A new policy regarding the process of diplomatic and consular appointments has been made public.
The Dominica government announced policy changes to the process of diplomatic appointments on 24 February 2017 in an effort to tighten safeguards and address concerns of citizens and other stakeholders.
These policy changes which took immediate effect have been published on the government’s website – www.dominica.gov.dm.
It can be accessed here
The nine-page document notes that “in an effort to provide clarity, avoid ambiguity and strengthen existing procedures and the practice utilized in the making of diplomatic appointments and the issuance of Diplomatic and Service Passports, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica hereby issues these Interim Policy Guidelines pending a complete review of the processes and all current appointments”.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Dominica has the responsibility for processing the issuance of Diplomatic and Service Passports to Officials and selected individuals appointed to serve the Government of Dominica in approved positions in Dominica and in Countries, Agencies and special activities outside Dominica.
All such Diplomatic and Service passport are processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but issued by the Immigration Department and signed only by the Minister with responsibility for Immigration. These Passports are issued principally to facilitate the travel of persons who are employed with or acting on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The interim policy notes that the issuance of diplomatic passports shall be limited to the office holders of appointees: the President, Spouse and children For All Travel; Former Heads of State and Spouse For All Travel; Prime Minister, Spouse and children For All Travel; Former Prime Minister and Spouse For All Travel; Speaker and Spouse For All Travel; Attorney General and Spouse For All Travel; All Ministers and their spouses For All Travel; Parliamentary Secretaries For All Travel; Leader of the Opposition For All Travel; Other Members of Parliament For All Travel; Secretary to the Cabinet/ Head of the Public Service/ Financial Secretary For All Travel; Heads of Overseas Mission, Diplomatic Staff of the Mission and Spouses and their children under the age of 21 For All Travel; Non Resident Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives of International Organizations For All Travel; Ambassadors at Large For All Travel; Honorary Consuls For All Travel; Goodwill Ambassadors For All Travel; Carib Chief For All Travel; Special Envoys/Trade and Investment Commissioners/Advisers to the Government For All Travel; and Dominican Nationals who are heads of Regional and International Organizations For All Travel.
The issuance of service passports shall be limited to the following public office holders and appointees for the purpose of facilitating official travel, subject to approval: Director of Audit, Chief of Police, Senior Technical Officers, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Administrative Officers, Heads of Department, Senior Administrative Officers, Senior Technical Officers, Administrative Officers, Directors, Other Government Officials as determined by Authorities.
The interim policy outlines the procedure for the appointment of non-nationals and diplomatic passports, monitoring, issuance and renewal of diplomatic and service passports, loss or theft of diplomatic and service passports, termination of appointments, cancellation of diplomatic and service passports, exchange of information, and disclosure.