Contracts for $239M climate resilience projects in Dominica expected to be signed later this year – PM Skerrit

Prime Minister Skerrit

The United Kingdom (UK) Government, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Dominica will fund two infrastructure projects at a cost of EC$239 million to increase climate resilience in Dominica.

The first is the rehabilitation of 11km of roadway between the Loubiere Bridge and Grand Bay will be financed with grant funding of US$32.9 million (EC$88. 8 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom, a Government of Dominica contribution of US$10.7 million (EC$28.8 million) and a CDB loan of US$5.5 million (EC$14.8) million to cover the construction of the Mitchum Bridge. The total cost of the project is EC$132.4 million.

The second project is the Water Sector Strategic Development Project to improve water supply and distribution infrastructure and upgrade the Jimmit waste water system, at a total cost of EC$106.7 million. Financing for this project comprises a UK Government grant of US$30.3 (EC$81.8 million) and a contribution of US$9.2 million (EC$24.8 million) from the Government of Dominica and DOWASCO.

“It is a major investment to improve communication, to improve access, to enhance safety for the road users between Loubiere and Grandbay and Bagatelle,” Prime Minister Roosevelt said while addressing a press briefing.

He continued, “These monies came to us after the passage of Hurricane Maria and we recognize as a government that our water system was severely exposed to elements and the question is how do we go about building greater resilience in our water system? And so, in the event of a disaster, the restoration could be much faster than otherwise.”

Therefore, according to the Prime Minister, when the British offer came, the government felt that it would not be in their interest to spend it across various sectors but to focus, instead, on one particular sector and the water sector was identified.

The first phase of the Loubiere to Bagatelle Road Project will include construction of 52 culverts and five bridges.

“The procurement process for the road project is underway. Bids are to be submitted by April 26, 2022, and if all goes well, we anticipate an award of contract by June 2022,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.

He went on to state that the contract for the water supply project would be awarded by August 2022, with physical works expected to commence in September 2022.

“The water project will improve sanitation, increase the pipe water supply, and enhance the reliability of water service to populations in Wotten Waven, Trafalgar, Castle Bruce, Morne Jaune, Coulibistrie, Grand Savanne, Salisbury, Calibishie and the Roseau Valley,” Skerrit revealed.

He thanked the UK Government for the generous contribution to Dominica‟s development which he said would help create employment opportunities and bring long-term socio economic benefits to citizens.

CDB President, Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon

Meanwhile, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon said the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change with a high susceptibility to natural hazards and aging economic infrastructure.

According to him, CDB is aware that enhancing the road and water infrastructure in Dominica is critical for the country’s endeavor to become climate resilient by 2030 and the interventions that, “we are financing in partnership with the UK Government will support the country‟s efforts to achieve that goal.”

“We cannot allow our children to look back and say why didn’t they? And so the call is let’s give it our very best,” Dr. Leon stated. “You have [our] full commitment. CDB is here to be with you, to support you, to work with you, such that tomorrow, in another 50 years, we genuinely will be able to turn back and say we did it.”

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38 Comments

  1. LifeandDeath
    April 21, 2022

    He holds the record for most negative returns on investments (ROIs) in the history of Dominica PMs, and Finance Ministers.
    No matter how many millions they call, the average Dominican still wondering where the favorable impact taking place, ’cause it only gets harder and harder.
    20+ years in office and not 1% VAT reduction, not 1% reduction on port charges. Where we growing there?..
    All that money doesn’t matter unless it’s managed to the benefit of the average man.

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  2. April 20, 2022

    Who trust you? What have you done for your country? Nothing, but talk sh.. over and over and over.

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    • Braindamage
      April 21, 2022

      Ds, you’re living in the USA living on Food Stamps… why don’t you come down here to suck salt as we are doing, and be some value to your nation….

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      • April 22, 2022

        I have already shown my appreciation to the nation for all the good Skerrit is doing and continues to do for Dominica. Brother man, I only use postage stamps all my life not food stamps. You are the one sucking salt whilst, I am sucking lollipop women. You should consult with a surgeon on what next he should do to your damaged convoluted brain.

