Dominica receives $8.2-m grant from China

PM Skerrit shakes hands with Ambassador Wang after signing the grant agreement
PM Skerrit shakes hands with Ambassador Wang after signing the grant agreement

Dominica has received a $50-million Renminbi (8.2 million US dollar) grant from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), according to a release from the office of the prime minister.

On Friday the prime minister, who is also minister of finance and foriegn affairs, signed an agreement with China’s ambassador to Dominica, Wang Zonglai, to officiate the grant.

“The Government of Dominica and the Government of the PRC, with a view of further developing economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, have agreed that the monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two governments,” the release said.

China and Dominica established diplomatic relations in March 2004.

“Since then the countries have enjoyed a close friendship with mutual respect for sovereignty and cooperation,” the release stated.

 

 

 

 

 

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123 Comments

  1. January 9, 2014

    I love Dominica… And I see a lot of complaints, here, about the Chinese coming to Dominica; and I think it has been justified.

    But I hear from good sources, that the Chinese are pouring en masse into the isle of Dominica with a small population of say 70,000. A small place don’t you think, for big country folks to come and immigrate into?

    And what’s worse, they are getting Dominican passports!

    Wait a minute… China has a population of say over 1.6 billion. Dominican politicians need to be wary for the sake of its 70,000 people, most of whom are descendants of African slaves. And the Dominican people deserve better than this. The Chinese have not been through what our forefathers been through and they could not give a damn, either.

    Skerrit or whoever this Dominican in power is, needs to understand the home needs of investing money into the local businesses to create more jobs and opportunities for the unemployed, and into the education system for the young population to develop themselves into becoming entrepreneurs of their own trade, so that Dominica can flourish without outside interests that would not benefit the Dominicans in the long term. Take a good look at St. Lucia now.

    Dominican politicians seem to have this weakness in not looking after their own people!

    Does Skerrit really know what he is doing? Or does he really care about Dominicans in general? Remember, Eugenia Charles retired and died in Barbados.

    The Chinese are not known to mingle with other races, even in Europe and in America; they keep themselves to themselves; most of the time. Period.

    Remember, the Layou residents had to burn a Chinese hotel down, because they fenced off a river from the locals. And history will repeat itself, if Dominicans ain’t careful.

    There a lot of Dominicans in Britain, Canada and America. But, believe this. The Chinese are not that welcoming to Blacks in their own backyard; but, yet, they want to come to your land and look down on you, if the chance arise. And just watch them, carefully.

    For those of you who say, “give Skerrit a chance”. For your sake, I hope he cares about you all… But, hear this… The Chinese do not give something out of charity, it is their investment; not an agreement. That’s the tricks of politics.

    Pray and take care of yourselves, Dominicans.

  2. 4CARS
    December 12, 2013

    In the pages of these RED BOOKS in the hand of skerriit and his buddy are the “promissory Notes.” if and when Dominica fail/cannot afford to pay back such loans – we’ll all go into captivity under China. Dominica will then be called something like – Domcheng.

  3. December 11, 2013

    please mr pm we in grandbay need some of the funds for developments .not for election sake . that what we are seeing now in the village .there is a road project on there now to get a job u have to go to justina i cannot believe that thats pure buying votes . she no we dont want her for parl rep no more so she put her self for people to vote for her we will take the jobs and will still vote her out

  4. LoL
    December 9, 2013

    To learn French we can go to the Alliance Francaise.
    To learn Spanish we have the Venezuelan Embassy.
    Where can I go to learn Chinese….in the near future that is going to be an asset in Dominica!!!!

  5. Anonymous
    December 9, 2013

    Do your thing Skerro. You got what it takes. Forward we go.

  6. NicE n NaughtY
    December 9, 2013

    More work for the chinese while putting us in deeper debt, good going p.m

  7. Van
    December 8, 2013

    If this is truely a grant – it does not have to be repaid. If so why was this given? What is the catch? This I take it is on top of the $300M. What is Dominica, or more importantly the PM, doing with all this money? Why are the Dominican people not consulted/informed in advance?

    When all is said and done and Dominica cannot repay these loans/grants, the PM will no doubt exercise his right as a French citizen and disappear with a large portion of these monies.

