Dominica to benefit from Canada-backed fund

Dominica is likely to benefit from a new fund being backed by Canada.

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says a $20-million Canadian Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund is to be established with funds from the Government of Canada.

According to the CDB, the Fund is designed to help the Caribbean reduce risks associated with natural hazards and climate change for vulnerable populations at the community level.

The bank’s Board of Directors has given approval for the CDB to enter into an agreement with the Canadian Government, acting through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to accept this financing.

The project is expected to assist borrowing member countries of the Bank, with the exception of Haiti, to implement sub-projects designed to reduce natural hazard risk, and for climate change adaptation measures.

A CDB statement says it will “also enable communities to develop experience-based knowledge from pursuing demonstration sub-projects to fill national and regional knowledge gaps; to develop disaster risk management and climate change adaptation enhanced guidelines for country poverty assessments”.

The bank  says CDB will act as trustee and administrator of the fund, and will contribute the equivalent of US$2-million to the programme.

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7 Comments

  1. Canadian-Dominican
    March 10, 2012

    It’s too long that we as Dominicans are searching for hand-outs. As a small country we should welcome the opportunity to use these funds in a sustainable way – so that we can become self-sufficient. Our system kills the entrepreneurial spirit in the individual. We are a are self-distructive bunch. We really hate to see each other achieve anything… not looking at what the collective (made up of individuals) can do for the nation. Stop the petty politicking! let’s build the nation… start by allowing young men and women to be creative… this goes out to the established businessmen and the land-owning families… We will never rise as a nation if we think about just our bottom line…
    …Government official, hear me out…
    Dominica may need an international airport but we can be very creative with what we have. I have been to many luxurious regions around the world that are only accessed through tiny airports…
    Let’s support the entrepreneur to create bed and breakfast operations (as we can never compete with the luxurious places in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic, or many of our neigbours in Central America)… but it is impossible for the villager to upgrade his/her premises (since he/she cannot afford to invest in 5 bed-room suites)…

    So we will always be dependent, searching for the scraps while anyone who desires to be something will leave our lovely island… because you hate us…your own… Canada…. we lift up you as you lift us up!!

    • anonymous2
      May 6, 2012

      Unfortunately that is not the aim of what these funds are for. They are debt and control funds. Their aim is to make you dependent and obligated with the debt that you will incure, NOT to make you independent. There are no freebies. Look up Agenda 21 written by the UN in 1992.

      And after you look up and completely understand the meaning of the word “sustainable” as used by the UN you may never want to see it again. It means sustain the environment and wipe out just about all of the people on the planet, who the elite see as detrimental to the environment.
      This is all UN propaganda but most people don’t know how to recognize it. Just like the “green movement, SMART anything, Sustainable….this that and the other.” Learn to recognize the buzz words.

  2. March 10, 2012

    What we would most graciously thank Canada for would be to reinstate the travel to there Visa free,what about that Canada!!!!

    • JUSTICE
      March 11, 2012

      Canadians getting robbed at gunpoint when they come here for vacation. Why would Canada want to help Dominica, no less open up their country to a bunch of lawless thugs. You joking man! Dominicans getting so bold and bad. Keep them here until they realize that every country has a laws and a constitution that must be adhered to. Dominica the only place I know now that has the “no constitution, no law can make me to anything” How is that working for you all?

  3. HIGH RISK
    March 9, 2012

    while i am happy that we ( dominica) is receiving all that assistance for various projects..i muss ask ….is the assistance for one set?….i have to speak about my children and my children children….according to the guy on matt. the above article states wat the monies will be some how used for and i hope that the dubique cliff is one of the areas of ” high risk” that will be on the agenda.
    i am not from the area but off and on i go up there to work and the cries from ppl of bagatelle and ti savanne about that road is heart breaking. the road is so deplorable and stones roll even when it high sun much less for rain. they employ ppl to fil in the holes with dry tarish and still corruption in that cus the trucks and so that are hired are owned by public officers?hmmm

    DR. DARROUX? u have failed to deliver juss like urban Baron and the ppl too have failed themselvs and their future by continuing to vote for labour. but we have a surprise for allu come elections if allu doe start to show some concern for us. they give non fishermen boats and money during the last storm surge and where are these boats now? the assistance for housing..thats an inside story by itself, as for some monies given to the last village council! my my my..wat webs we weave eh..i will start to speak out for that lil community not because of my personal ties as i am not from the area but for the apparent lack of representation dese ppl face year after year, election after elections…

  4. ineedfree
    March 9, 2012

    We should never be beggars to those countries who could be where there are because of 5oo years of free labour and raw materials from the Caribbean and Africa.

    When are we going to have leaders who can negotiate on behalf of ascendants of African slaves who could not leave a heritage for their children and the following generations?

  5. BIG
    March 9, 2012

    There is a lot of GOOD NEWS today.

    Well,thank you Canada.

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