Dominica among wealthy Caribbean nations – World Bank

Section of Roseau, the capital of Dominica.
Section of Roseau, the capital of Dominica.

Dominica has been named among the top ten wealthy Caribbean nations based on Gross National Income (GNI), according to a report by the World Bank.

In its 2014 World Development Report, the World Bank used the GNI to measure the wealth of Caribbean nations. The information is data of the bank’s main criterion for classifying economies, the gross national income (GNI) per capita.

The GNI per capita is the gross national income of a country divided by its total population. It is also the sum of value added by all resident producers, plus any product taxes (less subsidies) not included in the valuation of output, plus net receipts of primary income (compensation of employees and property income) from abroad, according to the World Bank.

Dominica was ranked eighth with a GNI of $6,460.

According to the report, bananas and other crops dominate Dominica’s economy, and nearly one-third of the labor force works in agriculture.

“In 2008, Dominica had one of the lowest per capita gross domestic product rates of Eastern Caribbean states. The country nearly had a financial crisis in 2003 and 2004, but its economy grew by 3.5 percent in 2005 and 4.0 percent in 2006, following a decade of poor performance,” it further stated. “Growth in 2006 was attributed to gains in tourism, construction, offshore and other services, and some sub-sectors of the banana industry. The International Monetary Fund recently praised the government of Dominica for its successful macroeconomic reforms.”

Bahamas grabbed the top spot with a GNI of $21,280.

Here is the full list based on the World Bank report:

-Bahamas ….$21,280
-Trinidad …$14,400
-Antigua….. $12,640
-Suriname … $8,480
-Grenada …..$7,110
-St Lucia …. $6,530
-Dominica …..$6,460
-St Vincent and the Grenadines $6,380
-Jamaica …..$5,140

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220 Comments

  1. John
    December 24, 2013

    The Dominica economy will be doing even more great in the near future when China annexes the island for a colony they already own the island because of all the money they have given and loaned knowing Dominica will never be able to pay back so they will just annex.

  2. Mr Q
    December 24, 2013

    Really ???

    So who has all that wealth here cause I know I’m not part of that.

    I even consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to be able to come online and voice my opinion.

  3. C Vil Ser Ant
    December 24, 2013

    Really ???

    So with all that the best the gov can give is 1 per cent ???

    If so then the wealth of Dominica is not passed on to the general people or the masses that are working for it.

  4. Diaspora
    December 23, 2013

    I am not an economist but I find it difficult to understand because lne of the reasons I left Dominica is because the same bills I could pay comfortably 10 years ago I can no longer pay them now. So are these people telling the truth?
    Am I that daft?
    Do we still believe in “All fools day”?

  5. SiangUK
    December 23, 2013

    Mr Fountaine was right when he said, a Survey, Poll or opinion, what ever you call it………..Is take at one point in time and only that and therefore does not believe in it.

    At this point in time Dominica GNI is what it is………praise it, be happy, be a Dominican.

    Because tomorrow you going to Vote UWP (Party before Country)………….and this point in time surveys, polls or opinions will be a lot different.

    There one Poll or Survey Mr Fountaine will not be able to dismiss and that is the election vote.

    This survey is a point in time and it is good one.

    Dismiss, if you want.

  6. Hint Hint
    December 23, 2013

    Wealthy in infrastructure not in our human resources, when, where and how are these surveys done?? well i really doh want to see the lesser of those islands nah if D/ca in the top.

  7. Read for yourself
    December 23, 2013

    Get the information on page 298 of the report. Many of the countries you mentioned are not regarded as Caribbean nations since they are still under colonial rule. Also, no information was provided for Barbados. St. Kitts & Nevis was conveniently left out. If we are using GNI per capita then Dominica ranks number 8 of the 14 Caribbean Nations accounted for. If we are using GNI as DNO wants us to believe,then Dominica is Last among all Caribbean nations with 463 million. The next in line would be St.Vincent with 698 million. I found the headline to be very misleading and we should not be comfortable with the notion that we are a wealthy nation…The report did not say that. It only provided figures and we are to make our own judgement. A deeper analysis would show that our country is performing the worst on many fronts in the entire Caribbean region.

  8. forreal
    December 22, 2013

    there is a saying ,you never miss the water ,till the wells run dry,when i read the comments here on DNO,i am wondering,if dominicans serious,dominicans chose to put dominica on the back burner,dominicans are so fortunate,for our god blessed natural healthy productive lands,flowing rivers,which these other lands crave,in these countries water,light,rent,food is a pressure raiser,dominicans are not in a position to complain,but i see what the problem is,a lot of dominicans having live outside of dominica,so that is the problem,right now haitians take over agriculture,dominicans finger nails is pedicure,dominica need to be exporting everything from juices to dry package fruits,water bottling,and so though,when i was growing,dominica use to export DOMFRUIT juice,nothing was nicer than that,what happen,i keep asking my self,my people seem to enjoy,stlucia,st kitts and whatever better than us,where that,not them there,not iles of beauty,not iles of splender,what you all hearing of this countries better of than us,that is crap,we got it naturally,we need to start work on what we have,and i mean now,with a sense of urgency,we are still in the lead,where i have been,what i have seen,there is nowhere like home.

  9. Anonymous
    December 22, 2013

    I do not believe in World Bank and IMF.

    • Malgraysa
      December 23, 2013

      You must be an austrich then.

  10. Neg
    December 22, 2013

    The gross national income (GNI) of the other countries can reflect on their citizens and it’s not the same in Dominica why? Is something wrong somewhere? Who is responsible? Who should take the blame of bad management? In that case I am color blind I call a spade by its name, this is the worst I have ever seen it and I blame the present administration for BAD MANAGEMENT. When people speak of negative, does it mean that if something is affecting me in my country I should not speak about it because of love for country? Because of love for my parents should I not report them if they abuse me mentally, physically, sexually or otherwise? Would you call that negative towards my parents? There is absolutely nothing wrong in people speaking against the ills of society it’s all out of love we all want things to change for the better in Dominica.

    • UWP
      December 23, 2013

      Neg, if you keep calling your children bad, they will eventually become bad.

  11. how comes!!
    December 22, 2013

    ebeh VAT that causing that…

  12. contact
    December 22, 2013

    toot sort say pour quonay.excuse my french.flexi.

  13. contact
    December 22, 2013

    that is statistics for the untrained dominicans.you all aint fooling Flexi.the reports were all cooked.hope civil servants get paid for xmas.no ham.

  14. quengi 11
    December 22, 2013

    what u all the hopla about
    great news for da ,keep workin pm
    u on track ,god bless da

  15. Anonymous
    December 21, 2013

    Interesting! Just wish I had some of that wealth to agree with this report. Hmmm

  16. hmm
    December 21, 2013

    If Dominica is considered wealthy, I wouldn’t want to live in ma place considered by the WB to be poor.

  17. 4CARS
    December 21, 2013

    What they say? we rich? Let China hear that and see if we getting more Millions.

  18. MJ
    December 21, 2013

    This is so sad…..for all the negative responders, would you prefer the World Bank says that Dominica is the poorest and poverty stricken in the caribbean. Even the United States with all its riches has a high poverty level. Also, please stop injecting politics in every thing that happens whether it may be good or bad.

  19. fouchette
    December 21, 2013

    dno i would like to bring to your that i have read the report and as student of finance and economics i disaggreed with your report this only sensationalising a headline so can get hit and comments from your political sensitive blogger whey they are red blue or yellow or green. as media personell you must educated the massive not drive hits to your site the report is Managing risk for development it used indicating to country about the Gross national income in relation to their population so they can better the managing their risk to to development their economy as we all know the GNI is directional proportional to population so Dominica gni is higher the barbados because barbados has higher population but it does not say barbados economy is worse than dominica.so every one to read the report rather giving their bias political view.

  20. economy student
    December 21, 2013

    great analysis Fouchette
    DNO giving a misrepresentation of the report the report is Managing risk for Development please DNO stop sensational any and every thing to get comments and hits rather please make an economist peruse the report before you publish i total dissapointed with DNO. i am economics student this same thing my professor is saying too non economist is commenting on economics

  21. fouchette
    December 21, 2013

    let me educate my fellow dominica as a student of finance and economics the gni can not be use as performance indicator for an econommy rather it show a the a country gross national income is relation to its population. its a relative comparision as it is direct proportional to the a country population so although barbados gdp is higher it will have low gni because of its large i population but this not say that dominica ecomony is better than barbados i am here to educate not take political sides and DNO giving a misrepresentation of the report the report do not talk about weathly rather it give this index so country will know the level of income in relation to their population so they can put risk management in place to prevent economic crisis

  22. joko
    December 21, 2013

    Dominica has the most rivers in the carribean….no NO No No No No NO NO …

  23. Patriot # 3
    December 21, 2013

    These results are all based on World Bank formulas which are purely designed to make the Bank look good .Are you telling me that Dominica is doing better than Barbados and St. Kitts? The ECCB latest report on Dominica’s performance, as a member of the Eastern Caribbean Union, tells a very very different story. It’s not Dominica’s economic performance which is contributing to keeping the EC Dollar afloat; it’s the economies of St. Lucia and Antigua. Those of us who understand economics and statistics are able very easily to put these figures in the right context. Skerrit’s handlers and grovelers would be stupid to try and use this artificial position by the World Bank to try and score cheap political points- The facts on the ground tell a very different story.

