Clear Harbour to employ NEP interns permanently – PM Skerrit

PM Skerrit. File photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that Clear Harbour Dominica is seeking to recruit interns under the National Employment Program (NEP) into permanent positions at Clear Harbour.

The Prime Minister made this disclosure at a town hall meeting which was held in Lagon, Portsmouth on April 2 2017.

“As a matter of fact they (Clear Harbour) will be having a meeting with the NEP on MONDAY [April 3, 2017] at 10 am to look at the number we have under the NEP, because they are prepared to recruit from the NEP those persons who will be ideally qualified to work at Clear Harbour thereby taking people from the NEP into permanent jobs at Clear Harbour” Skerrit said.

This follows a meeting by the Prime Minister and the General Manager of Clear Harbour Dominica, Luther Seay, on March 27, 2017.

“I met last week with the manager of Clear Harbour and Clear Harbour currently employs 850 Dominicans, and they came to meet with me to discuss a possible partnership between the Government of Dominica and Clear Harbor with the view of seeing how many more people we can add to the 850,” Skerrit stated.

The Prime Minister said that the Government and Clear Harbor would like to take the number from 850 to 1200 employees in Dominica.

He said they will also be entering into a training program for individuals.

“And so what we will be doing with Clear Harbour is to enter into a training program with them where we shall utilize the state college and the youth Division to train our Dominicans to prepare them, to give them the basic requisite skills so that they can be in a position to take advantage of the possible increase of a number of jobs from 850-1200 at Clear Harbor,” Skerrit stated.

Clear Harbor commenced operations in Dominica in 2005. 

 

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59 Comments

  1. Flipside
    April 5, 2017

    Awesome. The future for our youth is call centers and hotel cleaners. Hurray !!

  2. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017

    Cheap, subsidised labor for Clear Harbour, boosting their profits at tax payers’ expense.

  3. Let The Truth Be Told - Original
    April 4, 2017

    It is a telemarketing enterprise. I do not think all of them will enjoy the work. Clear Harbour could test them on-the-job, even for a day. If they love the job and did well, they would still be on probation. They must sell; must produce. It calls for energetic staff who will take an interest in this position. They must be good customer service staff with relevant skills who love talking to people.
    Even though they are trained,, it may not necessarily mean they are suitable for this type of job. Anyway, it is worth a try, It is a job, to obtain a salary.

  4. Home again
    April 4, 2017

    How can the prime minister just decide on his own to suddenly use town hall meetings as Parliament?
    Such action is that of a man who is desperate and losing his grounds as a leader. He is showing signs of poor judgement and an extreme use of manipulation with the intention to digress from the CBI scandal.
    The Pm seems to be non compos mentis,at the moment as once said by his defender who lives in USA.
    It’s very degrading to see a Prime minister n his useless colleagues go around holding a big cheque book n spending left, right, n center.
    Money for catering, money for sound systems, money for transportation. This is the worst form of abuse ever in Dominica. Where the post Errika recovery money gone? Where our money gone? Skerritt must go. Skerritt must go, but not before they alllllllll pay back every cent to our Treasury. Fight a goood fight uwp n freedom party

  5. LifeandDeath
    April 4, 2017

    The PM don’t realize that it’s this propping up of the economy on false hopes that is keeping the country from genuine and meaningful growth?
    The NEP may be a noble gesture to help the job situation or a deliberate political ploy to harness blind loyalty, but one thing is sure, that it shows how underdeveloped and slow the private sector is from lack of the creation of an enabling environment for investment expansion, and how overbearing the Gov’t is in meddling in a free market economy..What ever happened to the basic lesson of Adam Smith and the Laissez-faire, invisible hand economy. A pachay dunce that running Dominica Now..
    Gov’t will not have time to plan and implement long term policies if they’re constantly caught up in administering petty issues that the economy should be able to sort out alone..
    We waiting to hear the results from the study on the Int’l Airport that suppose to be presented in parliament this month..Don’t forget!!..

