PM Skerrit lauds CBI as robust; former Antigua govt senator disagrees

PM Skerrit speaking at the vine-cutting ceremony of the newly re-opened Jungle Bay

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that Dominica’s current Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program is a very robust one which can stand the test of scrutiny from any independent arbitrator.

He said the newly-reopened Jungle Bay resort at Soufriere, which is fully financed by the CBI program, is a testament to the benefits that are being derived from this program.

“This is going to create jobs for us citizens of Dominica directly and very importantly, indirectly. I think it is very important for us as Dominicans to recognise that there are some things in our country, while we will always have questions about – constructive criticism to and for – there are certain things like the CBI, we protect it, we promote its positive image to ensure that we can see a continued benefit of this program to our citizens,” the prime minister argued.

He said, speaking as Dominica’s Minister for Finance, that had it not been for the Citizenship By Investment program, after Hurricane Maria the country would not have been where it is today as a nation.

“For several months we received no tax revenue and I have not met not one single Dominican who has ever said to me that I would like to pay more tax in Dominica. Everybody who I have met has said look: ‘Skerrit can you take out this tax, can you give me duty free’ and so on and I am a proponent for the reduction in taxation and therefore had it not been for the Citizenship By Investment program which demonstrated its resilience because literally, days after the Hurricane, within 90 days after the hurricane, we were back in business in respect to the CBI program,” Skerrit explained.

He said that the CBI program was able to generate revenue to repair homes, to build homes, to dredge rivers, to protect lives and properties and to restore the economy.

The CBI has generated a significant amount of revenue for the country during the tenure of the current administration. According to figures published by the Official Gazette of the Commonwealth of Dominica, 3,961 CBI applications were approved for Dominica during the period August to December 2018, alone.

Anthony Stewart was the featured speaker at a recent CCM electoral reform rally

Meantime, a former government senator in Antigua and Barbuda, is calling on Caribbean leaders including Dominica, to stop selling passports through the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme.

Anthony Stewart said, while delivering the feature address at the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) election reform rally held in Roseau recently, that the CBI programme is creating a “lazy man’s” economy.

“Our leaders must stop the selling of passports. These passports are creating what is called a lazy man’s economy. If the other economic drivers are not working it means that the money that comes in from selling passports will be used to pay government workers…government workers will have money to spend in the economy but many of the persons living in Dominica will have no work…to get money to spend,” Stewart stated. “Our leaders must ensure that when they are elected, they go and work and make sure our economies become more reliant.”

Stewart is of the view that this programme can damage the reputation of a country.

“How many citizens have we created by selling passports? Can this new citizen be a deciding factor in our elections or worst yet can a CBI citizen decide that he or she wants to become the Prime Minister of Dominica and use his money to mobilize all those thousands of CBI citizens?” he asked.

Stewart equates the selling of passports to “the selling of souls of our nations” which he said will lead to our destruction.

“We see the reputational damage being conflicted on the islands by the many crooks. Visa requirements imposed by certain countries like Canada and the difficulties now in getting a visa when you go to Barbados is nothing in comparison with what is roaming on the horizon if our  leaders continue to sell our souls,” he warned.

He pointed out that global institutions can cut off access to Dominica’s local banks because of the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing, created by selling passports and cautioned that if this programme isn’t discontinued, Dominica will not be the same.

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71 Comments

  1. July 11, 2019

    These DPL “mouton batallie” are so caught up in money! money! money! that they cannot and will not see the bigger picture; the question to be asked is where are the investments? and what is the present population of Dominica as a result of passports being sold?; our friend and brother from Antigua could not be more correct.

  2. Self
    July 10, 2019

    The CBI is rob us? i quite agree. keep robbing us.

