PM Skerrit calls CBI Program criticism ‘economic terrorism’

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Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has described criticism of the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI) as ‘economic terrorism’ after he returned to the island from a promotion trip to four countries recently.

Speaking at a press conference last Friday he said he was happy that the trip was successful and blasted ‘opposition parliamentarians’ who he said was criticizing the program on social media.

“Patriotic Dominicans need to understand that this constant attack on the CBI Program is tantamount to economic terrorism on the part of its perpetrators,” he stated.

According to the Prime Minister, other sectors alone will not rebuild Dominica.

“Banana levels will not rebuild Dominica,” he stated. “Tourism earnings alone will not rebuild Dominica in the short or medium term. Payroll and other direct taxes will not rebuild Dominica now or ever.”

Skerrit said more than 90 percent of the island’s capital project this year is being funded directly from and through the CBI Program.

“And this is a program that opposition parliamentarians are on social media deriding and putting up for public ridicule,” he remarked. “When you destroy this goose, what other specimen of bird will they bring forward to underwrite the cost of developing this country? What is the alternative? That we should tax the country to raise $271-million to finance the budget? What is the alternative? How many of us can pay more taxes in Dominica? How many of us are able to pay taxes in Dominica to finance the development of our country?”

He said this is the “million dollar question” that “thinking people of this country must ask.”

“Where would those who are seeking to destroy Dominica’s CBI Program get replacement funds to build roads, contain rivers, replace homes and cater to the social needs of our people?” Skerrit queried.

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89 Comments

  1. John Paul
    April 23, 2017

    St Vincent has not sold one Citizenship?Passport yet they just opened an International Airport ! How did they do it?

  2. Jim Lynch
    November 22, 2016

    I have been to Dominica several times and find it disgusting that each political segment is willing to destroy the whole of Dominica because they are not in power.

    The majority of people voted Skerrit and his Party into office, so he should be supported to accomplish what he can for the country. As an outsider what I have seen is nothing but statesman-like behaviour and actions, looking after his country and doing the best he possibly can for ALL of you.

    Every politician must make difficult choices, the bad ones first seek personal gain, the best ones look only to the future and make their choices based on what will create happiness and prosperity for the country, even if it costs a bit more today.

    When you read the disgusting “crabs in a barrel” comments here, ask yourself what agenda the writer has and how much they would profit personally if they could pull Skerrit down. It really is that simple .

    And if they are writing from behind an alias they should get no…

    • Mr. Bobol Seeker
      November 25, 2016

      Jim,

      First of all, the majority of people in Dominica did not vote Dr. Skerritt into power;
      Seondly, even if they did, they would have done so based on his pre-election promises of which 100% have failed to realise.

      In this scenario, please explain why Dominicans should continue to support the Honourable Dr. Skerritt, Millionaire and Knight of the Holy Order of the Knights Templar.

  3. November 22, 2016

    I have much difficulty understanding the meaning of the CBI program; if it is what it is then someone please point out to me the INVESTMENTS that have been created through this program by this DLP administration over the past 20 years taking into consideration the amount of money you boast about. Did Roosevelt Skerrit consider the scrutiny that comes with the office of PM before he took up the position. Your verbal attack on persons who constructively criticize your lack of transparency is beyond comprehension; The term “economic terrorism” used by you was a distinct description of yourself sir. During your tenor as PM you have single-handedly destroyed every normal functioning institution of Government and State; that my friend is a trait of TERRORISM; but i believe you have taken it to the next level and perfected “POLITICAL TERRORISM” by your mere utterances and actions.

  4. jonathan st jean
    November 22, 2016

    Skerritt get real,you say that other sectors alone will not rebuild Dominica,but besides the middle East countries which are heavily dependent on oil and gas which can be counted on for the long term,which other progressive economies are heavily dependent on one source of income for long term economic development.Seventeen years and counting you have been head of the government and when you assumed leadership the economy was diversified,now it’s almost wholely CBI and taxes on the working people.This has made you an economic terrorist in Dominica.What do terrorists do,they destroy things the way you have done to the economy of the country.Therefore you are qualified for the title of economic terrorist.Dominicans thought that the next level would be self sufficiency,but you are only depending on CBI,a program which was there before your time,therefore what level of innovation and creativity have you brought that has worked,none.Time to get someone else to develop the country

  5. SADDEN
    November 22, 2016

    For those who sit and say that they agree with Skerrit… I think you all need assistance in truly understanding the economic atmosphere of a country…. please show me how this program provides any method to really simulate long term economic growth. This program does nothing to create gainful long term employment for the hundreds of young people leaving school each year, who in turn would be able to positively impact the economic growth through their investments be it purchasing homes, cars etc, paying taxes, making basic purchases of groceries etc….. creating a full on circle towards economic growth.

