The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) on Tuesday 25 April 2017 called for an emergency sitting of Parliament to debate the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program.
In a press statement issued to the media by the UWP’s public relations officer, Nicholas George on Tuesday, the UWP called for a full report on the accounts and operations of the CBI program over the past five years to be presented for debate at an emergency sitting of Parliament within the next 14 days.
The UWP did not participate in a one day national consultation to discuss the CBI Programme at the State House Conference room on Monday 24 April 2017.
The consultation was held under the theme ‘Development Prospects for Dominica within the context of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBIP) as a platform for Raising the Funds necessary to Finance Development Activities’.
However, the UWP said it believes an emergency Parliament debate is “absolutely necessary for better public understanding of the need to ensure the value and integrity of the CBI program as a source of national development financing is protected from the ravages of shortsighted, reckless, incompetent management”.
“This long overdue exchange in the nation’s highest decision making body will set the stage for 1) full CBI compliance with global security arrangements for the safe movement of people and money across borders; and 2) harmonization on critical elements in the operation of Citizenship By Investment programs in CARICOM as follows:
• Definition of economic citizenship
• Vetting/due diligence to determine fit and proper applicants for economic citizenship
• Financial requirements for the acquisition of economic citizenship
• Rights and privileges of economic citizenship throughout the integration grouping,” the statement said.
In the press statement, Opposition Leader is quoted as saying that Monday’s national consultation “was nothing more than a partisan public relations event in the pageantry of Roosevelt Skerrit’s feel-good politics”.