By Elijah Thomas
After listening to the 60 Minutes segment last Sunday 1st, January 2017 I must take issue with the Hon Lenox Linton – the Leader of the Opposition. He agreed with Steve Croft that Dominica passport sales were like a mail order transaction. That was a falsehood.
A person cannot conduct any monetary transaction over US$10,000.00 by mail order without drawing the attention of a Currency Transaction Report. Therefore, it would have to be a wire transfer involving banks where the limit is $100,000.00 per day, per customer: a business customer can request more. Also, both parties involved in this transaction have to be properly identified, i.e. the sender and the recipient.
Consequently, one can transfer monies below the $10,000 threshold, but one would have to create multiple transactions, in this case… 11 separate amounts less than 10,000 each, still drawing the attention of a currency transaction report. This process would still involve a gov’t subsidiary monitoring this transaction. Therefore, there is some form of due diligence conducted by all parties. So a CBI passport payment transaction would surely not be considered mail order by any means.
Recently, I conducted a monetary transaction with a financial institution in Dominica, and it took nearly three weeks to finalize that transaction. The institution wanted an official photo copy of government issued ID, passport or drivers license, and the letter requesting the wire to my bank account be notarized, the subsidiary bank in the USA and my bank name, routing number and account number, and addressed to the branch manager. My point is, there was more than due diligence performed by that institution to verify who I was before they could release my money.
Two of the biggest mail order houses in the entire world are Amazon and eBay respectively. Again, in their haste to castigate the PM they resort to assumptions and allegations.
A government needs a worthy opposition party to keep them on their feet, but the UWP members and their surrogates failed again. As leader of the opposition – a point Steve Croft deliberately omitted in his description of Mr. Linton as a ploy intended to lessen the obvious scrutiny as a one-sided response in favor of this bias segment – Mr Linton should expect repercussion from all sides: good, bad and indifferent.
In other words, he called this upon himself. If he wants to advance his party politically, he needs to take a page out of the Soweto uprising of the 1970’s and organize accordingly, instead of attempting to sabotage the economy of his country. What was his gain from this interview?