Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has boasted that the current Dominica Labour Party administration is the most transparent government in Dominica’s history, saying it has nothing to hide.
“We have nothing to hide in this government. This government has been the most transparent government in the history of our country,” he commented, on Tuesday, at a signing ceremony for the establishment of special loan facilities at the AID Bank for on-lending to the tourism and agriculture sectors.
The statement was made in response to the United Worker’s Party (UWP) continued criticism of the controversial Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program.
Skerrit commented that the Opposition, who has made “all sorts of negative threats” based on the program, “cannot substantiate one allegation” against it.
“These people are not interested in anything but the besmirching of Dominica’s good name, and seeking to destroy the opportunities for the youth, and for the country as a whole,” Skerrit said.
Skerrit remarked that the current government has done the most reporting of CBI activities, since the program’s inception in 1993.
The Prime Minister has previously described criticisms of the program as malicious and unfounded, and has promoted the program as an important tool of economic activity in Dominica.
In his 2016/2017 presentation on the National Budget, Skerrit revealed over $200-million revenue earnings from the CBI program in the previous financial year (2015/2016).
While addressing Parliament, in July, President of Dominica, Charles Savarin endorsed the CBI program, commenting that the program has the potential to re-energize the economy.
Dominica’s CBI program gained the last spot in Henley & Partners’ Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2016. Henley & Partners is a residence and citizenship planning company. However, that report was trashed by Apex Capital Partner, a company working with the government on its CBI program.
In 2013, Dominica ranked 41 in the world, with an index score of 58, on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The index score goes from 0, meaning a country is perceived as highly corrupt, to 100, meaning it is perceived as very clean.