Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that the government of Dominica is not to be blamed for delays in works at a Morocco-funded Hotel in Portsmouth, saying the problem lies with challenges faced by the government in Morocco.
Works commenced on the 50-room hotel and cruise and yacht complex in 2011 and was expected to be completed in October 2013, but remains unfinished.
Skerrit, who was speaking as a guest on Kairi Fm Heng Program on Monday, said there were some challenges on the part of the Moroccan Government regarding the project.
“As you know with regards to the Moroccan Hotel there were some challenges on the part of the Moroccan Government not on the part of the government of Dominica,” he said. “We believe that the Moroccan government would have addressed those issues by now.”
According to him, separate teams from Morocco visited Dominica during the course of this year to make certain presentations and to present certain issues to his government
“My understanding from the Moroccan side is that they have in fact signed a contract with a new contracting and design firm and those persons should mobilize very soon,” Skerrit stated. “So let us hope that is the case and we can look forward to the completion of the Moroccan Hotel.”
With regards to the 160- room Cabrits Resort Kempinski, which will be located at Douglas Bay in Portsmouth, Skerrit said mobilization has begun.
“My understanding from them, I met with the developer last week Thursday, and he has indicated to me, and also to the government, that they will mobilize the offices, construction offices would be set up this week going to next week and very soon we will see actual work started on the Moroccan Hotel,” he explained. “That is certainly good news and certainly it will afford an opportunity for dozens of people to be employed during the construction phase of the hotel.”
The Cabrits Resort Kempinski, is expected to be completed by 2018.
Kempinski is a European hotel company established in 1897, with at least 73 hotels around the world and the construction of the Luxury Resort at Cabrits will be the first hotel Kempinski will construct in the Caribbean.
The resort is being constructed under the Citizenship by Investment Program.