        • Lazarus
          April 24, 2022

          YOU have only shown your appreciation for corruption, nepotism and narcissism so far. That’s all! In terms of a democratic nation, this is very little indeed but for cabalists of the CM it’s quite sufficient. The irony, you are proud about and in the same breath you want to tell us how much you love your country. YOU don’t love your country, YOU LOVE the dictator.

  3. Ibo France
    April 19, 2022

    I don’t trust Dominica’s Chief Tyrant wth access to money belonging to the State. This man has an incestuous relationship with the government controlled financial institutions..

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  4. April 19, 2022

    “Sour Sour” would have done better than that, just another “road march” climate resilience the DLP battle cry much-do-about nothing, all Caribbean and third world countries receive financing for their development including grant funding; his spin doctors make it appear that it’s something new god bless their Dr Dr; give me a break.

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  5. BMB
    April 19, 2022

    UK and CDB….. gimme a money nuh? after-all man….is frow allu u frowing ittt

  6. Hon. Hyena’s
    April 19, 2022

    Good news Hon. PM Skerrit because $239 million dollars is a lot of projects to be undertaken this year.
    I also know of another project that has been approved, unsealed and no doubt will happen before this year ends. I can say an important person in Dominica that I refer to as Hon Greedy pig, will get an all-expenses-paid vacation in the American Federal prison system, before this year ends.
    If anyone in Dominica had any kind of affiliation with a gentleman by the name of Alex Saab, who entered into a plea deal with the US Federal law enforcement for money laundering and gave over $10 million of that laundered money to the FBI as evidence, they too should be very concerned.

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  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 18, 2022

    “Government of Dominica will fund two infrastructure projects at a cost of EC$239 million to increase climate resilience in Dominica.”(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Then in the same article we read this:

    “The first is the rehabilitation of 11km of roadway between the Loubiere Bridge and Grand Bay will be financed with grant funding of US$32.9 million (EC$88. 8 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom. (Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Roosevelt is so lie, he can’t ever get his story straight; he just could not find a way to tell the truth, and said some nation piety Dominica and made the grants available!

    When someone speaks of resilient infrastructure, and in the process mention road building in a place like Dominica, one should realize that something is mentality wrong with the person speaking.
    Every Dominican knows what happens to Roads in Dominica, anytime there are torrential rain fall, we saw what happen to all the roads the Chines built!
    No such thing as a resilient…

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  8. Alibaba & the forty thieves
    April 18, 2022

    One thing if Dominica had a good government with all that money we getting since Erika, no doubt we would either be on the same level with Antigua or better off. Can you imagine if Edison’s government of 1995-2000 had all these additional money plus vat? Boy we would be like the USVI with our natural resources. Unfortunately we have an Alibaba and his forty thieves type of government that using 90% on themselves and 10% on country according to Algazerra

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  9. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 18, 2022

    Who is going to be watching the money to make sure it does not grow legs? not yours truly. He cannot be trusted with large sums of money intended for Dominica. Money under his control has a habit of going for long walks to overseas personal “Treasury” bank accounts. Any large sums of money donated from overseas should be under the control of a board of trustees appointed from the local population to ensure that no nefarious characters get their fingers on it. Greedy politicians should be nowhere near it with their sticky fingers.

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  10. Gary
    April 18, 2022

    Yes, I hope it will be built before the revolution you want to lead so badly you talk about so you and your friends can occupy the Mansion.

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    • Gary
      April 18, 2022

      Oops, this message was intended for @Dominican Bwoi

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      • Dominica Bwoi
        April 19, 2022

        Hahaha this made me laugh! :lol:

        But on a serious note, on the article about the library, somebody commented they should turn the state house into a library instead (or maybe DNO wrote that in the article, I forgot). I think that’s a great idea. And if Skerrit really did built a mansion & I took over, I genuinely would hand it over to the public & make it a homeless shelter, a library, convert it into multiple apartments or something. I wouldn’t keep it for myself. It’s wrong that politicians & the elite make & steal millions from civilians, meanwhile everybody else is starving & struggling to survive. I refuse to be like them. I refuse to do that do my own people. I’m not perfect, far from it, but I’m definitely not selfish & not a hypocrite. As the head of the country, you should want the best for the whole nation & uplift EVERYBODY, not just make you & your friends own pockets fatter. That’s wrong.

