Anti-Skerrit and anti-Labour party critics may rant and rave against Chinese assistance to Dominica and an alleged hidden agenda in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) yet to be fully disclosed.
But Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his government have this week been at pains to explain to a visiting high level Chinese delegation just how grateful Dominica is for the assistance Beijing continues to deliver to Roseau.
“Your Excellency we want to thank the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the tremendous assistance which you have rendered to us over the last eight years”.
“We can speak to a number of projects and programs including short term and long-term training programmes for our young Dominicans,” PM Skerrit said during a special gathering of parliamentarians of the House of Assembly in honor of the visiting Chinese delegation on Tuesday.
The 25-member team led by Chen Changzhi – vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing, arrived in Dominica on Monday.
The Prime Minister indicated that Dominica is benefitting from a number of projects being financed by the Government of China through gratuitous aid and concessionary financing.
“These projects include among other things the new Dominica State College, the State House and very critically the construction of thirty new homes for the indigenous community in Dominica, ten of which have been completed so far”.
Prime Minister Skerrit also referred to Chinese funded projects about to be undertaken.
“We look forward with great excitement and anticipation to the commencement of the state of the art hospital and the New Newtown Primary school to be financed by the Chinese Government through gratuitous aid,” he said.
The Dominican leader also reiterated his Government’s support for the One China Principle, thought to be a key component of the MOU governing China/Dominica relations.
The Chinese delegation also helped celebrate on Tuesday, the completion of the main structure building of the Dominica State College Expansion Project.
The project is being funded through a $30 million concessionary loan from the China Export Import Bank (EXIM Bank).
The state of the art education facility, which will consist of five new structures, is now 60 per cent complete, and is expected to be ready by October 2013.
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