PM stresses impact of global economic crisis as budget day looms

The Prime Minister makes a point at the meeting on Wednesday evening
The Prime Minister makes a point at the meeting on Wednesday evening

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has once again stressed the impact of global economic challenges on Dominica ahead of Budget Day on Friday.

He told a gathering of musicians on Wednesday evening that Dominica will continue to feel the impact for another five to seven years.

“And of course you are putting a budget together in the context of the present global situation,” he noted. “The financial crisis which hit the world in 2008 is still with us and going to be with us in the next five, six seven years, in my own personal view.”

He noted that challenges confronting the European Union, the United States and the rest of the Caribbean are not going to disappear.

He pointed out that many Caribbean countries have adjustment programs in place in light of the challenges.

“Most countries in the Caribbean have some kind of structural adjustment program, from Jamaica down to Suriname,” the Prime Minister said. “Those who do not have with the IMF have their own internal homegrown structural adjustment program, slashing expenditure dramatically because revenue has dropped, they are unable to implement capital projects because they do not have access to the money.”

He said in many countries the revenue generated is not enough to take care of the services which the state has to provide and he pointed to Spain where he said unemployment among young people is 50 percent.

“And that is a developed country in the European Union,” he remarked.

Skerrit also noted that in an economy like Dominica’s with limited fiscal space, there are many needs and challenges and questioned how scarce resources are shared in responding to different groups with different interests in society.

“Farmers have interests, fishermen, tourism people, the social groups, the NGO, civil society and not to mention the various government departments which made requests to the minister of finance to include things in the budget …,” he stated.

The budget for the new financial year will be presented in parliament on Friday morning

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81 Comments

  1. UWP Supporter
    July 23, 2017

    He is going to blame Lennox Linton for exposing their corrupt practises. The pot is running dry.

  2. the fly
    July 24, 2015

    HI titiwi, your comment 24july2015 you are so right, i will give that, have a bless day.

  3. too late
    July 24, 2015

    “Farmers have interests, fishermen, tourism people, the social groups, the NGO, civil society and not to mention the various government departments which made requests to the minister of finance to include things in the budget …,” he stated.

    yes mr skerrit it is OK for these groups to have interests, those are the people you had to be taking care of rather than your self ,your ministers ,male friends and female friends.

    ‘Thank God for skerrit”

  4. too late
    July 24, 2015

    what about all the boast mista dem was boasting about how this PM can get money from all over the world. what happen now nuh? :lol: Skerrit doh tired fool poor labourites? :-D

  5. MandyB
    July 24, 2015

    The Prime Minister is making excuses like a schoolboy who forgot to do his homework till the last minute.

  6. MandyB
    July 24, 2015

    The Prime Minister is making excuses like a schoolboy who forgot to do his till the last minute.

  7. Cry for who
    July 24, 2015

    With all this cries of Global Economic Crisis, it does not look like it affected the Labour Party Ministers because the are affected by a perpetual state called afluenza. It’s symptoms fattens necks, fills their face making it rounded and most of all increases bank accounts. Why is the rest of the population not getting this disease? I wonder why?

  8. Moin meme
    July 23, 2015

    My God! Not Again!!!! GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS? Why stop there? Why don’t you go all the way back to the proverbial, “WORKERS DAT DO DAT” pitch.
    Unfortunately, the blind supporters of this administration who actually read and listen to news will swallow the pill once again.

  9. Bereshammomd Bellyfull
    July 23, 2015

    Dominica, you joooking! My binnoculars are on the Blue Mountains and I’m laughing behind the scenes.

  10. concerned and asserted
    July 23, 2015

    Even the very illiterate knows if he do not work to earn, he has to steal, prostitute, do drugs or something to get by today, i cannot understand a whole cabinet of men and women who claim to be top literate class of people in the country coupled with a series of advisors and advocacies, can allow a fertile country rich in natural resources to get so poor; so much so that the country has to either run by taxes or passport sales money, can you imagine?
    In the history of this country can any one measure the state of the economy with G D P for the last 50 years to see where we have the worst state of the country’s economy? i strongly feel it is from 2000 to 2015, and accordingly it must it has to be this way because????