    Watch this space

  8. Santa
    December 8, 2013

    They saying is grant money and when we do check is loan they taking on us like dat papa… :wink: :(

  9. Discombobulated
    December 8, 2013

    I really wish Dominicans would grow up. We are so much more intelligent that we behave. We are very well educated people. With that said I do not like the idea of being so close to the chinese either. But with America, Britain, almost every African nation, many European countries and other Caribbean countries either borrowing from china or begging to trade with them, it is clear that they have more power than the u.s. The United States came to us with a do as we say or else you will be annihalated attitude. The chinese come with gifts. Two different ways to achieve the same goal. But Dominica does need to move forward and we cannot do it alone. So I say, let us give the chinese a chance and see how it works out. Who knows, if we establish good relations, we could be better. Any govt in Dominica need to borrow to move forward. If we can vent in grants then that is even better. And why not seek advice on how the money is spent? We have been doing I our way since independence. Clearly our way is not working.

    • .
      December 8, 2013

      What are the sustainable things coming from these monies? Under the Skerrit cabal, Dominica has received more money that under any other administration, yet the place is so dam poor with extremely high level of unemployment, then what you get from him are insults. Can’t you see that the men has a mental problem, and he needs to be sent packing at a mental home?

    • C
      December 8, 2013

      Is not just receiving GRANTS, its what you do with it. So far after all these grants, dominica is still wallowing in struggleville.

  10. law and order
    December 8, 2013

    Look I don’t care who give us the money, if it will bring development which is sustainable and lead to jobs which are long tern for our young people, I am not anti-chinese, because no body else have helped Dominca as much England did not, America did not.

    • Mary Black
      December 9, 2013

      Small mind. You should care, when the time come and Dominica is not able to pay back the loans and the Chineses start to have an inflock of them moving into Dominica more then now you yourself wouldbe back on DNO comoplaining. No one gives a country so much money for nothing.

      There are places in China which they could us the money on but would not. They Chinese are targetting the whole of the caribbean but Dominica is their highest investor, because it has more to offer them than elesewhere.

    • Tina T.
      December 9, 2013

      On my visit to Dominica several tour guides told me, that the EU had given money to the gov. of Dom to help the guides to buy/fix their equipment. They all had to fill in forms, pose for a pix just to never receive the money. Where did that money go? I`d like to know because I am paying EU taxes.

  11. Plan Dominque
    December 7, 2013

    Could this be the eight million for implementation of the Labour party jobs programme? China must stop interfering in the internal affairs of DA while insisting on the One China policy

  12. Patriot
    December 7, 2013

    This open agreement between China and Skerrit is coming on the eve of an election and must be viewed with immense suspicion. The Chinese ambassador was quick to remove his government’s direct involvement from this crazy US$300,000million deal with this Chinese company, but he turns around and gives Skerrit a non-project-specific US $8millon cheque on the eve of an election. This ambassador has joined in the fray and is also taking us for a colony of fools. China is a centralized/Communist government; no Chinese company can operate outside of the purview of the Chinese government. The lesson here is, the Chinese are a proud people and the memory of what happened to them in St. Lucia will not go away that easily. As a result, they will do what must be done surreptitiously, tortuously to avoid a repetition of another disgrace to their national ego. For Skerrit, he’s fooling himself to thinking that he has the Chinese where he wants them. We still have not seen the MOU for the so called four pillar projects. China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, it people have withstood the test of time and they did not get where they are today with hubristic and narcissistic leadership, like what we are experiencing in Dominica today. The Chinese have a “big” plan for Dominica and at the right they will unleash it.

  13. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013

    what is tat all about

  14. Ashler Ducreay
    December 7, 2013

    skerrit is a man once you shake his hand you must give him money

    • dominican
      December 9, 2013

      lol

  15. rass
    December 7, 2013

    Dominicans is leaving Dominica for greener pastures so Chinese, Haitians and others is feeling the gap.

    • January 9, 2014

      Yes, Dominicans are leaving for greener pastures in Britain, Europe, Canada and America. But these places are going through their own economic problems now. It is not like back in the 1950s, when things were a lot easier.

      I know; because I’ve seen a lot of Dominican immigrants struggling in these places, today.

      It is time, for Dominican leaders to shun political corruption in order to invest in their own resources and their own people properly, so that Dominicans can prosper.

      The know-how is all there, if it is wanted.

  16. ATKINSON
    December 7, 2013

    Well said, SD, i agree with your response. We may not like the deal or the chinese, but what or where is a better deal.

