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CBI financed development paves way for future projects in Dominica

March 23, 2017
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes are not usually associated with creating new affordable housing communities. However, the Petite Savanne Resettlement Programme in Dominica is a ground-breaking scheme to rehouse residents displaced by...

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Nothing could be further from the truth in blaming the colonial mindset According to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Justice Adrian Saunders, in a recent lecture in St Kitts, a "colonial mindset" is to blame for the reluctance on the part of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to embrace the court as the final court of appeal. As someone who has litigated matters...

Letter: Does Dominica lack common sense?

March 23, 2017
Letter: Does Dominica lack common sense? No matter what current headlines are used to the catch the attention of audiences, usually in essence the following text in the article or comments depict several things that indicate that there is an unhealthy atmosphere in Dominica. Unhealthy for our country and just as unhealthy for our people.

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Tourism minister says opposition makes marketing Dominica very difficult

March 16, 2017
Tourism minister says opposition makes marketing Dominica very difficult ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- The challenge of marketing Dominica as a tourist destination is growing increasingly difficult says tourism minister, Senator Robert Tonge. Speaking on local radio this week, Tonge did not mince words when he condemned the opposition United Workers Party (UWP)...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue

March 9, 2017
ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, speaking to how critical funds from citizenship by investment (CBI) programs are to the ECCU countries...

OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes

March 7, 2017
OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, outgoing chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, said that, although regional integration is a work in progress, the member states and the OECS Commission...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

Dominica CBI program creates new community for homeless residents after storm Erika

March 6, 2017
Dominica CBI program creates new community for homeless residents after storm Erika BELLEVUE CHOPIN, Dominica -- A major new development is underway to resettle the hundreds of residents who lost their homes after tropical storm Erika wreaked devastation across the island just 18 months ago. The Petite Savanne Resettlement program, which was established with...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

Letter: My response to Gabriel Christian; a self-confessed liar and hypocrite

March 3, 2017
Letter: My response to Gabriel Christian; a self-confessed liar and hypocrite Gabriel Christian has become the prime spokesperson for the regime change advocates in Dominica . The platform of Gabriel Christian, which is premised on lies, is: 1. That diplomatic passports are sold; 2. That there is no transparency in the citizenship program and the program should be stopped.

OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

Dominica to implement diplomatic passport policy changes

February 27, 2017
Dominica to implement diplomatic passport policy changes ROSEAU, Dominica -- In a surprise national address on Friday, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit expressed his regret “at the unfortunate turn of events with respect to a few persons holding diplomatic passports becoming persons of interest to foreign countries and external security organizations".

Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections

February 27, 2017
Commentary: Identifying the 'dark money' that floods Dominica's elections There is a growing sense and evidence that lies, darkness and trickery in public life have taken a strong hold in our society and for a long time kept most of us from seeing the “dark money” in circulation. Nonetheless, over the past years, we have heard and seen plentiful corruption, particularly in...

Commentary: My response to Herbert Volney - An apologist for governmental misconduct on Dominica

February 25, 2017
Commentary: My response to Herbert Volney - An apologist for governmental misconduct on Dominica It is disappointing, dishonest, and evident of the suppression of dissent in Dominica that a former Trinidadian cabinet minister and judge – Mr Herbert Volney – could open an article stating “Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the...

Dominica president addresses rioting in Roseau

February 23, 2017
Dominica president addresses rioting in Roseau ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two weeks after violence erupted in the capital city of Roseau, president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, has addressed the rioting and looting. The rioting followed a meeting held by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) earlier that day near the Financial Centre.

Letter: UWP exposed by the Sun

February 23, 2017
Letter: UWP exposed by the Sun Today’s headlines in the Sun newspaper “UWP: Unfulfilled Promises of Diplomatic Passports” was most revealing. This headline comes in the midst of the Lennox Linton and the United Workers Party (UWP) repeated allegations that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is selling diplomatic passports...

Commentary: For Dominica

February 22, 2017
Commentary: For Dominica Events over the last couple of months have the potential of destabilizing the democratic way of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Never since the attempted coup by elements of Klu Klu Klux mercenaries early in the first term of Eugenia Charles has Dominica come under attack of its lawful...

Commonwealth Secretariat calls for peaceful discourse in Dominica

February 20, 2017
Commonwealth Secretariat calls for peaceful discourse in Dominica LONDON, England -- In a press release on Saturday, the Commonwealth Secretariat said it has been monitoring developments in Dominica and was saddened by the violence that occurred following a public rally on February 7 organised by opposition parties. This is the same opposition in Dominica...

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Letter: A dangerous pathological liar

February 20, 2017
Letter: A dangerous pathological liar Kenneth Rijock published this on his blog, which is a malicious and dangerous fabrication. I never ever represented Leroy King in any extradition matter involving Stanford or the United States government. On reading the blog, the minister of foreign affairs messaged to express his surprise.

CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM

February 17, 2017
CBI program brings investment to all business sectors of Dominica, says PM ROSEAU, Dominica -- The citizenship-by-investment (CBI) program has been a life-saver for the people of Dominica – without it, the country would have struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Erika. That was the message from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who addressed the Dominica Business...

Commentary: They don't like that

February 17, 2017
Commentary: They don't like that I’ve just finished listening to Mr John Batchelor of the John Batchelor Show in the USA interviewing Mr Gregory Copley. I also read a report of the interview. If you do a little googling, you’ll get a sense of the politics of those two gentlemen. The interview is about the Dominica situation.

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

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