Government still negotiating land price at Public Works site – PM

Skerrit

Government is still discussing a price for land at the Public Works site which it intends to sell to Chinese investors.

The investors are interested in constructing a hotel at the site and could get their wish when price negotiations are finalized.

“That has not been settled because the matter has not come back to the cabinet for final decisions,” said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in response to claims that the land at Public Works has been sold for one million dollars.

He said the ministry of lands has been discussing with the interested party the final selling price.

The site has been identified for construction of a hotel for some time now and Skerrit said other parties had previously expressed interest in the project, “that did not come through”.

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110 Comments

  1. Yeah
    March 4, 2011

    WIKILEAKS! People like you are the same ones who will complain when them Chinese bring in their people to work at that very hotel…We will see who is the Dummy you arse!!!

  2. PAPI SHOW
    March 3, 2011

    If most members of Congress were asked how much China has invested in the U.S., they would respond with about $900 billion. This is a notable sum. Yet it’s too low by $1 trillion and possibly more. If many participants in financial markets were asked about Chinese investment in the U.S., they would fret over the possibility of disinvestment. This seems perfectly reasonable. At present, though, it’s essentially impossible.

    The Department of the Treasury just issued its preliminary report of foreign holdings of American securities. It puts Chinese investment in the U.S. at $1.61 trillion, including $1.1 trillion in Treasury bonds, as of June 30, 2010. These are not entirely accurate, but are far more accurate figures than given in the unrevised monthly Treasury report of foreign holdings used by Congress and the media alike. To illustrate: the total for Chinese Treasury holdings was previously $844 billion. Upon revision, it is now $1.11 trillion.

    There are two obvious problems. First, the large amount of U.S. dollar assets held by the PRC is obscured by poor numbers. Second, there is widespread misunderstanding of why China holds dollars. It does so due to its own balance of payments system. Until the PRC changes its own rules – which it so far has declined under intense foreign pressure – it has no choice but to buy. Disinvestment cannot occur.

  3. van
    March 3, 2011

    The Chinese worked out rightly that with the stadium in town, visitors will gravitate towards activities taking place therein, and accomodation required.

    In many places in the UK, when you buy a property you do not necessarily own the land, this belongs to the Goverment. Dominica should take note and learn from what happened in Barbados, Antigua etc.

    The Chinese are not helping out of good nature. They bring in their own workers etc, thereby retaking the money given to Dominica. Look at Africa. The Chinese do not do more that what they can actually gain. Building Stadiums, Roads etc are small gestures compared to their overall gain.

    Their hold on the West Indies is tightening and Dominica should ensure we do not become part of that quota.

  4. Enslaved again
    March 3, 2011

    Dominica is being taken away and sold piece by piece a la the secret MOU that Skerritt signed with China. The Govt. signed an agreement they say on behalf of Dominicans but refuse to let them see what the agreement entails on their behalf. Isn’t that the height of high-handedness and taking an entire nation for a ride? People have a RIGHT to know and receive information on national issues that would affect their lives. Such an action is leading to DICTATORIAL RULE. That is BAD GOVERNANCE.

    Some Dominicans spew some NONSENSE about development. What exactly is development if your citizens are marginalized and made to be 3rd. CLASS citizens in their own land? Roseau is swamped with Chinese businessmen and women, while local businesses are closing down and cannot compete. A little 289 sq.miles of land in Dominica, Govt. lands are being sold to foreigners for what?

    Dominica once owned 100% of the area in the Layou River Valley. Now Dominicans are told by their Govt. after the famous BVI case that they now own 51% of that initial 100%. All kind of KOKOMAKACK took place. Dominican passports sold. Some people, foreigners, made millions of dollars. Land sold. Dominicans FOOLED about Layou River Hotel. Dominicans are not willing to learn any lessons from those things? People in authority still blindly selling away our real estate to all and sundry?

    Whether it is to Chinese, Americans, Australians or people from Mars, who gave those few politicians the Right to just sell our prime land which belong to all the Dominican people? Who gave them permission? Who did they consult or discuss the issue with? Is Dominica the estate of a few? It is the people’s property bequeathed to them by the blood and sweat of their forefathers. The land belongs to our children to come. Some are willing to deprive them of their property just like that? Dominicans, the problem lies in the contents of the MOU which we are not privy to see. TOP SECRET. So brace yourselves for more to come. SHAME !! SHAME !! SHAME !! A new kind of COLONIALISM. MENTAL SLAVERY IS DEEPENING IN OUR LAND

  5. M.D public speaker
    March 3, 2011

    if the buiding of a hotel is going to benefit the economy go ahead. let us stop with our political views and rivalry and work together to develope our beloved country . even if that means selling the land to the chinese. let us think of job creation for our local people and put politics aside for a while.
    the best thing that can happen now is that the goverment and the opposite work hand in hand. all that political rivalry makes no sense to me, so stop all that dominicans . set an example for the young generation

    from a young person perspective

    • Yeah
      March 4, 2011

      When you become the old Generation, you will be a stranger in your own land.. you lost your mind?

