Dominica and Sri Lanka Establish Diplomatic Relations

The island of Dominica is entering a new era of international growth, marked by the pursuit of major foreign policy goals and by the establishment of an ever-more global diplomatic presence. One example of this was the formalisation of diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka on 17 April 2018.

The agreement establishing diplomatic relations was signed in New York by Mrs Loreen Ruth Bannis-Roberts, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations, and her Sri Lankan counterpart, Dr Amrith Rohan Perera. The signing ceremony, performed on 17 April, saw the immediate coming into force of the agreement.

An agreement of mutual benefit to the two nations

The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to New York said that the agreement would be of mutual benefit to the two nations, enriching friendly relations and cooperation in a number of spheres, including politics, socio-economic development, and culture.

Sri Lanka, also an island-state, is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It obtained independence from British rule on 4 February 1948, and is now a strong economic presence, making use of its strategic location at the crossroads of key trade routes between Asia and the Middle East. English is widely spoken across Sri Lanka, even though Sinhalese and Tamil are the nation’s official languages.

More than three decades of citizenship by investment

Citizens of Dominica belong to a community that is ever more internationally connected and successful. It is this characteristic that allows them to thrive at home and abroad, and that has made the nation an attractive destination for those looking to obtain a second citizenship.

Dominica is one of a handful of nations to have been running a citizenship by investment programme for more than three decades, and currently allows applicants to obtain citizenship upon the making of a US$100,000 contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or of a US$200,000 investment in real estate.