  11. Weeping Tom
    July 23, 2015

    Wey, wey, wey, wey, wey, wey, wey…what a government boy. Alas Dominique, I weep for you.

  12. 007
    July 23, 2015

    BS. When will this pm stop using the this global financial crisis line as an excuse for his failure.and I like the way he has set up his excuse for the next few years saying the the effects of the crisis will be with us for the next 5,6,7 years .wrong mr.pm your failure will be with us. Smh.

    • John Paul
      July 23, 2015

      I hope when Lennox Linton as Prime Minister cites the Global crisis Skeritt as Leader of the Opposition acknowledges His remarks about how long the Crisis will be with us

  13. Deauditor
    July 23, 2015

    Fear no more Dominicans, tomorrow’s budget speech is a practice run or more accurately a forerunner of
    of his 2017 speech.

  14. Thorbjørn Jagland
    July 23, 2015

    :lol: :lol: :lol: During the 2012/13 Budget Address, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made reference to the Global Financial Crisis about 23 times, in 2013/14 about 17 times and 2014/15 about 15. He used the terms; Global Financial Crisis, Economy Meltdown, Recession, Crisis, Economic Woes and Economic Crunch.
    Dominica will be stagnant for the next 5 years Layba Ka Pliche Dominique

  15. alas
    July 23, 2015

    aren’t we on the verge of debt crisis????
    So you willing to admit it eh?
    bankrupt of ideas?
    First you PM must bow out, second we deserve a REAL minister of finance!!

  16. Ambra Battilana
    July 23, 2015

    Who have eyes to see let them see, a chinese businessman in Roseau say skerrit have no ideas, Dominicans well sot to vote mister again :lol: :lol: :lol:

  17. Tampa
    July 23, 2015

    Dominicans, do not be surprised if Mr. Skerrit imposes new taxes, either directly or indirectly, on the backs of people. This government is going to leave this country and people with one huge economic cancer by the time it leaves office. I hope that everyone(excluding the members of the cabal. They are safe with all the wealth they have amassed) is preparing for it. It will be brutal, mark my word.

  18. Insane
    July 23, 2015

    Mr Prime minister don’t come at this eleventh and play smart with foolishNess. During the campaign you played super man to get votes, now reality playing catch up with you. No excuse this time, you did all kinds of stuff during election so do the same to deliver the promises. New roads, Roseau at the most modern city in the caribbean?, tablets for school children, Job for all, investors, international air port.
    Mr Skertit shame on you for trying insult the intelligence of Dominicans. You really take Dominicans for fools because they continue to keep you in power = from poverty to riches.
    Come better than that Mr Pm. There are many highly qualified Dominicans at home and abroad just watching
    YOU are a politrickster n you lover only yourself n your subjects n clowns. The opposition will give you a goood run for your money this time. ..Come with your 2cents budgets, you might have to carry it in your simple 400 thousand house up north. ..

  19. July 23, 2015

    Things are so bad yet you added more members to the biggest cabinet per capita in the region. Additionally you created 4 new unjustifiable positions for people like Ambrose etc each earning $80.000 per annum. Boy this PM have no heart but its all good you DUMB ini CANS voted him back in office so take what you get.

  20. Tampa
    July 23, 2015

    Mr. Skerrit, how do you justify increase the size of cabinet when, according to you other countries are “slashing expenditure” Does that make sense?
    You said that in many countries the revenue generated is not enough to take care of the services which the state has to provide and you pointed to Spain where you said unemployment among young people is 50 percent. Why couldn’t you simply include Dominica’s youth unemployment figure? And why are you using Spain to compare Dominica instead of the other OECS countries?
    In addition, we are tired of you Mr. PM using the 2008 global economic crisis as an excuse for your poor performance. You are the only PM in the region who has consistently used this excuse from 2008 to 2015. What does that tell the nation about your leadership and sense of vision? Any good leader or manager would have developed a strategy for getting the country out of this economic crisis after 11 years. If you were a manager in the private sector you would have been…