  6. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011

    we owe venezuela and china soo much money.
    you people have no clue.
    so when the chinese want a piece of land they will get ,
    even it takes evicting your as&^% to give it to them

  7. The Analysts
    March 3, 2011

    Dominica is a very small island with limited flat land. We should lease the land for 99 years. Country with more land than us, and they are leasing theirs. Why can we do the same?

  8. Dominincafirst
    March 3, 2011

    Reminds me of the Layou river hotel fiasco all over again

  9. CaCa Chat La
    March 3, 2011

    I never vote for you all again

  10. The truth
    March 3, 2011

    dominicans so negative about everything. this happens anywhere in the world. thats how economies are built. who built the british empire after world war? us! caribbean people. so dont come with this business about chinese taking over when we go to people countries and buy and can invest if we like. thing is we dont invest. and those who can refuse to do so as well. so backward thinking my people are and so sad. that is how it is in the whole world, so people who have no idea about how investment, economies or the world work then go and support what you know while the country moves on and leaves you all in the dark ages. we need even more investors. and we need locals to use their BRAIN and learn how to do business.

  11. charmed
    March 3, 2011

    LOL HAHAHA

    you sound like an uneducated foul who is just going with the flow of the majority
    you need to put things to perspective and analyse and make your own decision stop being a foul and showing it !!!!!!!!!!!!

    look around you
    guard urself the worst is yet to come, it’s people like you i shut my office door in you all face when you come with ur bull crap, bull shit !!!!!!

  12. 365 Rivers
    March 3, 2011

    TO ALL LABOURITES.. PLEASE COME AND PUT A STOP TO THIS MADNESS. YOU WILL HAVE YOURSELVES TO BLAME WHEN DOMINICA FALLS IN THE HANDS ON THESE CHINESE WHO NEVER BECOME PART OF THE SOCIETY OF WHERE THEY LIVE. LOOK AT LITTLE CHINA IN TORONTO, NY AND EVEN LONDON.

    I AM NOT A LABOURITE SO I WILL LIVE IT UP TO YOU ALL TELL SKERRIT TO STOP THIS MOVE. DOMINICA IS TOO SMALL TO TAKE-IN PEOPLE FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHO DO NOT LIKE ANYONE ELSE.

  13. Anonymous
    March 3, 2011

    I want to know which Dominican would be able to buy land in China, Singapore…. Those people must be lauging at us (Dominicans). You don’t just sell land like that! Why not lease the land ? Why not do like St Martin, Antigua, SRI LANKA and many others. You can have all your money, you come you invest but we lease our land or you seek a local partner to invest with.
    Please Dominica wake up and be careful before it’s too L A T EEEEEEEEEEEE! I lived in Asia for many years and I don’t believe with all my money the Chinese would allow me to buy as I want in their country. Don’t always give in to these guys. Of course we must do business with them but watch out. Continue the way you all are going in the country and soon it will be too lateeeeeeee to turn things around!

    • Dominica's Child
      March 3, 2011

      The Chinese should buy as much as land as possible and afterwards take it to China so that some of their people will no longer to live on boats in their harbour.

      Isn’t that a good way of having Chinese stop living on boats. Just go around the world, buy land and take all of it to China.

    • The truth
      March 3, 2011

      i think you will find dominicans can buy land and building in any country if they can afford it. do some research before you speak. this is the way of the world.

    • Listen
      March 3, 2011

      It may already be too late. Remember we as a nation have no clue regarding the contents of the MOU with China.

  14. Dominican in T.O
    March 3, 2011

    Mr. skerrit, and those who support him with this chinese land deal.:lease the land, dont sell it… you will make more money in the long run and it gives you more flexibility if things dont work out in the end…

  15. WENDY JAMES
    March 2, 2011

    HOW MANY DOMINICANS ARE WILL EVER GET A JOB AT THIS HOTEL? :(

    • WENDY JAMES
      March 2, 2011

      HOW MANY DOMINICANS WILL EVER GET A JOB AT THIS HOTEL?(correction)

  16. ????
    March 2, 2011

    The few people with money in DA sit on it and will not invest. We need foreign investors to move the country forward. Before the Chinese established business in DA the few locals with stores (who went to St. Maarten and Puerto Rico to shop) were living large at the expense of the poor. The goods were inferior just like that of the Chinese but they charged “tete negre”. That is no more; the poor malaway are able to buy affordable goods from the Chinese. Our people no longer go to neighbouring islands like St. Lucia to shop. I guess some Dominicans want the government to keep DA as Columbus discovered it; yet, they are the same ones who will turn around and complain of lack of development. Can one of the critics come up with a better option? Show us your money and you will get priority over the Chinese.