  24. ST.LUCIAN IN DOMINIC
    December 21, 2013

    I personally believe that dominicans love to settle for less. Example: Our national Football team would play a game and lost 10 vs 1 and to us we are doing good. The report clearly shows that dominica is 8 over 13 is that something to boost about? If the report were to include Barbados and the other more developed we will definitely go lower but the report shows we are low AND THERE IS NOTHING TO SHOUT ABOUT, DOMINICANS STOP SETTLING FOR LESS!!!

  25. Holiday island Boy
    December 21, 2013

    Tis the season to sell Invisible Suits.

  26. Mec
    December 21, 2013

    Labour for ever and ever amen!!!!!! Love my pm

  27. faceup
    December 21, 2013

    Rich on borrow money :mrgreen:

  28. Anonymous
    December 21, 2013

    A lot of elite bloggers have missed the point and I suspect that they have taken not even a minute to peruse through the content of the report… even suggesting that (1) the data indicates that the economy of Dominica is better off than Barbados, (2) the data for St. Kitts Nevis is not presented, and (3)The GNI is not factual in the calculation of a country’s wealth status.
    However, just as an example of our lack of reading page 318 technical notes explains that..
    “Gross national income:(GNI; formerly gross national product or GNP)is the sum of value added by all resident producers, plus any product taxes (less subsidies) not included in the valuation of output, plus net receipts of primary income (compensation of employees and property income) from abroad.”
    So the conclusion reached, most only comment from a superficial viewpoint based on what DNO presents
    only and not the full substantial facts.

  29. Anonymous
    December 21, 2013

    There is nothing wrong with the data even using the GNI index. We can say that the headline is highly sensational and even misleading. The data in Table 2 “Key indicators for development” page 298 is as follows:
    1. Bahamas $21,280
    2. Puerto Rico $18,000
    3. Trinidad and Tobago $14,400
    4. St.Kitts/Nevis $13,330
    5. Antigua & Barbuda $12,640
    6. Barbados (estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    7. St. Martin French & Dutch (estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    8. Cayman islands (estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    9. Curacao(estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    10. Turks & Caicos(estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    11. USVI(estimated to be high income $12,616+)
    12. Suriname $8,480
    13. Grenada $7,110
    14. Dominica $6,460
    15. St. Lucia $6,530
    16. St. Vincent & the Grenadines $6,380
    17. Dominican Republic $5,470
    18. Jamaica $ 5,140
    19. Belize $4,180
    20. Guyana $ 3,410
    21. Haiti $760
    Cuba has been estimated to be upper middle income ($4,086-12,615). There is no data on Montserrat.
    That’s how the data actually reads!!!!!! I suspect that our argument will be based on who is within the Caribbean region.

  30. CaraW
    December 21, 2013

    How many nations are there in the Caribbean? Four were left out and we are 8th among 10 and patting ourselves on the back? How many more are there? Please stop it. We are near the bottom! If you place eighth out of a class of ten, will you show your report card to mommy with glee?

  31. Man on the Ground
    December 21, 2013

    Isles of beauty , isles of splender , isles to some so rich and FEAR,all must surley guzy and wonder. Dominica is indeed smarter not wealthier.are we living is an underground economy,i have being looking for it above ground.

  32. BRAIN DAMAGE
    December 21, 2013

    So de World Bank fellas and them did not question the figures Skerro gave them man?
    All Labarites and UWPites know the Country is sinking under Skerrit.

  33. i see flags
    December 20, 2013

    look like is one set that seeing the wealth cause I not seeing in my pocket or around Roseau or dominica

  34. ????????
    December 20, 2013

    I guess that the Haitan made a difference with their new trust in Agriculture as they are the ones doing the agriculture now. Our own people have abandoned ship. Whilst we not seeing our wealth, the Haitians are enjoying what we hate. Makes me remember the early 60′s when our people migrated to UK, St Maarten, etc. We are the St Maarten, London etc for the Haitian people. Learn to appreciate what we have and also to be thankful to God. We are too ungrateful.

    • true Dominican
      December 21, 2013

      well said. I recently visited Dominica and out of all the other caribbean islands that I visited, Dominica is one of the easiest and comforting places I have ever visited. It is unfortunate, that after listening to the locals, they seemed not to be satisfied with life in Dominica. A life many dream of having. believe it or not even in the more developed and seem greater countries in the world

  35. ????????
    December 20, 2013

    I like Dominica Big speaks the truth Ask what you can do for your country and do something too instead of bablaa ing and speaking negatively. If each of us did something positive for others (less fortunate than us) then our GNI and GDP would also increase as well. Do you also know that if we are thankful for the small mercies too, our GDP/Wealth/GNI would also increase.

  36. Muchtosay
    December 20, 2013

    Fourteen thousand dollars ($14000) per month just for singing the Party’s praises on radio… Of course we are not poor.
    14000… that’s the salary of 14 unemployed young people

  37. Annica Alethea
    December 20, 2013

    So Dominica is wealthier than Barbados! Hurray! Hurray!
    If the World Bank data collection is the same as DOING BUSINESS, this should be taken with a cup of salt.
    These World Bank people sit in Washington and send some questionaires then come up with some brilliant reports.
    Everyone knows that Dominica is not Wealthier than Barbados, so they should check the Data again.
    Now eight out of 13 is bad enough.
    Check the other countries that are missing on the list; St.Kitts and Nevis, the colonies of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Montserrat, we all know that Dominica is not wealthier than any of these countries. The minimum wage in St Kitts is EC$1320.00 per month, so how can we be wealthier?
    Rest my case.

    • lapeee
      December 20, 2013

      It is not what you think.If you are not familiar with economics you won’t understanding the report.

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2013

      Well I suppose the truth is too much for you to handle. The government was righjt all along and so too is the statistical division. Thank you world bank

    • concern dominican
      December 21, 2013

      What exactly do you know about Barbados? Have you been looking or listening to the news. Do you know that Barbados is now trying to do what Dominica is doing to boost their economy (Ecotourism?) Their economy is struggling because tourism has taken over and the money isnt staying in the country. Thank God for the US embassy. The locals are struggling to make ends meet. Please do some investigation before you talk.

    • CaraW
      December 21, 2013

      DNO made a mistake, they only listed nine. It should be ten and St. Kitts and Nevis are definitely high on the list. Read the original article.

    • JoJo
      December 21, 2013

      Funny that. I do not see Barbados in the article. Did you?

    • Onlooker
      December 21, 2013

      Have u been following Barbados lately? They cant pay for their Students UWI and is expected to cut 3000 jobs and they are better than D/ca. Barbodos has been pretending for way too long and the true picture is coming out

    • Read for yourself
      December 22, 2013

      Good observation…Get the information on page 298 of the report. Many of the countries you mentioned are not regarded as Caribbean nations since they are still under colonial rule. Also, no information was provided for Barbados. If we are using GNI per capita then Dominica ranks number 8 of the 14 Caribbean Nations accounted for. If we are using GNI as DNO wants us to believe,then Dominica is Last among all Caribbean nations with 463 million. The next in line would be St.Vincent with 698 million. I found the headline to be very misleading and we should not be comfortable with the notion that we are a wealthy nation…The report did not say that. It only provided figures and we are to make our own judgement. A deeper analysis would show that our country is performing the worst on many fronts in the entire Caribbean region.

  38. Anon
    December 20, 2013

    LOL

  39. Jbfox
    December 20, 2013

    Those people who are against the goverment don’t like to see or hear anything good about Dominica because they feel it will help the ruling party.Its just a bad mentality and a sad state of mind that we have as a people.

    • CaraW
      December 21, 2013

      What is good about this report?

    • There you have it.
      December 21, 2013

      I suppose you believe that the moon is mage of cheese, too! LMAO

  40. DA
    December 20, 2013

    Don’t you people know the meaning of opposition? that’s what they do oppose when its good and agree when its bad, that’s the atmosphere on DNO for years now.

  41. joy
    December 20, 2013

    now this is another report. The one that was given last week locally got so much negative comments. come on beat the experts now.

  42. Thomson Fontaine
    December 20, 2013

    The headlines are a bit misleading. Not all Caribbean countries were surveyed. For example St Kitts is not included and its economy is six times the size of ours. Further 8 out of 10 is nothing to shout about.

    More importantly though, GNI is not the same as GDP because it takes into account net transfers from abroad, which inflates overall output.

    Further, Dominica appears to be doing well because of its population size. Antigua has a comparable population and is DOUBLE our per capita GNI.

    Finally, wealth and poverty does exist side by side. Dominica’s reality remains that the majority of its population lives in poverty and we must find ways to address this imbalance.

    • ?
      December 20, 2013

      I need no world Bank report to tell me that Skerrit has plunged this country into abject poverty, and ‘Team Dominica’ will be the one to take this poor country on the road to recovery. GREEDINESS and good governance does not go side by side either.