        All jokes aside, im very serious about D/A needing a revolution. It’s time

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        • Dominican Bwoi
          April 19, 2022

          Look at the roads. Look at the houses. Look at the economy. The jobs, or lack of. Just look at everything. No leader should want their country to be in this state. The government doesn’t have money for the things Dominica NEEDS, yet they miraculously find money for the things we DON’T really need or so they can buy nice things for themselves?

          Build a palace when thousands of my citizens are sleeping on the streets with no food? I could never do such a thing. Where’s the logic in that? There is no logic. And that’s the problem. Our leader doesn’t use logic, he just does whatever HE wants, not what the people wants

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        • Gary
          April 19, 2022

          I’m seeing the other side of you, the humble person you describe. No one is trying to make you “like them”you will always be the person you are. You are entitled to support what ever Government or Political Party you want, but you must not be carried away with your perceptions of the Party or Government you do not support or like, and you must also be careful of wanting a revolution making changes you feel personal about ignoring other people.
          What you want for yourself is not necessarily what other people may want, The Government you want may not be the Government other people want.

          Revolutions can come back to hunt you. I do not know if you remember Morris Bishop in Grenada, well he made a revolution and came to power, what happened next he too was overthrown by a revolution which cost him is life, be careful of wanting revolutions, you do not go into things you have no understanding of. Let the natural revolution take it course at the polls, Politics is a game of hidden…

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        • Roger Burnett
          April 21, 2022

          I put forward the idea of converting the State House into a library in my commentary “Before Its Too Late” and I still believe it’s the most logical solution.

          The relevant passage read:

          Incidentally, a bold but alternative solution is to let the State House serve as the new library and the restored historic Carnegie library building serve for hosting government receptions. I am sure that visiting dignitaries would be impressed by being entertained in a building of cultural and historical significance and they would be equally impressed by what would then be an impressive new library across the road. This arrangement would help to solve the parking problem for library users and the vulnerability of housing irreplaceable archives in the original library building.

    • Ibo France
      April 19, 2022

      Gary, the only time you sound intelligent is we you are completely silent.

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  11. MAGWA CA
    April 18, 2022

    so the money in the bank since after maria . i wonder what happen to all the INTEREST that was accumulated on that money

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  12. Ibo France
    April 18, 2022

    A people centric government would have brought immediate relief to the inhabitants with the $M’s it obtained from financial institutions and friendly countries since 2018.

    Government in Dominica has lost its way, has completely gone rogue, ever since Skerrit took up residence in the top public office.

    The regime is he’ll bent on concentrating on concrete and steel. Here is what the citizens need: *financial stability & security *plenty of good paying jobs. *a proper justice system *an equitable share of public resources *unity and inclusion *transparency & accountability in government *ownership of a piece of the rock *a sound education for their children * a nation that all can be proud of

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  13. UKDominican
    April 18, 2022

    Just remember that this Dominican, like many others, is also a U.K. tax payer. I would not like to see our money wasted, diverted or finance kick backs.I do not ask for a “thank you” but I do expect an exact account, made in public, of the expenditure.

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  14. Bahatelle goat
    April 18, 2022

    Good for them goats in Bagatelle….before it was Loubiere to Bagatelle..now Loubiere to Grandbay…fools.

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  15. Tt
    April 18, 2022

    Smh Mr really needs to step down. If you really love Dominica step down. Allow someone else to lead.

    Dominica needs a constitutional overhaul including term limits, voters rights, national I.d. minimum qualifications for ministers.

    Same way I must renew my license to drive when I’m home. These Dominicans coming to vote must pay a fine. They can’t get off a plane and go vote then leave.

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  16. Ibo France
    April 17, 2022

    With Dr. Dr. LIAR, you have to always verify then trust. I only believe this guy when the things he bloviates about are done.