    • Papa Dom
      March 3, 2011

      That is the problem “show us the money” as in give me my cut under the table. If you honestly believe that this government is working in the best interest of Dominicans, then you need to visit Dr. Benjamin to have your head examined. I hope you’ll have the freedom to post on a forum such as this when you become a secon class citizen in the land of your birth.

    • Gabo
      March 3, 2011

      I agree with the lease option. I think it was The Dame, with pressure from one of our successful local businessmen, who removed most of the protection from the Aliens Land Holding law..

      But protection is needed because the island is small, and a really rich person or two could scheme and buy out Dominica if they cared to. As it is there is someone with a permanent ad looking for lands to buy, and I am sure it is not a local Dominican, and it is not Government who is selling the lands to them it is local Dominicans like me and you. Once land gets into the hands of foreigners, no matter how cheap they bought it, they want tet neg for it; so locals cannot hope to own those lands anymore at a reasonable price. That’s when we will be looking for visas for real.

      In olden times British city land was only conveyed by lease. At best a 99 year lease. If a man cannot make good on his investment in 99 years then its a bad deal all round – for the investor and the country. So I think a 99 year lease is the wisest thing. In addition it feeds confidence into the locals and can reduce or even remove hostility towards foreigners.

      If the foreign investor dont want that, then it is clear that he does not take the people’s interest and concerns into consideration, and that is a sign of problems down the road. So.let them take their money to another country. Some Dominicans will still rant about it, but you can only do what is best for your nation with a view to the future.

      A lot of things change in 99 years; and Nouveau riche would-be local investors who are descendents of the same ranters will be glad to have good land available.

  17. jah guide
    March 2, 2011

    they are chinese with Dominican Passports so they are Dominicans not foreigners they pay for their citizenship so they can buy what they want. Where is the MOU? We too moo moo just not saying a ting. By the time we decide to do something it will be too late

    • Papa Dom
      March 3, 2011

      So true my friend. These people are being warned of what is to come but they refuse to act but as I was taught a long time ago, “WHO CANNOT HEAR WILL FEEL”

  18. unknown
    March 2, 2011

    I do believe that building a hotel is a good thing, but selling our land to a foreign country investor is plain out dump. What happen to leasing the land? Selling the land right away only gives you a short term profit, leasing the land keeps u making money and the catch is the land is still yours. If we make a study around the caribbean island we will find that must island lease their land to foreigners, Take Anguilla for example, Antigua, St Martin. The list can go on and on. Wake up and smell the coffee. who knows if that wasnt part of the M.O.U

  19. gold
    March 2, 2011

    Let the chinese build,so when a new government gets in power we will run them out.skirrit can not stay in power for any fifty years as he predicted.A new government will know the secret of the M O U,THERE WILL BE LOT FOR THEM TO CLEAN UP.THE ONLY QUESTION WILL BE ARE DOMINICANS SMART ENOUGH TO THROW THAT CHINESE GOVT OUT?

  20. PAIN
    March 2, 2011

    “When they have power and authoriy they don’t give a dam about nobody, think it over my friend”
    Some like it HOT some like it cold.

    Skeritt 18 seats like it so, start to write your application and re’sume to de Chinese!

  21. jbfox.
    March 2, 2011

    We continue to be our own enemy in DA,we turn down beer and cement factories,they both went to ST.Lucia,see ST.Lucia now way ahead of us.We thought about international airport Antigua’s BIRD said he already have one what are we doing with it,we forget the idea,see them now way ahead.Wake up my people politicians will come and go the development of Dominica is more important than them.

    • ONE LOVE
      March 2, 2011

      YOU’RE DAM RIGHT —-NO FRIGGIN CHINESE HOTEL

      • Zenfan Morchoroh
        March 2, 2011

        One Love if you were a goat, i would never eat your head. Not in soup,stew, broth(braf) or any other way. We complain about lack of jobs but we rise against any jobs/ projects that can be beneficial to our country. Bondyeh ou en ciel pweservay Dominique mwen ka mande ou.