  3. Man bites dogs
    July 9, 2019

    Workers clowns and idiotic followers are like flies give them sxxt and they all jump on it.. God these people are sick to the core!! 💀

    • Casio
      July 11, 2019

      you just typed a bunch of words but they make no sense. Idiotic followers of what? the man is making sense. He is painting a picture of the possible future. but you dlp people do not care about anything but yourselves and the hand that feeds you. Never mind being able to feed yourself. but no worries, the country that sick. Nothing else. Sick and needs a purge.

  4. Man bites dogs
    July 9, 2019

    A Message to all of you guys boomboom flies lots and followers of evildoers, white powder spreader in churches talking to dead people in their graves. Will not and never will put so-called Workers clowns along with that idiot Prince of death Lennox Linton and any other as prime minister of DOMINICA 🇩🇲 never again after all the nasty surfering them monsters did to us we were the joke of the Caribbean just after 4 years of hell. Then came Mr Skerrit and his government to put us on the map and prosperity, one love Labour and supporters keep the fire burning be on guard against the evil ones.

    • Ibo france
      July 9, 2019

      Never a sensible comment to offer. Every one of his comments should be labeled in all caps “WARNING: NONSENSE!” Even a fool says or writes something sensible once in a while. This guy even defies this truism.

    • Casio
      July 11, 2019

      what prosperity. Being black listed by international financial organisations? please. We dont even have proper shipping to neighboring islands. we dont even have significant cargo to send to these islands. We dont even have proper port facilities here. But donkeys like you keep braying and singing praises to your master. Keep it up carrot chaser. You will get yours, i just hope you can keep it when you get it and wont have to go back for more.

  5. Manyways
    July 9, 2019

    Can someone tell me its ok for people on the outside to say to Dominicans we do not need an international airport. Thousands agree. Now the gentleman is speaking on a platform expressing is view’s he is chastised. What a country.

  6. OpenMindSet
    July 9, 2019

    While to some extent I agree that we must not solely rely on CBI for growth and infrastructure development, Dominica is unable to carefully plan for growth. what do I mean? The people of Dominica are to politically naive and to partisan in their thinking to allow the space for thinking ahead and planing.
    You have some who complain of not enough housing, while others complain about housing being given out. Some complain about not receiving money for repairs, while others complain that money should not be given. Some want the roads and bridges fixed, while others wants schools rebuilt. Some want agriculture to be revitalised, while others moaned about money going to farmers and free seedlings being handed out. Looking from the outside, it’s an impossible task to figure out what Dominicans actually want and how best to go about it. Not everything needs to be political, yet in Dominica even a rain drop is either red or blue. Lastly, plans do not take shape overnight. They take years.

  7. dee
    July 9, 2019

    Mr. PM
    you need to inform the CITIZENS of DOMINICA on what terms and conditions , MOU, that you now declare jungle Bay fully financed by the CBI program. All passports sold were the property of the GOVERNMENT OF DOMINICA and by extention the CITIZENS of DOMINICA . Mr. Raphael is a brilliant business man , and you a proven crook ; now let us know what percentage of jungle bays profits will actually return to the GOVERNMENTS coffers , or rather your own personal benefits .
    Only asking OK .

  8. kubulol
    July 9, 2019

    CBI is usually an open gate for money laundering ;
    the temptation is great, for small islands and 3rd world countries, to deliver such a possibility to criminals

  9. marcus
    July 8, 2019

    To dismiss the messenger and not take heed of the message shows how shallow some of us are.Some of the points he made has come to past and there will be more,ask yourselves how long can you run a country just selling passport,we need long term solutions and passport is not it.Dominica is not America they a very diverse economy,and Dominicans did not kill agriculture your Leaders did and the WTO gave the upper hand to dole,chquita and the rest state the facts don’t just trow words out there.

  10. Ridiculous
    July 8, 2019

    This Labour Party government is as corrupt as corrupt gets. First of all you are selling our passports at a bargain, …idiot, these ppl are worth millions, what r u ppl doing? Second, you’re not screening the buyers well enough so all kind of vieux kalitay moun have our passports embarrassing us all around the world. Then you are giving these people our land to build hotels for other rich people and we get to be the ‘help’. I have light skin and curly hair too wi. Put me in the State house Massa.