    This program does not do this… instead… actually what does it do, but help pay for projects; projects his friends manage..so the money goes right back to his boys and his pocket.

    Come on how much longer do you think that this program will bring in such monetary gains? There is no longevity to this program and the only people who are directly impacted are SKERRIT and his…

  6. (2) Draft Economic Terrorism Bill - Dominica
    November 22, 2016

    Penalties .. continued.

    Economic terrorists and/or those who knowingly, or recklessly provide material support or resources for their activity, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be:-

    a) subject to a fine equivalent to the damage deemed by the Minister of Finance to be caused by the economic terrorism event, and/ or
    b) detention without trial with no access to legal representatives until such time a case that can succeed may be brought against the perpetrators, and/or
    c) subject to summary trial without a jury and upon conviction, imprisoned for not less than 60 years.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 22, 2016

      That writing looks terrorising to me. It is ridiculous. Who wrote this nonsense, is this person in Venezuela?

      Remember the days and last days of Colonel the Right Patrick John…..
      Skerrit is approaching his last days. he feels untouchable, but a dictator and corrupt leader never knows when their time comes.
      God Bless Dominica and protect us from this corrupt government

      • Tony Jeremiah, BA, Political Commentator (Mahaut)
        November 23, 2016

        Dr. Skerrit is all we have. He is doing his best and all that seek to frustrate his ambitions for Dominica via terrorism must be punished.

        I do hope that this bill is passed into law soon – that will shut up the haters for sure.

  7. Draft Economic Terrorism Bill - Dominica
    November 22, 2016

    Definition: the term “economic terrorism” means activities that:-

    (A) involve deliberate, or reckless acts, which take place either within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Dominica, or in any other jurisdiction, that are deemed by the Minister of Finance to appear to be intended to:-

    (i) to frighten, intimidate or disrupt a civilian population;
    (ii) to influence the policy of a government by fright measures, intimidation or coercion; or
    (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by the spreading of information which may, or may not be true.

    Penalties… continued.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 22, 2016

      Is this targeted at Skerrit and his questionable team????

      • Tony Jeremiah, BA, Political Commentator (Mahaut)
        November 23, 2016

        Viewexpressed, give it a rest.

        Terrorism must be stopped at all costs. If we cannot sell our passports, what else do we have to sell?
        Nothing. Dominica is bankrupt. We have nothing of value to sell. Even our tourist attractions are being shut down – the Boiling Lake, Valley of Desolation, etc.

        Passport sales are great for several reasons:-

        1) people who buy them are rich and they buy them to get a great deal for tax evasion and for their criminal activities
        3) because CBI passport holders are citizens and don’t reside in Dominica, they don’t care what really happens to the island. This is great news because native Dominicans can be just culled away gradually leaving the rich CBI Dominicans to run the show from miles and miles away
        4) CBI passport holders don’t really care what infrastructure there is in Dominica. Why? Because they don’t live there!!!! So, its all good, good, good for Dr. Skerrit may continue to reign over us!

  8. Am a Skerritite not a Lazy Rat
    November 22, 2016

    according to my prime minister, papa doc skerro all the opposition are economic terrorists… I am calling on skerritites to put on your boots and lets head to the battleground to weed out all those opposition who want to make some of us skerritites poor again

    now is passports export time not agricultural export time or tourism exports time… let’s support the sale of our passports… less work, more cash in some of our pockets.

    Dominicans are not fools we agree and support papa doc skerro 101% since our eyes only seeing $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • well well
      November 23, 2016

      this sarcasm will fly over the heads of the skerritites. they cannot think.

