Member of Parliament for the Portsmouth Constituency, Ian Douglas, has described Dominica’s Economic Citizenship Program as the linchpin of the island’s economy.
According to the dictionary, a linchpin is “a person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization.”
“Do not get discouraged brothers and sisters because the Economic Citizenship Program is the linchpin, brothers and sister, upon which the economy sits on going forward,” he said at a Dominica Labour Party public meeting in St. Joseph on Tuesday night.
He pointed out the program is nothing new in Dominica.
“It is nothing new, you know, the Economic Citizenship Program is not no magic,” he stated. “Mamo (late Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles) had an Economic Citizenship Program in the 1980’s, it is nothing new brothers and sisters. Mamo and Grace Tung started the Layou River Hotel right across the road under the Economic Citizenship Progam.”
Douglas stated that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had always said Dominica cannot depend on local resources alone for development.
“Honorable Skerrit always told us we need to use our foreign policy to drive our national agenda and that is what we have been trying to do with the Economic Citizenship Program,” he said.
He accused the opposition United Workers Party of trying to stop the development of Dominica.
“They do not want to see any kind of development come to Dominica under the Labour Party and Roosevelt Skerrit, brothers and sisters,” Douglas remarked.
In 2014 Douglas described the VAT as ‘the backbone’ of Dominica’s economy.