  21. July 23, 2015

    what else did you all expect. He was voted back in by DUMB Ini CANS

  22. My View
    July 23, 2015

    I am so sick of this ‘stuck record’ excuse. Dominica is a huge country with so much underutilized land and resources but eh las…. We are suffering under skerronomics that is leading us TO DESTRUCTION. All the other islands are producing more agricultural crops than us and tourism is growing.
    Farmers were sprayed with tear gas and shot at when they protested over poor roads. Not one box of bananas has been exported for the year. Just yesterday, the AID Bank manager said that the hotel industry had the most delinquent loans…..eh las bondieu….
    SKERRIT AND THE LABOUR PARTY HAS BROUGHT THE COUNTRY TO ITS KNEES. ALL THEY DID WAS SQUANDER MONEY OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS IN SOCIAL PROGRAMMES THAT WERE UNSUSTAINABLE AND PLACE SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES…..NOW ALL OF US HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT…..MEANWHILE LABOUR PARTY CRONIES BECAME RICH THROUGH THE SALE OF PASSPORTS….
    STILL I WILL CONTEND THAT DOMINICANS DESERVER THE GOVERNMENT THEY VOTED SO STRONGLY FOR OVER THE PAST 1

  23. Gurrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
    July 23, 2015

    We are all aware of the global economic crisis …………but …….……how many times are we going to use the global economic crisis as an excuse for non-performance and a lack of productive AND PROGRESSIVE economic policies ……….this is just ridiculous!!!!!! HEAR HIM ……….“The financial crisis which hit the world in 2008 is still with us …….and going to be with us in the next five (2020)……….., six (2021) ………..seven (2022) years, in my own personal view.” ………….so basically the excuse for shabby economic performance by the administration is basically covered for the next seven years ………..don’t forget the 15 years that we have already endured because things were bad before 2008…………This is a grand total of 22 years!!!!!!!
    Other countries of the region are experiencing difficulties but they are also implementing progressive polices in an attempt to cushion or reverse some of the difficulties…………… they are not just making excuses…….BIG STUUUPUUUUUUUUPES!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Lougawoo Mem
    July 23, 2015

    For the first time, I just don’t have words to express my feelings about Roosevelt Skerrit’s exploitation of the ignoramuses who continue to believe his lies and deception.

    Certainly, those who feel it, know it. The government continues to prostitute the country, fools the people while they, the ministers and cronies get exceedingly richer and their poor supporters do not know where their next meal is coming from.

  25. July 23, 2015

    Waw thats a waste of public resources paying thiese guys waw

  26. Francisco Telemaque
    July 23, 2015

    This man keep on singing the same old tune, about some global economic challenges! It would appear that he is simply existing on another planet by himself, and not actually living! The man is in darkness, if he is thinking in terms of what transpired in Greece recently, the failed economy of Greece has absolutely no impact on the world at large!

    It may have frightened the people whose currency is the Euro, but what does that have to do with Dominica, we trade nothing of significance on the European market except some half dead bananas, so it is difficult to understand why he keep singing this stupid tune!

    If he believe the tourist wont visit, it will not be because of global squat, it is because of no international flight to Dominica. The problem with Dominica is Skerrit!

  27. July 23, 2015

    Please do not blame global economic crisis for nothing, skerrit you need to blame your lack of leadership management, I taught that the citizenship mInvestment program is to help Dominica’s economy, skerrit where is the billions of dollars generating from the sale of Dominica, Dominica property and the passport going?, where is the money skerrit? DOMINICANS NEED TO KNOW, skerrit according to the saying the longest rope have an end, and the long rope you tied with will surely come to an end, skerrit keep on fooling Dominican but you can’t fool the Creator, the Lord God Almighty, skerrit your day will come, skerrit all the wealth and the lavish life you and your friends enjoying bleeding Dominica will surely come to an end some day, tanto tanto skerrit

  28. Prodigal
    July 23, 2015

    Eh beh scapegoat sa la ni malaire, papa. Skerrit give dat goat so much coul lien tambrin, bodah cabwit la pete. R.I.P. dear Scapegoat. You were sacrificed at the alter of Ineptitude and Malfeasance to serve the greater needs of the greedy and corrupt. May your unjust demise not be in vain.

