market . Canada $25.000 and a business. They sell passport all over the world if you have money. You people are to poor to understand any thing you have to fight lie and wait for a green card because you have no money. Suki can get an American passport any time he wants he has money. Do the opposition have any Lawers with brains Skerritt cannot do what he wants. Skerritt knows you are stupid and only talk and do nothing. A country boy that out smart all the Roseau dom guys to head the party

    • The Real Facts
      June 9, 2015

      Well stated. I do agree with you. :lol:
      They never give these lofty matters a thought and will never comprehend it.

    • King Skerrit
      June 9, 2015

      Stop spreading lies- here are the requirements for a US GREEN CARD by INVESTMENT- you STILL have to wait 5 years after your investment to gain a passport/citizenship. Skerrit selling DCA passport and the “investor” never has to set one toe in Dominica : There are 2 investment options within the EB-5 program:

      1. Creation of a new US enterprise

      To be eligible an applicant must meet the following criteria:

      Make an investment of US$ 1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise, or US$ 500,000, if in a “targeted commercial area”, which includes rural areas or areas with unemployment of at least 150% of the national average.

      Create full time employment for at least 10 qualified U.S. workers, who must be direct employees of the commercial enterprise.
      Actively manage the enterprise, through day to day management or policy formulation.

      2. Invest in a Regional Center

      Make an investment of US$ 500,000.
      The enterprise must create full time employment for at least 10…

    • sweet pepper
      June 10, 2015

      I more believe he is advising the lawyers, and everyone in Dominica knows that he runs everything advisers or not, economists or not. we are not stupid people, according to his own words we have a high level of literacy here in DOMINICA.

      and before you post, i recommend do a spell check before even calling people stupid, because your both posts are unreadable. THANK YOU

    • Independent Thinker
      June 10, 2015

      @sailsbury farmer. . .”too poor to understand”. Wow – is that how rich people speak? I’d rather be poor and speak intelligently. You need a course in English grammar and, since you are so rich, you should easily afford it! :)

  19. Pantalion Henderson
    June 9, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit, stop insulting the intelligence of the Dominican public. I guess your statement was meant for the gullible ones who you prey on. The issue is not the program but how it is administered. There is a serious lack of transparency on the part of your administration- How many passports sold? How many people involved in selling our nationality? We do not know. You do not report on this unless Angelo lights a fire under you to say something. And even then you say very little. It is gross incompetence to say that the only options you have are CIP or more taxes. This means that after more than 15 years in office you are still bankrupt for ideas on how to stimulate growth. This is poor leadership. All you guys are interested in is “Milking the Cow” and not bothering about its health You and your cabinet should be ashamed of yourselves. It is an embarrassment to think of you guys running the country. Yes some of accumulate millions while the country continues in decline. What a shame

  20. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    Can you prove Skerritt is corroped and cannot managed Dominica, but you did not tell any one what the other side is going to do and no one ask. Where would they get the money to give you buy selling dominican fish and chicken , or would be a better beggar . When you put a plan for growth I will follow you. No one after slavery have a plan in the caribean. Skerritt is the best and smartest one after the British. I am not a politician I am a prosperous famer that has done every well without Government. You all people wants a revolution, the revolution should be in your head and all the empty land we have doing nothing. The Americans ask the British for one thing give me Liberty or death. You are asking government to solve your problems that will never happened use your brains and make your own money

    • Independent Thinker
      June 10, 2015

      @sailsbury farmer. . .corrupt, not corropped; manage, not managed; asked, not ask; has a plan, not have a plan; Caribbean, not caribean; people want, not people wants; never happen, not never happened; I agree, your PM is the smartest one after YOU! :)

  21. Frenz
    June 9, 2015

    So now the passport selling scheme is called economic citizenship? So why it is that for the last 10 years Skerrit and his defenders said that the passport selling program was the same as the economic citizenship program operated by the Us and Canada. So it was all a big lie huh. In 2009 Canada saw over 5 thousand Chinese Dominicans migrate to Canada .

    • CYRIL Volney
      June 10, 2015

      “In 2009 Canada saw over 5 thousand Chinese Dominicans migrate to Canada” . Dude you must be kidding. What does Immigration Canada have to do with Dominica’s Economic Citizenship program? Am I misunderstanding something here?