  6. Fake News
    April 4, 2017

    This is fake news and unfortunately a well respected iindependent media house like DNO is once again reporting Skerrit’s fake, propaganda story to the world? First, Clear Harbour is not an entity of the government, and is an​international firm, and they are a there to make money. How on God’s Earth could pm Skerrit come and make such announcement for them? According to Skerrit it seems as though he and the firm meet to negotiate or cut a deal. All Skerrit reported is what he knows people want to hear. Two sides making a deal what did the other side got especially, according to the story, clear harbor pushed for the meeting? These are the questions I would expect DNO to ask the pm before putting out pm said this and that. We need to make pm answer​questions and when he fails to answer DNO should say they asked questions but he did not answer. Anything short of that when dealing with Skerrit is fake news.

  7. Bruce Leeroy
    April 4, 2017

    why not create the environment where other call centers will find it easy to set up and operate. If a major call center comes in and say it wants a facility that can hold 5-600 people and we want to start next month, where are you going to put them? Shed space is not available at the Canefield Industrial Site. The available shed next to Clear Harbour has already been promised to them for more than a year now, but is TS Erica relief items that in it right now. Ok no problem. but we cannot promote that Dominica is ready for ICT investments when you have NOWHERE to put potential investors. In other countries their industrial sites are pristene, properly pave with landscaping, guttering lighting, security for the site, etc. Here, ours looks like a dump. If not for Clear harbour fixing the road they are located on or D-Treads fixing that old shed the entire site would look like a landfill. AID Bank who is responsible for it is doing a deplorable job. We yet to reach on donkey beach case.

    • Bruce Leeroy
      April 4, 2017

      Between the AID Bank and the Canefield village council, they both have responsibilities to upgrade this area, in order to create business, recreational and social opportunities in that community. It is damn time that we take pride in how we kjeep our surrounding and think about how investors , both locally and foreign view us. Clear Harbour cannot employ everybody. We have to create the “enabling environment” not just through legislature, but with infrastructure and complimentary superstructure. The AID Bank needs to have some class also. they cannot be showing people old dilapidated sheds and charge people premium cost ($10/sqft) for a place that has more problems than is usable. Many investors want to be able to just plug in and operate, without having to fix your place for you. Especially is they are hring by the hundreds. they will sooner go to Barbados, even though their accent is not desirable, at least they will pay to fix that with the money they saved on renovating and…

  8. The Eel
    April 4, 2017

    I am excited about my new bridge and a few new jobs thank god for small mercies.Well done Mr.PM ONE BY ONE FULL A BASKET.

    • Look It
      April 5, 2017

      Alas zor sot eh

    • only time will tell
      April 12, 2017

      is people like you so that gov LOVE because you all stay with that small MIND and the gov do all in there powers to keep you and the rest with the small minds and at the same time the Gov and there friends go for big things and lots of moneys and lands all over the world its time you all get out of this small minds in Dominica o boy my pm loves that small island small people and lots of SMALL minds

  9. i'm from the valley
    April 4, 2017

    They will be working at Clear Harbour and the government will be paying…… when is this madness
    going to stop.

    • Glasshouse
      April 5, 2017

      If they are seeking to make them permanently it means Clear Harbor will be paying their workers and no longer the government. read carefully. Once the institution employs them permanently the salaries of these individuals is no long the government responsibility

    • Tom Brown
      April 5, 2017

      But how stupid can some people be. They just like a leader I know. The PM said they will be fully employed by Clear Habour so this means Government will not be paying them any more. I know this for a fact that Clear Harbour is paying those workers. Government have this program so it can help individuals get work an money in there pocket and you all complaining about it should stop. When it stops is you the same fools will blame the government for unemployment.
      Can never please black stupid people.

  10. Skerrit Must Go... Now!
    April 4, 2017

    The hiring of a Crisis Management company to address D/ca’s economic and government disasters just isn’t working by all these deflecting acts.

    What you should be focusing on are economic strategies designed to help D/ca deal all of these PM self-inflicting and significant negative events.