  29. July 23, 2015

    Please sir, with all due respect to you, take this crap and vacate this honourable office.

  30. LANSAL
    July 23, 2015

    when you was spending 30 million on an election, you did not know we were still on the 2008 financial crisis.

  31. NKRUMAH KWAME
    July 23, 2015

    Seems we are now asking the victims to apologize to their torturers :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    HOTEP!

  32. Views Expressed
    July 23, 2015

    Ha…Ha..ha…ha……ha.. The Global impact is right here in the circles of the Cabinet and PM`s Office. The Red Clinic was a fiscal disaster which bought people to be loyal to one man and had a negative impact on the crying poor economy. Washwa Douglas could have explained this to you Skerrit. You are no expert or person to talk of economy and globalisation impact. Too much sweet talk, we need economical and fiscal discipline

  33. NKRUMAH KWAME
    July 23, 2015

    You voted for this “misgovernment” which is guilty of incompetence,inefficiency, corruption, pomposity and self-importance and a thorn in the flesh of the population, not forgetting its propensity for LYING. Take what you get now and make a change next time.
    HOTEP!

  34. Shameless
    July 23, 2015

    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: Are you preparing the masses for the next general election already? You seem to be telling us that ALL the election promises made during the last campaign should NOT be taken seriously. You see, when you keep LIEING to the people with a straight face knowing full well that you are incapable of engineering a solid economic recovery plan for our country’s survival then you have to pay the consequences.

    I am taking it that many of the projects including the rehabilitation of Roseau, the Roseau River Promenade, the International airport among others will remain another elusive dream so we will blame it on the Global financial Crisis that has plagued Dominica for the past 20 years that the failed DLP is in office. That man is clueless and we are headed to the abyss for sure.

    Good for us Dominicans because we too like government handout in exchange for our votes. Ebeh bonda nou toute PATAY!

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted: :twisted:…

  35. July 23, 2015

    More excuses Skerro? Just tell the Dominican public that you cannot grow the economy and we need a new election to find your replacement. All I am hearing from you is that Dominica is going to remain at bottom of the economic pile in the Eastern Caribbean for the unforeseeable future. Very sad.

  36. REAL!!!!
    July 23, 2015

    Skerrit if the USA was to give you 1Billion dollars today you still would not be able to fixed our economic.
    Why? Because you are incompetent.

    I strongly believe you are doing your best but your best is a failing grade. This job is way too difficult for you Skerrit.

    Up to now you have not realized food security( agriculture) is the main thing that will grow our economy. The USA invested in its banks because it knew lending was the key to turn around its economy during the crisis.
    What you did with the money from Venezuela and China invest it in structure (with no economical benefit) and social programs. You job was put all this money intro agriculture to get Dominica out of the economic crisis.

    Today you are still crying Economic Crisis….10yrs from now if you are still in power you will be crying Economic Crisis.

  37. youth
    July 23, 2015

    Well yeah that’s what the ppl voted for to hear your lies..

  38. CIA on the Watch
    July 23, 2015

    A direct result when Diaspora voters can decide who should govern the country where the locals have to deal with the every day situation. This Hon Prime Minister is really taking advantage of the high level of illiteracy in Dominica, such a sad state of affairs.

    • Gary
      July 23, 2015

      How insulting, arrogant and foolish you sound, suggesting that The PM is taking advantage of the high level of illiteracy in Dominica.The statements made by The PM regarding the up coming budget is no different from what Municipal Governments and State Governments are echoing to you in the diaspora. You need to realize facts are facts they will not disappear simply because of your partisan political beliefs.