  17. Man on the Ground
    December 7, 2013

    In my life time.i have live to see all these govt operate within there (5)five mandate. PJ did not have all these friendly govt accross the globe. momo made very good buddies with the US & UK country in which she did what she could have done with her limitted mind she did but fall short of doing more.Mr james , with limmited friends accross the world we have Tiewan who gave some assistance . help to improve our agriculture give a loan there and there nothing to shout about but the country was moving with the majority of Dominicans working moving forward. mr skeritt hats out to you sir in the manner that you get the funding to build this country. millions and millions you have gotten in the name of Dominica, what do i see, a dead economy tourism to dead . agriculture to deal , manufacturing dose not exsit , jobs is in short supply . the construction sector is very slow. more domincan get cauth in drug every day than i hear someone is being employed, where has all these mollion gone. what did you put in place that we can now look back on today that we can say wel done. and the country can benifit from that venture in the long term to midium term. and to date million is still coming. DNO you never wonder where we gone wrong in this bless country.

  18. December 7, 2013

    linton is on the winin train we dominican are fed up of the labour party gutter politics grand bay and portsmouth are all blue and we are ready to vote out the labour party out .welovelinton he retreive half a million dollars from the binn boborl that the pm frow in the gabbage\thank uverymuch linton god is looking over u our resqueer our heroe welove u\

  19. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013

    I never see a Government get more money and help and the country in that terrible state and its people struggling so. What kind of money that, they have wings or what, hmmm is either those moneys going in a black hole or they going right back to who gave it. And by the way, what do we have to give in return, more prime lands and passports? Have the labourites seen the agreement so we can stop speculate. Truth be told the PM better start to pay off all those debts he accumulate on people backs before he leave office.

  20. Dreal1
    December 7, 2013

    All you will give Skerro a break wii. When Lennox open his big mouth it’s ok but when it’s Skerrit there is a problem. Workers can NEVER win. I never see a party take blows like that. We love our PM!

  21. MIB
    December 7, 2013

    DNO, get your facts straight. How the hell does US$8.2 mil is equal to EC$50 mil. US$8.2 mil is actually about EC$22 mil. You’ll need to ensure that you inform the public with correct information. I’ll be monitoring you’ll as the election gets closer!!

    ADMIN: Probably if you pay attention a little bit more you will realize the story said $50-million Renminbi not 50 Mil EC….

  22. Diaspora
    December 7, 2013

    Anyway I hope that my fellow Dominicans are not fooled by all this money talk. After the money do you want to return to the same misery.
    Wake Up my people. Why all of a sudden, we can get all that money? This man is going to spend for election and we will be plunged into deeper poverty. Open your eyes Dominica

  23. Neg Mawon
    December 7, 2013

    Well, well, well Christmas is finally here and goodies all over the place, their is something cooking in the pot. Must be the nearing of my boy’s home coming or going! Mwen memn pa la!! I love my PM

  24. NWTS
    December 7, 2013

    Mr PM please open a cinema for the youth/people of Dominica. I think every young person should agree with this statement.

    • January 9, 2014

      That is a very good comment, may I say the least.

      Roosevelt Skerrit has had 10 years of being in power to make a difference; it is doubtful this PM has not heard your voice or he has not chosen to…

      Sadly, political corruption is the order of the times, apparently.

      He is obviously making deals; and making a lots of money put in his bank and pocket.

      The man will be smiling for your support; and it seems that there is much work to be done in Dominica, as of yet.

      I pray that he will listen to you come February 2014, after all these years.

  25. Cyrique
    December 7, 2013

    Say what you like about the PM but when he travels abroad on business he does not come back with his hand swinging!! He goes on a mission and comes back with mission accomplished!! Love him or hate him he really does have DOMINICA ‘a best interest at heart. Well done PM. God bless DOMINICA !!

  26. Marlpardee
    December 6, 2013

    Don’t know what to say. Election in d air money flowing like rain. Domininca needs a hospital. A proper hospital with equipment that when people sick they do not have to die on their way to the french islands. U c pm know he can run to america for healthcare just like he run to america to make baby. We need a hospital please. Even though i don’t live in da i need a hospital in my country.

  27. pip pip pip
    December 6, 2013

    That is the money that de skerrit, de mammie, de tony and de Tasie Bat YHWH are going to keep in their steel underwear for election campaign.Desperation He desperate to stay in power at any cost. His hair is gallin right infront of the chineeman. Somebody please call the doctor skerrit has gone mad.