  11. Realist
    July 8, 2019

    Where is % comment? He supports the CBI program but now he is in a difficult spot. This shows how inept these people are.

    • %
      July 9, 2019

      @Realist
      Thank you!
      % comment is below!
      Read it!
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      Lazy Skerrit Must Go Now

  12. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 8, 2019

    “Roosevelt Skerrit has said that Dominica’s current Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program is a very robust one which can stand the test of scrutiny from any independent arbitrator. ”
    More nonsensical hogwash,  from an obsolete decaying dictator!
    In the first place Roosevelt, it maters not how you term it; no matter in what language you term it you do not have any  form of citizenship by investment program in the country.
    We know that you are a French man; a French Citizen; nevertheless your French is not good enough to change the meaning of the word “Citizenship By Investment.”
    You sell passports to criminals, the money goes into the pockets of your salesmen, and women, the remainder you give to both local Dominican born, and foreigners claim to build hotels. 
    That is not the way people gain citizenship by investment your program is bogus what kind of arbitrator would take the time to scrutinize your corrupted mess?
    Even those you appointed would find lies and corruption…

  13. Ibo france
    July 8, 2019

    The CBI programme has brought in much needed funds to keep the government’s coffers buoyant. However, this is risky and unsustainable. If this programme goes under, which is a huge possibility, what a calamitous economic disaster! From the current look at things, the Skerrit’s led administration doesn’t have a clue as to how to resurrect the relentlessly infirm economy which is in the ICU at the PMH. No where else in the sub region is joblessness so bad. The economy is so bad that the current government is denying many Dominicans the right to live. No Red Clinic, nothing can substitute for a buoyant economy. Dominica is at buttocks position in minimum wage, civil servant salary, pension payouts, long term economic activities. Most Dominicans are living on the periphery of life. Out with the heartless, self-serving bandits. This present regime reminds me of the story ANIMAL FARM.

  14. Annomyous
    July 8, 2019

    So why wasn’t the CBI monies making headway all those years? Why only now we are seeing these monies when this program has been in existence since in the early 1990s?

    • Karl Orndem
      July 9, 2019

      Thanks to lennox they have been forced to not only declare the number and types of passports sold, but the names of people they are sold to and how much we have received. Although they can always lie and manipulate names and figures. Your question is brilliant, because for almost 10 years they led us to believe it was only VAT that was making dominica turn, meanwhile not much mention of CBI as they built their assets. These days certian ministers own significant property in Roseau, and renting to the government. Ministers all of a sudden have how much land all over. or their friends have how much big business over night. not saying people can not have, but it must be fair and just. our leaders have lied to us, like how they lied to us about the marijuana issue for years while PM was chair of CARICOM. meanwhile islands like Jamaica, Antigua and St Vincent were making strides. To this day he maintains marijuana can do nothing for us, but then he is having secret meetings with developers.

      • I Hear You
        July 10, 2019

        The United States sells the most passports on this planet.

        • Casio
          July 11, 2019

          Thats is fine. but i am sure the Unites States’ program is very transparent in that the information on # of passports sold and to whom is very easily accessible, due to the freedom of information Act which they enjoy. here in D/ca everything is a big secret.

    • Karl Orndem
      July 9, 2019

      Even the Chavez $$ from Venezuela that was given to Dominica FOR THE KALINAGOS. When asked about it at one of the rallies in new york he got mad and went on about all other expenses the country had to do, but he never said where the money was or answered any part of the question. HE gets vex whenever he is challenged, especially in public.

