Caribbean News Now reports that the government of Dominica has plans to perform more thorough due diligence on government officials who wish to apply for a diplomatic passport. The new vetting system will be identical to the Citizenship by Investment Program, meaning that the applicants will have to be cleared by an international global security agency. Furthermore, there will be strict monitoring of all official appointees, as well as a limit of three years for any one appointment.
The details of the new vetting process include a comprehensive background check for a criminal record, and ensuring that the diplomatic applicant has a good reputation and is well suited for the role. This is a positive response to the recent criticisms of the sustainability of past individuals granted diplomatic status in Dominica. The government has reiterated its intention to support a robust vetting system for Dominica’s representatives. Its economic citizenship program continues to be a popular choice amongst the Eastern Caribbean programs, being one of the slightly less costly options.