Government invests in significant sums in critical areas of the economy

Pm Skerrit after voting. * Photo credit:
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

The Government of Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit invested significant sums in critical areas of the economy in the first and second quarters of the 2009/2010 fiscal year.

This information is contained in the Schedule of Supplementary Appropriation for the First and Second Quarters of 2009/2010. When Parliament meets on Thursday, February 4, 2010, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and Information Technology, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit will present the Supplementary Appropriation (2009/2010) Act 2010 to Parliament for its approval.

The legal authority for the Supplementary Estimates can be found in Section 80 (1) of the Commonwealth of Dominica Constitution Order 1978, as well as in Section 12 of the Finance Administration Act, Act No4/94.

The schedule reveals that out of the total of $30,177,691.35, $14,348,651.68 came from grants, $15,127,889.27 came from local funds and only $701,150.40 constituted loan funds.

The amounts appropriated were utilized to meet critical and unforeseen expenditure during the first and second quarters of the 2009/2010 fiscal year.

During the period, July-December 2009, the Government spent approximately $5 million to meet additional commitments for the national house renovation and sanitation programme.

Through the Ministry of Trade, an additional $1,730,000.00 went towards the Small Business Enterprise Development Programme through which a significant number of persons got financial assistance to aid their business enterprises.

Through the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructural Development, over $5.7 million was expended on a number of infrastructural works island-wide. Projects completed in that period include the Fond St. Jean Sea Defence project, Pichelin By-Pass, Vieille Case Road rehabilitation and the Petite-Soufriere to Rosalie Link Road. The sum of $4 million was spent on road maintenance.

$7,957,858.61 was used for the financing of water projects in Warner, Campbell and Delices. $229,506.50 was spent to meet Government’s counterpart contribution for the Carib Territory Water Supply project.

$544,477.00 was used to meet additional commitments required for the completion of the San Sauveur Primary School. An amount of $474,884.00 was spent to provide for additional obligations with respect to the completion of the Salybia Primary School.

In the period Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, spent $2 million to effect the operationalization of the Direct Farm Investment Fund Facility. An amount of $469,698.00 was used to assist the Dominica Banana Producers Limited (DBPL) with 40 percent of the cost of importation of fertilizer.


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  1. Dominican in the Disapora
    February 4, 2010

    It is a shame that the opposition is not present in parliment. Lightbulb your questions are legitimate but unfortunately the fools of the UWP are not there to represent us.

    Mr. John better be careful. mr Royer is in the house and guess what Mr. won by just over three hundred votes. salibury not as solid as it use to be. I never thought labor would get over 500 votes in salsibury constituency !

  2. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    February 4, 2010

    If there was an opposition in Parliament they could ask for an update on the geothermal project, with a request to know how much money has been spent already.

    They would also be able to request a date for the start of night landings and the progress of the Jet airport. If there was an opposition they could ask to have one of their members shadow the jet airport project, but there is no opposition.

    Who will do their job?

    This is another example of people refusing to do their job, which still costs tax payers money.

  3. Thoughtful
    February 4, 2010

    @lightbulb and anonymous, projects of the magnitude you mentioned cannot be included in the budgetary estimates as they might far exceed the amount allotted.

    In order for the government to work on such projects it must seek out outside assistance in term of loans or grants.

  4. Young Man in Dominica
    February 4, 2010

    To answer both of you cause the money to do either of these is much greater than this money in question feather more its not just building an international airport one has to think of mentainung it as well

  5. Anonymous
    February 4, 2010

    what about the international airport?

  6. lightbulb
    February 4, 2010

    I dont understand this. Money is being spent on non growth projects. Why isnt money benig spent on a feasible Geothermal project that would make Dominica a net producer of energy.

    Eh I’m just thinking out loud

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