  15. Child of Itassi
    July 8, 2019

    PM Skerrit deviously minimized the figures by intentionally not mentioning that these passport sales are $100,000.00 US not EC. (which would be actually 270,000.00 EC). With a grand total of $1,069,470,000.00 during the period August to December 2018. That’s over 1 BILLION dollars in 5 months alone.

    https://cbiu.gov.dm/investment-options/ states: “USD 100,000 for a single applicant, and increasing depending on the number of dependants included in the application;” and “An investment in designated real estate with a value of at least USD 200,000.” The use of “at least” should awaken Dominicans, yet we trudge to the Red Clinic chanting “Labour ka twavay”

    A large part of our population maintain the simplistic notion that passport sales are just that. I give you a passport, you give me money, and that’s where the deal ends. We need and someday will get a full account of all passport sales, including diplomatic passports.

  16. RastarMarn
    July 8, 2019

    SomeBody need to start asking the really right to the point questions,,,
    Where is all the CBI money going???

    https://cbiu.gov.dm/investment-options/economic-diversification-fund/

    DNO allyou doh have no investigative reporters with some real strength to start asking this Current set of misfits where is the money gone, and going to???

    Or just ask one thing “Can we have a general Audit of the CBI program” not that we don’t trust them fellows we just want to see if the program is on the right track and should be continued,,,

  17. %
    July 8, 2019

    I will repeat what I have echoed more than 1000 000 times. Skerrit is the laziest and the most politically empty PM in the Caribbean..He is also a terrible speaker.. This CBI has made some amongst us filthy rich, while the majority has to go and grovel to Skerrit on a Wednesday for money to buy bread, gas, milk, etc..What a shame!!!! I am hoping that after the election, the new government orders very swiftly a forensic investigations into many things, but particularly this CBI programme!!!!
    Lazy Skerrit Must Go!!!

  18. Denis
    July 8, 2019

    Antiguans are very much afraid of Dominica’s Development. Their people are questioning the Antiguan Government to be transparent about the CBI funds since it’s doing a lot in Dominica whilst nothing is being done in Antigua. They are afraid that Dominica will surpass since their economy experienced no growth.

  19. viewsexpressed
    July 8, 2019

    Skerrit, you damn lie, I have been hearing that news now for over 18 years from you and your failed corrupt Labour Government. You all must Go, dismissed, pushed out, vote out and stay out. We scared of this scare-it failed and doomed government. Never again. This man has comical clowns govern Dominica. Jungle Bay is welcomed but we will continue to focussed and we need more investment, but Skerrit is limited and he has not yet able to bring revenue and income and employment to our Dominica. Skerrit is sucking salt and believes that people love him. He has killed and dis-loved our people as they go hungry, jobless, poor housing and living daily by the hand of bread.
    Skerrit Must Go, We want him out. We want his corrupt Labour Government out. He and his team has ruined our nature isle and turned our people to beggars.
    That is why we urgently and patiently await our disciplined Committed Hon Lennox Linton our Prime Minister and his trusted decent Professional UWP Team. God Guide UWP

  20. Lenpro
    July 8, 2019

    Atfter relentless false and misleading information on the CBI by the opposition, without any true facts to back their allegations, they are now relying on a dead bit Antiguian for help. That will not work. The CBI is good for Dominica. Only idiots who will not see that. If Dominicans have already forgotten Maria’s devastation, their toddler like memory may result in grave danger for not supporting that helps their country.

  21. Man bites dogs
    July 8, 2019

    Who the hell is this former so-called senator yesterdays man to be interfering in our country Dominica politics regardless of whom invited you to Dominica your opinion isn’t revenant Anthony Stewart, it is none of your dam business coming here telling us how to run our country bloody chick.

  22. Anti-observer
    July 8, 2019

    UWP financial wizard told us they can grow the economy by growing vet-ti-vet and goat milk, so why should the Antigua tell us anything different. They’re already getting the message that Dominicans will soon be going back home to work in their hotels and that will make them less important. He is a satellite of UWP what else do you expect.