    • ??
      December 20, 2013

      St.Kitts is # 3 wii

    • December 20, 2013

      Dominica’s reality remains that the majority of its population lives in poverty and we must find ways to address this imbalance–Thompson Fontaine

      Fontaine I hate to do this but it is hard for me to remain silent and to accept your claim that the “majority of Dominicans” live in poverty–that cannot be true at all.

      I have been living in Toronto since 1974, but when I was living in Dominica–I don’t believe any other family had less money–since that is what every body claim as poverty– to survive through, than what my immediate family had–now I am referring to mom and dad with brothers and sisters–8 girls and 2 boys; I am the first child

      My father worked for Ted Honeychurch the father of Lennox Honeychurch–doing what was called labour work and charcoal processing, whenever this was possible. And yet we never went to bed hungry neither did we attend school and church in rags. We were blessed with the joy and peace of Life, that is not poverty as far as I am concerned.

      Today ny brothers and sisters are now grown-ups with our own family; we are a people who remain blessed with Life and good health–my mom passed away this past July, but she was 80 years old, my dad is still going strong at 81 years old.

      I was home in 2008 and I saw nothing that looked like poverty among my people–we are from Giraudel. It was better still in August this year when I was there–our house, which was a two bedroom shack, when I left home in 1974 is now made up into a home with every basic things feature–that is from years and years ago, while I lived in Toronto. Our house now has a bedroom for every 10 of us–if we were still at home.

      Beautiful houses have emerged on ever hill in Giraudel and Eggiestion as well; the tracks which led to the hills are now made into roads; because everyone owns a vehicle, that takes them to their businesses and back home; among my family alone there are 4 vehicles –there is nothing poor about my family and the whole of Giraudel for that matter–how can you claim that the majority of Dominicans are living in poverty?

      To me that is a loud exaggeration–personally this will do nothing good for you as a political–believe or not. I now rest my case.

      • December 21, 2013

        I meant to type politician

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 23, 2013

        ” was home in 2008 and I saw nothing that looked like poverty among my people–we are from Giraudel.”

        You know people like you will for the rest of your life create more, and more enemies because you like to talk too much nonsense. You comment on issues that you are not familiar with, you have no clue, you are not trained in anything, you do not have a degree in anything, not even in theology though you like to quote scriptures.

        Thomson Fountaine is by profession a trained economists, the was an employee of the World Bank, you can at lease give the man some credit for having commonsense. If you went to Dominica in 2008, and saw no poverty, something must be physically, and mentally wrong with you; I know what’s wrong with you, however refuse to elaborate.

        You were in Dominica year (2013) attending to you mother’s funeral, you cannot say how I lying on you because if you do I will remind you of the lie you told on me in another forum, stating to people that I curse your dead mother. You need to stop your nonsense, otherwise you will shatter any bit of credibility you might have, left and folks will refuse to read your messages about God.

        Stick to matters of Christianity, and the Word of God, because that’s what you know best.

        If you were in Dominica this year, and you say you saw no poverty, it is either you do not know the meaning of poverty, or you are just been a hypocrite as you have always been.

        Or; could it be because of you new found friendship with the so called politician; and if you mess with me I will call him name eh!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

        I will tell Peter, and I don’t mean Petter, I will tell Peter Karam, the reason you did not show up is because you were getting brainwashed by the politician, hence you were indoctrinated into the cabal so your new badge of honor on your forehead prevented you from seeing all the poverty even in Giraudel, never mind the rest of Dominica.

        You remember all those Bamboo fence you all put up in and around your village when the Prime Minister lasts visited, if poverty did not exists in your village of Giraudel another material would be used to substitute the ancient Bamboo!

        Do not respond to this; caus, caus, caus, you are no longer on my agenda, friendship done, fin, caput, finish, you are a bad machine oui!

        Have a nice day; run upstairs now and let your Jamaican teacher define poverty hopefully in the English language to you.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • budman
        December 24, 2013

        so then why did you leave in 1974 an never returned to make a living?

      • December 24, 2013

        Francisco Telemaque December 23, 2013

        “You know people like you will for the rest of your life create more, and more enemies because you like to talk too much nonsense” Telemaque

        Telemaque, I am using your own words above, to remind that you exist through the control of a carnal mind, in the natural man condition, who cannot discern the truth of Life, that is why you believe that I speak nonsense. And for your information the only enemy which I have are people like you–actually you are the only one at this point–I do not need creatures like you in my Life.

        “Thomson Fountaine is by profession a trained economists” Telemaque

        Yeah! Just like you are a trained
        “Electrician/Engineering” but you could not connect a phone cord to its components to give effective usage. But I did it for myself– Hahahahahahahaha!

        “And folks will refuse to read your messages about God”. Telemaque

        Here is what I am saying about your foolish nature of carnality–don’t you know that no one can refuse what God has planned for them to know? So are the messages of Life which I write are for those whom God has chosen to hear them–only the fools like you will refuse to obey His commands–you and them will have their rewards.

        “Stick to matters of Christianity, and the Word of God, because that’s what you know best” Telemaque.

        Thank you for acknowledging that I know about God and Life, that is what Christianity is all about–for those who are truly Christians with the Life of Love by the blood of Jesus Christ.

        With such wisdom, understanding, and discernment, I am on the way to complete transformation of perfection and complete knowledge of God Almighty of Life, in His Person of Love who is Jesus Christ. You, Fontaine, and all the other fools and idiots whom you know can have all the degrees of the world but you can never surpass mine, which is Spiritual, from God Himself through the School and teachings of His Holy Spirit.

        “Do not respond to this; caus, caus, caus, you are no longer on my agenda, friendship done, fin, caput, finish, you are a bad machine oui”! Telemaque

        That quote above denotes your nature of weakness and cowardice. You know that I can defeat you through my power of words alone. That is the reason you always tell me not to respond.

        It is not you who has removed me from your agenda–it is I who expelled you, forever. Too bad I didn’t know that you were a dreadfull, but weak wolf in sheep’s clothing–to begin with.

        My mistake was being too hasty; not to taking heed of the comments of DNO bloggers against you. Every one of those comments is who you really are–claiming some kind of hierarchy, but in truth you exist at the bottom of the earth through your Twilight Zone World. Now take that!

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2013

      I was expecting a spin from you but you can’t change or twist the truth

    • winston warrington
      December 21, 2013

      The report is truly misleading. The majority of people in the Caribbean live in poverty from the Bahamas to Jamaica (as listed). The same source states that the economy of St Kitts was “1.6” times the economy of Dominica in 2012, the life expectancy of Dominicans was approximately 77 years compared to 71 years for Kittitians. These are the facts. Could it be that the health statistics are also misleading? and remember financial crisis of 2003 through 2004 occured during the stewardship of a different administration.

    • profiler
      December 21, 2013

      Thomson Fontaine could u explain how the economy of St. Kitts is six times that of Dominica. I am looking at the numbers for as recent as 2012 and it is not adding up. Or is this just political propaganda?

    • realty
      December 21, 2013

      Come on Fontaine, have you walkrd in Roseau, travelled around Dominica and see the type and size og houses in every community. Does that reflect high level of poverty per capita? Go to the stores , see the styles, electronic devices used by d average person. ? I often wonder if we are competing with each other. Now, I know that there is poverty in evet country, but ours is not as grave as you expressed and you know that. Be realistic.

    • There you have it.
      December 21, 2013

      Not only that. Read the following comments from Sir Ronald Sanders:

      “I can find no reference in the World Development Report 2014 to Dominica being “named among the top ten wealthiest Caribbean nations based on Gross National Income”.

      The facts are as follows:
      GNI (per capita) (Source World Bank)

      HIGH INCOME CARICOM COUNTRIES
      The Bahamas 22,833.00
      Barbados 16,152.00
      Trinidad and Tobago 14,400.00
      St Kitts-Nevis 13,330.00
      Antigua and Barbuda 12,640.00

      Upper Middle Income CARICOM Countries
      Suriname 8,480.00
      Grenada 7,110.00
      St Lucia 6,530.00
      Dominica 6,460.00
      St Vincent etc 6,380.00
      Jamaica 5,140.00
      Belize 4,180.00
      Guyana 3,410.00

      Low Income CARICOM Countries
      Haiti 760.00

      Dominica is therefore 9th of 14 countries on the overall income per capita table, and it is not a High Income Country. It is more than 3 times below The Bahamas and more than twice below Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda.

      It is my fervent hope for Dominica that it can become a High Income Country. As for its “wealth”, while the economists and statisticians use numbers for judging “wealth”, my own personal view is that Dominica is “wealthy” in its natural surroundings, the beauty of its rainforests, its capacity to grow much of its domestic food needs, its therapeutic sulphur springs and the warmth and friendliness of the vast majority of its people.

      Incidentally, the figures quoted above do not in any way detract from my commentary on the state of CARICOM economies which is characterised, in 10 of them, by high debt to GDP ratios in excess of 70%, high unemployment in all of them; poor returns on trade in all but four of them; declining levels of investment in education and health; and fiscal deficits in all of them.

      Regards.

