It appears that at least one private sector entity is interested in exploring a suggestion by Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, for the sector to get involved in the housing industry in Dominica.
As a matter of fact, the Dominica Builders and Contractors Association (BCAD) will be meeting on Monday and the matter will be among items on the agenda.
Earlier this week the Prime Minister stated that his government is “more than willing” to provide lands and the necessary concessions to the private sector if there is interest in getting involved in the housing industry by building apartments for sale.
Skerrit stated that the government has “hundreds of acres of land” in areas such as Warner, Elmshall, Hillsborough Gardens, Wesley, Londonderry and Portsmouth and the private sector can either partner with the government on an individual basis or through a consortium.
President of BCAD, Stewart Paris, told DNO his organization is excited about the suggestion.
“We believe that it is some very welcome news and we are very excited that the Prime Minister made that offer,” he said. “We really would like in short order to have an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister about our interest in the offer he made.”
Paris noted that the country’s leader must be commended for the idea and BCAD would like to take it up.
“We would like to take him up on his offer and work with him. I commend him for it and I can only hope that I can have an opportunity to sit in the same room with him and talk about it and let us work together, both him and us,” he said.
He stated it is “a good thing” the Prime Minister wants local entities to get into the housing sector “rather than having some foreign people” doing it.
“I noticed that he is also willing to give the levels of concessions that those foreign entities now enjoys, so I cannot see any reason why we would shy away from it.
“We would not want to let that idea fall. We want to do our part to make it a reality,” Paris said.