  11. I want to know
    April 4, 2017

    If you Roosevelt Skerrit think you going to avoid answering questions and just change the national conversation of your very deep corrupt deals you better think again. Here is a list of offshore banks operating in Dominica that we want you to talk to us about because 99.9% of us never heard of these banks, let alone to know what the heck they doing here. Here are they: Offshore Banks. We need to know the owner/manager, where they are located, how many employees they have and their opening and closing yearly report,

    LICENSED OFFSHORE BANKS:
    1.Arton Bank Corporation
    2.Bandenia Bank & Trust Inc
    3.Bank of Denia Ltd.
    4.Barnett Capital Bank
    5.Cathedral Investment Bank (CIB) Americas Bank Inc
    6.Commonwealth Bank
    7.Compass Bank Corporation
    8.Fort Bank Inc
    9.IBank Corporation
    10.Interoceanic Bank of the Caribbean Inc
    11.NESO Bank Inc.
    12.Paxum Bank Limited
    13.Standard Commerce Bank Ltd.
    14.Zuma Bank Corporation

    • Tom Brown
      April 5, 2017

      you can list all u like. but we are not on the black list

    • BEB
      April 5, 2017

      Where are these banks located in Dominica

  12. April 4, 2017

    Firstly, there is no law to state that the government is required to give everyone a job! So stop being ridiculous. But this government cares, and it will continue to stimulate this economy by producing jobs for us.

    • dressing like freaks and they call it fleek
      April 6, 2017

      Nonsense. If that is the case they have a funny round about way of doing it. If you want me to eat and feed myself you will teach me how to fish, or create an environment where i can support myself. the govt seems to just be giving out fish on a daily basis with no viable opportunities to ensure that i can catch my own. instead i am caught living hand to mouth until i need to go back and beg again.

  13. Real!!!!!
    April 4, 2017

    If they are working for Clear Harbor a private INTL company why is the government paying Clear Harbor workers to work using the NEP programing with CBI money.

    Then it means Clear Harbor is getting labor for FREE at the expense of the CBI money.

    So Clear Harbor is generating more PROFITS under this scheme because it has less labor cost the biggest expense item on its books.

    But this GOVT will not use the money to invest is our stainable pillars in this country.

  14. Look It
    April 4, 2017

    Right now in DA, all man have to forget about building/having a career eh…. all man trying to survive so is Clear Habour it is eh.

    Man I was a Labourite eh, but when Clear Habour is the only option for a little job, I say I done with Skerrit man. Stupsssssss you mean to tell me that is the only place people can get a little work on the island…. is either NEP, cutting grass by the road or Clear Habour.

    Look It in DA….. I going St Maarten or gwada backdoor. I fed up!

  15. April 4, 2017

    Good news, but as usual the people will ask for jobs and when the PM tries his best to create means of work for young people, we still denigrate our government and country.

  16. The Darkness
    April 4, 2017

    Clear Harbor is not the answer Mr. PM. Majority of these people will not stay in that job.

    Anyone you ask will tell you the environment is not for them. The only reason they stay is because they HAVE NO CHOICE.

    Your job as PM is to CREATE THE JOBS.

    • King ?
      April 4, 2017

      Jobs are jobs what are you talking about????? If you have no valuable point then don’t put a senseless one plz.

      • dressing like freaks and they call it fleek
        April 6, 2017

        Jobs are jobs if you are that destitute. anything is something, half a bread is plenty bread when you have NO bread. I get your point. but understand that there must be opportunities for advancement, shifts in interest of profession, advancement etc. If you decide all you want to do is answer phone calls and take verbal abuse from customers all your life or all your youth, then fine, a job is a job. but if you want to follow your dreams and be what you want to be other than a customer service agent answering calls but you may want to leave CH and go elsewhere and do something else.

    • April 4, 2017

      Well Darkness, you cannot expect everyone to get the big office jobs, can you? Most of them don’t stay in the CH jobs because they don’t like responsibility, and hard work. At CH, you actually have to put in work for your pay!

      But when people keep their children dependent on them, and don’t allow them to take up responsibility from a young age, this is what we get, children dependent on the government to put jobs in their hands. They don’t want to farm, they don’t want to do huckstering, they don’t want to clean gutters. Everyone is not cut out for office jobs, yet Skerrit is still using the NEP as a means to assist the young people in getting them.

  17. The Thinker
    April 4, 2017

    The headline and the substance of the article are not comparable.NEP will train the applicants and then Clear Harbour will cherry Pick the most suitable.
    Why not just give Clear Harbour a grant to cover a Specific number of trainees that the company can absorb.?

