The Commonwealth of Dominica became a member of CARICOM on 1st May 1974. For details on the economy, political structure and demographics see the World Fact Book - Dominica.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoF&EP) is empowered by the Finance and Audit Act 1965 (act No. 8 of 1965) date of commencement 15th September 1966 to regulate procurement. The MoF&EP issues Financial Regulations 1976 made under Section 16(1) of the Finance and Audit Act 1965. As executive acts, these rules can be easily changed by the Minister and do not reflect established government procurement principles and practices. Existing rules promote selective bidding, excessive discretion in decision making, and do not address issues and aspects which are key to efficiency, fairness, transparency and accountability, such as, for example: public bid opening; qualifications on suppliers and contractors; award to the lowest evaluated bidder; bid protests; debarment of bidders; disclosure of procurement rules; and maintenance of procurement records. In addition, conditions for use of various procurement methods are not defined and there are no separate rules for procurement of consulting services.
On 15th October 2008 Dominica signed the CARIFORUM EC - EPA which contains public procurement conditions for the first time in a multi-lateral trade agreement in the ACP. The conditions require transparency in all Government Procurement above a threshold of approximately 164,000 Euros.
Dominica has enacted the Integrity in Public Office Act, 2003 (No. 6 of 2003), the Money Laundering (Prevention) Act no. 20 of 2000 and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, No. 9 of 1990 as amended by No.16 of 2002. There is presently no access to information legislation.
Dominica acceded to the Inter-American Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and the UN Convention on Corruption.
Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2009 Ranking measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The CPI is a "survey of surveys", based on 13 different expert and business surveys. The Commonwealth of Dominica was ranked 34th out of the countries surveyed and had a score of 5.9 in the CPI 2009.