  9. LifeandDeath
    November 22, 2016

    Just by listening it’s clear that Skerrit is Bankrupt of ideas to develop Dominica. .but only those with ears will hear.
    How long again. .?

  10. sonny
    November 22, 2016

    read this passport story. we are in so much trouble. dominicans.

    http://sundominica.com/articles/who-are-the-holders-of-dominicas-diplomatic-passpo-3968/

  11. Ex da lawman
    November 21, 2016

    At some point this passport sail is going to level off. What’s next? DA is on life support

  12. UserName
    November 21, 2016

    Like Steel Pulse says…..
    I’ve got an axe to grind and I’ve
    I’ve got this bone to pick
    I don’t want to mince my words oh no
    Cause that is politricks
    Your lies and hypocrisy
    In the name of democracy
    You living in a world so carnal
    You are the ultimate Ginal yeah
    A you, A you A you the cap fits
    A you, A you from the bottomless pit
    A you, A you the real the real
    The Real Terrorist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M0XFILStIk

  13. Willie
    November 21, 2016

    Skerrit you have just admitted your complete failure! If you have no alternative to selling passports, why are you Prime minister and minister of finance?

  14. Way Papa
    November 21, 2016

    Go and find creative ways to get the economy going… so that everybody can benefit. Not one set making big money and the rest of Dominica getting crumbs

  15. Zulu
    November 21, 2016

    Well Mr. PM that amounts to a crime against the state. Arrest them if it’s that bad. What a Joke

  16. %
    November 21, 2016

    Well I am an economic terrorist because this programme (CBI), is shrouded in secrecy,and has not benefitted Dominica anything,while a few are living high on the hog.

  17. Kingand1
    November 21, 2016

    And listening to a notable economist once on bbc he said agriculture must be the backbone of any developing country but not tje sole industry cause no nation today can stand on one industty but a web of multiple micro industries must exisit

  18. Kingand1
    November 21, 2016

    Hmm i listened to the Prime minister once speaking to the different media outlets on the economy and at 27 then i was so ashamed of our journalist. The PM stated then that if you were to ask any notable economist how to save cost in a business is to cut your Labour force. And not one could come up with an alternative idea like the enterprise energy cost like just look at the efficiency of different functions and improving on them. Will save u long term but no it was just to me as a listener kids listening to a bed time story absorbing any myth as reality. Well i got ideas to make the 280 million annually why not look into the possibility of a pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry since our people already engaged in the creation of herbal medication and skin and hair care products why not a pakaging and dehydration plant to pakage and store our perishable foods so we can have food security in disater times feed our people healthy foods and market our products year round

    • Tjebe fort
      November 22, 2016

      Sorry bro. but I haven’t got the foggiest idea what you talking about. Could it be that I am too dim or are you smoking ganja?

  19. ThinkThinkThink
    November 21, 2016

    Just look at what CBI has done for the economy of St. Kitts — they have been transformed! http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/sourced-information/christmas-stimulus-package-expected-bolster-already-strong-st-kitts-nevis-economy/

    Skerrit and co will continue selling Dominicans a bag of tricks and laughing at hardened gullibility. There is nothing in Dominica’s economy that we can boast about after all this hoopla about how well CBI is doing.

    This government has continually mismanaged funds while private firms close, close, close – then they wonder why our tax base is so small?! Think of all the fake hospitals and universities they tout to individuals, to make Dominica seem like more than it is. And then tell these new citizens they don’t have to visit the island (but supposedly they must invest in it!).

    Just like everything else, this program will eventually end leaving Dominicans to flee to places like St. Kitts where CBI actually benefits the people!

  20. An Island Son
    November 21, 2016

    Strange??… all the way through 2013 up to the election in December 2014, the government’s narrative on project funding in Dominica was by the generosity of the government of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela. Now from one year after the election of 2014, the government’s narrative is now 90% of fundings of projects has been from the CBI programme . Am I the only one? Emm, Very strange

  21. john doe
    November 21, 2016

    more than 90% that says a lot about u and your lack of vision and lack of ability to figure out how to raise funds in this country all you can do is sell passports. and kill all other viable industries. and then fools say u r a good leader boy go bury ta head in d sand!!!

