Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has defended his administration’s decision to invest in regional airline LIAT, insisting that the move was in the best interest of Dominica.
In Parliament on Thursday $3-million was allocated to the Ministry of Finance, which will go towards the government’s investment in the cash-strapped airline.
In explaining the government’s decision to invest, the prime minister said he sees LIAT as an important contributor to improving air access to the island. “This administration has taken the decision to become a shareholder in the regional airline because we see LIAT as an important contributor towards the efforts at improving and enhancing air access to Dominica,” he pointed out.
He said the investment is in the best interest of the people of Dominica. “We strongly believe that this investment is in the best interest of the people of this country,” he argued. “This contribution will facilitate the acquisition of new air craft and is expected to create new opportunities for more visitors to come to our island as well as to facilitate the movement of citizens to Dominica.”
Late last year Skerrit announced that Dominica had finalized its investment status with LIAT and for the first time Dominica attended a shareholders meeting in Barbados.
The move, the prime minister said last year, would allow the island to “assist the continued presence of LIAT flying into Dominica and indeed throughout the region.”