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 11, 2015

        And you know what they were not allowed to enter Canada, they arrived on either two or three separate flights, none of the Chines Dominican could speak a single word of English, they were all returned to China!

  22. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    Do any one has any ideas eccept talking about what government is doing and not doing, this feller from California have a big mouth but he is not telling us what to do to solve any thing. Please help me help sk errit . We want to export $100.000.000. worth of goods over seas to balance our trade. We once export rum, cocoa, coffee, vanilla , bananas, bay oil , lemon juice, ground provision, ginger, water, and people to england, without Government, what went wrong. Every house that was built in Dominica was build by us not the British. We took care of our parents and grand parents without nursing homes begging for money. You people go back to the way it was stop waiting on Skerritt and government to save you . You dont need government you have brains in your head.? Why are we not talking that language alone, to hell with government money is made with people with brains not beggers sining for their supper

    • IluvmyPm
      June 9, 2015

      Skerrit deliberately cause us to beg so he can get votes

  23. Frenz
    June 9, 2015

    Somebody help me. For the last 7 years we the concern citizens have been expressing disgust over the scandalous passport selling operation by the Dominica government and the response or excuses that have been provided is that “ The US, Canada etc is doing the same” Now we all know including the two bias hypocrites in Canada ( Liz and The Truth) that the US, Canada has an economic citizenship program. Fair enough; So why now we are being told that the passport selling program is now and economic citizenship program. So it is reasonable and conclusive to say that all along Skerrit and his cohorts had been lying making false comparison – essentially lying. The US , Canada does not have a passport selling program as portrayed by Roosevelt Skerrit.

  24. Mamizoo
    June 9, 2015

    Whether we put ECP lip stick on the pig this passport selling scam remains nothing else but a scam and cash cow for the corrupt Labor Party mafia movement. In their continuous effort to treat the people like Dominica as toddlers Skerrit and his gang is creating the impression that it is only now that this passport selling scheme is meant to provide economic growth opportunities for Dominica. Let it be known that it was the passport selling venture that brought about some of the locally existing hotels and resorts in Dominica. It was a quasi economic citizenship program that brought the disaster and shame at the Layou river hotel.
    The point is that it is no secrete that as of today thousands of passports were sold and the government of Dominica have nothing to show but disgrace and poverty. How can you convince investors to come to Dominica thru an economic citizenship program?

  25. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    Government will not save Dominica , the free market will , it does not matter who runs Government any where in the world was not design to save any body they can’t you people are looking at the rung places. Busineses is the only thing that can solve Dominica problems. What is some one else is some one else going to do different if Dominica is number 4 in the world when it comes to heavy drinking. You need citizens with brains who can think and create lasting jobs for their people think fish , rabbits to the french islands that would create millionairs you dont need Government for that. What you need is business mined people government should get out the way less government is better for the economy. Shut down the university of the westindes its not working for us. It only creates people begging for jobs

  26. sailsbury farmer
    June 9, 2015

    Mr prime minister I need some help from you and all Dominicans In N.Y. florida and the rest of the Caribean. When are our people going to change the peasant mentally we picked up from the British. My Cousin in Salisbury was given boat and motor to fish, he goes out once a week catch enough fish to sell to drink Rum, when his money is done he goes back to sea. Merry jet comes to Dominica every week is there any Dominican in ny or florida or the rest of the caribean that can bring up fresh fish to sell . We have the caribean sea with the fish we eat some one could do good business, what about about brining water on board. If the fisher men were trained and discipline that would be a good business model. All fisher men would be richer. The money is in dominica all around us , we talk and argue over nothing. Dominicans are loosing millions. Every body look at the deadly catch what are we doing.

