Baron says strict due diligence followed in CBI applications

Baron said strict due diligence is followed in applications for citizenship

Foreign Affairs Minister, Francine Baron, has stated that strict due diligence is followed in applications for Dominican citizenship under the Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI).

She stated that several agencies, together with the government, make sure that there is a “strict observance of the requirements” in the due diligence process.

She was speaking at a Private Sector Forum held at the Fort Young Hotel last week.

According to Baron, Ipsta International Inc, Thompson Reuters GRC Inc, S-RM Intelligence and Bishop Services are among the agencies that facilitate the process of due diligence so that it is sound and accurate. Subsequent to that, the backgrounds of applicants are assessed.

“Additionally checks are carried out by IMPACS, that is the CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security, and governments are asked to run the names through their database,” she said.

She also noted that if there is an unfavorable report from an applicant then such an applicant will be rejected.

“If it is favorable, then the applicant is evaluated further by the examiners of the unit. If it is felt that an interview is necessary, then this will be arranged,” Baron stated.

She said that two committees are appointed to conduct an interview of that nature.

“The committees are chaired by the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary respectively, and includes representatives of the special branch of the police force and senior staff of the Citizenship by Investment Unit,” she explained.

Baron made it clear that it is only after applicants successfully pass the process of due diligence that “the recommendation for the granting of citizenship is made.”

“At that point the applicant is asked to pay the investment fee, and on receipt of that fee, a certificate of nationalization is issued,” she remarked.

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  1. james
    February 17, 2017

    so, my logical question is if you guys follow strict due diligence, how the hell do those foreign criminals get diplomatic passports ? My 2 year old daughter could Google those criminal names and say” Daddy, those guys are bad people.” Poor excuse to defend a poor, unethical program.

  2. DomiChina
    February 15, 2017

    Also tell me, If I make application to take up a post in your department, would I be permitted to just walk in and take a seat without an interview. It appears as though the intention to set up interview is specifically orchestrated to those who intend to take up temporary residency in the island, as opposed to those who have ‘fly-by’ residency; drive-through, or mail-in orders.
    I am seriously appalled by that statement, and hope not to believe what is actually said.
    A Dominican is applying for a simple loan, there is an interview. A Dominican is applying for a passport at the Immigration, there is an interview, whether over the counter or otherwise. A total foreigner is applying for a passport/citizenship, there is no interview – and nothing is wrong with that picture.?

    Hon Baron, please tell me honestly, whether you ministers are not the very under miners of the ruling government, because a lot of things that you Hon Ministers say seem to be similar to incinerated matters.

  3. DomiChina
    February 15, 2017

    Dear Hon. Baron,

    My name is Monfared. I believe that you read the posts as often as I do, since I too once owned a diplomatic passports. Please tell me who are the founders, managers, executives and employees of Ipsta International Inc, Thompson Reuters GRC Inc, S-RM Intelligence and Bishop Services, and what are their physical and mailing addresses. I would like to believe that prior to contracting companies as those that would have the opportunity to deal with a country’s sensitive information and matters, that there would be some sort of screening done.
    Although it is said that knowledge shall increase, I hate to believe that on the eve of taking up office of the minister as you are, you had no prior knowledge of running affairs. Let it not be said that you had the knowledge of running other ‘affairs’, because that is what it now seem to the general public.
    ” If an interview is needed, one is done.” Hon. Baron, now tell me, Is there ever a job post without an interview?

  4. Roseau
    February 15, 2017

    Francine , you are so naïve I feel sorry for you.

  5. February 15, 2017

    Madame minister: Where are these reports, which allegedly utilize several well-known resources ? The Monfared case apologist, Anthony Astaphan, only named one US firm . The public needs to read all the reports forthwith.

  6. Tj
    February 14, 2017

    Ms Baron you all got your marching orders. Defend skeritt wrong doings I hope you will be happy to occupy the jail cell next to him.

  7. La mwen ye
    February 14, 2017

    Ms. Baron, I don’t want to see what would have happen if the CBI’s due deligence was not so strict. How many criminals have passed that strict due deligence….I am even losing count?