      Why the ludicrous assumption that diaspora voters are more competent in exercising their franchise, and that they can be better stewards for the locals when it comes to solving their every day situation, wow, how absurd.

      • Frenz
        July 23, 2015

        I agree that the facts are the facts. Here are some facts though and I am sure like rvery other Laborite you will run aesy from the facts. In a world economic crisis situation you and your party hawks spent $32 million in 30 days. In a world economic crisis
        some of you could build rebuild and own several properties to include water front property in NYC. When Dominicans are struggling some of you travel high end on overseas trip and wont eat ” bakes and codfish” and travel in Rolls Royce.

      • Gary
        July 24, 2015

        To Frenz

        Your comment regarding the spending of $32 million in 30 days by The Government in the last elections just shows me how much you are willing to entertain such nonsense to support your political partisan beliefs.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        July 24, 2015

        Gary, how come you are the only one defending the spending of that $30,0000,000.00, not even Skerrit has denied the claim once!

        Now that I said that, I am sure he is going lie and say that never happened. Boy always remember you can stare a fire without an arc (spark) and wherever there is smoke there must be a fire, you can’t have one without the other.

  39. memoi
    July 23, 2015

    isn’t that the same PM who said that things are so good in Dominica we have to be sending money for our families living in the USA. what happened to that mr.PM, how is that all the wealth gone so fast. Is it that your were not telling the truth, fooling us, taking the … for a ride, ……. they are all the same so just pick one, we know, you can say it out loud now.

  40. Ba Yo Bwa
    July 23, 2015

    Well I think the “Ayes have it” on this one. Same old, same old. Global Crisis my foot! What’s the plan for reviving the economy? Now that you’ve won the elections, where is the comprehensive plan to, not just fix, but revolutionize the economy? Global Crisis and all! You sir and your band of Alibaba supporters are tiring, to say the least. But I notice how fat you guys getting, in spite of the so-called crisis in the economy. Seems like some animals are not equal to others.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      July 23, 2015

      Global crisis is Skerrit scapegoat!

      The man either does not read or listen to international development, there was a global crisis between 2008, to about 2011, and that was caused by the collapsed of the Real Estate industry in the United States, where some of us woke up in the morning, and by night fall we lost millions of dollars, because the values of our property fell below 50%

      That collapse had international impact, on some European nations especially Britain, but the crisis is long over, property values are right back to where they were prior to the collapsed.

      The median price of a single family house in California this very day is more almost six hundred thousand dollars. where as when the market collapsed that same property would be sold for less than two hundred thousand dollars. He can talk crap as much as he wish Dominica will collapsed under him!

  41. Dangleben
    July 23, 2015

    here is a man who did not have the foresight that he punished farmers an industry he should have been focusing on all along to the point that he buried it – he focused on things that had no long term sustainability and now is lying thru his teeth and using ” GLOBAL CRISIS ” as an excuse – , he is yet to tell us how many passports have been sold at quarter million a pop!! ARE WE THAT STUPID AS A PEOPLE – T KEEP TAKING THIS MANS NONSENSE?

  42. Dominican
    July 23, 2015

    I smell a dead RAT!! Global Financial eh Skerro? :lol:

  43. Dominican
    July 23, 2015

    CHOOOPPSSSSS…!

  44. too late
    July 23, 2015

    Skerro did the global economic crisis affect you . Nathan, Lawrence, Burton, Austrie, blackmore , tony, foreign minister and so on, or has it affected ordinary Dominicans only? in other words mr Pm how were you able to build your lovely house with a swimming pool , purchase lands, ………….
    ” Thank God for Skerrit’

    • too late
      July 23, 2015

      DNO I wrote Alleged Villas does not the term Alleged clear you of any lawsuits?

    • the fly
      July 23, 2015

      too late, you must be one hell of an illiterate person ,bet you never been far from Dominica have you?

  45. TRUEMAN
    July 23, 2015

    ******************** STOP SAYING THAT*****************

    Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has once again stressed the impact of global economic challenges on Dominica ahead of Budget Day on Friday.