    • The Real Facts
      June 9, 2015

      Some of that fish could be sold to Canada. In Toronto, the grocery stores (at least some) have imported fish from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana . . . you name it – the countries. I am wary of purchasing those fish. I have been told they are less expensive.
      I can hardly get fish from Canada; from the Atlantic Province. My favorite was Canadian Salmon Steak; can’t even get that. Yet, Japan and some countries fish in these waters.
      There are a few West Indian stores which sell fish, the type we have been accustomed to eating.
      In order to sell to those countries, you need a Canadian inspector or someone in authority to inspect how they are caught, stored, cleaned, packaged and exported.
      Your brother has a good fishing career. Tell him to be serious and drink less so he can make some money selling fish and exporting it. This is where the government comes in, Fishery and Agriculture to, hopefully, provide advice and assistance.

    • June 10, 2015

      U looking at the deadly catch?thise crab selling for good money

  27. pink
    June 9, 2015

    that clearly says that the government has no plan but why waste my time and say anything! That’s how majority of Dominicans like it.

  28. amy
    June 9, 2015

    skerrit needs to voluntarily step down or forcefully step down, either way he needs to go, too much corruption,there’s no way to fix the amount of damage that’s being done to dominica by his administration.

  29. Frustrated Police
    June 9, 2015

    So many smart people in Dominica , I would like to know why is it that none of them are going into politics. I mean, we are all seeing that the people who are running this country of ours do not have clue of what they are doing! ” let’s try something and see if it works” that’s how they operate.
    When will Dominicans wake up and save our beautiful land. Aren’t we the same Dominicans of yester-year? Come on my people!!

    • The Real Facts
      June 9, 2015

      I think they are intelligent enough. The general public do not know more than they do.
      The problem is, some of you consistently criticize them and debase them. Give them a chance to operate. If you feel you have feasible questions and suggestions, direct them, respectfully to the government department concerned. Wait patiently for the reply. Hope it will be considered and pleasing to you.

  30. looking
    June 9, 2015

    Alas! After all those years of governance we finally resort to selling passports for our survival. The last resort. Vat, selling passports, austerity measures. In the end we have resorted to lawlessness. Everyone desperately looking for their pockets. Selfishness greed. I will pray for our country. Pray that we are forgiven. Lawlessness

    • The Real Facts
      June 9, 2015

      Because you do not contribute much if nothing at all to the economy.

  31. I am me
    June 9, 2015

    OMG! So it’s like going to the doctor with a pain in the head and after diagnosis he tells you, you have cancer and gives you two options. Option # 1. With surgery your chance of dying is 99% . Option # 2. Without surgery your chance of dying is 99%. In other words, it’s hopeless because no matter which option you choose, the result is the same. That’s exactly what Skerrit tells us. In other words, selling passports our balls coming out and change it for taxes our balls will still come out. However, he prefers the passport sale because he and his team mates can pocket more

    • June 10, 2015

      It is time for Skerrit to throw in the towel. He has lost all credibility, is void of ideas to improve the economy, and create jobs. He has allowed Dominica to become a beggar nation with no change in sight. He takes no blame for the pathetic state of the country’s economy. The man should just step down, now.

  32. some eating all
    June 9, 2015

    i challenge Skerritt and his incompetent DLP Gov’t to stop with the Sale of our Passports, misnamed, (Economic citizenship programme) or Citizen-By-Investment Programme. That is how a few people making their millions on the backs of a subdued, manipulated, bamboozled people.

    Recently, Skerritt carved out, by an Act of Parliament, and awarded a foreigner/Range Development, 15 acres from our Cabrits National Park, just like that. The so-called foreign “economic investor” comes with nothing, empty-handed. On top of that Skerritt and his lazy DLP Gov’t give the foreigner passports to sell to make money to build his hotel.

    Dominicans just stood there, say nothing, take no action against such blatant injustice..

    The majority of Dominicans are not benefiting from,. do not know about scandals re. the sales of their passports. Only when revelations come out from Q95 hosts about corrupt practices, that people are informed. More passports for sale. Some…

  33. NKRUMAH KWAME
    June 9, 2015

    Dear PM,
    What is so DIFFICULT in telling the nation how many passports have been sold, to whom and the quantum of money derived therefrom? Is this asking too much? You and your government it seems, do not like transparency. Not on ONE occasion have you all given information freely: no press conferences before, during or after your trips. How can this be right? You can avoid all the allegations if, and only if you would do the honourable. For the sake of this land, please do what you were taught while growing up
    HOTEP!