  22. cc
    November 21, 2016

    Why does the government at the very least impose a residency requirement before issuing these investors a passport? How is our passport going to look on the world stage when it’s basically being sold like hot cakes to whoever has the money for it? I don’t feel comfortable with people whom have never stepped foot into our country before, having all the rights and privileges of a Dominican citizen.

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2016

      Amen, that would also be of great help to our property market, which is all but dead. People having property but no money to pay their bills

  23. The economic terrorists
    November 21, 2016

    ECONOMIC TERRORISM is being practiced by those who would take our passports to sell, those who would hand over our passports to foreigners of all kinds of persuasions, criminal and otherwise, to sell, to make millions.

    ONLY A FEW GETTING RICH, RICH, RICH, selling our passports. The majority of Dominicans catching HELL. Economic Terrorism is rampant, yes, because the farmers have been forced to abandon their farms, forced into more and more poverty, because of the authorities deliberate neglect of Agriculture.

    The Economic terrorists are all around us, fleecing our beautiful land. The lives of our rural folks and in fact most Dominicans have declined considerably.

    The economic Terrorists are those who would grab our passports, engage in secret deals and refuse to be transparent or accountable with the people.

    Economic Terrorism is about selling our Dominica to the highest bidder. Our Sovereignty gone, sold by greedy men and women, to those foreigners with $$$$$$.

  24. zandoli
    November 21, 2016

    As the prime minister, I wish this man would not use such incendiary words.
    Sir, you are supposed to be a unifier, bringing people together. That type of language does not help.

  25. Malgraysa
    November 21, 2016

    Terrorism = practice of using terror-inspiring methods of governing or of securing political or other ends” (Oxford dictionary). I leave it to the reader to determine who is guilty of such practices in Dominica, if anyone!
    We have had an economic citizenship programme in place since 1993, under respectively a Freedom, UWP and DLP government and I have yet to hear the opposition, and especially its leader, object to such a programme in principle, quite to the contrary! The P.M. is misguided in insinuating otherwise. What people object to, and not only the political opposition is the way this programmes is managed and its lack of transparency. I am not politically affiliated and never have been but I too object to the way our current government runs this programme. Mr. Skerrit may refer to it as the goose that lays the golden eggs. However, you can not eat a golden egg but a goose makes a tasty meal especially when you are starving. Christmas is near!

  26. Real!!!!!
    November 21, 2016

    Mr. Skerrit your only economical plan for building Dominica economically is selling passport from the CBI program…..Then you are a FAILED LEADER .

    We had a good economy before CBI and a choked one with the CBI …….

    The problem is the PM is not using the CBI monies to finance the sustainable economic pillars in the country and a significant amount of the CBI money cannot be accounted for…

    Therefore you are plunging the people in this country into deeper poverty.

  27. Mahaut
    November 21, 2016

    These are among the first signs that a leader is thinking of suspending the constitution and take Absolute Power of a country.
    1. Name Treasonous acts
    2. Name the people responsible , either by inference or directly.
    3. Say that these people are a threat to the country\’s security, either by force of arms or in this case by economical subversion.
    4. Suspend the constitution and thus elections.
    5. Have his own actors from his political party to carry out some malicious crimes and blame it of a group from the opposition.
    So, Dominicans if you all want to set on your hands and don\’t take this guy serious , he will soon hurt this beautiful island we all love. I am ready!
    It is time for all of us to demand of the cabinet where did Skerro get the authority to withdraw so much money from the treasury to give such a large delegation a bonus vacation for their support over the years.

  28. Dante Jones
    November 21, 2016

    Next level of spin folks. That’s just sheer brilliance right there. Right now I’m just waiting to see what he will say next.

  29. Massacre
    November 21, 2016

    The word Terrorism is being thrown around by all cat and Dictator around the world these days.
    Skerrit must realize that opposition to his actions is catered for in the constitution, and that he should stop threatening people who stand up to his illegal acts.

  30. truth , shall set you free
    November 21, 2016

    Dno , please tell me what is wrong with my comment ?All i am asking is questions,Do you have to ask the prime minister if you should post my comment/, Still question,

  31. Unknown
    November 21, 2016

    Economic Terrorism? SMH, Skeritt has loss his head. Terrorism is sort of a hash word to use towards people who are speaking up against something they don’t like.