      Sir Ronald Sanders KCMG AM”

    • Just Asking
      December 21, 2013

      ”The headlines are a bit misleading. Not all Caribbean countries were surveyed. For example St Kitts is not included and its economy is six times the size of ours. Further 8 out of 10 is nothing to shout about. ” Mr. Fountaine are you questioning the integrity of the World Bank? St. Kitts was listed third. You can check http://www.worldbank.org for the authentic report. Mr. Fountaine stop crying down your country.

      “ The International Monetary Fund recently praised the government of Dominica for its successful macroeconomic reforms.” Are you also questioning the integrity of the IMF your former employer as well.Perhaps you need to explain to Dominicans what your “Fixed Term” contract with the IMF meant?

      • Malgraysa
        December 23, 2013

        Who said it is the real Dr. Fontaine posting that? He has his own website you know.

    • JB CHARLES
      December 22, 2013

      Thomas Fontaine you have to much to say what financial aid have you given to Dominica nothing, right now you signing for your supper. You were at the world bank and you have so much knowledge about economies but thee is no record of you assisting the poor people not even a scholarship for a high school child so shut up

    • forreal
      December 22, 2013

      you are right,a little bit misleading,which you justifying,but you to are misleading,is st kitts wealthier than st lucia,have you guys been to st kitts,do you guys know the amount of kittians who leave ilegally in the virgin islands,they are running away from a country that is so rich eh,give me a break,this comparisons are disgusting,dominica is so fortunate with all that natural resources,which this same mentioned countries lament for,dominica is filthy rich,get you all acts together,and work together for the betterment of the flippin country,instead of opposing every step that the government takes,you guys forget where you all come from,went abroad developed an education,and instead of coming home,to make a positive contribution,you all got politically corrupted,by sway idiots who are power hungry,get with the program,dominica is very rich,explore it.

      • forreal
        December 22, 2013

        and i also have to add,a man of your stature and education,could have gotten any job within the present government,who has all that experience with the world economy,and knows what skerrit is up against,the man is putting forward a had fought battle on the behalf of dominica,which is his pride,in this economically tested times,your experience at the world bank,would have been an asset to us all,but no you chose to be a follower and not a leader,you chose to be lead by misfits,who are giving of the impression,that they will wave a majic wand,and all our trouble will be so far away.

  43. unique
    December 20, 2013

    I wonder how many Dominicans feeling that “wealthy” vibes this Christmas season

  44. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 20, 2013

    Here comes Thomson!Spin it my boy!That’s too much of a good news for Dominica.

  45. Coulibistrie in ATL
    December 20, 2013

    do you know that Dominica minimum wage is a us$1.20 -us$1.50

    • Malgraysa
      December 23, 2013

      You are misinformed. It is E.C.5.00/hr (U.S.$1.84/hr.) Now, you compare that with the cost of living here.Even so I don’t know of anyone suing their employer if they are not getting that. They would be too afraid to lose the little job they have.

  46. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    :mrgreen: LOL @ the WB’s report :mrgreen:

  47. Coulibistrie in ATL
    December 20, 2013

    lets take every thing in perspective how many passports Dominica has sold to millionaires who are now Dominicans and who are being use in this survey so lets say we have about 1000 millionaires who are now Dominica who is making over a million a year this will sure show that we are wealthy and this what s happening because this people have never been in Dominica but are all Dominicans by holding a Dominican passport

  48. Jbaptiste
    December 20, 2013

    Rubbish! How many people on this blog right now have a $100.00 to spend this weekend? Be honest not many I would imagine.Whenever you step out your house someone have to ask you for money before the day is over,and these are often working people.Face it we are very poor.Someone saying you are wealthy when you know you’re not doesn’t make you wealthy.

  49. anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    I moving to Dominica… Nuff said!

  50. Medicament
    December 20, 2013

    People I don’t think we should work-up our ourselves about this report. It is not a true representation of what is happening on the ground. Just see the countries that are in the top. Antigua? Grenada? This is a result of Super candidates pressure.

  51. Francisco Telemaque
    December 20, 2013

    This is madness, total madness, I do not understand this, perhaps for the first time in my life I have absolutely no comprehension of what the World bank conveyed here. I read it more than once I try to make it simple, to no avail I can only conclude that to believe that Dominica is one of the Wealthiest island in the Caribbean is simply madness.

    I do not care who said what, poverty is poverty, and no matter how they camouflaged it; Dominica is a poverty stricken primitive, backward place.

    I do not know if the six thousand four hundred-sixty dollars they are talking about represents individual annual income; I did not take time to find out, however, we are talking about an annual income, that to me is still what I term starvation salary.

    Hence: $6,460.00/12 = $538.33 per month/4 = $134.58 per week/40 = $3.37 per hour X 8 = $26.92 for a days work okay.

    Now I believe the politicians are making much more than that, if that is the case, so the people such as the politicians who live in their multimillion dollar houses I am sure are smiling over this fable wealthy Dominica. Well the news is that Dominica is a very poor country, and the sooner the population realize that and say to the government all of this crap from the World Bank means nothing to, but jobs matters, all our people will accomplish for the rest of our life’s is the same old talk.

    Show me the.

    Money talks, baloney such as Dominica among richest nation walks

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 20, 2013

      “Here is the full list based on the World Bank report:

      -Bahamas ….$21,280
      -Trinidad …$14,400″

      That above is a joke, maybe the president, of the World Bank and whosoever came up with the figures above were high on something, and they got confused; Trinidad in comparison Trinidad with all its oil, and natural gas, including LPG and other products on the international market seems a far cry to the Bahamas which is a tourist dependent economy.

      It would appear that people at the World Bank does not know Trinidad & Tobago very well, so I will quote Ambrous George by saying ” come again world bank.”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      Nevertheless, such are the crap people tolerate from the institutions such as the world Bank, a janitor in Trinidad work for far more than fourteen thousand dollars per year, a guy in the oilfield makes more than the Prime Ministers of some Caribbean island make per month.

      the World Bank has always been controversial, this is another of those moments. That is why so many nations in the world which listened and took the advised of that institution has found themselves in so much financial difficulties; the way I see it Dominica may become another victim, another statistic of the World Bank!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Amarossa
        December 23, 2013

        Dominica among wealthiest Caribbean countries???

        Somebody must have been smoking something in the World Bank offices.

  52. eyes open wide
    December 20, 2013

    de PM pay world bank to give that kind of report ? just asking :lol:

  53. dom2013
    December 20, 2013

    I have always taken IMF / WB reports with a grain of salt.
    But looking at comment here it is clear… Dominicans will not be happy unless ranked DEAD LAST on all reports.

  54. barbalene
    December 20, 2013

    Now all those pundits on both sides going to try to spin this thing to their advantage some on Kairi others on Q. Well I will not listen to none of them – what I want is a debate – live at the Arawak House of culture or in the stadium where both parties can articulate on the many issues and where exist the opportunity for us in the audience to question the bloks on both side on all issues – thats the way forward for me now- stop hiding fellars come out to debate the issues! we demand this from you guys.

  55. JUST SAYING
    December 20, 2013

    If Dominica is among the wealthy nations of the Caribbean, why are the patients still going to the Red Clinic? Why doesn’t our status change from Third World to First world?

  56. Grand Bay Girl
    December 20, 2013

    Is bobol that man! You mean Skerro pay the people
    of World Bank to write that report.? I waiting patiently to hear how much money he pay. Excited!
    lol

  57. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point that you must sell them both in order to pay the taxes to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow which was a gift from your government.

    SOCIALISM: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor.

    COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes them both and provides you with milk.

    FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and sells you the milk.

    BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours it down the drain.

    CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

    CORPORATE: You have two cows. You sell one, force the other to produce the milk of four cows, then act surprised when it drops dead.

  58. Too Hard Too Long
    December 20, 2013

    Man, those articles are giving statistics a bad name.

    When we start with Bahamas at $21,280 and then Dominica in 7th place at $6,460, why do we then put a headline that says that we are among the top wealthy Caribbean nations? We are less than one third of Bahamas GNI! That does not make us wealthy. It just puts us in 7th place.

    As far as I know, somebody correct me if I am wrong, GNI of US$6460 means that, on average, a Dominican makes US$583 (roughly just below EC$1500) a month. You might not want to call it poverty, but please, you cannot call it wealthly.

  59. drake
    December 20, 2013

    Well Tunisia is the smallest county in North Africa and has the highest Gross National Income.

  60. Nomination committe
    December 20, 2013

    DNO again any time there is a good report about Dominica you try your best to discredit it but when the report seems bad you wear it like your badge of honour. Shame on DNO you function like an organ of the UWP.

  61. Discombobulated
    December 20, 2013

    Dominicans are very ungrateful. The grass always greener. It is never good enough. Don’t worry. I am starting to hate this country. Politics everyday, the country divided, people don’t want to work or open a business to help themselves. Yet is they that cryin it don’t have jobs. Sit down and say dominica don’t have nothing to do. I was looking for a job and I could choose! Employers tell me Dominicans think $45 a day is below them. And make it worse the ones saying that didn’t even finish high school. They want job to come in their house and meet them. And not any job, $100,000 a year and add, no less but without education though. Lazy, and not thinking of how to contribute to the economy. I have had my little rant, goodbye

  62. Mamizoo
    December 20, 2013

    I am no economist and so I took the time out ti read about how GNI is measured or calculated. From what I read it appears that it was not our GDP that carry our GNI value but charitable donations. What also contributes to our GNI is the vast difference between foreign labor income and domestic income.
    This is my understanding and I stand corrected.

