Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said his government will continue to focus on rebuilding Dominica in the new year.
Dominica suffered serious damage during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27 and the Prime Minister said government continued to work assiduously to assist affected communities.
“Since the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, government has focused on rebuilding,” he stated. “Every effort was made to provide access to all communities and we continue to work assiduously to deal with the communities in the east that are still challenged.”
He stated that he is pleased that night landing has been restored in a shorter period of time than anticipated at the island’s main airport.
“This was done with improved technology utilizing solar-based systems,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that government has sought to alleviate the social burdens caused by the storm and to bring relief to those who were directly affected.
“Despite the recovery program we have not lost sight of the other development imperatives,” he noted. “As I have indicated before some programs would have to be delayed, however, we remain committed to pushing the opportunities for creating employment.”
Skerrit indicated that last month his government passed all of the legislations that are necessary to give effect to policy decisions that are intended to enhance the environment for investment.
“This included, but not limited to. amendment to the VAT Act, the Aliens Holding Regulations, and the Stamp Duty Act,” he explained.
He stated further that recently government signed a contract for the construction of a new National Hospital which is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2016 and he spoke of promoting the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program.
“In recent weeks I have addressed a number of gatherings internationally in which the Dominica Citizenship By Investment (CBI) program have been promoted,” Skerrit said.