  32. sakway gwo bouden
    November 21, 2016

    Mr. PM you asked for an alternative.

    weed, marijuana, legalise it, tax it and turn Dominica into one of the wealthiest places in the world overnight! it can plug all the financial holes you mentioned AND the average Dominica can generate wealth and lift themselves out of poverty – in answer to your question!

    Turn Dominica into the ‘Holland’ of the Caribbean, market weed tourism and benefit from an unlimited natural resource!

  33. Sista
    November 21, 2016

    Come on Skerrit. Be creative innovative and think out of the box for a change..The nature isle is fundamentally an agricultural economy.Use the CBI funds for something more sustainable. It’s time for a national dialogue and research on the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana to save the country.Truth is for you and your cabinet that is too tall an order requiring too much work and ingenuity.Maybe it’s because too many would benefit and you won’t be able to control us. Wicked,Lazy,incompetent bunch!!!

  34. Country Man
    November 21, 2016

    Hmm An Island of 70,000 people being totally mismanaged. The current system is not in line with sustainable development. The current unemployment rate and lack of upward mobility will soon create serious problems in paradise.

  35. Vaffanculo_PM
    November 21, 2016

    Roosevelt Skerrit need to take ethic classes at the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics at The United States Naval Academy. Morals & ethics are the cornerstone of great leadership and the foundation for development without them a nation will perish.

    • Shaka Zulu
      November 21, 2016

      You got that right

    • Gary
      November 21, 2016

      Before you make such an irrational comment suggesting The PM take ethic classes, I would like you to tell me what is immoral and unethical about what The PM have said regarding the CBI program. People attending The United States Naval Academy are taught to be Professional military Personal, they are trained in the art of Naval warfare, why would you want The PM to study morals and Ethics from people who are trained in the art of war, what a fallacy. The citizens of any Country should be wary if their leader had training at some Military Academy.

      When you say morals and ethics are the cornerstone of great leadership and the foundation for development, so cliche that could be a topic for some other time, are you someone being indoctrinated by The United States Naval Academy with their Morals & ethics, wow.

      • Frenz
        November 22, 2016

        Stop your nonsense. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  36. free
    November 21, 2016

    It has to be criticized Mr. PM because only a few getting rich by it and not much is being done for Dominica by it. SMH

    • Gary
      November 22, 2016

      Why would you say such nonsense, it just shows your following the cult of ignorance regarding the CBI program.

  37. Pres_Donald_Trump
    November 21, 2016

    When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns it’s back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe. 8)

  38. FBI Agent
    November 21, 2016

    DNO, “terrorism” is a serious crime and if Skerrit feels those who question his secret missions of the sale of our passport as “economic terrorism”, then Skerrit should have them arrested and be prepared to give the court detailed information on the business of his passport sale, and give account of every cent received.
    Furthermore, I do agree with Roosevelt Skerrit that some are involved in “economic terrorism” but definitely he has the wrong people in mind. In my opinion, it is THOSE who are directly involved in the sale of our passports that are paving the way for terrorism, and those that are building hotels, owning villas, and have heavy equipment registered on the names of other persons have already committed “Economic terrorism” and only time will tell. I SAY THANK GOD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT ELECT and that bull will soon end Mr. Skerrit

    • viewsexpressed
      November 21, 2016

      Well said,,Bravo. Tell him again…

  39. For the love of D/ca
    November 21, 2016

    That’s short-sightedness talking PM and by that communiqué you continue to show your weaknesses as the Leader of a Nation.

  40. DA
    November 21, 2016

    i don’t think much people are against the CBI program. i think people have concerns over the clarity of the program. we just know it is making money for the government and that is it.
    also the projects all seem to me linked to a hotels and extravagant resorts only, on an island with no infrastructure for a large tourist turnout. and is anyone qualified to sell a passport?

