Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr. Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has hailed as "very significant" the contributions of Dominica citizens living in Dubai and elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Skerrit visited Dubai and Sharjah recently and said his government was very appreciative of the generosity and ongoing interest of citizens of the small Caribbean island, who had acquired that status through the very popular Citizenship By Investment Program, promoted in the UAE by outstanding and trustworthy company CTrustGlobal, Caribbean Trust Immigration Services led by CEO Dr. Aly El Dakroury and Mrs. Nivin Ali.
The Prime Minister emphasized that all citizens of Dominica were equal in the sight of the Constitution of the country. He said there were not two class of Dominicans and therefore he welcomed the ongoing interest and investments of Dominicans living in the UAE in the economic development of the Caribbean island.
"I am always very pleased and encouraged when Dr Aly El Dakroury report to me on the enormous desire of our citizens living in Dubai to invest in and play a greater role in the social and economic development of their country. I wish to make clear, this morning, that you are 100 percent Dominican and that you have all the rights and privileges of any other Dominican, resident on Dominica or elsewhere in the Diaspora."
"Therefore, I urge you today to pursue with pride and determination, your investments in the island. Your contributions to date have assisted with the revitalization and maintenance of our infrastructure, especially since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, in August last year."
"The Citizenship By Investment Program has been invaluable in its contribution to the social upkeep of the country. The proceeds from the services offered by promoters such as CTrustGlobal, have been used to sustain our National Employment Program, for example, where we introduce hundreds of young men and women, living on the island, to the wonderful world of work. Funds generated also go to the upkeep of healthcare, public education and the nurturing of our vital agricultural sector," Mr. Skerrit explained.
The Prime Minister assured citizens, in Dubai, Sharjah and elsewhere in the UAE, that the Government of Commonwealth of Dominica is working feverishly to conclude plans for the creation of a diplomatic presence on Dubai.
"Mrs. Nivin Ali and her husband Dr. Aly El Dakroury have been outstanding citizens of Dominica and very prolific producers in the Citizenship By Investment Program offered by their company, CTrustGlobal. We are very appreciative of their efforts. I would like for other promoters in the UAE to follow their very professional approach to the marketing of the Program, so that it remains the premier citizenship program in this region," Mr. Skerrit said.
Dominica's CBIP (Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program) has been credited for its strict due diligence regime, whereby even though persons may readily wish to participate and qualify for citizenship of the country, they are subjected to rigid due diligence that ensures they are of good character and integrity, and are worthy of the status of citizen of the country.
"This due diligence means a lot to us as a country. We do not focus merely on quantity. We wish to ensure that the quality of our program is observed and respected by friendly nations around the world. That is why I urge Promoters here in UAE to fly the Dominica flag with pride. Let prospective citizens and investors know how proud we are of our status in the program and how we look forward to their continued interest and involvement, not only on the island of Dominica, but in the wider Caribbean region as well."
During his recent visit to Dubai, Prime Minister Skerrit presided at the launch of the new Silver Beach Resort project which will start on Dominica later this year. He also toured several projects owned and operated by nationals of Dominica living in the UAE.