  63. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    I am happy to hear that. Now I am going to stop sending barrels and money through Western Union to my family in Dominica. They can afford to take care of themselves without any help from me.

    Yoohoo!!!

  64. Eagle-Eye
    December 20, 2013

    With all the money being invested into the economy, when the green shoots start to grow we should see Dominica in the top three, regardless of which party in power. I’m sure Lennox hoping that it is UWP so that he can take all the credit for Skerrit’s hard work. However, we Dominicans know that you should not try and fix something if it’s not broken. We staying with Skerrit next election. Lennox will get his chance when Skerrit retire. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  65. um
    December 20, 2013

    Well honestly government if you wish to tell me that the country is doing great… OK I would believe you and say wellwe have a problem here. Cause in reality what we see is people struggling to meet their needs… You know what this means? It means our employers are under paying their staff.. Keeping all the money to their self.

    You need to increase minimum wage from 800 to 1400 due to the rise in prices for goods and services. We employees keep hearing the same excuse that things are slow hence we can’t get a raise… When according to statistics Dominica is doing perfectly fine and businesses are doing extremely well… So apearantly all the money going into our employers pocket…. No wonder the ministers were able to get rich so quickly we need an equal piece of the share… Raise minimum wage… No excuses… Remove Vat… No excuses this time we not hearing about economical crysis anymore…

  66. rescue 911
    December 20, 2013

    i would have sworn about a month or two ago i read on dno that we were on the poorer list.and besides ,arent we still in 2013

  67. Ras
    December 20, 2013

    The headline throw me off …WHATTTTtttttttttttt!
    I cannot even read that article my pressure uppppp

  68. shaka zulu
    December 20, 2013

    When i first read this article it came across as someone trying to justify there position or prove a point. I could not acess link on phone so went online to research for myself as always. To the unsuspecting person this sounds like your gov is working. To an informed person this story is misleading.
    Please check Wdi.worldbank.org/table1.1

    There is too much to say here but this. In 2012 all the countries mentioned above experieced some sort of growth except Dominica and Jamaica.GNI is affected by pop so that goes without saying.
    Please stop trying to mislead our people. Not all of us are illiterate and lack comprehsion

  69. Not a herd follower
    December 20, 2013

    Per capita income has long been dismissed as a reliable measure of a country’s wealth and development

  70. neutral
    December 20, 2013

    What happen there na? So am I the unlucky one? How that WEALTH BUG has not bitten me yet? I do not see it, feel it, smell it, or taste it. I am only hearing it. Papa bon die’,I want it too. I must not be in Dominica man.I have already braced myself for a NO CHRISTMAS, u know how it is already.
    WEH PAPA!

  71. observer
    December 20, 2013

    What a joke! That’s why sometimes we educated people seems to make no sense. The number just does not match the reality. So we less than 1/3 of Barbados GNI, and if the numbers are right, we all know that the money is skewed to a very minority as in all capitalistic systems. Therefore, the majority of the people never really see what those gross numbers seems to average out. Example, in these reports, it is saying saying that the rich people of Dominica are ‘equal’ to the beggar man on the street. If for some strange reasons these numbers are reasonable, it makes Dominica looks good, but we all the the reality of the common man, and it shows how rich a few people of Dominica are while the majority struggles.

  72. Cerberus
    December 20, 2013

    I have no reason to doubt the World Bank data. However, we must not forget the Govt’s chief statistician reported as recently as 18 Dec. that there has also been an increase of 20% in the recipients of public welfare. By definition these would be people, who fall below a certain income level and thereby qualify for financial assistance from Govt. By no stretch of the imagination can such people be termed wealthy.
    Therefore, if both sets of data are correct the logical conclusion must be that there is a wide disparity in Dominica between individual incomes. In other words a growing gap between rich and poor.

  73. hmmmm
    December 20, 2013

    We have a small population, hence when you divide the GDP is gonna give a big figure. The thing is, based on the Human development Index whether we are economical developed: Access to health care, Access to Education and Income distribution.

    • Discombobulated
      December 20, 2013

      Access to health care, education? America big and powerful as it is cannot touch neither our health care nor education to this day. They may have higher levels of education and better health equipment, but it doesn’t mean that it is available to all. Don’t come here with that

    • Dominica_Lover
      December 20, 2013

      Not true. St. Kitts still have a small population than we do and they are ahead. It does not matter it is output.

    • DA
      December 20, 2013

      What’s your point joker, can’t you read. The GNI per capita is the gross national income of the country divided by its total population. Would you like to add those in the diaspora so the result will change?

    • KINGMAN
      December 20, 2013

      don’t you think if we had a larger population our gross income would be higher? and more so if we spend more time being productive than being on the radio and blogs our gross income would be so much better.
      wonder how much did lennox,thompson,angelo and all the others contributed to the GNI.
      Just asking??? let your conscience guide you!!

  74. SkerritDoThat
    December 20, 2013

    We don’t need any world bank to tell us we poor just live in Dominica, u will see massive unemployment, massive paros, massive corruption, and massive crime preferably drugs.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      December 20, 2013

      You see that in the USA too but nobody calls the USA poor.

      We have a lot of poverty, the problem is that we do not like numbers that say otherwise. What we could do instead is to better understand how the data was gathered and what these statistics say about our situation here.

    • Muchtosay
      December 20, 2013

      Amen to that

      I don’t feel rich at all.

      • Anonymous
        December 20, 2013

        I am worse ant too bad. I am the poorest of the poor.

  75. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    Dominica is not mentioned in any of the other indicators except the growth rate which we all know already was extremely bad last few years. Is that coincidental or the world Bank did not capture any other statistics from Dominica? That same report states that Dominica’s growth rate was declining at 1.8%.

  76. Jamborie
    December 20, 2013

    The report quotes 2008..really? What about 2013? Read the report again…once more outdated data to prove a point…

    Also, it excludes St Kitts..we are 8 out of 10 surveyed, so what are we shouting about?

    • ????????
      December 20, 2013

      Jamborie join the World Bank. You seem to be well knowledgeable so apply for a job there. I will recommend you.

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2013

      Read paragraph 2 again

  77. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    Anyway, Dominicans like to complain eh papa. You people just don’t know how to be satisfied. The ones that are begging just like to beg. That is Dominicans for you. The same ones that are begging you see them in the most expensive outfit when it have a jam, when they finish they saying they broke the country doh have work. Now the World Bank give a report, all you saying the country poor. Dominica is so bless that you people are too blind to see.

    • NY LAW
      December 20, 2013

      well said

    • @
      December 20, 2013

      @Anonymous It is blessed for people like you. Don’t you have a heart? Why don’t you try to help the poor ones?Don’t you know that Skerrit and his gang of greedies have devastated the country? Don’t you have a conscience?

    • Papa Dom
      December 20, 2013

      Hahahahahahahahaha, so you agree then that the skerritt social welfare programs goes mostly to the greedy and not the needy.

    • SD
      December 21, 2013

      Amen to that..That’s all I hear on these pages, people always complaining, no matter the subject matter. I bet if it start raining gold coins in Dominica people would still complain or blame the government. I am Dominican and Live in UK, and I can only say I suspect the people that complain the most have never been too far from Dominica.

    • AA
      December 23, 2013

      You don’t know that those that have the most expensive outfit in de jam is those that going to the RED CLINIC EVERY WEDNESDAY AND BEG???? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Well if you don’t know let me ‘school’ you. kordi those teenagers. :lol: :lol:

  78. Concerned
    December 20, 2013

    I am confused. We are still in 2013 but the report was done in 2014. Is this another like the poverty assessment?

    • Anonymous
      December 21, 2013

      But you believed the 2014 prediction which states that there will be a decline in construction jobs. How is that? We are still in 2013

  79. Friend
    December 20, 2013

    Well .. Well … Well …Is either Dominica has some Nasty Rich People or some Real Intelligent Mathematical Scientist who can really spin that six to a nine. Because from where I am standing I know that at least 75% of us Dominicans are working from hand to mouth

    • um
      December 20, 2013

      Tell me about it right… Skerrit should increase minimum wage so people can meet their needs… Since we doing so great… The employers seem to be cramping down on the employees man… They don’t pay… Increase minimum wage PM

      • neutral
        December 20, 2013

        Dominica is wealthy yet government gave teachers 1.5 percent? Look BS.

      • ________________
        December 20, 2013

        @um He won’t increase it.He does not want you to have. He wants you to be begging at the Red clinic, because that’s how he control his slaves. He makes them believe the money which he gives them is his, and not that of the country.
        ANY WAY DOMINICA IS BATHING IN POVERTY IN 2013.
        Can anyone tell me where is Christmas?
        At the same breath though some of the greedy ones close to this corrupted government really have a lot of money. WE MUST BE MINDFUL OF THAT.