  23. Shaka zulu
    July 8, 2019

    “According to figures published by the Official Gazette of the Commonwealth of Dominica, 3,961 CBI applications were approved for Dominica during the period August to December 2018, alone. This figure represents a total monetary value of $396,100,000 which entered the government’s coffers (at a cost of $100,000.00 per passport) earned in just five months” oh really!!!!!! How long has this scheme been going on??? Someone is swimming in cash and all i will say is tbe passport is state property and not labour party cash cow. When the dust settles there are a lot of people that will take prison for stealing and abusing state funds. Some folks think that it will last forever. With all these funds coming in we are yet to jumpstart the economic engine. Instead passport sale seems to be the bread of a selected few. This is no different from the forner Nigerian oil minister stealing funds from state oil sales for her personal aggrandizement. Time alone will tell.

  24. Joseph John
    July 8, 2019

    Looking at all those people who listen and agree with someone from outside who is very destructive is mind bogging.
    I wonder who is paying him to make us hate each other for something that is to all Dominicans benefit. I see him as a traitor who would never make such a speech in his own country, but is stabbing us in the back. But our own people are helping him.
    Where are the patriot values they keep talking about.
    Maybe they did not want us to recover from Maria and remain in shambles. That sure is twisted thinking.

    • Kalinago Justice
      July 8, 2019

      :?: I would think that Joseph John was a more enlightened man,(i suppose you’re a man) :?: But what you seem to be doing like your leadas,is mudslinging! Didn’t you hear of the speaker’s stance in his country on the selling of passports :?: By the way, his mother was from Waitukubuli. You mean that the selling of passports is a productive thing,especially those sold to criminals :?: How will you feel knowing that the amount of unknown foreigners holding our passports outnumber the indigenous people of Waitukubuli :?: Are you not concerned that one day those people can become the controllers of the Island making you and your family second class citizens :?: Man,don’t allow blind allegiance to lead you into oblivion!

    • Flat Tire
      July 8, 2019

      It seem you are one of the individuals that will keep skerrit in power forver for the cool out. Can we suggest that you are getting the cool out to be a propagandist? Joseph john my brother you don’t work? I mean all day all week you commenting all stories?

      • Joseph John
        July 10, 2019

        First of all do not call me brother. I cannot be brother to you or the opposition gang bangers in any size,manner or form. As for your other question and your views of my multiple posting I will say Dominica is still a free country with freedom of expression and freedom of choice. My fight is to ensure that this does not change. You and your folks will not change it because Skerrit and the DLP will be in charge for the next 21 years, four more terms compared to the one term tim tim party.

        • Casio
          July 11, 2019

          What is a gang banger? Last i checked it was Skerrit in control of his own personal gang of police. They intimidate private citizens especially and public rallies and opposition events. Peaceful events where violence is not tolerated. Then the DLP controlled gang of police come with guns and batons and tear gas when it isnt called for. For example the reform debate at the Parish halll in goodwill. Everybody saw when the real GANGBANGERS arrived in camouflage like they were going in bush to hunt rebels. Your “gangster or gangbanger” rhetoric is quite and very dumb when referring to uwp supporters. and it really shows your level of communication, intelligence, understanding and integrity. Open your eyes before you talk John, not your behind. Because is excrement alone you does be spewing on those people online newspaper.

  25. Joseph John
    July 8, 2019

    Tthere are at least 88 countries in similar programmes and in the USA alone there are about 900 agents.
    Now we see agents of people who want to take the CBI from small countries like Antigua and Dominica coming out with all kinds of speculative negatives to destroy us.
    I remember when sugar was king in the Caribbean (West Indies from Jamaica to Trinidad ).
    Dominica’s citrus (limes) was # 1 in the world. Do you know why Chikita was able to killed our bananas and that of Jamaica and the whole Windward Islands including Dominica ? Our own people like enemy of state helped the USA corporation to destroy our livelihoods. Let me name a few more and you negative posters will see what I mean. Dominica also shipped mangoes, coconuts, vanilla, cocoa, avocado and coffee to the USA all that was banned on the advise of these same corporation with their Dominican agents assistance.
    Now they are after the CBI money.Poor islands should remain in the cycle of persistant poverty…