  28. Nac Vibes
    December 6, 2013

    “The Government of Dominica and the Government of the PRC, with a view of further developing economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, have agreed that the monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two governments,” the release said.

    Yhat has to be the biggest joke around, china is now telling us what we should do, but then again they’ve been running things since the first day of the elusive mou. We all know that is campaign money.

  29. December 6, 2013

    people get real, LENNOX WILL NOT AND CANNOT BE PRIME MINISTER. GIVE SKERRIT A BRAKE. IT’S OKAY FOR WORKERS TO SAY AND NOT LABOURITES. WORKERS PAKAY GUYENNE. WORKERS HAVE TO STAY IN THE YARD AND GRAZE. ZOH TO SOTE.WORKERS IN THE YARDDD

    • delta
      December 6, 2013

      How comes dno allowed that sheet of capitals letters.One set they fraid.

    • Hungry
      December 8, 2013

      @ bayside girl…..It’s not about LENNOX being prime minister or not. It’s about DOING THE RIGHT THINGS THE RIGHT WAY, as to doing the right things the wrong way or just doing the wrong things.It’s about change not being an option , but a must.

    • ____________
      December 8, 2013

      @bayside girl In other words Skerrit will stay there for life. Did you read over your piece of garbage? Well Skerrit has it all wrong,and to add insult to injury, he seem to be a mental case now. Thank God he will be out of power soon, so we will finally be able to see Dominica flourish under Linton as PM. Bayside girl will finally get a job, and will not have to be covering her face when she is seen at the Red Clinic begging. That’s what Linton is all about. 5000 jobs in three years.His team has the ability to deliver.Have you ever compared the UWP team, with the puppets that comprise that Skerrit Labour Party team?

    • C
      December 8, 2013

      @ Bayside Girl

      Please go learn to SPELL before you start spreading your Slimy VENOM. Your bad spelling is giving Skeritt more blows than you may have intended. You are asking Dominicans to “give Skeritt a BRAKE”. That break means to put a STOP to Skeritt. You better consult the dictionary for the correct spelling.

  30. SD
    December 6, 2013

    Question: IF every time China gives us money or build something or does anything to out benefit, your benefit then it’s to own us, then lets suppose the money was from the US? or UK? what would be the reason? We are that close to the US what do we get from them? We are part of the Commonwealth, what do we get from the UK? You may not beleive it, but in most part of DA we have better roads than the UK, I know I leave there. Who pays for it? you? your taxes? you think the 70,00o people in DA can pay for everything that DA needs when no one wants to pay taxes? You have rubbish collection twice a week, in most parts of DA no one pays, tough they know they should. In the UK it’s once a week,and everybody pays.
    So by all means, tell the Chinese you don’t want their money, tell them you’re too proud and patriotic…meanwhile the youth of Dominica keep leaving to pastures new. But don’t worry, at least we’re nature Island of the Caribbean.

    • Papa Dom
      December 7, 2013

      Oh ye simpletons!

    • WS
      December 7, 2013

      How you can say we do pay to dispose garbage, every box, plastic, tin & bag that comes in through the port, customs charge Environmental Surcharge – 1.5% on CIF Value. Solid Waste does not get that money and skerrit and his cabal thiefing it. They getting new Hyundai vehicles and solid waste not getting new trucks, those kind of things he have to get to develop the country, stupid laborites.

    • Country Man
      December 7, 2013

      The question is what are we doing for ourselves. Money is never free and when it is invested it is done with the hope/desires to return more than what was invested. Grant/loan/bridge – call it what you want we (Dominica) is a pawn on the Chinese Chess board.

    • Um
      December 7, 2013

      I think we need the money so I am not against taking it… the problem is any educated person would be a skeptic… There are places in China that are even worse off that us here in Dominica you’ve seen it on the news yet we are the one that gets the Doe… I am grateful for China’s contribution to us but the problem is WHATS THE CATCH?! None of us here in Dominica knows the PM refuses to say.

      The Salary that you get in England vs the salary you get in Dominica you can’t even match these two up. So yes you can afford to pay for them to come and pick up your rubbish… We can’t… And for those of you who are to lazy to work? You get living Accommodation and a check every month for doing nothing… In Dominica BAL TAKE YOU…so you cant compare what is going on in the UK with whats going on here in DA if things are so much better in Dominica why don’t you and I change places? I would love it.. Much more to be said but I wont waist any more time on this…

    • Nac Vibes
      December 7, 2013

      That is the craziest lie I’ve read on here and I’ve heard some but this fantasy takes the biscuit
      Most part of DA have better roads than the UK what a joke best your stop drinking that moo shine boss it’s bad for your brain
      At least the UK can build their bad roads for themselves.

