Dominica not on foreign aid blacklist – French embassy

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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.

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82 Comments

  1. Gilda Toyboy
    August 12, 2015

    Another UWP and their media boomboomflies lie exposed.

  2. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    Too funny. A political explanation to appease political forces….”noting to worry about mate…one of our agencies have identified a problem requiring the negative listing…but pay no mind, it’s not the official list….we still love your administration”…supporters celebrate….opposition cries foul…and we await the next divisive issue.

  3. Rule
    June 3, 2013

    The extent of ignorance by the Labor party supporters is appalling. Not even the French Embassy denies the very existence of the list, they are only implying that the list does not reflect the position of France. The list was published by reputable media outlets in France. Do you think the media outlets would just insert the word Dominica along other countries without verification from the Government itself?
    You people need to stop following like a flock of Sheep.

    • donnie f
      June 3, 2013

      if you take a close lok at the leaders of the UWp you will see where ignorance and convicted by law where there is ignorance and proven dishonesty … W . j.donnie f

  4. Neg Domnicque
    June 2, 2013
  5. Observer
    June 2, 2013

    May sa Donna ka dee nah?

  6. JUDGE DRED
    June 2, 2013
  7. Donna
    June 2, 2013

    But Dominica is still a highly corrupt island
    damage has already being done.

    investors in the globe will pay attention and stay away from Dominica…

    As the know the Govt of Dominica is not above board.

  8. Krunch Tyme
    June 2, 2013

    Once again they escaped on a TECHNICALITY. At least in this case the country and people of Dominica will benefit as well. If Skeritt was PM in 2000 Dominica would not have gone under blacklist that Pierro and crew suffered. Mr. Skeritt has a bag of TECHNICALITIES which gets him out of every situation he places himself.

  9. Anonymous
    June 1, 2013

    Haters!!! Go to hell. Give Dominica and Skerrit a break. Dominica must rise inspite of what you all want to see.

  10. V.I Resident
    June 1, 2013

    So many negative comments when the blacklist came out .what happen now ? I’m not seeing to many comments now. Whwhats wrong are you all ashame now

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      You should be a shamed of yourself.

    • FORKDEM
      June 1, 2013

      so dno is your only source, have not seem this news yet when i googled it.. smoke screen

    • Gilda Toyboy
      August 12, 2015

      These people hate Dominica because their party if not in power. Simple.

  11. Anonymous
    June 1, 2013

    Technical list not national list? I don’t understand. Does it mean we should not be concerned?

  12. Aie
    June 1, 2013

    A technical list! WAW.

  13. sphinx
    June 1, 2013

    you detractors,moth shut!!

  14. RightMind
    June 1, 2013

    Overseas aid began as a political stunt and remains a political stunt, the point about overseas aid in general is that very little of the aid goes to help the poor and oppressed at all, quite the reverse, as one British official from the Department for International Development (DFID) said. If you don’t’ have starving babies, you don’t get the money. Look how Britain and other western countries have squandered billions. It’s thought nearly £ 2 billions has been spirited out of Afghanistan since 2007, some to the Gulf tax haven, with the family and associates of President Hamid Karzai linked to a 90 million Dubai property empire. Much of this cash is from aid donation, with 25 millions disappearing from one donation to a hospital alone. Only a few days ago, it emerged that Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, has amassed 16 Luxurious houses and flats in Paris. So has Gabon whose president. Ali Bongo, is said to own at least 39 Parisian properties. It would seem they may have been bought with stolen money, both countries, needless to say has been on receiving end of hundreds of millions of aid from France. Then there is the dictator former Egyptian despot Hosni Mubarak . According to one estimate, he and his family have stolen £43.5 billion and build up a vast property portfolio; most of the money for Egypt came from the USA government Britain and other western countries. So why is it that the donor countries don’t have a system in place to prevent dictators and corrupt politician treating their countries treasuries as their private bank accounts.