    • The Real Facts
      June 9, 2015

      Do you think this is important and necessary? I reside in Canada. The government does not divulge this information and the public do not ask. It may be that the public has more important matters to think of and to do. We know our place between government and the public and what should concern us and benefit us..
      I think some Dominicans expect too much from the government. They are too inquisitive. They want to delve into everything the government does. It should not be so. Some are also disrespectful. What is important for them to know, they will know. They seem to forget the government is the government and the public is the public. There is a difference even though some voted for them. Everyone should know their place and what they should ask and know or should not ask and know.

    • pete
      June 10, 2015

      We should asked the FBI to investigate the Labor Party with all their corruption.

  34. AA
    June 9, 2015

    It is amazing that a pm of a country can state boldly that a non sustainable item is the main stay of the economy and without it the citizens will face extreme taxes, just amazing. I just cant fathom such stupidity coming from such a large cabinet of ministers. Agriculture is sustainable, are they investing in it? Tourism is sustainable is there investments? No but selling of passports that is not sustainable and poses significant risk to the nation is what is priority, what a bunch of incompetent persons that are running this country.

    And when are you all going to make the billion dollar debt that all you hiding public? the monies made from the economic citizenship programme should be invested into sustainable development so that we do not have to rely on selling passport for long. And why don’t you all stop the lies, the us passport is for investments not sale as you are doing.

  35. Doc. Love
    June 9, 2015

    Sometimes, I don’t know if Skeritt believes Dominicans are not aware of what is happening in Dominica or he believes all Dominicans are dummies. If Skeritt wants to convince us of his belief, why aren’t Dominicans told the total amount of revenue received from the sales of pass ports against the amount of taxes that are collected by government. Why doesn’t Skeritt tell Dominicans who are authorized to sell pass ports and the individual amounts paid to the government. It is alleged an ambassador sold sufficient pass ports to even deposit approximately $1.5 million is his private account, why doesn’t Skeritt tell Dominicans whether the allegations are true or false, instead, he chose to cherry pick . He can cherry pick as much as he wants. All in the dark, must come to light at sometime, for instance, Miss Baron, a Minister in his Government has been involved in an alleged $10,000 gift, he has been silent.

  36. SkerriT_Sucks
    June 9, 2015

    My company gwaying under this economy, and everyday a breezy lady from the inland revenue writing me for sales, inventory, bank statements and no matter what i give her she relentless trying to find money under my mattress, and u saying no passport higher taxes, u alone doing well in Dominica.

    • really?
      June 9, 2015

      Oh shut up, shes just doing her job. :-?

      • IluvmyPm
        June 9, 2015

        1.5 million tell her audit Mano if she man

  37. Oh Yes
    June 9, 2015

    This economic citizenship program needs to be overhauled completely and removed from those whose hands are tied and those manipulators of the system. The other option is to scrap it altogether. The prime minister must understand that there are too many questions that need answers. Disregarding and disrespecting the people will not help the cause. This first person puffed up attitude does not help either. If “I” do this, or if “I” Don’t do that should be changed to a team approach. Responsibility and governance are all about give and take. I hope that Dominicans have come to the realization that they have themselves to blame for the mire we’ve found ourselves in.

  38. Francisco Telemaque
    June 9, 2015

    Skerrit problem is that he is always making comparison with every other place in the world, however, when we access what is going on in the examples, he quotes; we find no comparisons to what we have in Dominica. For example, anybody who is not a criminal, and has ten ($10,000,000.00) million dollars, to deposit in a bank in America could obtained residency, which leads to citizenship. Otherwise, the applicant must invest into a business, which create jobs for the citizens of the United States.

    To mention Grenada, and Antigua in his thing, he need to know the sale of passports has nothing to do with the development of both countries. I do not know much about Grenada, but I assure you Antigua has always been a progressive, and prosperous place long before the introduction of economic citizenship. In the first place there many more business in Antigua than Dominica ever had.

