The Government of Dominica has announced that it is currently in contact with a group of vessel operators to determine all the issues needed to be considered in acquiring a vessel primarily for transporting Dominica’s agricultural commodities.
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, told a press conference on Monday, October 21st, that the availability of a cargo vessel will enable hucksters and companies involved in the trade of agricultural goods to take advantage of markets in the south of the Caribbean.
“As it is now the transportation south of Dominica is highly compromised and we are unable to take advantage of the markets in Barbados, in Trinidad and other countries because of the inadequacies of the transportation to the south,” he said. “We are in discussion with private sector boat owners, and the intention is that the Government will purchase this boat and enter into a management contract with a Dominican who will be able to manage and operate this boat”.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Government’s real interest is “the facilitation of export and trade” which will no doubt bring immense opportunities as far as job creation is concerned.
In recent times, the Dominica Export Import Agency, (DEXIA) and Dominica Agricultural Producers and Exporters Limited,(DAPEX) have had difficulty in taking advantage of export opportunities available to them because of their inability to secure transportation when needed and at rates which are economically viable.
The Government of Dominica is hoping that the private sector will express interest in partnering with Government in this enterprise.