The French Embassy in Castries, St. Lucia is denying media reports that Dominica has been placed on a blacklist of 17 countries judged by France to be uncooperative in investigating foreign aid fraud.
In a release on Friday, the embassy said France “appreciates the efforts made by the Commonwealth of Dominica with regards to financial transparency and encourages it continue in this manner.”
On Tuesday, Agence France Press (AFP) reported that the 17 countries were placed on the French blacklist. AFP said French officials pointed out out that the move is justified because there is a lack of transparency in Dominica and the other nations on the list.
The article was also published in one of France’s largest newspapers “Le Monde.”
But according to the French embassy, the list reported by the media “does not reflect the position of France.”
“It concerns a technical list which was established by the services of the French Agency for Development (AFD) and not of the national list of the states and non-co-operative territories where the Commonwealth of Dominica does not appear,” the embassy said in its release.
It went on to say that “this technical provision does not affect the capacity of intervention of the French Agency for Development in the countries where it is present,” which include Dominica.
On Wednesday prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said his government was shocked by the news that Dominica was on the list.
He said he would be writing the French government for clarification on the matter.