  8. Observing
    February 14, 2017

    @to likeme or not: if under the uwp regime, the CBI program was plagued with so many mistakes resulting in the Canadian imposing visa restrictions on us as you rightly remind us; why hasn’t the DLP, who campaigned and won the 2000 elections on corruption is falling in the same ditch? I would have expected them to clean up the yard of the CBI program so immaculately, that even the Canadians after 16 years of thd DLP in power, would have reverted the visa restrictions. But as we see how the DLP’s tainted and intransparent CBI program is playing out recently expecially in the international media, I am not holding my breathe to hard that the Canadians would remove its restrictions cause I may just fall down boop and die; I am deathly afraid that other countries would do like the Canadians….and you know who willl surfer my children and grandchildren…Lesson: stop using the UWP failures to justify your party’s….your party was voted in to fix and better the problems the UWP created.

  9. Labourite gone against
    February 14, 2017

    Now it has reach Papyshow stage. One Papyshow after the other, trying to out do one another in idle talk and lies.
    Now its a big big big bingo.. Hands in the CBI bingo bag and just call a name and talk nonsense….
    Suddenly, you all wanna fool Dominicans in believing the CBI program was clean. You guys know that majority of Dominicans for different reasons don’t understand the program. So now Uwp teaching them the truth, you guys coming to speak now, it’s very much to late. For putting our Country name in the gutter, You guys need to go…….
    You guys wanna put uwp in jail, okay God still on the throne, time will tell….
    God bless DA

  10. Bushmaninda
    February 14, 2017

    I don’t believe a word these people say they have no credibility. So they can stop talking

  11. Antony P. Ismael
    February 14, 2017

    That being the case, these agencies should be fired, given how they have failed us. We are the laughing stock of the Caribbean with this “Passport-Selling-Business.” The government continues to bury its head in the sand. This is bad news for us all the way around. One’s reputation can be easily lost, but difficult to repair.

    • Kusbi
      February 15, 2017

      Because the fake news Linton is paid to put out against dominica you people believe he’s on your side

  12. Ashamed
    February 14, 2017

    Francine should have responded to Lennox in the house of assembly when she was asked to submit the list of people holding Diplomatic passports. She refused to submit the list and she is now trying to do DAMAGE control; a little to late for that. You guys should have been open and honest from the start. You are all too greedy treating CBI like a grocery shop and prostituting our country.

  13. Dominican
    February 14, 2017

    Ah Cha! Margee man! STUPES

  14. February 14, 2017

    Why is this lady speaking to her own people-Dominicans and lie so much.Lady did Skerrit tell you to go and say that.If all this due diligence is done why are these criminals like Monafred and this Nigerian lady doing with our passport.If this what you call due diligence I think you need to go look up the meaning in a dictionary.Are you Skerrit puppet? Looks like you are.Do you really think that we believe you .Come again.

  15. %
    February 14, 2017

    Do you know Monfared?
    Where did you meet with him?
    Has he given you any gift?
    How much?
    FOR whom,or for what organisation?
    What is his relationship with My Dominica trade house?

  16. lmaooo
    February 14, 2017

    Every year the ILLITERATE supporter of UWP gets to learn a new word that is misused..lmao..

    Last year it was ” MOU” lol this year is “MONFARED” and “Due Diligence”

    smh..majority of these illiterates for Workers can’t understand and Lennox knows this.
    Everytime the PM does a press release is lie.

    HOWEVER WHY IS THE LIAR THAT HAS ALL THE FACTS. What evidence Lennox has that there is no due diligence? That was just conjecture. Look the young lady outlining the companies that does it FACTS.

    Lennox where is your facts. The statement that the young lady made can all be proven. Can you prove your statements ? no you can’t.


  17. February 14, 2017
  18. UFOOLS
    February 14, 2017

    U fools so because a thief pass through your camera that means you don’t have one? Or that means You Camera is not working ? or Can it just mean its a damn good thief>> If you making 25 million a year on passport as reported by the Government well last year.

    Out of that 25 million you have 3 or 4 people that slip between your cracks. That is let’s just say 400000+ since is 100000 per passport. So basically every 25 Million made by CBI 400000 which is basically 4 people might have slipped in by nefarious means. Doesn’t sound like a bad due diligence process sounds like smart criminals to me.

  19. Smh
    February 14, 2017

    These comments prove a point. Dominicans are not interested in knowledge but roro without facts. Go ahead and tick the dislike buttons.