    • RastarMarn
      July 8, 2019

      Garçon while you have the point that it was Eric Holder a Barbadian by birth but Lawyer by trade, who was the Lobbyist for Chiquita at the time when they attacked the agro industry in the small island, You must put blame where blame must go,,,
      When One researches the CBI program One will ascertain its concept was all invented by a Lawyer,,,
      If you want to really attract investors to create any movement in Dominica you don’t need to sell passports,,,
      Why isn’t there legislation to implement a Stock exchange where real investing can take fold, oh there is not enough companies at Dominica to create such, well start charging guys like Gardacan and fellows like him so there could be more going back to agro industry,,,
      Not forgetting to push for sustainable economies like textile and agriculture and stop the mad influx of service industry,,,
      Check the records: how many failed attempt they are going to have with hotels before they get the Hint???

      • Joseph John
        July 10, 2019

        Rastaman, I will answer last part of your comment The hotel and hospitality industry is very competitive but agents are always looking for destinations especially new ones like Dominica. We have comparative advantages and resources to make tourism a success, but it will take the efforts of all Dominicans at home and abroad to achieve the desired success. We must have trust and a positive mind set that says “yes we can.” This industry will impact the socio-economic welfare of all Dominicans regardless of their ideology or religion. Success is never a given . You have to try and try until you succeed. Just look at Barbados, Antigua and St Kitts. when sugar died their economy was in shambles but they upgraded their travel industry and. St Kitts went on to build a jet airport. The rest is history.
        When a sub agent of Chiquita, a Dominican, told Dominicans to cut bananas and plant pepper( the result is obvious). Two policies CBI and tourism can help us to get to the next level.

      • Joseph John
        July 10, 2019

        Rastaman the missing link is the international airport and the tourist promotions and advertisements. Government efforts and policies are building hotels, but we need private/public sector partnership for success. The example of Fort Young and Sam Raphael Jungle Bay are good models to keep in mind.. I have a lot more to say on this, but later. But just think about 500,000 or more people a day in Dominica eating ,sleeping and dancing. I think of this in terms of clustering/bundling of the industries in agriculture, tourism, construction and entertainment as done in Jamaica which was implemented when bananas and buxite was taken away from them. Jamaica has two international airports and the most promotions in the Caribbean.

    • RandyX
      July 9, 2019

      …and there are at least 88 countries where the proceeds of such program go 100% in the state coffers and not into the private bank account of their head of government. Also such programs in other countries are NOT used to finance election campaigns and/or buy votes. The fact remains, this program could have been of great benefit to our island if it had been in the right hands and had been administered properly. Unfortunately it wasn’t and soon we all have to pick up the pieces whilst a certain person doesn’t know what to do with all the money in his bank account!

  26. Joe Linton
    July 8, 2019

    Where CCM go and get that former Senator to come and talk so much rubbish nah????

    “worst yet can a CBI citizen decide that he or she wants to become the Prime Minister of Dominica and use his money to mobilize all those thousands of CBI citizens?” he asked

    i know our system is First Past the Post meaning they will have to be leaving on island and register to vote in a constituency etc.. so that suggestion is far fetch!!!!

    • Joseph John
      July 8, 2019

      I guess this is what is happening in Antigua right now.
      So that is what the uwp gang paid him to say. To spread fear in Dominica. Well besides Hitler fear never got anyone into power since 1939.

  27. time has told
    July 8, 2019

    “For several months we received no tax revenue and I have not met not one single Dominican who has ever said to me that I would like to pay more tax in Dominica- What months were those? Because even though import duty was waived on building materials and barrels, customs was still collecting charges on behalf of the state.