    • Way Papa
      November 21, 2016

      ….making money for the government and a few people

    • Voice of Reason
      November 21, 2016

      The fact of the matter is the government is shortsighted with no longterm development plan. The population is not against the CBI program like the Honourable PM would like the nation to believe. There is no transparency, no clarity.
      He is correct when he states that no one segment of the economy could generate sufficient funding for capital expenditures. On the other hand, being devoid of plans to develop said segments will prove disastrous in the longterm.
      Why would the government insist on bankrolling new hotels in Dominica when the existing hotels are struggling with their fill rate?
      The CBI program, as explained by the Honourable PM, affords new citizens the very same rights as a natural born Dominican, including the right to vote.
      How many Dominicans are there? How many passports have been sold? Why is this information being so closely guarded by the PM?
      I am one of the many Dominicans who think that the PM seem to think that he is the only one who attended colleg

  41. The Thinker
    November 21, 2016

    Well Mr Prime Minister,by your own words you have informed all who can read that DOMINICA is a FAILED STATE.

  42. Dummy in a can
    November 21, 2016

    So what happens when people stop buying passports? 8) :-?

    • viewsexpressed
      November 21, 2016

      Brilliant observation……….

      • Gary
        November 22, 2016

        Really, why would you be a follower in such a cult of ignorance,

    • November 21, 2016

      PM believes that whenever any one disagrees with his brand of logic the ppls from the other side are undermining the CBI program, but tell us what the IMF suggested was wrong, that Citizenship selling should not be the only way to generate funds that can help to develop the Island because one day it will stop. When the outside world decided to stop purchasing our citizenship what happens next what does PM Skerrit do. Not only the other side have criticizing the program people out there are learn and understand, but whenever Angelo and his team of investigators comes out with the facts PM comes out babbling, it also seem that PM don’t understand the roll of the Opposition parliamentarians they have to hold the ruling party accountable for what they say they will be doing, So why isn’t Dominica bombing with lots of jobs that every one could be making money to support their families, where are the jobs and how is the money been spent.. PM Skerrit roll and come again we are not fools.

    • Dominican Passport
      November 21, 2016

      We’ll go broke and also get a bad reputation after our passports are found all over the world littered on the floor like trash.

    • Gary
      November 22, 2016

      Wow, The late Martin Luther said “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Is this your understanding of the CBI program the selling of passports wow, The Kempinski hotel project is this only about the sale of passports. Why display such tunnel vision.

  43. Deb
    November 21, 2016

    Economic Terrorism- wow- that is a first. Skerrit do you have anyone around you who would calm you down or are you too big for your pants to listen to anyone but your overconfidence self? Somehow I am feeling sorry for you – but moreover, I am feeling sorry for Dominica.
    Please try to use gentler and kinder language Sir if you can. The elections are over and you don’t have to appeal to your base all the time- Please try to govern- cool down the rhetoric of the campaign—have and demonstrate some confidence as a statesman- if you can, willing and or able to do so.

  44. dissident
    November 21, 2016

    i thought you were a brilliant economist!
    Or perhaps you were surrounded by brilliant economists and finance heads!!!!!!
    after 3 terms in office as Finance Minister and Prime Minister you have to run to Malaysia to sell passports to put money into our economy.
    Is that what we come to aster all that huff and puff about One China policy blah blah blah and Daddy Chavez and Petro Caraibes blah blah blah!!!!
    Humpty dumpty ran out of serious economic ideas and proposals to steer our Waitikubuli into properity!!!!!!!!!!
    Our last resort to keep our economy afloat depends on how many people in de middle east find our passport economically viable to dem!!!
    No new citizens investing in Agriculture, Tourism, Fishing, clothing and apparel, school/educational programs, children’s charities, Health centres (my dominica tradehouse eh!)

    Economic terrorist you say!!!!!

    YOU AT DE TERRORIST IN DE MIRROR LOOKING BACK AT YOU!!!!

    TRAITORS IN HIGH OFFICE MUST GO DOWN!!!!!

  45. Lang Mama
    November 21, 2016

    When will this passport prostitution going to stop. Over 100 thousand passports have been sold. Dominicans hold be very concerned. We were a striving and independent people before passports became our main export.Why at this point in our existence our government is solely dependent on selling our birth rights.

  46. derp
    November 21, 2016

    I don’t see how selling passports is going to be sustainable and how is that going to help the everyday man in Dominica hmmm, maybe he should focus on creating an environment where progress can thrive, like all those ridiculous duties on imports and taxes and government land which is being sold to foreigners instead of locals at a cheaper price

  47. Bro
    November 21, 2016

    Skerrit is right! Since I’ve been reading DNO only critizism I reading. None of the previous comments on this thread has an alternative economic route. Becuz Dominicans can’t suggest or have ideas to give only critizism.