    February 14, 2017

    That explains why the criminals have and or have diplomatic passports

  21. anonymous
    February 14, 2017

    So then how is it after you all knew of the My Dominica Trade House (MDTH), which was a fraud went ahead and granted a diplomatic passport to the individual who perpetrated this MDTH with Roosevelt Skerrit PM claiming that, “the guy just wants to promote Dominica”.

  22. Zandoli Claywat
    February 14, 2017

    It is a shame what people are doing to our Dominica. Ms Baron you cannot defend wrong doings and it must come to light. The DLP days are coming to an end, better days are coming my people!!

  23. James
    February 14, 2017

    Really Francine?

    So why did you issue diplomatic passports to all these ‘Wanred” people?

    So whilst you are at it, could you please let us know:
    1. How many diplomatic passports have you issued?
    2. How much revenue have you received for those passports?
    3. How many non-diplomatic passports have you issued?
    4. How much revenue have you received from those sales?
    5. Are we still citizens of Dominica, or are we owned by other ndividuaos or countries

    Thanks in anticipation of your response,

  24. LifeandDeath
    February 14, 2017

    Serious Vibes when you’all gonna explain how all these crooks getting through the cracks..? Seems like the door have a hole wi, that hole leading straight into somebody pocket..

  25. Erasmus B. Black
    February 14, 2017

    @Honourable Minister Baron: we cannot make a silk purse out of the ear of a sow (a mother pig). Clearly the due diligence methods of the government have been less than diligent. It really makes one wonder. It may be time to call a time out and do some due diligence on your due diligence.

  26. jihan
    February 14, 2017

    Francine shut down the CBI,while your ahead it is doomed.

  27. Really
    February 14, 2017

    Francine, too late shall be your cry!

  28. %
    February 14, 2017

    All DLP LIARS are on parade…Due diligence my foot….Take all you pressure from the people..The passports are ours,and we SHALL talk..Crooked liars and lawyers will not muzzle us.

  29. Stupes !
    February 14, 2017
  30. Stupes !
    February 14, 2017

    stop lying ! We don’t believe you !

  31. Shameless
    February 14, 2017

    Too late, too late Francine. GO GO GO GOOOO AWAY! Enough of you all BS and lies and deceit! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Assertive Always! :twisted: :twisted:

  32. Yanis Varoufakis
    February 14, 2017

    Some of us have to work so hardddd to earn a living and some people just thiefing while putting the entire country in bad light in the international community. :wink:

  33. February 14, 2017

    Ms. baron is that so ?

  34. DA Native in Texas
    February 14, 2017

    If due diligence was a fact, why was this dude locked up last month with one of our passports? Does that due diligence apply to some or only those who give us our share of the $ without the opposition knowing about it?

  35. Analyst
    February 14, 2017

    LIAR! Please look up the mean of due diligence! When you do, please get rid of the persons conducting the investigations on the Government’s behalf.

  36. February 14, 2017

    Then how the hell do these criminals ended up with our passports, not 1 or 2, but 7,8 then the due diligence is crap, and by the way, where is our $10000? :-D

    • February 14, 2017

      As a matter of fact, no due dilegence was done, it’s just show me the money

    • Likeme ornot
      February 14, 2017


      Why dont you ask how in the hell did Christopher Scaze endd up with our passport? Was that was a good name for Dominica by your standards? When the Russians purporting to be French nationals ended up with our passports in Canada and got deported leaving the Canadian government with no choice but to impose Visa for entry into Canada, wasn’t it our passport then? You are just a plain hypocrite, blinded by the innuendos of politics. Get Real

      • Me
        February 14, 2017

        Wrong is wrong, I don’t care what party you support or don’t support. crime does not have a colour.

  37. Dominican for life
    February 14, 2017

    my good friend you with a gov that you don’t even know whats going on you need to take your time and ask God to help you because the time will come when people like you may even ask to go in hiding when the water get to hot for you all wake up my good friend the DLP is not playing the games you use to play in school

  38. cry baby
    February 14, 2017

    Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie YOU LIE! YOU LYING CHILE.

  39. Me
    February 14, 2017

    Francine, I don’t believ you. You are too close to Roosevelt for comfort and you will come to rue that.

  40. derp
    February 14, 2017

    you mean due diligence in stacks of $100.00 bills right

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