Savarin McKenzie is president of the Dominica Business Forum 

The private sector in Dominica suffered a devastating blow from the ravages of Hurricane Maria and it was further worsened by the subsequent, rampant, looting of business enterprises in the following days.

As a result of these events, the fate of many private sector businesses is uncertain and many private sector employees have been jobless since the hurricane.

The Dominica Business Forum (DBF) recognizes the role of the private sector in the economic development of Dominica and its role in the reconstruction process in the post-Hurricane Maria period.

The Dominica Business Forum (DBF), therefore, invites the private sector, inclusive of all business owners, to a special meeting on Monday 13th November 2017, at the Public Service Union’s upstairs conference room from 4:00 PM.

This meeting will present brief sector updates from each DBF Partner Organization in addition to discussing the concerns post-Hurricane Maria among all businesses present.

This discussion is vital as it will enhance DBF’s representation of the wider Private Sector and guide in the way forward for the same.

DBF looks forward to this discussion for the creation of a more secure and favorable environment for all to live, work and invest.

The Dominica Business Forum extends its sympathy to the family and friends who lost loved ones, properties and livelihood as a result of Hurricane Maria and is in solidarity with all the private sector businesses in these trying times.

The Dominica Business Forum (DBF) appeals to all the private sector to make a special effort to attend the meeting at the Public Service Union’s conference room at 4:00 p.m. on Monday 13th November 2017.