        • Papa Dom
          March 3, 2011

          Are people being employed in all the Chinese projects taking place at the moment?

        • ONE LOVE
          March 3, 2011

          ALL this GOAT is bleating for is REAL DEVELOPMENT – – – – EVEN A GOAT CAN SEE THAT WE NEED REAL DEVELOPMENT — ITS HARD TO FOOL THIS GOAT MEHHHHH

  22. Thanks
    March 2, 2011

    Skerrit, take a page out of Tortola’s book. Tortola is so small and still a British Dependant Territory. You will find No Chinese there, No Burger King there, No KFC there, No Subway there, No Quick Cash there, No Venezuelan there. Tortola knows how to protect it’s citizens and have laws in place to that end. The very caribbean nationals who work and live in Tortola for years (sometimes 10, 15, 20 years) cannot even achieve simple residence status much more to be able to buy land and build. There is no way a foreign national would have the permission to build anything unless or until a Tortolian owns part of said business.

    Tortola takes NO handouts and though one of the smallest with hardly any natural resources, is one of the wealthiest islands in the Caribbean.

    Skerrit, maybe you should pay Ralph O’Neal and the other boys out there a visit to learn how to manage an island and be successful at it. Oh, but them again, the leadership of Tortola is too transparent.

    …In DA we have an illegal prime minister, selling the country one lot at a time. But as old folks say, every day you take the bucket to the well, one day the bucket bottom MUST fall out! Give Gadhafi a call, he never thought he would see what is happening in Lybia today! TIME WILL TELL!!!!

  23. Brain Damage
    March 2, 2011

    The Chinese do not employ no other people besides their own Chinese. So what develope ment is that for us.
    Skerrite and his pals will be paid all their millions and pocket it, the rest of us will remain as a cucumber without grain… while the Chinese are laughing at us.

    The Govt. could use the location to build something for them because they are renting all over the place.

  24. A Voice
    March 2, 2011

    Boy, I understand the whole argument there about foreign investments and all that you know.

    But it seems in Dominica, that everything we possess that can make money, we love handing it over to foreigners. I mean all our utility companies that are cash cows in Dominica, the bulk of their profits seems to be going overseas.

    I mean all these foreign agents come buying up our local resources promising so much development for Dominica and we still eh seeing it. All we hear is that these companies are guaranteed huge profits and Dominica still have rolling black outs, and daily water shortages. See how much them Bahamians fight to prevent C&W from taking over their phone company. We need to start taking a page from that book.

    Is one thing I respect the young PM for is that he seems to be able to acquire funding when he needs it. But get that funding an invest in our own local utility companies and hotels and the like man. Yes, get a loan from China but invest it in our own geothermal energy source, our own 5-star hotels etc. Instead of spending $27 million on a house for the ‘president’, couldn’t that be used to set up our own hotel instead? We seem to have a mindset that foreigners can always maintain our local resources better than us.

    Boy, I am all for development and foreign investments and all that, but man strange things are happening….

    I watchin’ still….

  25. ROSEAU
    March 2, 2011

    I hope this sale of land in this prime real eatate area does not go on. Not to Chinese anyw ay!! Skerrit is selling out Dominica peice by piece and we seating here in silence?? Come out my people and demonstrate these illegal acts of treason.

    In whose name will the check be written?? Skerrit or Tony?? Bunch of Thei…….s

  26. Anonymous
    March 2, 2011

    Our land should not be sold to the Chinese but leased.at top dollar.Trust me more Chinese willl be in Dominica and it will be too late. Dominicans rise up and smell the coffee. At this point we cannot even full the hotel rooms that we have now except at Carnival time. What is the Hotel Association saying about that.What about the Layou Valley Hotel.We have problems ahead.

  27. POSITIVE
    March 2, 2011

    I am not a supporter of the corrupt DLP but I do support the venture. The project is viable and is likely to create jobs and additional development within the vicinity. The public works department should have been relocated a long time ago. I do hope that the garbage dump above the proposed location is gone – somebody tell me. It is time we D/cans become less political and more positive. I wish we could change our attitude and see things for what they are and not the political party color coded attitude. We must call corruption by name but we must also do so when development and prospect is knocking on the door.
    If we support the project that does not suggest that we are down playing the misconduct of the PM and the administration.
    While we still have a chance I hope the government divert the 27 million dollars into sustainable development instead.