    He sat on these funds since the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2018. Now that he is under the world’s microscope, distraction has become his primary strategy. He uses his favourite, !ocal media houses to conduct his mind bending propaganda on the gullible and unsuspecting citizens and residents.

    Dominica’s media network is second to none on this mundane sphere. It is the absolute worst. They dare not mention the plethora of illegalities, injustices, corrupt practices that the incumbent regime has committed. Is it because some sort of collusion is going on?

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    • April 18, 2022

      Just four words -“very sad of you”.

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      • Ibo France
        April 19, 2022

        ds, you are a grey-hair adult of many years but your brain is brand new. It has never been used.

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    • Gary
      April 18, 2022

      Tell me what faculty you utilize to always verify, then trust what The PM says, that makes you so cocksure the PM is lying, oh Ibo France and your silliness. You are a joker, and you do not even realize it, you also have an obsession. When you say quote, “He uses his favorite, local media houses to conduct his mind-bending propaganda” is this really an accurate analysis. The above story you read, and I read, was not brought to you courtesy of The PM. What is the propaganda, do think the CDB President, Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon would travel to Dominica to participate in a press conference and conspire with The PM to fool the Dominican populace.

      Why is it you criticize this medium DNO for the stories they see fit for publication, if this medium did not exist wonder what you would be doing with your time to exhibit your obsession. DNO
      is a news medium, they are responsible for reporting facts not their
      perceptions, you do not have this responsibility, so long.

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      • Ibo France
        April 19, 2022

        Gary, you almost burst an internal blood vessel with such intense animus. You are not a rational being so it is futile trying to convince or get you to think deeply. You have done a great injustice to your teachers.

        You are only seeing the individual trees but not the forest. This is precisely what I expect from a fogged-brain …… as you.

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        • Gary
          April 19, 2022

          Look, I did not come in this life to please teachers, lol. Why would you want me to live up to your expectations as to what a rational being should be. Close your eyes take a deep breath hold it count to four breath out relax that is a great tonic to control your internal feeling. You do this daily, a couple of times, and you are on your way to be master your inner feelings, and not make them torment you. I’m not at war with you, no need to have the feelings you describe.

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    • April 18, 2022

      Another masterpiece infrastructure. The PM is doing his job quite efficiently and productively whilst, you are out there somewhere in the wilderness talking the same sh.. over and over like a broken record.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 21, 2022

        ds, to be a thief is the simplest job anyone can effectively, and productively accomplish!

        All they do is thief what is not theirs when no one is looking!

        And when the thief has accomplices, it makes the thief much more efficient! The puppet master, is the most efficient thief I know eh!

        What a damn thief!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      April 18, 2022

      He did not sit on the funds, it probably was deposited into his overseas personal Dominica “Treasury” account possibly in Florida so he could make improvements to his mansion.

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  17. April 17, 2022

    WOW These are monies given since after the passage of hurricane Maria. And the Prime Scamper is not ashamed of saying how long ago he has Dominica monies/The peoples’ money in his pocket? Monies given to the people of Dominica. MAGWAY SA. With a snap election just yards away, he is in one gear fooling these naive Dominicans with his wicked, wickedness. What a so-called man. As the Rasta man would say. Yes, I

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    • Gary
      April 18, 2022

      Do you know what it is to be pragmatic, well that is what the PM has demonstrated, with the monies allocated. If you fail to understand something and want to be led by your political partisan beliefs, then be it, but rest assured your beliefs has no effect as to the development taking place in the Country, calling a thing wickedness or a person wicked does not make such thing so. Who told you elections is just yards away, just another imaginary nonsense, be content with what you believe.

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  18. Dominican Bwoi
    April 17, 2022

    $239M?! Skerros new 11 million dollar mansion coming soon :lol:

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    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      April 18, 2022

      In Florida just down the road from Wells Fargo where he keeps the Dominica money in his “Treasury” account. He has been drawing interest on the money since 2018.

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      • Gary
        April 20, 2022

        Florida is a State with many Wells Fargo Banks and outlets, to suggest quote “down the road from Wells Fargo where he keeps the Dominica money in his “Treasury” account. When you want to play your games, use some other medium.

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