  15. Faceup
    June 1, 2013

    Labourites are parasites that are totally brainwashed.

  16. DA
    June 1, 2013

    Are some people angry that DA is not on the black list or is it just politics / just asking.

    • FORKDEM
      June 1, 2013

      are you sure

  17. Not a herd follower
    May 31, 2013

    This explanation by the embassy of France does not clear the matter. It says the ”blacklisting” was done by AFD not by the Government of France. But AFD is an arm of the Government of France. How can the Government of FRANCE divorce itself from the international ”blacklist” put out by one of its agencies?

  18. John Williams
    May 31, 2013

    DNO your headlines are incorrect. Dominica is on a blacklist issued by AFD, which is a part of the French government. The embassy never said there was no blacklist. It simply said it is not an official government list, making a distinction between AFD and the government.

    • Fouchette
      June 3, 2013

      But if you read carefully you will see that in the same breath the French embassy also stated what the French Government’s position was on the matter. You talking Fouchette!

  19. Legalize it
    May 31, 2013

    Some will do anything to pull down the present Dominican administration. If you are a patriot you defend your country but those patchaysot celebrating bad news and creating scandal where it does not exist.
    All power to the government & people of Dominica.

    • FORKDEM
      June 1, 2013

      do your research fool

  20. sameshitdifferentday
    May 31, 2013

    I work at an institution where a certain group of people are just waiting for things to go wrong at that institution for them to rejoice. This is the same thing with this country. Because they do not like the people who are in government Matt, Angelo, Thompson and Lennox are just sitting waiting for bad things to happen to Dominica or they make mountains out of mole hills just to make the government look bad. Are these people really Dominicans at heart? Is love for power so strong that it is blinding them? Is greed surpassing loyalty for country? Matt and Lennox and the others need to tried for treason! and to all the dislikers you could dislike my comment a million times, I don’t care. I have said what comes from my heart and you can only dislike it because you’ve read it and it burn you!!

  21. lisad
    May 31, 2013

    ok . We need to sue this newspaper for libel.

    • Me again
      June 2, 2013

      Who is ‘we’?

  22. Go and draw board
    May 31, 2013

    Allas my people. The level of ignorance is appalling and has surpassed all forms of human understanding…. Dominicans, how can you profess to love a country and be so critical about everything.
    It cannot be the same country all you fighting to lead. empossible….
    I voted Labour and would have loved to see, Skerrit get competition but the method being used by dem cabal is murder she wrote. the day these people take over heaven help our soul… Ki sor vlay ki sor par vlay, all you making me go and vote Skerrit again. I doh have a choice… sacre majeeeeeeeeeeeee………
    Give me somthing tangible in twelve years of opposition… seseeeeeeeeeeeeeaayyyyy.

  23. same
    May 31, 2013

    Semantics indeed!!!

    We are on a list all right!

    They are just playing with words

  24. John paul
    May 31, 2013

    What I dont like about this is the Fact that the Embassy of France in St. Lucia comes up and clarifies so easily .Why did they not tell us Yea or Nay when we we asking about a certain passport ? Why was it so difficult to open their mouth ? All they had to do was type in a name and Say “Yes He has a French passport or No He does not have a passport .

    • May 31, 2013

      tell you what you want to hear.

    • Just Asking
      May 31, 2013

      john Paul are you ok?

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      You still regurgitating crap man? Time to move on

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      I have just one question for you so called patriots: Which do you hate more, Dominica or Dominicans?

    • roger
      June 1, 2013

      fool!

  25. WESLEYMAN
    May 31, 2013

    Can you imargine that after the Trinidad Express denial read on Thursday morning, that THE CHRONICLE ran that wicket headline on Thursday night? Yet they had time to correct that injustice to the State, because the no-bail story which surfaced on Thursday afternoon was infact in the same CHRONICLE. How far do we have to go to show our hatred and biasness?