      • minimum
        December 20, 2013

        OK…so let’s say that the minimum wage isincreased… in order to meet this new increase in expenditure the employers now have to increase the prices of their goods and services which YOU as the consumer has to purchase… where does that leave you? Don’t you still have to dig deep into your pockets to meet the increased cost of living???

    • Onlooker
      December 21, 2013

      U working from hand to mouth but at least it only one job and most of yall still complain about the one job. Go to America na and work three jobs for the same hand to mouth.

  80. Madame Butterfly
    December 20, 2013

    What!! the World Bank bi-polar man? and DNO publish that just so? and DNO did not even search for the other reports from the same organisation showing the contrary????

    whoever wrote that report needs to be fired!!! wrong data perhaps they talking about DomRep!!

  81. Truth
    December 20, 2013

    so where is all this money ?
    It seems ,more money the country makes ,the poorer the people gets.

    ITS an ,ISLE of beauty ,isle of splender ,isle to some so sweet and fair,

    LORD HELP US

    • ICG
      December 20, 2013

      Exactly my point… Where is the money?

      • neutral
        December 20, 2013

        Don’t worry, when the motherload gets uncovered u will see who had it. We bound to put our hands to our mouths and our hands to our heads.

      • Tell it like is
        December 20, 2013

        You people spend your day doing not a thing, get up early mornings your first order of the is not to give GOD thank but to turn on a RADIO, listen to all talk shows by the time it’s done the day is almost done (it’s 12pm). You go to Government offices or business places you get half heart service, people are on their phones (what’s app or BBM) or on the computer ( facebook, DNO, ordering stuff, candy crush & so much more) Now tell me how much production can one get in a day. Now we have the Agriculture Industry there is so much programs out there, funds at the Aid Bank most is low interest rates, inputs for farmers, $4 million given to DAPEX, a DASHEEN contract to export two 40′ container dasheen to Miami every month. There is a market for livestock a BIG market, for Pigs, Goats, Chicken and more. The import bill on chicken only is estimated to be about $80M a year, just think if we stop the talking and get to work what great income. We seat around expect someone will come and just put us to work, no one want to go out and get thing done. Someone tell me why are the foreigner doing better than we the locals ? the same farming we said is dead they are making a living out of it not just a living, sending remittance back to their country, sending for families and love ones. Some of the best barber shops, mechanic shops, security companies, employment agency, construction contractors just to name a few. It does not matter what government is in power its still we the people that can move Dominica to that level. Please people get educated or a skill than we can talk about JOBS.

      • Anonymous
        December 20, 2013

        sitting in the banks nah making interest.

    • """""""""""
      December 20, 2013

      @ Truth Where is all that money? It’s in the hands of those GREEDY ones who are stealing /grabbing from the needy. I know of at least one Dominican man who is filthy rich. Your guess as good as mine. Anyway don’t guess on this medium.

  82. None alligned
    December 20, 2013

    The GNI is the least effective way to measure how a government is doing. Because the GNI is based on personal and private wealth and expenditure and consumption. It’s more a matter of how the people are doing. e.g. If I live in Dominican and I have a house in England; if I sell that house the net proceeds from that sale counts positively on Dominica’s GNI. So all the retired people who lived abroad and return to Dominica with their money counts hugely on our GNI. Likewise all the barrels our family send for us also count. The best way to measure a country’s wealth is by its GDP. Your country can be the wealthiest and if you mismanage your wealth you will be poor. Dominica has always been a wealthy nation. It’s how our government manage that wealth is of more importance. The present government is doing a poor job of managing our wealth.

    • citizen
      December 20, 2013

      i could have not siad it better .
      you hit the nail on the head .
      head does not know wht the body is doing and visa versa . ITS TIME FOR CHANGE ITS A MUST NOT AN OPTION .

    • """""""""""
      December 20, 2013

      You are correct but how many Labourites do you think has the slightest understanding of that.Or do you think Skerrit will understand what you have blogged? I sure not.
      Anyway my take on the state of Dominica presently is that it is filthy poor. Reasons why we need to vote them fellas out next year.

    • Tell it like is
      December 20, 2013

      And what is Dominica wealth may i ASK ?

  83. bigger
    December 20, 2013

    I wonder if Thompson Fontaine was working in the higher echelon of the IMF this guy seems to contradict his superiors who suppose to know a lot more than he will ever know that’s why he was sacked WHAT A SHAME. Any good news about Dominica is like a red flag to a bull as far as these guys are concerned. ALAS PAPA

    • Not a herd follower
      December 20, 2013

      stop spreading lies. Mr. Fontaine was not dismissed from the IMF. He quit the IMF on his own accord.

    • @
      December 20, 2013

      @bigger Are you jealous of Dr Fontains achievements? The man is brilliant.He is dam well good. He is a fine son of the soil. He is no Skerrit. He did not purchase the degree either. Now if at all you went to school,at the mercy of Skerrit, you would have learnt that this GNI is the least accurate measure of prosperity in a country. I do not have to be like the highly esteemed Dr Fontaine to know that.Basic business studies at high school teaches that. So next time you visit the Red Clinic to beg, ask Skerrit money for Dr Fontaine to teach you basic Economics, so that you won’t BE JEALOUS OF HIM.

    • Zane
      December 20, 2013

      Just to clarify, Bigger – the GNI takes the total income of everyone in Dominica and divide it by the population. Hence, if for example two people lived in Dominica and one person earns $100,000 and another earns $5,000 the GNI would be ($105,000/2 = $52,000) does that then mean that the person who earned $5,000 is in the same economic position as the person who earns $100,000? GNI is a measure of how much income is in a country not how equitably that income is distributed amount the population.

    • neg maron
      December 20, 2013

      Why do you keep repeating about Thomson being fired? You and him have the same woman or something?

    • &
      December 20, 2013

      Do you know the meaning of GNI? Sure not. But the doctor knows. That’s his field. He is a top notch world economist, and the thing is he is not depending on handouts from Skerrit like you. So Skerrit cannot touch him, or insult his intelligence. Without Dr Fontaine I know this garbage called GNI is a ludicrous way of measuring wealth. Do I have to wait on the Doctor to tell me that? I went to school and I know that. Neither you nor Skerrit knows that.
      I LOVE Dr Fontaine. I LOVE HIS ACHIEVEMENTS.
      Pity I don’t live in his constituency, because I would vote for him. He makes Dominica Proud.

  84. Queen Bee
    December 20, 2013

    This certainly does not reflect the situation on ground. Dominica isn’t wealthy. Its at the bottom along with Jamaica. So Jamaica is wealthy too? Unbelievable stuff. Every thing in Dominica is over priced, citizens cannot afford their basic needs……..

    • Tell it like is
      December 20, 2013

      Please people get FACTS, i come to Dominica ever so often and am hearing so much we poor we poor, yet the very same people talking are the ones at a every show there is, brand name shoe and cloths am seeing school kids with 2 phones some with tablet, game boy, some of you who is crying has a bigger Tv then the person who is not crying, some of the most expensive cars, people ordering their own cars online. The most i’ve seen in construction some unbelievable homes, always a shortage of cement or steel. The most expensive stuff is here some homes have 2&3 cars park outside. Go ask the BANKS most people here in DOMINICA have to send money to love ones overseas more money is sent overseas than it comes from overseas to DOMINICA. Please someone talk to me, please my people get it right and stop blaming other for your short comings. Be productive get up and play your part in nation building.Can you look into the MIRROR and say you play your part ?

      • AA
        December 23, 2013

        @ Tell it like it is:

        I could say so many things in response to what you just said. Instead I will direct you to the NCCU (Roseau Credit Union) and various other banks and let you ask them what is their loan portfolio like.

        You don’t know that is loans people in Dominica surviving on???

  85. HIDREN
    December 20, 2013

    But is the government self who does statistics and presentS to the world bank, what do we expect? for the government to present data against their ownself. The world bank needs to to come RIGHT HERE and set up shop right here!!!!!!! go to every single house and then they will tell me which hell Dominica that is in number ten wealthiest…. Haiti is far more wealthier than Dominica. There are areas in Haiti which can be mistaken for Florida, where in Dominica can?? There needs to be another way to determine the wealth of a country as per capita makes no doug gone sense… per capita is ie. three individuals lives in a house, one person has $1000 the other two persons has absolutely ZERO but u consider the house hold to have money.. 1000/3 = 333.33. so u say every one in the house has $333.33 when in truth and in fact thats not the case its only fictional. only one man has $1000. does that makes the others benifit from that $1000 or the said sum of that $1000…. Government or world bank which ever one please find a new way to get your stats as these are only there to decieve poor ppl. the average man knows nothing about GDP farless per capita!!!! WHAT HE DOES KNOW FOR A FACT IS WHATS COOKING OR NOT COOKING IN IS POT. GET REAL PPL WE’RE SINKING

    • @
      December 20, 2013

      yOU ARE DAM RIGHT, BUT How many Labourites will understand that?
      Can’t you see that we will always be in trouble in this country? However even if Skerrit himself does not understand this doug gone thing, he still fool these people, since he is the one paying their bus fares, buying bakes, and bread for them, and paying their bills.
      POVERTY IN DOMINICA WILL ONLY GET WORSE.