    Skerrit can sell passports from now to the very day of his demise, Dominica will remain the same to…

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 9, 2015

      Skerrit can sell passports from now to the very day of his demise, Dominica will remain the same to the day he departed this earth! The people of Montserrat has an economic citizenship program also, however, they do not grant or issue citizenship to anyone unless the applicant deposits the amount of US$150,000.00 dollars in a bank on island, that is different from someone traveling out of Dominica with a rubber stamp, and stamp a passport, grab some money from the criminals, and hand them a Dominica passport.

      Citizenship should not be sold to anyone unless they have an interest in Dominica, if they are not setting up an industry in the country, where revenues can be generated, via import and export, and local employment, the applicant should be rejected period!

      Skerrit makes lots of comparisons: but if we look around us we see many foreigners buying land and building homes on the other islands, unlike Dominica, yet we boast of Nature island, something is wrong: the reason why…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 9, 2015

        The reason why foreigners go elsewhere is because of the state of the backwardness in which our people exist who shall we blame for that if not the leader of the country?

      • original mahaut man
        June 9, 2015

        we will blame you because of your negative talks about the country.

    • Pointe michel
      June 9, 2015

      You need to get your facts right about antigua. The people of antigua are doing the same crying crying crying for jobs and more businesses and also calling on the past and present government to stop the sale of passports

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 10, 2015

        Before you run off your mouth, let me inform you that I Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque once lived in Antigua, I was married to an Antiguan, the late Tim Hector, Educator, Principal of the Hill Secondary School, cricket commentator, and just prior to his death he was a member of the parliament of Antigua: hi smother is the aunt of my former wife!

        All of my children are born in Antigua, I operated an electronic business, and a shipping business, in Antigua, we had a ship called Felskove bought in Denmark operating in the Caribbean, based in Antigua.

        My former wife Violet Ophelia Matthew was an executive in the government Treasury, of Antigua, she was second in command below the treasury secretary. So, I am one who have my facts very, very right! I am not like most of you stupid Dominicans who talk crap just to be heard, I am not in your class okay, I reiterate the sale of passport is not what cause Antigua to be prosperous, the sale of Antigua passports began around 1978!

        Say…

  39. Dominican
    June 9, 2015

    There are some things certain people should not say. PM this is one of them

  40. Joan
    June 9, 2015

    Reciting the words of the famous artist Bou Jour Banton ” WHO CAN AFFORD TO RUN WILL RUN BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE YOU CAN’T, THEY WILL HAVE TO STAY”

    Thank you Jesus, I am running NOW before I have to prostitute myself to survive in this country. WOO to you Dishonorouble Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and your administration. Your time will come. I am praying for you everyday, not against you, but for you so that God will have mercy on your soul. God bless us Dominicans.

  41. Moin meme
    June 9, 2015

    So this is what we have been reduced to?
    Remember in 2000 when you all came into office on the promise that you would dismantle the program because of its stated ills against the country?

    So, you mean to tell me that we, as a country, have now been reduced to selling our future to foriegners of all kinds or perish?
    You mean this is the legacy of 15 years of the Labour Party?
    Wasn’t it the Brazilian ambassador who said that this country has enough resources to develop itself?

    THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS GOVERNMENT HAVE DESTROYED OUR FUTURE.

  42. Shad
    June 9, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit! Whether or not you remove the Economic Citizenship Program we will still be as we are or as you said “worst off”. This country cannot strive and get better as long as you and the rest of the Government Ministers are in power. You all are sucking the life out of this country and is using psychology on the citizens that do not know better.
    All the millions that you have received from this program should be able to better the country….it should be able to provide some sort of employment for the thousands that are unemployed. Instead, the monies are bring deposited into personal accounts of you, your ministers and your friends, whilst we the poor people STRUGGLE everyday to make ends meet.

    YET YOU SAY YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR PEOPLE!! IT’S TIME THAT YOU STOP YOUR LIES AND TELL THE TRUTH.
    TIME FOR TRANSPARENCY!

  43. mandate 2 mismanage
    June 9, 2015

    I thought ECP was for special projects only? For hotels, hotels, and more hotels? Since when is it being used to pay the daily expenses of the country?

    Did PM just let the cat out the bag? Are these never ending hotel projects just a cover up while the money is actually being deposited in the treasury (and personal bank accounts) to fill the post-election gaping hole?