  18. Ibo France
    April 4, 2017

    Many governments believe creating low paying temporary jobs, erecting edifices, constructing or resurfacing roads are signs of real progress. Although these are all desirable things, anyone with access to money (cash, loans, grants) can easily accomplish these deeds. Real progress should be judged when a government creates the economic climate, where good paying jobs are flourishing and unemployment is low. In this sort of environment, the unemployed and the indigent, can get the kinds of jobs they need to lift themselves out of abject poverty. If the government and the private sector were unable to pay salaries for one month, how many Dominicans would be in serious trouble? Many, I submit. Where is the progress after so many consecutive years of being in power? Dominica needs a group of people with a compelling Policy Vision to jump start the economy and make it work for everybody and not just a privileged few.

    • BEB
      April 4, 2017

      Govt. cannot afford to employ every student that comes out off the State College and secondary schools on island, where are the private sectors and self employed are fitting in?
      I would like to know how long can this program last. I can assure myself that some time down the road that this company are going to pull out off DA to establish in some other island, leaving all these employees high and dry.

    • star
      April 4, 2017

      and you my friend should be the next leader, good view

  19. Brown Eyed Girl
    April 4, 2017

    That is good news because the government cannot continue to use CBI funds to fund NEP.

    • chuk chuk
      April 4, 2017

      Jack ….CBI money that pays NEP people. Go do some research ……….you blind RED………herring.

    • U should beat me sooner
      April 4, 2017

      But knowing Skerrit how are you sure that is not CBI money that has been paying clear habor? I wonder if Clear habor is not owned by Monfared and / or his operatives. A lot of unanswered questions

  20. The spirit of FEAR
    April 4, 2017

    So far though Skerrit has lost the war he seems to be winning the fight across the airways. He destroyed our image across the world with the sale of our Passports to all crooks and crminals around the world and his personal relationship with those criminals, but some how by going on a money distributing drive our media seems to be trying to present him to us as the Lenten savior. He dominates the news not because of our Passports he sold to criminals and his personal relationship with them, but by going about talking about money he distributing and not one member of the media houses is able to follow him and ask him one single question. No not one! Not q95, dno, DBS, GIS no damn one, and that hurts the country because it is the job of the media to ask questions to educate the nation and instead all they can do is carry Skerrit’s propaganda without questioning him about the facts that affect us

  21. %
    April 4, 2017

    SO why cant your…….. regime permanently employ Dominicans so that they contribute to Social Security?

    • Dominican
      April 4, 2017

      Clear Harbour employees do not contribute to Social Security? Can the govt employ everyone? Please respond so I can slap my stupid self.

      • April 4, 2017

        Clear Harbor employees do pay Social Security

      • ????????
        April 4, 2017

        But NEPWorkers don’t

    • Phoney
      April 4, 2017

      %, Again you are displaying your lack of knowledge. Can you please go to the DA, constitution, and see if it’s the responsibility of government to create JOBS. U profess your self as being a man of ideas, therefore, before you utter nonsense you should think first. Again, we know that you are a functional illiterate. How many jobs have you created?

      • Look It
        April 4, 2017

        Put this in your pipe and smoke it!!!!

        Skerrit’s 17 years in power – the island has the slowest growing GDP in the Region and the
        highest unemployment rate in the Region. The country economic environment is ruin, to the point small business are doing the worse they have in for years. Even big business, such as Whitch… had to be saved from closing its doors. Resurfacing roads and creating NEP( a programme that other islands use to allow highschoolers to gain experience in the career they are interested in) …. THESE ARE NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!

        REALLY AND TRULY WHAT HAVE SKERRIT DONE TO BOOST THE ECONOMY OF THE ISLAND??? Our biggest revenue earner is Selling Passport… what kind of EXPORT MARKET IS THIS???

      • "Skerrit Must Go"
        April 4, 2017

        The constitution would not tell you that idiot.

      • Jon Jones
        April 5, 2017

        Dear Mr Phoney,
        Your own answer clearly illustrates that you do not understand what a govt is about or why it is elected. I have no idea what the Dominica constitution says (nor do probably 98% of Dominicans) but I know what is expected of all governments worldwide, even inept ones.

        Who else but a Govt should create the conditions favourable for economic progress and development (jobs, etc)? Why did you vote for the DLP? Was it so that you can visit the red clinic for a handout?

        I would strongly suggest the use of some critical thinking (not in a partizan sense) to evaluate you words and opinions before writing them down. Othyerwise you simply embarass yourself with ignorance.

        Sometimes we are ignorant because we do not know the truth, the real shame is when we fear to seek or accept the truth but hold on to the lie for comfort. These are the conditions of an enslaved mind.