    • Character
      July 8, 2019

      There are many others who would want what you have . Cherish the good thing that you have working for you and your country 🙏🙏🙏 and give thanks…

      • Casio
        July 11, 2019

        Im sorry what? Let me make this clear. I have never heard the Opposition say that the CBI program should be stopped. what they have called for is transparency, and integrity and accountability where the program is concerned. They have called for transparent reports on passports sold. they have requested to know the number of DIPLOMATIC passports that have been SOLD and to WHOM? They have ask how much money have we recieved within various time periods. The people of DOminica deserve to know. it is our damn business. Not just because the country is benefitting from the sale of our passports that we should just shut up and be quiet. If that is how you run your business then that is you, but a good businessman always wants to know EVERYTHING that is being done with the business’ assets and resources. Dominica is a business, est. 1978. Not giving any thanks. Many others can have their program if they want, but transparency is a must.

  28. Nacinimod
    July 8, 2019

    Magwe sah, you mean all this money coming into D/ca yet the roads are filled with potholes, dangerous bridges, and slippage. Development my friends starts with building a safe, attractive and effective infrastructure. Everything in Dominica seems to be … backwards. Build a strong platform for growth and watch DA flourish.

    • Denis
      July 8, 2019

      If you don’t know what you talking about shut up. Go Antigua and other islands and you’ll see Craters.

      • Casio
        July 11, 2019

        What Antigua have to do with us when we are talking about DOMINICAN PASSPORTS. Do our passport money go to Antigua? does their come to us? NO so what the hell you talking about antigua. Antigua has how many lovely marinas and night life and hotels that surpass ours by far. No but you there talking about antigua road. We cannot even build a road properly here with sidewalks and guttering and proper lighting. Look at the roads in those new housing developments. But you there making excuses. FOOL! Compare yourself to Antigua still. antigua is light years ahead of us. Look they just granted UWI a new campus, meanwhile our Ross Campus supposed to have how much Indians working for the new school to start, all lies again from the PM. Because is locals alone i seeing there just to cut grass and police to play security.

  29. Bowers Lane
    July 8, 2019

    I went to the financial center to look for my cookout this morning and I saw something that really stunned me. Boy I saw a former cabinet member in the PJ administration that’s been residing in Canada for many years, upstairs of the financial center waiting for his cookout to. Boy when I saw Me I had to leave for him because to me if that’s what CBI doing to people and the country I don’t want to be part of it anymore.

  30. LifeandDeath
    July 8, 2019

    Alas, When will Dominicans realize that Skerrit is a really poor administrator. That man has no acumen for critical thinking.

    Dominica is not last in the OECS by accident.

    • July 9, 2019

      If Skeritt is a poor administrator, what was Mamo, Edison, Piero, Rosie and others?

      • Fry plantain
        July 9, 2019

        Alas ….boy allu willfully missing the point or allu too blinded by a handsome leader ? It must be an ugly versus handsome thing, because I cannot believe allu not seeing that selling passports and begging other countries for money is NOT an economic way forward. The leadership style in Dominica is “ do enough to be elected “ ask them what is the complete 10-20 year plan and vision for Dominica.. is a set of patchwork they doing .. The dangerous part is allu is the the happiest sufferers. A man allu love so much!!

      • Ibo france
        July 10, 2019

        The word ‘poor’ used to describe Skerrit’s leadership is an euphemism. The more appropriate words should include but not limited to atrocious, despicable, harrowing, repulsive and abhorrent. The man severely lacks the intellectual capacity to think rationally.

        • Casio
          July 11, 2019

          Right now, he talking about Dominica importing electrical cars. Does he know what is needed for this to work? For this to work properly? DOMLEC had one, imagine that the power company had one, but they had to write it off because it had a problem and they couldnt fix it. So they scrapped that. Imagine what kind of infrastructure is needed to charge it. Lines already for petrol, much less for charging a car. IT will be like charging your phone, if you dont have your own charger, you must wait for your turn. Also, putting solar panels on your car is not recommended for health concerns.

  31. Mr. Scammer
    July 8, 2019

    In any scam especially like those we have here, is only the scammer and members of the gang that benefitting. Just look around you and you will see is only a few that becoming millionaires while the majority of us have to beg for our cookout.