    Did we over-promise and over-pay to win our seats? Now we can’t find more toilets to make PWC look like its in the wealthy nation we espouse. No wonder we don’t want our new citizens to visit their country of citizenship…they’ll ask where are the clinics, the hospitals, the abbatoirs, and the many 5 star hotels that were funded.

  44. Francisco Telemaque
    June 9, 2015

    Economic citizenship based on mere sale of passports to criminals, or poor people from places such as China, serves Dominica no useful purpose; especially, when the proceeds finds its way into the pockets of the politicians, and the agents who negotiates the sale of the passport!

    The idea of citizenship was intended to lure foreign direct investment into the country to enhance job creation opportunities for the citizens of the country. There may be millions of Dominica passport sold, we do not know how many, nevertheless nobody can point a finger at one foreign investor; or the CEO of a company who came to our country based on this so called economic citizenship program.

    It is a waste of time, I saw a Chines, or some Asian student on a USC campus sporting a Dominica passport; why should he have that passport when he is a Student Los Angeles? Will Dominica see that kid after graduation?

  45. June 9, 2015

    What did you say pm? Prime minister , if you have seen,heard, understood and known you do not have ,nor are you clear about The Work To Lead ‘The People’ ,why not humble yourself and step out? Do not mock your MAKER! Are you going to choose for your MAKER To Say depart From ME. Do you know when and how one mocks his MAKER,THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE TRUTH, “I AM WHO I AM “, mr. Prime minister?
    We Must not loose Knowing who We are and who another is,A Called Nation.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 9, 2015

      Well, Skerrit has now become the supreme leader, his holiness; Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit according to a creep who writes on DNO who calls themselves “laboroflove” so you never know Skerrit may have placed himself at the same level as the great ( I AM ) the might God Jehovah, or he has elevated himself on a pedestal above the all powerful God who said “I AM that I AM.

      One thing we are certain of is that the boy bishop arranged for his colleges to put on a robe, and a sash over Skerrit’s body, making him a Dominica god, so you never can tell, ask the man laboroflove who has officially introduced Skerrit to the nation as his holiness!

      Nevertheless, the Bible teaches only God is Holy!

  46. funiti
    June 9, 2015

    This programme like several of the DLP governments programmes have withstood scrutiny. Consequently the government has earned the trust of several governments and international development assistance agencies in support of its development effort…….. I want to preempt the likely “grow the economy” response. Growing the economy requires significant savings (income minus consumption) and investment to finance economic and social infrastructure to support this growth… The question is; what do we do in the interim? What do we do about goods and services which we take for granted combined with a growing appetite for increases in quantity and quality. In the circumstances some things would have to give. The important question is ensuring that the breathing space provided are converted into a sustainable economic future.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      June 9, 2015

      Fruit Cake you are a fool, people you are so stupid, you are walking upside down and not knowing you are walking on your head

    • fantastic4
      June 9, 2015

      In summary what you are saying the Government after 15 years is really and truly economically bankrupt ; The government is totally out of ideas on how to grow this economy and honestly it is time to go.

    • Analy Thomas
      June 9, 2015

      Please provide authentic evidence of your claims so that I can believe you! Who scrutinized the programs, when and where? I also agree that growing the economy may require savings but if we do not invest and in simple terms if the money does not re circulate then we are likely to go into a recession. Are you saying that there are no fiscal or monetary policies that can be put in place to stimulate the economy? Has Dominica suffered the crowding out effect where borrowing has forced the closure of small private sector businesses? Lets talk about our population, the GDP in terms of aggregate demand and aggregate supply!
      I also agree that there is an increase in demand for goods and services. In basic terms have we invested in local products and customer services so as to become self sustainable? How then do we drive our population into a sustainable economic future? Please respond.

  47. #justsaying
    June 9, 2015

    Alas!! All I see is the higher taxes part and my hands already on my head!!