  86. trolol
    December 20, 2013

    I always saying Dominicans rich, you never go inside their house? Latest in technology and . :?:

  87. trolol
    December 20, 2013

    SILENCE! THE WB HAS SPOKEN! Let’s vote labor again shall we. :lol:

    • ?
      December 20, 2013

      Did you understand or try to research the terminologies in what you read Labourite? Sure you dis not understand anything from what you read. WELL STOP FOOLING YOURSELF.

    • Anonymous
      December 21, 2013

      Ou sa vote labour encore si ou lae….The same report will be circulated every time and you will still be living from hand to mouth and ending with zero every month

  88. weh papa
    December 20, 2013

    Now why doesn’t it surprise that my ignorant foolish Dominicans involved politics in this. Every piece of news they link to politics….country will not reach very far with that attitude!

    • Tell it like is
      December 20, 2013

      That’s all i need for Christmas, and you said it all.Thank much and very well said too

  89. Slim2on1
    December 20, 2013

    GNI Really?? Most of this income is not generated in Dominica. Which agriculture? Most people can’t afford to plant fig anymore. They must be counting the money the government getting under the table. SMMFH

    • possie
      December 20, 2013

      no need to get vex. we still 8 out of 10.Barbados, St Kitts and guyana not in the top ten. This is just one indicator be happy the we did not flunk this one…The more bad news you all get about Dominica the better you all feel.

  90. committed Dominican
    December 20, 2013

    I denounce this report and tell this government that Dominicans are indeed smarter, not wealthy.

  91. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    Nice take on the headline!!! There must be 30+ countries in the Caribbean. Dominica with a GNI (based on purchasing power parity)$6,460 is nothing new. Economy stagnant. The data is actually saying that we are at the bottom end in terms of GNI just barely doing better than SVG with an Int. airport to be opened soon and we are marginally doing better than JA. Interestingly the data for Guyana indicates GNI at $3,410 and Belize at $4,180. Haiti at $760. So within the OECS and CARICOM context where are we!!

    • profiler
      December 20, 2013

      JA has 2 international airports which are fully operational and interms of GNI they are below DA.

  92. December 20, 2013

    dominica is poor but among us their are some wealthy people they do not invest in the country to develop the human or the natural resouces they let their money stay in the banks and the live on interest because this government policy does not encourage people nationals or non nationals to invest in this country all this government can very well is go to china and venesuela and borrow money without telling dominicans the terms and conditions and we all must know because all of us have to pay taxes to repay these monies their policy on foriegn investor are not atracting investors it is evedent in the stores in the shops money is scarce in this country moey does not reach one sector of the population poor government fail the people the last four years this government has not don nothing to be reelected in government its working time and working time is workers time

  93. Ben Haynes PsyD
    December 20, 2013

    Wow. When these guys measure the economy of a nation, what are they measuring? They say Dominica is up there with some of the rich countries but you wonder what they are really talking about. If banana is the gold price here then with the force of agriculture, D/ca can out shine anyone. After all, they have the space and people that will give their all. So, why not be number One? Yes, it is time to compare D/ca with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados or the other giants that lack so much. D/ca has a strong stand with an economic & agriculture base, a very strong work ethic, a strategic location, to name a few. My observation though D/ca can be a giant in the area focusing not only on the items the World Bank reported. But with a vibrant population, so much space and talents of its population, the shift in other areas are only a step way. Yes, l agree, despite the talk of election fever, Dominica is on the upswing, can be one of the richest countries in the Caribbean but only if the population decides. Why not.

  94. committed Dominican
    December 20, 2013

    If this report is true, why are more Dominicans begging , more Dominicans hungry, more Dominicans hungry, more Dominicans waiting for boxes from overseas etc etc etc?

  95. SkerritDoThat
    December 20, 2013

    More Coco Macack reports, first carette now this crap. Dominica doing well my foot just walk thru Roseau for christmas and ask businessmen if this is not there worse christmas ever, even best buy bawling. You put a 15% Vat on the backs of Dominicans which is higher than any loan interest repayment in Dominica to pay worldbank u don’t expect them to rejoice, geez! 8)

  96. Mero.
    December 20, 2013

    Where did the DLP get its numbers?
    If you measure that against the cost of living in Dominica, then you will get the true value of and position we are in.

  97. clayton Felix
    December 20, 2013

    This info shows that we are doing something right, definitely a step in the right direction.
    However we have ways to go before being considered wealthy. Lets all work harder people.
    clay

  98. Change is a must
    December 20, 2013

    All these figures tell is that the ‘haves’ in Dominica are so rich that they can skew such national figures…..Not surprising considering the number of millionaires that sprang up over the last 13 years…from selling passports ect….we all know some of them….

  99. ICG
    December 20, 2013

    I forgot to mention that we should vigorously invest in renewable energy in order to reduce reliance on energy imports not only to free our nation from the volatility of the oil market, but in an effort to truly say that we are a wealthy nation in the Caribbean. Stop the BullS****t

  100. Doc. Love
    December 20, 2013

    Look at the last three,I am not saying that they produce the most herbs in the Caribbean, but their has been a significant amount to arrest for the herbs in these three Caribbean Islands. Maybe our wealth is underground, I am not seeing it above ground. :lol:

  101. ICG
    December 20, 2013

    Gross national income, abbreviated as GNI, is the sum of incomes of residents of an economy in a given period. It is equal to GDP minus primary income payable by resident units to non-resident units, plus primary income receivable from the rest of the world.
    Yet we still have a problem of poverty as majority are unable to pay up on things that they owe far less to buy all the basic necessities. What’s going on here? is this a case of Gross vs Net? No matter what, we need sustainable development in this country where monies should be placed in the hands of our young entrepreneurs who is a major component of this growth engine. I am not sure about the timing of this report and what it means. Maybe it is a coincidence the announcement.

  102. Airtarffic
    December 20, 2013

    I mean come on World Bank – 1/3 of the working force works in Banans? I do not know when last I pass a van loaded with bananas going into the Ports to sell banans- so in other words if that same report had to be done in the 8o’s & 90’s when Dominica was really producing bananas; when vans laiden with bananas could be seen stretching from deep water harbour pass all the way wavencock under the cliff the World Bank would have said 100% of the labour force was in banabs and that Dominica had import labour from Europe and North America to compensate ! what kind foolishness is that nuh! World Bank this is just not the reality on the ground sorry!

  103. Just Reading
    December 20, 2013

    How was that research done? I mean people liken be real, do you all really think Dominicans are wealthy when many have to go and beg for penitence to pay their bills every Wednesday at the Financial Centre; when everywhere you pass someone asking you for a dollar or asking you what you have for me? I mean let’s be real!

    • No Sense
      December 20, 2013

      What do you mean?

      Go ask Fontaine your chosen lord for Grand Fond.

    • Truth Seeker
      December 20, 2013

      Yes, we know it’s Christmas time. But lets not display our ignorance constantly by commenting on things we do not (and do not care to) understand, thinking everything is a joke. The study reflects the average income, not the specific income of each and every Dominican. And yes, this is the type of data that informs said lending agency in its considerations to give (on loan or lend), or not to give, all nations in the world financial assistance. It may not sound good to you, as the report is not in keeping with your choirboys who constantly preach gloom and doom throughout the length and breadth of Dominica.

      Oh, and by the way, you want to see begging, homelessness, malnutrition, joblessness, and all the rest of human afflictions? Come and live in the US, the wealthiest nation the world has ever known.

      You people just run your mouth without seeking knowledge and understanding.

      • Ms Twitter
        December 20, 2013

        The AVERAGE income in Dominica is $6460??? Is this what you’re trying to tell us??

        When you talk about average people earning average incomes, you’re talking of people who work in the private and public sector without benefit of a Master’s degree or a Phd or even a Bachelor’s degree.

        Are you trying to tell me that these people are earning roughly 6400 a month???

        Please Please Please get real!!

        Why do you think there is a MASSIVE BRAIN DRAIN in Dominica??? Do you honestly think that if people were earning at least $6000EC a month in Dominica they would be running away??

      • Grand Bay Girl
        December 20, 2013

        Amen to that! and some of them bashing Dominica as the poorest nation in the Caribbean they reside
        overseas and they know the level of poverty in The USA. Nothing compared to Dominica

    • I Like Dominica, Big
      December 20, 2013

      Guess you have a splendid opportunity to write to the World Bank expressing you dissatisfaction and the methodology of the survey, explain your rationale, say, tell them how Skerrit gives money to needy people, several people are usually at the Red Clinic on Wednesday and a host of other reasons whether real or imagined.

      Sad, but true you and your group of haters cannot digest anything good for Dominica. Once the story has any positive thing to say about Dominica you and your group (haters) must bisect it to find the negative.