    There is an alternative, develop our geothermal resources. Start with us bein self sufficient, which will not only reduce our Fuel imports but help our tourism product by we truly being the green nature isle. Then keep developing to the point that we export to Martinique an Guadeloupe say 200-500MW worth. It won’t happen overnight but let it be a 30 yr plan. Ten yrs already passed since exploration and empty promises of geothermal power generation. Let’s hope the 7MW plant is operational by 2018 (was supposed to be next ur but they dragging their foot on that).

    • viewsexpressed
      November 21, 2016

      Listen Bro, if you are writing for writing sake because you love your inept PM, read again and read objective criticisms of concern. You talking of economic alternatives? Have you not been following Parliament the contributions of the UWP?. Have not been reading DNO, and other social media?
      Geothermal is not on its own gonna make a difference, you mean self sufficient just like that. I believe you are lost and thinking just like Skerrit. How are you gonna make money of geothermal, are you for real.
      And you are right sir/madam…\” they are dragging their foot on that….\” , why, because they have no brains to thin, so the foot cant go anywhere.

      • Bro
        November 21, 2016

        Why is the first thing people respond with is ‘you a Laborite’ or ‘ you part of the ruling party’. I didn’t mention politics and I haven’t never voted for anyone. Both parties are inept. Don’t label me.

        And yes geothermal ALONE can provide a stable and sustainable revenue stream for Dominica. And also reduce the cost of doing business particularly the manufacturing sector. And give out our tourism product a boost for nature and green energy lovers out there. Imagine if we were completely free of fossil fuels- that’s free ad time world wide that we can’t buy. Like all the free publicity Trump got during the Elections.

        If there are any doubts, then Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and even the once free spending Venezuela have/had money to blow becuz of? The exporting of energy. Oil= Geothermal= energy souce.

        Now please respond with a concrete alternative. If the opposition has so many then it would be simple to list.

    • November 21, 2016

      Have you brought that plan or the right word suggestion to your ppl or the Government so how a you helping by saying all you read or hear is people talking because the facts are hidden away from them maybe you know a lot because you a part and parcel of the ruling party.

    • The Thinker
      November 21, 2016

      The Goverment are responsible for all the programs you mention,Total failure.

    • %
      November 22, 2016

      Stop playing smart when you are an idiot..Can you stop criticism???If you have an idea bring it out to the people,and stop your gibberish man!!You seem to be more of a problem than a solution.

  48. street side
    November 21, 2016

    this CBI, just makes the dominican society poorer, but dominicans are known to be foolish and just a set of folks who deserved to be pin down always…

    dominicans are happy with rubbish governance it shows on them, their ignorance is laughable period..

  49. White Plains Rd
    November 21, 2016

    only in foolish island like Dominica……….this shows that the regime is lazy and isn’t creative, where are the exports…..how many people in the world will continue to purchase passport for the next say 20 years on a steady manner eh?

    so once this program is dead what happens? only in dominica…that’s why their economy is the slowest around….they are so stupid..their Public servants are happy without a raise in salary that shows u what kind of people live in Dominica..

  50. Truth
    November 21, 2016

    Economic terrorists they are indeed and TRAITORS at that!!!

    • bb
      November 21, 2016

      Keep drinking the red koolaid

      • Bro
        November 21, 2016

        Wasn’t it under the UWP that Dominicans lost our visa free entry to Canada? And we were put on an international financial blacklist, which we remained under for years? Now Dominicans can travel to any European country and some South American visa free. So who is drinking what koolaid.

      • lm
        November 22, 2016

        If you think that by selling our passports like hotcakes to whomever has the money for it, is the only way the PM can grow the economy than you are very well drinking the koolaid.