  28. bigger
    March 2, 2011

    before the Chinese came here these buildings were virtually empty no Dominican saw it fit to invest typical always finding faults but in no position to make a difference.If the government had to rely on these prophets of doom the stadium would not be built the financial center,the woodbridge highway etc etc so skerro keep on doing the work the people elect you to do

    • well well
      March 3, 2011

      No one is arguing develpment.. but selling our land should be prohibited.

  29. Evolved
    March 2, 2011

    It really shows that the Government and the Ministry and Tourism has no set master plan for tourism development in Dominica. If you had to direct foreign investment into a worthwhile hotel development of all places to erect the hotel would be next to your commercial port?

    Would it not make more sense to suggest a badly needed hotel of international standard in an area more suitable for tourism development? The PM and his lackies travel frequently. They stay in very lavish hotels, surely they observe the environs of the hotels in which they stay so that they some level of suitability as it relates to proposed hotel sites.

    I guess the saying holds true – you can take a pig out of mud and put it in a palace and it will ALWAYS seek a mud pit.

    Wake up people – your job is to take Dominica forward not backward. Don’t allow the Chinese or any other foreign entity to dictate your development and physical planning agenda.

  30. Really?
    March 2, 2011

    I don’t see a problem with an investor and Government making a decision to build a hotel at that site. As it stands right now it is seriously underutilized and I believe we can use more hotel rooms in the City. However, I don’t understand why they are talking about selling the land and not going into a long term lease agreement with the developers?

  31. OH YEA
    March 2, 2011

    GO PM GO. WE WITH YOU ON THAT ONE AGAIN. BY THE TIME YOU LEAVE THIS GOVERNMENT DOMINICA WILL BE WELL PLACED ON THE ROAD TO DEVELOPMENT.

  32. Dominican
    March 2, 2011

    The government and people want development, the country definitely needs development. I am just hopeful that we can bring in the proper advisors for deals of this magnitude. These investments can be very positive for any country, however, they can also be very harmful. The “fine print” can make all the difference in these types of contracts. My humble opinion…clauses are key, such as, requiring investors to employ X percentage of Dominican nationals to both build the structure and to work there once it is built. Once those are properly tied in…we can all move forward in the right direction.

  33. Mikes
    March 2, 2011

    I would like to know:
    1- Where is public works garage going to be relocated to when they vacate the site?
    2- When will construction start on that new site?
    3- Who will finance the construction of the new garage?
    4- Would the current location not be contaminated from years of waste oil, etc?
    5- If it is contaminated which it likely is, who will pay for the clean up?
    6- Do we have the ambiance and enough open land there for a half decent hotel?
    7- What of the areas of Tarish pit and Yampis, will that sit well with the hotel and visitors?

    Just a few concerns.

  34. Hawk eye
    March 2, 2011

    It’s a disgrace that the government would consider this, even worst, talk about it. This is the next level management of the country that has gained popularity. They have allowed the China to economically colonise the dam country, now the chinese are hijaking everything. very soon they will start kicking our backside all over the place.

    Thanks PM

    • LONG
      March 2, 2011

      HAVE YOU EVER ASK YOUR SELF WHY YOU SO FOOLISH?

    • John oh
      March 2, 2011

      St Lucia would be happy to have it

    • only
      March 2, 2011

      Another sell out on the part of the govt.
      The Chinese have an oil deal with Russia so that they will be almost the only country that can afford to travel as oil goes sky high on purpose.

    • Dominica's Child
      March 2, 2011

      Hawk eye your ranting is typical of the enemy of development. Who will doubt that people like you and the Martins, Burn-a-debt and Jerry and the others must tell the nation what is in that MOU that you all guys signed with Christopher Columbus that you so strongly oppose development.

      You and your clique are hell bent to take the government to court for each and every developmental project that is proposes. Is this your only contribution to Dominica’s development?

      I can assure you that you and your clique will never find favour from Christopher Columbus, this poor spanish guy must be rolling in his grave at your stupidity.

      Keep preaching anti-development so that someone won’t praise this present government, how sad my friend.

  35. wow
    March 2, 2011

    hey hey people sometimes we need other persons to invest in our country, but there has to be a limit to everything.
    now i would love to see my fellow men being business owners too,i am tired of seeing blacks working for otheres even in their own country,. i am a broke black man myself but you never know, wht the future may bring…
    who is gonna build this hotel? where are they geting the finance from. why can’t domincans pull thieir recourse together to built hotels too.
    then again i thought it was said earlier that hotels are not a good investment in dominica, the garraway hotel is not doing well …..

    well don’t tell that to the chineese,,,,,they are definitley seeing the oppo

  36. TheTop
    March 2, 2011

    So if it was a man from States all you would agree!