    ……………………………………………….

    How many more times are we going to use this “GLOBAL CRISIS” excuse!!!

    This is no longer a valid excuse for NOT being able to grow the economy!!
    If the government had a mapped out a real economic vision, then one would understand. BUT, we never had an economic plan in the first place….. yet we keep using this same old “global crisis” excuse!!

    Still, best wishes for us all!!

    • CIA on the Watch
      July 23, 2015

      Looks like Dominica is a colony of Greece.

      • LANSAL
        July 23, 2015

        lol

      • Titiwi
        July 23, 2015

        That may not be as fanciful as it sounds. We have a consul in Athens, Greece by the name of Christos Vardikos and another one in Cyprus, Athanasis Ktorides a Greek-Cypriot, who was the founder of the Commercial Bank of Greece in that island.
        Ironically both gentlemen are also supposed to be financial advisers to mr. Skerrit.
        Have the chickens come home to roost perhaps?

  46. awa wi
    July 23, 2015

    hmmm bad weather fellas!!

  47. grell
    July 23, 2015

    Skerrit stop the bull please man,same speech from you all the time,THE US HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM THIS CRISIS,DOMINICANS ARE STILL SO DUMB TO LISTEN TO YOUR CRAP………GET ANOTHER EXCUSE MAN.MUSIANS TAKE NOTE THIS GUY IS AND OLD TUNE.

  48. Neverson St jean
    July 23, 2015

    I thought things were so good that Dominicans were sending money to their relatives in the U.S

    • La Terre
      July 23, 2015

      He forget he said that Dominica was doing so well, despite the same financial crisis that he continues to talk about, that they were sending money to their family in foreign lands…. And despite that same financial crisis, he and his cohorts can build one, two, three houses, and acquire lands, and get so fat, they have to change their wardrobe every month. He’s preparing us for tomorrow’s budget. The US have made good recovery from the global crisis, why can’t Dominica? I’ll tell you why. Because the leader of the country runs the country like a one man show, and its his corrupt way or the highway. He makes no effort to grow the economy and create jobs, he has created a beggar nation and he is bent on keeping it that way. Time will tell. If Dominicans cannot see that we are getting poorer and poorer, they are blind. This is happening while the leaders and their supporters get richer and fatter.

  49. Sensible
    July 23, 2015

    CONTINUE:

    It is said that the success of a good manager attributes to the persons he/her surrounds his/herself with, capable people,
    Look at the list provided Francis Emanuel, National opportunist and total failure(Mussons handed to him on a plater). Tony Not a Businessman if he was would be in the family business. Ian Monroe TOTAL FAILURE.
    Mr PM forget politics and engage a cross section of patriotic Dominicans that a willing to make a positive contribution. Please do the right thing.
    Discover Dominica needs NEW ENERGY.
    MRS FS your credibility is question now because I know you are very capable and you are much more competent than those Budgets passed under your reign.
    PLEASE REDUCE YOUR CABINET SIZE THAT WOULD BE A GOOD START.

  50. Sensible
    July 23, 2015

    I believe now Mr. Prime Minister that you really believe that its every Dominica that’s an IDIOT!!!!! When the United States was going through it crisis you where CELEBRATING that Dominica can still do major projects even when the other islands and US is going through ECONOMIC CRISIS.
    Today Mr Prime Minister when the US ECONOMY is on the rise YOU are UTTERING this Garbage (recurring Decimal) for the past five years, I presume since you realize DOMINICA ECONOMY has move BEYOND YOUR CAPACITY.
    In my opinion you would have been a very good Prime Minister if you stop taking advise from the likes of, EDWARD LAMBERT, MARTIN CHARLES, FRANCIS EMMANUEL, Julien Johnson, TONY ASTAPHAN, and IAN MONROE. These are the same guys who advised the Freedom Party, The UWP and now you are taking their ADVICE, can you see the “common denominator”.
    I mean our BANK OF INDUSTRY GROWTH, you have MARTIN CHARLES as the Chairman, no wonder he plans a CRUISE, because its beyond his capacity. TAKE GOOD ADVISE

