Isaac wants legislation that will allow small businesses to flourish

Isaac wants legislation that will allow small businesses to flourish

Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Joseph Isaac, has called on the government to implement the necessary legislation that will make it easier for the small business sector is to flourish in Dominica.

Speaking at the launch of the new Buy Dominica Supercentre on 33 King George V Street on Tuesday 1st December 2015, Isaac lamented that the private sector is unable to do it on its own.

“We cannot do it alone as the private sector,” Isaac said. “It has been many years now we have been talking about the Physical Incentive Act and reformation of this Act, we have also been speaking for many years now about the Small Business legislation that is still on the drawing board. We need to get to implementation and bringing that to parliament so that the legislature can actually pass those Acts so that the small business sector can be more vibrant.”

But Minister for Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Roselyn Paul, who was addressing the same function, said a number of bills have been passed in parliament that seeks to improve industries in Dominica, particularly tourism, and to some extent manufacturing.

“We too at the ministry are working feverishly to ensure that the existing draft legislation is finalized to be tabled in parliament shortly and there are also plans afoot to have consultations towards a policy,” she noted.

Paul stated that the government of Dominica continues to provide support to business people, or those with business interests, through the AID Bank, the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) and through the Ministry of Commerce’s Small Business Support Program.

“So we the government of Dominica is remaining committed and is taking affirmative action to ensure that our agro-processors and manufacturers advance and accelerate their business entities,” she noted. “We will continue to partner with you to uphold the vision of having this one-stop shop. A shop where each and every Dominican can go to find locally produced goods.”

Paul said government is committed to the manufacturing sector

Paul said government is committed to the manufacturing sector