  51. San Antonio Tx
    November 21, 2016

    thinking of ways to get this program shelved as it doesn’t benefit Dominica period

    dominica is rated the poorest and slowest economy in the eastern caribbean…..

    the program only benefits a selected few…..

    but in due time the program MUST FALL…..once it’s done their our labor folks will turn on their labor regime…..that’s the goal dominicans should be working at..to dismantle that program Globally…

  52. Titiwi
    November 21, 2016

    I must say that I find the P.M’s view of Dominica’s economic outlook negative and downright alarming. With the current worldwide trend of increased security and immigration control it is entirely conceivable that visa restrictions may be imposed on holders of Dominica’s passports with little notice. This would render those documents almost useless for the purchasers of our citizenship under the CBI programme. Is mr. Skerrit saying that this would be the end of our viability as a country? For a start we could begin to persuade high net-worth individuals to seek residence right here in Dominica and spend their money in the local economy. One thing is certain, Dominica will continue to survive with or without the CBI programme in its current form, which only benefits a relative few.

  53. tomtom
    November 21, 2016

    Thats what they are.

  54. viewsexpressed
    November 21, 2016

    Skerrit, everyday or opportunity you get to talk on national issues you show more how inept you are, blind to developmental strategies, preparation and inept to the office that you hold. You just are unable to conceptualise the Protocal of development, rather your concept of development is fast food approach which creates developmental obesity on the island as we are without an updated functional hospital service with necessary supplies to address this sore and scurge you have created.
    The thing is sir, the more the monkey climbs the fruitless tree the more it exposes its Assets. So far you have been doing a good job exposing you lack of intelligence to development.
    Dominica`s infrastructure is bad, deteriorated to the level of hurricane wash. Our institutions, key to developmental is 30 years behind, therefore Skerrit you need to put your house in order first before you start running around the place like a cat trying to catch its tail in desperation. PM, ur civil servants know…

  55. omg the arrogance
    November 21, 2016

    Why is Mr. Skerrit so afraid of criticism? Does he realize he is accountable to us? Mr. Skerrit, we voted for you to be the leader of this country, but you sir are not God. We have a right to ask questions about anything and to criticize if we don’t like how you are running things. We HIRED you. GET IT?!

    • Wisdom
      November 21, 2016

      Either out of ignorance or malice, you are completely distorting the issue! Skeritt is not complaining of criticism of himself but of a Programme that is producing obvious, tangible and far-reaching benefits for Dominica and Dominicans. What is more, the Programme is not Skeritt’s creation but has been utilised by all Govt’s, including the Opposition when in Govt, and, God forbid, should they return to power would be utilised by them again. Skeritt has merely raised the level of the Programme’s effectiveness and efficiency beyond Opposition’s wildest expectations!

      • viewsexpressed
        November 21, 2016

        God forbid Skerrit stays in power. Wii finish kill Dominica. I recall the bin Bobol and fertilizer Bobol….now its passport Bobol and one receives a Ductorate for that. OMG

      • sad
        November 21, 2016

        My friend, this is our birthright you are talking about, it is all some of us have left unlike Mr. Skerrit who Santa can bypass this Christmas. If the opposition wants to make sure the deal is going down in our favour, let them. So, they are terrorists for that? magwaysa.

      • Me
        November 21, 2016

        Sounds like Parry talking. Wonder if it is him???

  56. Shaka Zulu
    November 21, 2016

    It is only politicians or Parliamentarians making sure that the CBI program is not abused by those in power. If there are no checks there will be unelected people profiting, if not already on what is supposed to be a national privilege. Owning a Dominican passport is of no value anymore if it can be bought and sold anywhere. What you guys are doing essentially devalues what it means for me to be Dominican. What does it mean to be a citizen of this beloved country. Skerrit you are sick and delusional. You are way past you political expiration date. The amount of hate and deception you spew probably makes the devil himself cringe in the core of hell.

    • Gary
      November 22, 2016

      You have shown gross ignorance regarding the CBI program. To suggest that there is no checks and balances in the program shows how little you are willing to read and comprehend the program.Your disenchantment with the CBI program is not based on facts but political rhetoric. To say that the Dominican passport is of no value anymore is some what foolish on your part to suggest such thing.Why is it that a holder of a Dominican passport can now visit all countries in Europe’s Schengen Area without a visa it’s a ranking boost for the passport. Where do you get the idea that a Dominican passport can brought and sold anywhere show me you facts to support such a statement.

      You have a right to your political beliefs regarding the PM but that does not give you the right to make false statements regarding The CBI program when you display gross ignorance

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