    Yes iiii

    • Brain Damage
      March 2, 2011

      There would have been a 50% chance he would employ Dominicans , but de Chinese ? 0%!

      • mahaut
        March 3, 2011

        But even in America, Chinese employ there own.

  37. COCOTTE
    March 2, 2011

    I will wait to see how many Dominicans will get employment in that investment. I will also wait to see how many Dominicans will be employed in the hotel.

  38. JESSICA FLETCHER
    March 2, 2011

    I am not going into politics with this. Politicians are accomplished liars and in the absence of the MOU we will never know the truth. Dominicans are not against development. We want it and we need it. People, be aware of your history. Bob Marley warned ‘Don’t forget your history’. It is because you learn from your mistakes and that of others. Just ask Jamaica. They will explain to you the cause of their demise. The chinese had invested heavily in Jamaica to the point of taking over from the locals. When the government changed and they could no longer get their way, they withdrew all their money from the banks, abandoned their homes and businesses and left the country in ruin. The economy took a head dive to the point where their currencey is worth nothing. And Jamaica has never revived from this. This is what we are trying to avoid. They can invest. We just do not want them to own too much. When we become dependent on them, then we set up ourselves for problems.

    • mahaut
      March 3, 2011

      Jessica,
      you mean IMF, not the Chinese. Would you blame any investor that run away from a country, if the terms that were negotiated before has changed on him/her and is not beneficial to them? every investor goes to another country in terms of making a profit, first and foremost. If that profit is no longer viable and it’s a lost to him, what do you think that they should do. Continue investing?

      Reason with yourself, look up material then come on here and make informed decisions, that can educate the masses.

  39. thinker
    March 2, 2011

    Is that another ‘Layou’ hotel in the making?

    • LONG
      March 2, 2011

      IT WONT BE. BECAUSE THE UWP DIDNT PUT THEIR HANDS IN IT. EVERYTHING THING THEY TOUCH IS CURSE.

      DADDY SKARRO WILL START IT AND COMPLETE IT LIE HE DID FOR THE STADIUM, ALL THE ROADS, SCHOOLS, HEALTH AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT, SCHOLARSHIPS, JOBS, ECT.

      SO IT WONT BE A LAYOU RIVER HOTEL.

      AND PLEASE BE INFORMED WE WILL COMPLETE THE LAYOU HOTEL TOO. JUST WAIT TO SEE

      • thinker
        March 3, 2011

        I don’t support political parties –
        I support their morals and ethics
        unlike you who support people
        in politics. I hope ‘Daddy Skerro’ help
        buy you land in China. I hope you
        know the meaning of communism
        and its implications.

  40. wow
    March 2, 2011

    hey hey people sometimes we need other persons to invest in our country, but there has to be a limit to everything.
    now i would love to see my fellow men being business owners too,i am tired of seeing blacks working for otheres even in their own country,. i am a broke black man myself but you never know, wht the future may bring…
    who is gonna build this hotel? where are they geting the finance from. why can’t domincans pull thieir recourse together to built hotels too.
    then again i thought it was said earlier that hotels are not a good investment in dominica, the garraway hotel is not doing well …..

    well don’t tell that to the chineese,,,,,they are definitley seeing the opportunity

  41. charmed
    March 2, 2011

    thats why they call us DOMI IN CANS

    • HOHO
      March 2, 2011

      NO WANDER YOU ARE ONE

      • charmed
        March 3, 2011

        we all are foul!!!!!!!!!!!!
        don’t be a foul and show it
        you must be from another origin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. WIKILEAKS
    March 2, 2011

    Anonymous if you continue with your dotishness, I will be sending the Chinese to buy you out then turn you into a fake uwp…shut up already.

    Do you want development or do you want a parcel of land with crap metal on it….Make up your mind because Dominica need development and the chinese are looking for places to develop.

    Please read , please read, please read…stop acting like a fool anonymous…please allow Matt and Lennox to think of you as who you are.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/21/baha-mar-bahamas-resort-c_n_826205.html

    • projects
      March 2, 2011

      AA WIKILEAKS U WRITE LIKE AASTAPHAN WEEE

  43. Ms. chin
    March 2, 2011

    All hotels should be build on the coast best view and beaches. Develope the coast and the north that
    is where the best beaches are. Roseau is already crowded and the court house needs to be moved.
    Why have a court house on prime property on the water front it should be built where public works is with
    under ground parking. The present court house should be turn into a shopping mall with restaurants on
    the top floor.

    • charmed
      March 2, 2011

      i totally agree

      i like that last idea though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :-P

    • lol
      March 2, 2011

      :) mind de chinee hear you

    • Charmer
      March 2, 2011

      Wonderful!!!!

