The United States is interested in working on legislative efforts to create a domain forfeiture system that allows the government to recover property and wealth “that criminals and corrupt officials have stolen from the State”.
This was said by Robert Thomas, Charge d’affaires of the embassy in the Dominican Republic, in a ceremony at the National Palace, in the presence of President Luis Abinader.
“We wish to work with you to advance legislative efforts to create a system for the extinction of domain that allows your government to recover the assets and wealth that criminals and corrupt officials have stolen from the State and the Dominican people”, he said during the event.
“I know this is a priority for you and after several failed attempts in the past we believe that the passage of this legislation could be an important achievement for the Dominican people and we will support your government’s efforts to develop this important tool,” he said.
The US government said it hoped to discuss ways in which it could work with the Chamber of Accounts to enhance its role as an independent oversight entity, a function it called “essential for transparent and democratic societies.”
“Your government has taken an important step towards that goal thanks to the historic achievement of a transparent selection process (of the Chamber of Accounts). We look forward to supporting further reform efforts to help achieve the goals of the new members of the leadership of this important mechanism”, added Thomas