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(Dominica News Online) The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is calling for a full report on the accounts and operations of the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Program over the past five years to be presented for debate at an emergency sitting of Parliament within the next 14 days.

The party is also describing a government consultation on the program at the State House on Monday, which party members did not attend, as a “sham” and a “partisan public relation event.”

In a press release on Tuesday, the UWP sought to explain the rationale behind its call fo an emergency meeting of parliament to debate the CBI.

The release stated, “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 release quoted Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, as saying, “it is time to move away from the sort of sham CBI consultation witnessed on April 24th which was nothing more than a partisan public relations event in the pageantry of Roosevelt Skerrit’s feel-good politics. The program has been severely damaged by the Dominica Labour Party administration through inaction and failed policy actions and needs to be properly fixed with sound input from independent thinking stakeholders.”

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