  51. memoi
    July 23, 2015

    yah….here comes the taxes. our dollar will soon be 55 cents. All I can say, no matter how back things get, people have to eat and seeing that we are killing agriculture how are we suppose to move forward. We would be the ones selling food to the entire Caribbean but look we don’t even have enough for ourselves. We could make a killing in agriculture and the PM would not have to be talking the way he is. If we invested much more in agriculture, we would not have to be begging china and Venezuela like we’re doing and would not feel the pinch or if you want to say hammer like the other Islands.

  52. Shaka zulu
    July 23, 2015

    Is this a pretex to what is to come. Why talk about what other countries have done. What has Dominica done to put itself in a better place? You are again using psychology to prep people and divert attention to your failed policies. Mr. PM one way the US dealt with the financial crisis was to pump billions into banks to prevent them from failing. Now the banks are profitable gov reaping profits. You on the other hand received millions from china and Venezuela which you pumped into social programs and unsustainable programs. You were running around like papa Noel trying to stay PM for life. Venezuela no longer can support itself and “capitalist” China has problems of it own. You have squandered an opportunity and at one point was doing better than the US. In fact dominicans were even sending money to folks there. The difference btw these developing countries and us is their voting population has very intelligent people who will not stand for your constant BS.

    • Gary
      July 23, 2015

      Why make Partisan Politics rob you of your ability to think. You have written so much nonsense it is laughable. I would like to debunk the nonsense you have written but due to the 1000 words allowed for a comment I can’t. The views you expressed are based on ignorance, an example of this is your statement quote “one way the US dealt with the financial crisis was to pump billions into banks to prevent them from failing Now the banks are profitable gov reaping profits.” really, lol. It also says your perception is blind to knowledge that you cannot understand.

      • Shaka zulu
        July 24, 2015

        Why then do your response to nonsense. The least you could do is show me at least one point of view to the contrary.

  53. Dominican in NJ
    July 23, 2015

    How long ago was it DNO posted an article which opened Dominican’s eyes to the impending financial doom in Dominica?

    ALL DOMINICANS ARE QUITE AWARE OF THE FINANCIAL DEATH OF THE ISLAND SIR. AND YOU SIT BY AND DO NOTHING TO REVERSE THIS OR AT LEAST TO COUNTERACT IT. SO DON’T COME WITH THE FINANCIAL CRISIS STORY AGAIN. ALL OTHER ISLANDS ARE ON THEIR WAY UP EXCEPT DOMINICA, THAT’S WHY DOMINICA WAS THE ONLY ISLAND ON THAT SAD LIST, WITH OTHER POOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

  54. the eye
    July 23, 2015

    Bla bla bla bla bla. was not the economic crisis existing during the election campaings? all the millions that was spent and given to foriegners? magwasa Skerrit have guts we.

  55. well well well
    July 23, 2015

    LAUGHABLEEEEE…….so PM is DA that hit the hardest man. All other islands that depend on tourism recording a steady growth rate and money start back circulating. DA that is not one of the major tourist destination, which meant they did not see a drastic plummet in arrivals and in turn a major drop in tourism revenue which impacted the the island’s economy, like in Barbados, Anguilla etc ….SO WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT< WHEN THESE ISLANDS HAVE STARTED TO RECORD GROWTH AND ARE TALKING ABOUT CONTINUED GROWTH AND NOT ABOUT SEE EFFECTS INTO THE NEXT 5 TO 7 YEARS.