  48. Just have to laugh
    June 9, 2015

    Mr. Prime Minister…are you telling the Dominican public that the ECP or taxation are the only two options for revenue?? Surely a brilliant man such as your self with so many degrees (as compared to LL who has not a one likle piece of paper) can come up with a few innovative ideas to create economic growth…right?? No?? OK. No one is opposing ECP Mr. PM, they are just opposing the shadiness and lavish flashy lifestyle led by those who are involved in selling DOMINICAN passports while the DOMINICAN public is still suffering. Probably what the Dominican public needs is transparency into the comings and goings of passport money to make sure is in treasury for DOMINICA its going and not in specific hand chosen individuals pockets so they can ride in US$750000.00 Rolls Royce Ghost and drink US$300.00-US$400.00 Ace of Spades Champagne. Surely you agree with that!! Eh Mr. PM…right?? no?? oh OK sorry. TO ME YOUR STATEMENT ON TAXATION SOUNDS LIKE GET OUT OF MY BUSINESS OR SUFFER EVEN MORE!

    • Joan
      June 9, 2015

      “Just have to laugh” this is exactly what he means to say. It’s either the Dominican populace shut up about the ECP or additional or increased taxes will be our fate. What arrogance, what a sad, sad state Dominica has gone to. I recently filed for my skilled caricom certificate and has already received 2 job offers. I am truly sorry for those who cannot run out of this country. We have a very ruthless dictator in the making.

  49. grell
    June 9, 2015

    One more thing you all KING AND SUPERIOR LEADER HAS SPOKEN SO ALL TOO YOUR KNEES.

  50. June 9, 2015

    Our blessed, esteemed and precious Prime Minister, the Supreme Leader could not have explained it better. The Economic Citizenship Program is critically important to our economy. The ECP, along with International Partners, is geared to bring about some dramatic infrastructural transformation to the landscape of Dominica. Thanks to the ECP and partners such as My Dominica Trade House, Dominicans will soon be seeing brand new streets, buildings, bridges and roads all around the Island. Roseau and Portsmouth will look like cities in the United States or The United Kingdom. The plan is to transform the Island into a playground for the wealthy, whereby local Citizens will be able to reap the benefits of a robust economy. These things, however, do take time and planning. The public should not be quick to listen to the critics in opposition who are trying their hardest to obstruct progress. Let our blessed Supreme Leader do his work and watch Dominica rise to the top in the region.

    • original hold dem
      June 9, 2015

      I thought all projects were grants from friendly governments

    • Just have to laugh
      June 9, 2015

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….oh lord…where i be dere nah?? we living in the same island?? did you see what your “SUPREME LEADER” said…indirectly the guy just told you he doesn’t know how to grow the economy. he only has two ideas: ECP or higher taxes!!! and you support that?? lmaooo. Dominica finish for true. have you been to the PMH lately my friend?? why isnt the monies from the ECP supplying the PMH with basic necessities?? let me tell you why…its because everyone making money from ECP can afford to fly their family over seas for medical attention. can you?? if your son daughter mother father brother or sister were to get seriously ill now…what would you be able to do for them?? go red clinic?? smh… WAKE UP!!!! or else your “SUPREME LEADER” will supremely p**p** down your throat and make you say thank you and may i have some more…..oh wait….hes already doing that smh

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 9, 2015

        “SUPREME LEADER” said…indirectly the guy just told you he doesn’t know how to grow the economy.”

        If Skerrit admit that, he probably told the truth for the first time in his entire life!

        One should appreciate he is beginning to face himself and reality. Nevertheless, any fool should realize the economy of a country cannot; and will never grow on the borrowing of money to run the day to affairs of the country.

        The problem with Skerrit is that he followed so many bad advise given to him by people such Ralph Gonzalez, and Hartley, their advised caused him to damage the country setting it backwards to almost a hundred years. The government of Dominica should not have to borrow money to pay civil servants.

        We should not have to borrow money to build a back wall; however, when we borrow it should be sufficient to invest into something that will generate revenues, which after some goes into the treasury, the remainder goes towards repaying the loan!

        Skerrit methods of…

      • Not a herd follower
        June 9, 2015

        Labour of Love is just being sarcastic, folks.

    • RasNah
      June 9, 2015

      Are you a real person? Just wondering. I’d like for you to get a show on GIS and speak. Would be nice to put a face to the ….