    • dressing like freaks and they call it fleek
      April 6, 2017

      Governemtn workers, including NEP workers have social security paid.

  22. truth
    April 4, 2017

    desperate times call for desperate measures, You will promise heaven soon, but the fact is still ,you must go,

    • King ?
      April 4, 2017

      Of course he will go…………….. in 2037?

    • cold hard truth
      April 4, 2017

      Fool

  23. U should beat me sooner
    April 4, 2017

    Hide as much as you want by giving money everywhere but be it known that you will not change the conversation and, we need you to tell us where you got all that money from. We expect you to address us concerning NG Lap Seng who is jailed in NY and his case coming up in May. So far we know as a matter of fact that Lap Seng has a Dominica Diplomatic passport and we saw you with him a day before Erika. We still need you to tell us if you received anything from him and who gave the bullet proof car to the office of PM. We need you to tell us the truth about your meeting with Ms. Madueke, who is in the UK awaiting trial for corruption. We know you gave her the passport 2 weeks after you met her but u have not told us what she gave you in return. Mr. Monfared is another one with our passport and jailed in Iran for helping to embezzle over $2.8 billion dollars. We know he ran the my Dominica Trade House and we know he was hiding in DA for 6 months, with knowledge of gov & dlp boys.

    • Let The Truth Be Told - Original
      April 4, 2017

      Your comment has nothing to do with the issue. It is out of place. Stick to the issue as posted and comment accordingly.

    • Jon Jones
      April 5, 2017

      Why does the PM have a bullet-proof car?
      How many other Caribbean leaders have one?
      Who paid for this?

  24. U should beat me sooner
    April 4, 2017

    Since after Skerrit hired Mercury Crisis Management at a salary of $80,000 a month, to manage crisis that he himself has brought upon the country, what we have seen is Skerrit running from village to village like Santa Clause, giving large sums of money to councils and yesterday he made a stop in Roseau where he delivered $5 Million dollars, in the name of national insurance that is only for women under 35 years and children under 3. Because the tricks involves money which we all need, nobody especially the opposition can criticize him and as such, Skerrit has changed the conversation that was focused on our passports that were sold to criminals to one where we are forced to talk about his good deeds of giving money. But Mr. Skerrit, we need U to tell us the truth about the sale of our passports to NG Lap Seng, Ms. Allison Madueke and Mr Aliereza Monfared, who are all in police custody around the world, with a Dominica Diplomatic Passport, and U as PM being involved with everyone

    • Phoney
      April 4, 2017

      We love our PM and we are not interested in your FAKE news. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. We are looking at his accomplishments not his short coming. A leopard can’t change it skin. Stop talking and answering yourself.

      • Cee Bee Eye
        April 4, 2017

        NIce try. Nice try but it won’t work. You may not be interested but others are. All you to dam hypocrite. What was good for UWP then is good for all you NOW.

        Our PM will have to answer about MONFARED

      • Look It
        April 4, 2017

        :lol: :lol: This is the most ridiculous comment ever… #fakenews…. just remember all what Trump has dubbed a fake news is currently being corrected as REAL NEWS!

        BTW what is Skerrit’s accomplishments, when in his 17 years in power, the island has the slowest growing GDP in the Region and the highest unemployment rate in the Region. The country economic environment is ruin, to the point small business are doing the worse they have in for years. Even big business, such as Whitch… had to be saved from closing its doors. Resurfacing roads and creating NEP( a programme that other islands use to allow highschoolers to gain experience in the career they are interested in) …. THESE ARE NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!

        REALLY AND TRULY WHAT HAVE SKERRIT DONE TO BOOST THE ECONOMY OF THE ISLAND??? Our biggest revenue earner is Selling Passport… what kind of EXPORT MARKET IS THIS???

      • Patriot
        April 4, 2017

        Since when Monfared and Ng Lapseng are fake news Phoney behave yourself…lol

      • TrueDominican
        April 4, 2017

        Enough of you “Phoney”.!! Jeeez You People Are So Ignorant

    • April 4, 2017

      Just shut your mouth worthless

    • BEB
      April 4, 2017

      I would have to work for 32 months to acquire that amount of money

    • BEB
      April 4, 2017

      I would have to work for 32 mths. to acquire that amount of money

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