    Ah force you thinking all Dominican sot!!! SOME MAYBE BUT NOT ALL…coming with your BS

    • joe
      July 23, 2015

      WELL WELL WELL BARBADOS GOVERNMENT SENT HOME 10,000 EMPLOYEES AND RECENTLY AVERTED A NATIONWIDE STRIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      But am still interested in knowing where you get your credible statistics from so i can avoid it!!!!!! OH AND JUST SO YOU KNOW THE LAST GENERAL ELECTION HELD IN ANGUILLA SAW THE RULING PARTY NOT BEING ABLE TO WIN A SINGLE SEAT IN PARLIAMENT, AND THAT WAS IN 2015!!!!!! If they had bounce back as you claim i think the Party would have mustered at least a seat don’t you think??? Imagine an independent candidate won a seat…. go figure!!!!!! ,

  56. Mediator
    July 23, 2015

    Skeritt is a joke, he excuse is its like that in other countries. It’s going to be like that for 5-7 yrs so they can vote you right back in with a promise of fixing it. How much money was spent on election campaign and to rename the airport. Dom in a cans will be even dumber to put you back in office

  57. Mwen
    July 23, 2015

    Will this Global Economic Crisis be the cause of all our problems until the next Global Economic Crisis? Just asking…

  58. MAN KIND
    July 23, 2015

    Dear Sir

    You were the one who told the Citizens of Dominica during the campaign period leading to elections that the global crisis did not have or had a small impact on Dominica and that you will be able to move DOMINICA to greater heights you even ran an expensive campaign .
    Now your singing a different tune SIR we the citizens would like to know why is that .
    we can fix Dominica if you inject monies in the right growth economic engines such as agriculture and private sector by giving access to funds at low interest rates .
    You are the BOSS I GUESS YOU KNOW WHATS BEST FOR DOMINICA AND HOW TO GET DOMINICA MOVING AGAIN .

  59. AA
    July 23, 2015

    Mr. Skeritt, stop …………, with all of these advisers that you have why do you come up with these crap. Dominica is connected relatively slimly to the rest of the world, we do not export anything that is affected by price on the international market. The only connection that’s affected by international market is oil and we are not feeling the positives from the oil market because of the taxes on oil.

    Skeritt you have failed miserable as the finance minister. I will advice you once more to dump some of the ministers and advisers that you have there and bring in someone that understand finance and is able to drive policy decision. there is no other chances for DOM as you can see. the loans payments are going to choke the country over the next few years because you invested in the non productive sectors rather than the sectors which can re payed these loans.

  60. Titiwi
    July 23, 2015

    A lame excuse mr. Skerrit. 2008 is seven years behind us. Instead of looking at countries that are not doing well or have stagnated look at those that have recovered relatively well, not excluding the U.S.A. and the U.K. One good indicator would be the renewed strength of the property- & labour markets in those countries. Please, don’t be negative mr. Skerrit and look to emulate good performers rather than the poor ones instead..

    • the fly
      July 23, 2015

      HI Titiwi the PM is right what he is saying lots of countries round the world is fighting to keep their heads above water, the UK and USA have OIL and GAS to punch their way out Dominica have none of that. Any way keep well.

      • Titiwi
        July 24, 2015

        Fly think! Venezuela has more oil than most countries. Is it doing well? Switzerland has no oil or gas but doing very well, thank you. No, my friend. It is all down to the management, or should I say “mismanagement”?

  61. %
    July 23, 2015

    This man is really displaying his lack of innovation in public. I would be so ashamed if I had voted this failed,intellectually bankrupt, and wicked regime.
    Which economic meltdown of 2008?This had almost zero impact on our nearly closed economy. If your vocab is void, please Skerrit, buy a thesaurus,and stop abusing the term GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS!

  62. really
    July 23, 2015

    hahahaha. Every year same excuses.

  63. Not a herd follower
    July 23, 2015

    sKERRIT is looking for excuses early for his lame-duck, same old, same old budget. When is he going to stop blaming the 2008 financial crisis? We are in 2015, and his government-despite its increasing size-has not come up with measures to make the economy more resilient and able to generate credible and secure jobs. It was the same Skerrit who said Dominica is doing well and was able to successful overcome the global financial crisis. The man has no credibility in my eyes!

  64. Looking
    July 23, 2015

    LOL. I have been hearing this excuse since 2003

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