    • Lang Mama
      June 9, 2015

      Glory to his name. May his name be praised for Roseau to Jerusalem. Skerrit akba,,the healer,the luar,the deceiver,the ,the serpent ,”Si how he lies the first,” Jah rascal for life,conquering tribe of ignorant labirites

    • cc
      June 9, 2015

      You can talk nonsense what next are you going to start calling the PM Jesus? (lol) Its sad how a little red clinic money can have people so brainwashed.

    • against corruption
      June 9, 2015

      ur just another dumb scumbag who supports idiots. but then again an idiot will always support another idiot because none know any better.

    • Joan
      June 9, 2015

      I wonder how much you have to kiss his a……. to say all that s…..t you are saying. You must be very hungry all now so but you are too afraid to say otherwise. Labour of Love, when we come for Skerrit, I hope you are at the forefront to take the stone to your head.

    • OneDestiny
      June 9, 2015

      Woye, I feel your post are totally flying over some of our heads here :-D :-D I love it

  51. REAL!!!!
    June 9, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit… please give an account of the total monies received from the economy citizen program, the number of passport sold and what the money was used for.
    You have never given an account of the monies and you are asking to keep the program running while it is clear the monies are not ending up in the treasury.

    This program (ECP) is not benefiting the Taxpayers of the country. It is not implemented to provide sustainable jobs or growing the economy as intended but the monies are all ending up a few supporters and GOVT officials accounts.

    Now you using your phycology to threaten us by saying if you don’t have the program you will have to raise taxes. Well cut the program and raise taxes because if not benefiting the majority of the taxpayers.

    And are you saying the only thing your GOVT can do to run this country is to sell passport then your party needs to vacate GOVT.

    • against corruption
      June 9, 2015

      bravo bravo, well said

  52. iebtsjwiq
    June 9, 2015

    I suppose reducing his salary and the salaries of his ministers just isn’t an option. That ultimatum is nonsense.

    • against corruption
      June 9, 2015

      of course not, he needs to find a way to sustain he and his goons salaries, along with all the extra that they steal on a daily basis.

  53. original hold dem
    June 9, 2015

    are Dominicans listening to this, I say get rid of this government…. the only way we can generate income is to sell passports, so he is saying if the printing press that printing those passports runs out of ink or the press permanently breaks down, then Dominica is screwed.
    what a SMART leader and RESPONSIBLE supporters… lol

    no passport sales then higher taxes… what a MUKE. where is the manufacturing industries he promised, where is the agricultural exports that we used to have OMG, I think t may have to run from this pending disaster that is inevitable.

  54. Shaka zulu
    June 9, 2015

    Well it has begun…. Am I hearing the PM state that he has no idea how to boost productivity and employment which would add to tax base. After 15 years in office the only options we have in Dominica is a miss managed citizenship program or higher taxes. That is what good for Dominicans. Tax their dumb a…….. That’s what they get for re-electing a bunch of incompetent primates. I want to see when they will learn.

  55. grell
    June 9, 2015

    Skerrit bull crap,yes and where does the money go,I hope you raise taxes on the damn fools that continue to place your regime back in power.

  56. Massacre
    June 9, 2015

    Yes we are willing to support the citizenship program , but with conditons.
    1) You as P.M should not be the one overseeing the payments
    2) All moneys must go straight to the Treasury.
    3) There must be an accountablity board to track and make sure that the funds have been deposited and report that to an independent commission.
    4) The passports must not be in the hands of embassadors, ministers or the Prime Minister.
    5) All that information must be made available to the public as large and varified by any opposition parties.
    6) Bi-Annual reports on how much money have been recieved and how it was spent.
    I am saying so because , these are some of the conditions in which many other countries operate to make sure that this citizenship program remains STATE Bussiness and not that of any political party or one MAN Show!
    Dominicans, the govenment should not be allowed to tax your salaries any more, or else we will have to go to our savings to pay some time. Some things got to give!

    • funiti
      June 9, 2015

      Massarce check your facts

    • Moin meme
      June 9, 2015

      Massacre we should discontinue the program period

  57. PatatDominichen
    June 9, 2015

    o skerro it ‘sclear something undamental is wrong with people coming to our country and have more rights than us. It will eventually lead to anrachay.

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