    • ambasso
      May 31, 2013

      boy its about time some journalist in Dominica take some jail

    • %
      June 1, 2013

      Hatred over what? Stop being vague like some on of our corrupt leaders.I like the Chronicle, because those who are trying to drone it like you and your wicked ilks,cannot stop it, from doing the tremendously good job that it has done with DISTINCTION for over 100 years. Your battle will definitely be a LOST CAUSE.!

  26. Malatete
    May 31, 2013

    Semantics!

    – the French Development Agency (AFD)disburses fiancial aid to developing countries and overseas territories on behalf of the French Govt in line with that country’s foreign policies as defined by its Govt.
    – the very same French Ambassador in St. Lucia, in June 2012 signed a loan agreement between AFD and the Dominican Govt.for Euro 10 million. He did so on behalf of his Govt.

    Why would the French Ambassador’s signature be required if the Govt. of France did not have a say in the affairs of AFD? This Pontius Pilate statement by the embassy in St. lucia does not change our predicament one iota but I guess we can all go back to sleep now and pretend that all is well in the land of upside-down, back-to-front.

    • IPO
      May 31, 2013

      You realize by now that DNO laughts at your asinine comments

    • Not a herd follower
      May 31, 2013

      I am happy you RECOGNIZE the linkage between the Govt of France and AFD. The statement issued by the embassy does not explain or clear anything since AFD is an arm of the Govt of FRANCE

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2013

      I hope you are not in that land?

  27. I DIE NU
    May 31, 2013

    Where are they now?!Them so called “PATRIOTS”.Lennox,Angelo,Thompson and Matt…Patriots Of Distruction.Dominica is crying for Mercy from you all.If Dominica Could Talk!!

    • Legalize it
      May 31, 2013

      patchaysots not patriots lol

    • Interested
      June 1, 2013

      Through persons like you. We will end up on all the blacklist the world has to offer. Wise up.

    • Anonymous
      June 2, 2013

      Dominica does talk it talks at the polls thats why they outside looking in.

  28. WHO VEX VEX
    May 31, 2013

    i Wonder why the comments so low
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  29. THE BOSS
    May 31, 2013

    Dominicans does not think right

  30. one stone
    May 31, 2013

    my people this is politics at its finest,these guys know the rules and bonderies and sweeping things under the carpet only takes a phone call to the right person and like magic everything is cool again all these guys are crooks and will continue to control us as long as we let them….not all of us is dotish….bring it on you satanic deciples….i ready

    • Legalize it
      May 31, 2013

      Dumnness going haywire here this comment must be from a graduate of the school of ignorance & illiteracy.

  31. annnnndanassss
    May 31, 2013

    sor kar toout marti

  32. Jah guidell
    May 31, 2013

    Read between the lines

    • IPO
      May 31, 2013

      The line between your teeth?

      • .
        May 31, 2013

        @ IPO Yeah, because toothless,corrupt and asinine good for nothings like you are prepared to sacrifice your life in defense of evil. The bridge is falling, and the crumbs are finishing. Nothing for you under the table.As for me, I hate corrupt asts, corrupt leaders, and I do not like handouts.

      • IPO
        May 31, 2013

        @. I hope you know that you are uwp…..that you are viewed in the same manner as carlisle and lennox

    • Disturbed
      May 31, 2013

      Between whicl lines? Silly person! Allu trying to destroy our beautiful Dominica and our government with allu u greed and selfish agender……is from one story to the next with u ppl.

  33. type might
    May 31, 2013

    Let me see whats those uwprites have to say now..

    • .
      May 31, 2013

      Is Seco related to UWpites…Brainless and idiotic statement.A paro would say something better than that.