      Obviously, UWP will continue to be the negative party, the party of haters and the anti-Dominica party. Dominica is our to develop and love, what exactly has Dominica done to you all. President Kennedy has been ridiculed by you all (haters)for saying, “Think not of what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”

      Go ahead and kill me on this blog, but these are true and real. :lol:

      • Anonymous
        December 20, 2013

        @ I like Dominica,Big Stop being or acting like a fool. Google the term GNI. Just then you will find how this measure is a fake or an illusion of what wealthy means. Every time you see per capita, brother it’s an average.Why are you all Skerrites so silly. Never though Dominica has so many stupid people. Are you telling me that Dominica is not in greater po0verty now than ever befor? No wonder Skerrit can twist and turn you all around so, and in the process he is crippling the country. You are seated infront of a computer, yet still you refuse to make your self smart.

      • wow
        December 20, 2013

        Well said.

    • Ms Twitter
      December 20, 2013

      You only have to look at the Christmas season in Dominica. People have no spending power.

      The situation is BLEAK! And no amount of hocus-pocus abracadabra mumbo jumbo is going to change the TRUTH!

  104. forreal
    December 20, 2013

    lets here from fontain one more time,DNO ask him for an interview,i want to here this one,in fact the whole UWP cabbal

    • Truth Seeker
      December 20, 2013

      Would be interesting to hear how the Doc spins this one. Would be nice to hear him pointedly refute the same practice he engaged in for decades; the only methodology he was bound to employ and that he trusted, and upon which he made recommendations and decisions for the countries that were in his portfolio when he worked for the IMF, under whose aegis the World Bank falls.

      • ________________
        December 20, 2013

        @ The Stupid Truth Seeker This does not mean spinning. The highly brilliant,esteemed and articulate doctor is not about sopinning either. You thought he was a Labour party lapdog man? Or you thought he is you when you are marching up the steps of the Red Clinic for money to pay your light bill? My take is that this report is absolute rubbish. I need not World Bank to tell me that this country is the poorest now than it has ever been at any time since its discovery.
        What has brought this upon us is bad governance mixed up with greediness by those who lead us.IT SEEM CLEAR THAT YOU MOST LIKELY ONE OF THE GREEDY ONES. You must remember the poor, because we have many on island.

    • ????????????
      December 20, 2013

      @ forreal You buffoon go do your research on poorest countries in the Caribbean. That’s why Skerrit is manipulating so many of you and at the same time taking you all for his slaves.
      Forreal ARE YOU real.
      YOU MUST BE ONE OF THE GREEDY ONES, so naturally, you won’t feel the poverty.
      DON’T MENTION THE BRILLIANT DOCTOR’S NAME IN YOU CRAP. OK!

      • profiler
        December 20, 2013

        @???????? no need to get blue vex. the person is just expressing his opinion, calling people names in an attempt to shut them up shows a lack of tolerance.

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2013

      These wealth must be in your hands and in the hands of the GREEDIES, who are denying thee poor from getting. I dismiss that World Bank crap 100%

      • Grand Bay Girl
        December 20, 2013

        I sense some anger here! It is only a report
        lol

    • @
      December 20, 2013

      @forreal I wonder if you Googled what is GNI? In an interview Dr Fontaine will of course explain.Wish I hear for me to learn from him. The man is a top class world economist. Well my friend GNI is one of the poorest ways of telling anyone how well a country is doing. For example in the case above, I know for a fact that Dominica is very poor but the monies those retirees are getting from abroad,and the monies your father and mother are sending to lazy you,and the other dumb labourites like you,loans, grants,these are the things saving Dominica. It is not agriculture, manufacturing tourism or off shore services.
      When Dr Fontaine is speaking you must dig the wax from your ears and listen. HE KNOWS VERY WELL WHAT HE ARTICULATES.

    • drake
      December 20, 2013

      You obviously don’t need Thimson Fontaine to explain when you can explain the meaning of GNI – I sure hope you can . Do you understand the concept of GNI. Before making a mule of yourself please read and develop an independent mind

  105. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    Come see de blue team choke on their mac and cheese today!! Bel beff!

    • ()
      December 20, 2013

      I dismiss this with a lot of contempt. Dominica is largely a country of poor people who lack purchasing power. The rich ones have millions allegedly hidden in other countries. With time, these monies will be returned to the state. Otherwise Dominicans are catching hell with poverty. THE GREEDY ones are stealing from the poor, so the poor is forever poor in this failed country.

    • Grand Bay Girl
      December 20, 2013

      lol lol lol

  106. Anonymous
    December 20, 2013

    lol! We do see the other countries on the List right? Dominica Jamaica; St. Vincent and Grenada? Of the components that make up GNI as listed above guess which must be very high for these four countries!!!! Statistics; Statistics and more. The devil is in the details always.

  107. BEACHPILOT437
    December 20, 2013

    Look at the great disparity between the first 3 islands , antigua our immediate neighbor to the north has a GNI doubling ours .This statistic is also not based on economic activity in Dominica, but from the many contributions made from persons living outside with investments in Dominica .Some things has been done but a lot more can be done , especially in the agricultural sector an i am not referring to giving 2 or 3 bags of fertilizer.

    • KINGMAN
      December 20, 2013

      wish you could do a small research on remittances to the carribean, you might just be supprised to see how much that comes to Dominica in comparision to the other islands. They get four and five times what comes to Dominica.
      Don’t allow yourself to be mislead do the research

  108. Kokay There
    December 20, 2013

    Yah!! Let me hear all you now. When they say we were poor it had hundreds of comments now they saying we are wealthy only 3 comments. All you Dominicans not easy na boy. When is something good you guys are not happy when is something bad you rejoice. #TeamSkerrit

    • um
      December 20, 2013

      But team skerrit its amazing how all of a sudden them reports are flowing in one behind the other… Dominica is doing great… Yay!!!! Well it appears that only of set of people that getting the money cause I ain’t feeling it not one bit…I must go after my employer… I need a raise to meet this high cost of living.. He cannot complain about the economy anymore right?

    • trolol
      December 20, 2013

      Why is your name so disgusting though. I thought DNO censored names with profanity, or does that only count for the English language. -.-

    • ?
      December 20, 2013

      @Kokay There Your name suggests that you are a fool, so no one should expect you to have the slightest modicum of understanding. Does a World Bank have to tell foolish you living in Dominica about your country? Well greedy ones like and the other greedy ones in government maybe wealthy, but most Dominicans are ‘scrunting’ to survive.By the way do you know what is GNI?

      • KINGMAN
        December 20, 2013

        hmmm interesting, was that not what thompson was doing as his daily work??

  109. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 20, 2013

    Talk about spin, when u do a search for poorest countries in the caribbean. Haiti is #1 & Dominica is #8 with $14,400 GDP per Capital, dem layba fellas will do anything to win this election but it is time for skerro to pack up and go, nothing last forever skerro, DA is not your plantation.

    • me
      December 20, 2013

      So dem layba fellas control the world bank now? SMFH.

      • OpenAlluEyes
        December 20, 2013

        They don’t control the world bank, but they provide statistics, which could well be doctored, to the world bank

    • madame dominique
      December 20, 2013

      OMG you negative people need to read before you make yr comments. Didn’t you see that the report came from the World Bank. Where does Skerro come in that. This is such good news for Dominica. Pl keep yr negative vibes to yrself boss!!!!!

    • joe
      December 20, 2013

      So Morihei Ueshiba why you didn’t mention that this rating was out of 10? Antigua 10, St Kitts 9 followed by Dominica 8, which is above Grenada 7, St. Lucia 6, St Vincent 5, Cuba 4, Dominican Republic 3, Jamaica 2 and Haiti is the poorest at number 1.

      So we are the third richest in that category, better than Cuba, Jamaica and Dominican Republic although they have more resources than us. way to go Dca, am so proud!!!!

      Here is the site this info comes from for the pleasure of all: http://www.aneki.com/poorest_caribbean.html?&order=&orderby=fb129.value&number=10&cntdn=asc

      • .
        December 20, 2013

        @ Joe. It’s people like you the late Pierro said wear their ignorance as a badge of honour. I am sxsure you don’t know what is GNI, let alone to understand what you read.

  110. careforall
    December 20, 2013

    This very good new for dominica! way to go DLP.

    • .
      December 20, 2013

      Way to go DLP my foot. Wonder if you can buy bread in this poor country.

  111. Dominica
    December 20, 2013

    Well done DA keep it up

  112. Bee
    December 20, 2013

    Give Skerrit room. Now he will sing. Pity is he and his band of cohorts have all the wealth.

  113. John bess
    December 20, 2013

    WOW,I thought it was in the world,that is fake economic data,nothing tal go so.

    • wow
      December 20, 2013

      John bess you are such a fool,and not ashamed to show it

  114. Ms Twitter
    December 20, 2013

    8-O Bananas?? one-third of the labour force working in Agriculture?? What kind of fairytale story is that nah??? 8-O

    • ????????
      December 20, 2013

      Miss Twitter … I guess that the Haitan made a difference with their new trust in Agriculture as they are the ones doing the agriculture now. Our own people have abandoned ship. Whilst we not seeing our wealth, the Haitians are enjoying what we hate. Makes me remember the early 60’s when our people migrated to UK, St Maarten, etc. We are the St Maarten, London etc for the Haitian people. Learn to appreciate what we have and also to be thankful to God. We are too ungrateful.

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