  44. creative
    March 2, 2011

    But Mr. Skerrit, How is that all these things never was mentioned in you all’s manifesto, during campaign time. It seems like decisions are just being made out of the blue, and although I know you all, the Labor party was elected to serve the people of Dominica, I, and many other natives both in and out of Dominica, are wondering about some of these decisions. We are selling Dominica slowly but surely, and soon we will all be kicked out. People open your eyes and ears and see what is happening!!!!

    • WEH WEH WEH WEH
      March 2, 2011

      STOP BEING A FOOL. YOU MAKING PEOPLE BELIEVE YOU FROM MARIGOT.

      I CANT ASK YOU TO ASK EDISON HOW GOVERNMENT OPERATES….BECAUSE HE HIM SELF DONT NO.

      BUT GET A BOOK AND READ WHAT IS A MANIFESTO AND WHAT IS A GOVERNMENT.

      IF RON GREEN DIDNT PUT HIS MANIFESTO ON DOMLEC LINE I WOULD SEND YOU TO ASK HIM EH.

      BUT UP TO TODAY WE CANT FINE IT. SO I WONT BLAME YOU TO MUCH FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING WHATS A MANIFESTO.

  45. Esquire
    March 2, 2011

    Folks – you scream – we want development! We want Jobs! We need first class hotels!

    The Government responds. We have prime land to develop a hotel for sale. FOR SALE!

    Anyone can buy including Dominicans. A Chinese look at it and say – that is a good investment. Let me do it. No peep from a Dominican.

    Dominican Folks still screaming – we want development! We want Jobs! We need first class hotels!

    Government announce: We are selling to a Chinese to build a hotel, thus development of a first class hotel which bring jobs to the local population.

    Dominican Folk in the name of Traveler, d/ca is finished, fire and Mpress respond above.

    I am confused. What do my people want?

    • Mpress
      March 2, 2011

      Do you honestly think that the Chinese will over look their people and employ Dominicans. Look at the trend, they look out for their own and I think it is high time we Dominicans do the same. Don’t be naive.

      • WEH WEH WEH WEH
        March 2, 2011

        WHAT WE NEED IS THE HOTEL. AND THE CHINIES WILL NEVER EMPLOY THEIR PEOPLE ALONE. SO STOP BEING A FOOL. THERE ARE MANY DOMINICAN PEOPLE WORKING ON THE ROAD.

      • Esquire
        March 2, 2011

        Mpress – do you or any other Dominican have the money to build a first class hotel at that site?

        If a Dominican step up right now and commit, with provable resources to build a first class hotel on this site – in fact any West Indian, or black man in the world – step up with the resources to build this first class hotel – then I am with you.

        But, right now, all I hear is HATE of the Chinese because they are different from us in look and in their culture. Do you know what we black people call that when white people treat us that way?

        Guess.

  46. Chinaman
    March 2, 2011

    learn from the chinese, lease don’t sell

  47. FOREVER POSITIVE
    March 2, 2011

    ALL YOU DOMINICA THAT COMMENTING ON THE CHINESS, ALL YOU FORGET DOMINICANS GOING IN THE COUNTRY AND BUYING PROPERTY. WHY CAN SOMEONE DO IT IN YOUR COUNTRY. DOMINICA HAS TO MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL.WAKE UP IS FIRST COUNTRY OTHER COUNTRIES BUYING LAND IN IT. I WANT TO KNOW IF CHINA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY CAN TAKE THE LAND AND BRING IT TO THEIR COUNTRY. FOOLISH PEOPLE

    • Edgar Hoover
      March 2, 2011

      Exactly!!

    • well well
      March 2, 2011

      Buying the property or leasing the property? You can never finish paying for property in the US, all when you drop dead the beneficiaries are paying.. SO I CALL IT LEASING

    • John oh
      March 2, 2011

      Ask the pal rep for Roseau central how good it is to do deals with them.

    • Gabo
      March 3, 2011

      Forever Positive, I agree they cannot take ihe country to China or anywhere else, But, But. There is a BIG BUT. They dont have to take the country to China or anywhere else to own it.
      Consider this: Dominica is tiny. China is huge..

  48. Patriotic Citizen
    March 2, 2011

    What details are being considered in this discussion and what plans are being made for accommodation for the surrounding sites? I am pro-investing but I mean Dominica is not shy of land as a resource… Are there any other locations which are being considered?