    • May 31, 2013

      Instead you look at the UWP why dont you ask yourself the questions why those talking head are speaking out and if something wasnt wrong why haven heard from Tony or Alick it’s time that you think of your place on D’ica and what you would like for yourself and other nationals colours of any party or parties are not important any more unless you a recieving hand outs but how much longer will that continue folks like you rather blame everyone else than be honest with yourself soit’s time grow up

  34. Anonymous1
    May 31, 2013

    well its technocrats who made the list. So technically Dominica is not blacklisted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. concerned
    May 31, 2013

    Can we have Thompson Fontaine back on Q 95 to comment on the latest and official position of the French Government? Can he call on Saturday afternoon during the Linton show? It would be interesting to hear what he has to say or how he tries to wiggle his way out of this one.

    • Me again
      May 31, 2013

      Thomson reported what he read in a reputable French newspaper, Le Monde. The whole world read it. So, thank Thomson for alerting us.

      So, there are two lists, a Technical List and a National List on the same problem. I would think both lists are credible. It’s just a technicality, as we often use in Dominica.

      • Anonymous
        June 1, 2013

        Technicality my foot! These people are hell bent on destroying Dominica and will wait in the slips for any printed garbage (true or not) to take to the airwaves.

  36. Grand bay
    May 31, 2013

    Yeh right. Everything that took place over the last few weeks is coincidental. The AFPcoud not just black list countries without the government of France approval.
    In the diplomatic circles cooperation and the avoidance of confrontation is super critical and I very much understand why the French embassies are trying to mollify the situation.
    The embassy says its a technical list. What is a technical list. The AFP is holding its ground and I am sure they can prove their position. Trinidad is admitting that they have not done the things required by AML regulations , we only saw our government rush to parliament two weeks ago to pass anti money laundering laws.
    Who are they kidding?

  37. Serving the Public!!
    May 31, 2013

    Good for all you!! – 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.”

  38. Serving the Public!!
    May 31, 2013

    Yes I Q-95 and croonies!!. I sometimes wonder if it’s only bad things relating to the country that have to make mileage. Someone please tell me if there isn’t something positive that Q-95 can dwell on at least one of those mornings.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2013

      That’s just how the new breed of patriots are!! With patriots such as these, who needs enemies???

  39. ME
    May 31, 2013

    GREAT NEWS FOR DCA

  40. Anonymous
    May 31, 2013

    Its so funny when the news 1st broke them lougaoo s had so much to say now its not so they hiding,how can u all love D/A so much now its not bad news no comments.

    • shy
      May 31, 2013

      if we is loogaou you are a sucuant

    • ?
      May 31, 2013

      @Anonymous I believe it is people like you who have Dominica screwed up in the way it is. Dominica belongs to us all. When we see the place is being overrun with corruption, bad leadership, greedy leaders, arrogant leaders, we need to rebuke you, can call it out by its name. A failed state, because corruption and evil minded people like you continue to bask in the wicked rule that is going on on island.
      Good thing I have abandoned this ship since after the 2009 election, because Dominica is bigger than one incompetent man, whose mission is to buy no brainers like you, just to maintain the status quo.

      • Me again
        June 2, 2013

        Woy! Woy! Woy! Easy on him panda, is not his fault… :-D :-D :-D

  41. HI
    May 31, 2013

    nice try no smoke without fire

  42. Tee
    May 31, 2013

    Really? After they published the bad news all over the place!

  43. Anonymous
    May 31, 2013

    AS I HAVE SAID! THERE NEED TO BE MORE TRANSPARENCY, AND CLARITY WHEN DEALING WITH OTHERS, IT PUTS PAID TO SUSPICIONS, AND IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

  44. hope
    May 31, 2013

    :lol: thank you for the clarification. I feel much better knowing that we have not been black listed.

    • Me again
      May 31, 2013

      Yes, we are on their Technical List. Read the article again…

  45. The Blackheart Man
    May 31, 2013

    Just a technicality man nothing to worrying about lol

  46. Faceup
    May 31, 2013

    Chupesssss !!

    • info
      May 31, 2013

      apparently you have something to gain from dominica being blacklisted?

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