    • July 9, 2019

      If you want to be a millionaire go out and work for it. I know many millionaires in Dominica that don’t support the government.

  32. mine
    July 8, 2019

    WHY can’t he focus on Antigua.

  33. Mr Scammer
    July 8, 2019

    I persinally treat everything mister says as a scam and to me when he opens his mouth I already know is another scam that coming. Now listen tio this: “This is going to create jobs for us citizens of Dominica directly and very importantly, indirectly.” I would like to ask the scammer is, how long since CBI has been in existance and how many jobs has it created for us in Dominica? Also how many villas, hotels, how many mansions, trucks and heavy equipments and how many memberz of that scam that becamw millionaires?

  34. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 8, 2019

    The lazy Prime Minister likes the program which creates lazy citizens. He likes to give handouts to hose in red whilst neglecting others. His wife has become a philanthropist, and she hasn’t worked long enough in Dominica to have accumulated any substantial amount of money to be a benevolent giver. So not only is Skerritt creating lazy Dominicans, so also is his wife and party colleagues. What a state of affairs that has been created for the country. No wonder he has his kids born in a foreign country rather than the one he is the leader of.

    • July 9, 2019

      @johnathan y st. Jean, if what you write is correct the man you want to be PM has a lazy plan. He plans to continue the sale of passports, according to you that’s laziness. He plans to used the hundreds of millions of $$$ that lazy Skeritt worked hard to put in the treasury to finance his agenda. So besides talking your leader in waiting plans to do as little real work as possible. Did I hear the word lazy?

  35. RasB
    July 8, 2019

    We must refrain from backwardness and avoid the naysyers. Whereas Stewart has his strong belief about the damage which can be wrought on our island state by CBI, his views seem narrow and simplistic. I agree that wholesale selling of passports to whom so ever wishes will carry with it the concerns which Stewart verbalizes. So I guess that he is right, nonetheless to ask for the program to be stopped as opposed to make suggestions on how it can be improved is disturbing and reflects the small mind from which the suggestion arises. Nothing he suggest that can go wrong is irreparable. My view is that Stewart’s opinion does not have to be realized if stringent stream lining processes are effected to ensure that there are strict criteria in place to determine who qualifies and ensure that the necessary due diligence is done on the would be citizen before he is granted his citizenship. The availability of Money should not be the only qualifying requirement.

  36. Plato
    July 8, 2019

    Who cares what Stewart thinks? He is not a Dominican therefore our business is not his. I do not support Skerrit and the manner in which his uses of CBI funds, but the program’s international ranking are satisfactory.
    Concentrate on cleaning up Antigua, or better reviving the dead UPP which made you a senator.

    • Hmmm
      July 9, 2019

      What value is this internationally satisfactory program to us if when d money reach here Skerrit and company doing what THEY want with it? They even having pocket change to put in hairy banks, while the rest of us are suffering, living in poverty. Skerrit and his gang must go! They wicked!

      • Plato
        July 9, 2019

        Can’t you read? Didn’t you understand the comment. Adult education class is open.

  37. Flat Tire
    July 8, 2019

    I am sure Joseph john thinks that CBI is the perfect way of growing the ecomony.Not tourism, agriculture, manufacturing etc just sell passport. In Joseph john’s corner are mammy,simmeon,gee Joseph, melo mills, roselia magloire,kid on the block and the gang of clappers and noise makers.as long as they receive their cool out to hell with economic growth

  38. Lol
    July 8, 2019

    MR is just a fool< why he doe tell the USA to stop when they have the same program.

    • KaliNeg
      July 8, 2019

      lol,you are laughable indeed! The USA does not have such a program like the one your one-man rogue regime prime mistake has! What the USA have is for legitimate investors who creates meaningful jobs, then they are allowed to live in the USA. How many of your unknown passport holders are living in Waitukubuli and creating any jobs :?:

  39. Ddddddddd
    July 8, 2019

    Tell the lazy Dominicans sir

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