Prime Minister Rooselelt Skerrit has rubbished suggestions that agents of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) administration are involved in the selling of Dominica’s passports.
Speaking on the Next Level radio programme Skerrit said all passport transactions are done by the Chief Immigration Officer.
“No agent, I can speak for the DLP administration from 2000 to now, gives passports to any applicants or sells passports to any applicants. No agent has passports in his possession. The passports are kept in safe keeping by the Chief Immigration Officer and that immigration officer has a responsibility to go through and ensure that all the passports are there but no agent has passports in his office anywhere in the world,” he said.
Dominica’s economic citizenship programme has come under severe criticism lately but according to the Prime Minister it is simply something that is similar to several others around the world.
“In the US, you can put your name into a lottery to become a citizen. Canada has an economic citizenship program, Australia, Singapore. In certain countries, based on your investment, they will give you citizenship to ensure that you will remain in the country,” he said.