  49. mwe meme
    March 2, 2011

    allu can build a hotel to give us jobs? sell the DAM LAND

    • Mamie
      March 2, 2011

      Chinese does not hire blacks. Oh yes the blacks will be in the laundry room and in the garden planting and
      watering the plants. And keeping the place clean and at what pay.

    • fire
      March 2, 2011

      You fool

      • Ms. chin
        March 2, 2011

        I do have a brain and I also have a job but do you.

    • fire
      March 2, 2011

      mwe mse, Do you have a darn brain?

      • LOL HAHAHA
        March 2, 2011

        MWE MEME HAS BEEN A FOOL ALL OF HER LIFE.

        SHE HAS A MASTERS IN ASSIOLOGY

  50. gwab
    March 2, 2011

    next they’ll be selling our rivers and water… the next most valuable thing to come in the future, when we as citizens of this country will be without water.

    And please hsuh your mouth beofre you start spouting off, this has happened to many oterh countries,ok, so educate yourself first. We sell out to bigger conuntires, whom we tehn have to buy from at HIGH prices. We will be banned from collecting water in what few rivers we will haev left after they build teh three big dams that will cut off all teh major water supplies.

    The plans to dam the water will leave all small rivers dried up and they only will have access, we will be forced to pay high prices for water,and when it is at its scarcest and everyone vying for control, we will be like Africans, poor in a country rich with such a resource. MARK MY WORDS the plans are in the works.

    • only
      March 2, 2011

      They already did. You just didn’t notice.

  51. VAWB
    March 2, 2011

    One million alone….. what the hell???????????

  52. Mpress
    March 2, 2011

    Why don’t you sell the whole dam country while you’re at it.

    • sadist
      March 2, 2011

      don’t forget he”s taking the country to HIS NEXT LEVLE and not THE NEXT LEVLE

    • Curious
      March 2, 2011

      Because he doesn’t own ‘the whole damn country’
      Please get real!

  53. fire
    March 2, 2011

    Chinese will take over our country soon. But what is going on?

    • Listen
      March 2, 2011

      This is real craziness. Can we go to China and do the same Skerrit?

      • Curious
        March 2, 2011

        And what have you got to offer the Chinese that would benefit in some way?
        Why don’t you but the land and build a hotel and employ the locals.
        Stop being so myopic and ignorant. How many Dominicans own land/house in other countries?

        • Listen
          March 2, 2011

          Everything I have is for my family pappy, just like how the Chinese keep everything in their family.

    • charmed
      March 2, 2011

      they have already taken over

      Name one street in roseau where you will not find a chinese store or restaurant

      even in portsmouth they flucking up to

      chineses like when their is a plague in a country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
      everywhere u turn everywhere u look..

      they even walking on the streets drunk now on a friday when they drink thier rum by the roseau river or when they come out and sewo by krams in mahaut.

    • LOL HAHAHA
      March 2, 2011

      ONCE MY PM DONT SELL YOU IN IT. CUS U IS A WASTE

      • charmed
        March 3, 2011

        your PM he must be passing you under the table and you don’t even know at least my eyes and ears open they can’t sell me but you it looks like it is to late for you >>

        how much did you cost !!!!!!!!!!!

        i’m sure it was not much because you all are so blind infront of the truth…..

        i hope your not one of tjose who is singing for their supper

        hope is not bread and butter they feeding you with………

  54. d/ca is finished
    March 2, 2011

    sad sad sad…shame

  55. Traveler
    March 2, 2011

    Lord, Lord, Lord!!! Protect our Dominica from the imposters who are prostituting her.

    • fire
      March 2, 2011

      I am turning green reading that story. Which other country is next in line to purchase a piece of Dominica?

    • WIKILEAKS
      March 2, 2011

      Are you willing to purchase the land and do something better????

      Why are some people opposed to development???

      • Anonymous
        March 2, 2011

        wikileaks u need serious prayers to remove whatever it is u have clouding your eyes and radiating to your brains and making you sound like a great big fool.

      • fire
        March 2, 2011

        We are not oppose to developement.. we are oppose to the selling of our land. Some brain and lease. Why you vex because we don’t agree???

        • WIKILEAKS
          March 2, 2011

          Fire, there was this African Prince that wanted to develop a huge plantation. Some pleasant European Investors asked him to sell the property to develop farming. The country said let him rent it for a British Pound /Year.

          They said fine and they did. For over a hundred years, the investors planted and raked in millions and only paid one British pound a year. The old men died and so the farming. The families of the investors saw no stake in a rented piece of land and went back to Europe

          Today, the land is there (YES), scorched, burnt out, nothing grows there….but only tribalism

          Do you see the moral of the story…..Big Dummie

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