    • Anonymous
      December 8, 2013

      He means certain parts of the uk. Believe me, this is not as farfetched as you think.

  31. Enquiry mind
    December 6, 2013

    I sure doe want to go back to carrying fig on my head, so grant is free money,,,but,, what for???

  32. Ebeh Look It
    December 6, 2013

    Wey papa! That Skerro there will give Lennox Che Feb!Good job Skerro!! There is no PM that has done so much for D/ca in the past. We love our PM!

    • Papa Dom
      December 7, 2013

      Say what? China giving aid on a “who so ever will may come basis” what has skerritt really done for Dominica? All this money especially at this time, is nothing more than interference in our political affairs.

    • WS
      December 7, 2013

      How we going to pay back all that money?
      100 Million – road to portsmouth (no means of maintenance)
      27 Million – State Malice (No means of making revenue)
      8.2 Million – Campaign Money (Lost Money)
      40 Million – State College (+ paying student tuition)
      300 Million – Hotel, Airport, Hospital (what we getting as a country from hotel – 50% shares), (Just upgraded the airport and labor said international airport not necessary at that time; now is)

    • Hungry
      December 8, 2013

      And none that has done so much for themself either. Skerro boy, you have us by our balls and our breasts.

  33. D/can to de Bone(F)
    December 6, 2013

    I support the Government and Pm in there development of Dominica but the prime mister was very wrong to lowrate himself on a radio programme to make such a disgusting statement as a leader of a country . You area leader and the nation looks up to you. You was very unprofessional . You must think before you talk .

    • %
      December 6, 2013

      Hope our young people do not model on this Pm. HE IS A VERY POOR EXAMPLE.

    • Anonymous
      December 8, 2013

      I think his response to all the thrashing he has been putting up with over the years is quite justified.

  34. Mamize
    December 6, 2013

    Election money reach….
    now he can order to 3 containers of flat screen tvs
    1 container of tablets
    plus 2 months shipping = Elections late February 2014.
    Lennox, get your money ready, I am still waiting for that account for me to contribute.

  35. tallboy
    December 6, 2013

    I am always praying for this country that God will bless our nation with alot of money.Good job Mr PM

  36. 1 800 CONCERNED
    December 6, 2013

    China is giving Dominica so much money, one day we may wake up and find that China owns Dominica.

    What strategic plan does China have for Dominica? I have never known the Chinese to do something without a motive.

    Take warning!

    • SD
      December 6, 2013

      And just how many Chinese with $8 Million Dollars do you know?

    • ???
      December 7, 2013

      You mean china own Dominica already???
      I checking they just giving us the money to develop THEIR island to move in… (like how one renovate their house)

  37. December 6, 2013

    Chinese is giving Skerrit money for campaign, I want to believe.Dominica will be soon overtaken by the Chinese when the ten thousand Chinese come to Portsmouth. They will be the business men in hotels, etc and locals will be forced out of business as is already happening.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 6, 2013

      Would you think or feel differently if the “business men in hotels” were Caucasian, a.k.a “white”? Would you feel any differently about Chinese money if the source were not Chinese but British or American?

      • Malgraysa
        December 9, 2013

        Pathetic Tom. Now you you are beginning to sound like Tony, trying to play that racial card when it suits you. Very sad.

  38. Please
    December 6, 2013

    Campaign money!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

  39. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    keep voting red you mindless sheep cause you are all in line to the slaughter.

    • 2
      December 8, 2013

      calm down. I can see you blue vex. Just appreciate the development.

  40. Serious
    December 6, 2013

    Nothing is “FREE” my people. Isn’t it strange that the faucets of Chinese funds have suddenly been turned on? We need to be mindful of the fine prints that appear before the signatures on the dotted lines. Let’s not be fooled. There are strings attached. Hopefully we wont hear the words “Let Dominica go bankrupt” Money is not all my people.

  41. 4CARS
    December 6, 2013

    In my humble opinion I don’t think that China give a hoot about Dominica except to own it. Skerritt has plunged Dominica into an Abyss so deep, that no other future Government will be able to pull her out of. She’s done and down for the count. There’s no hope left.

  42. ht
    December 6, 2013

    very good pm

  43. %
    December 6, 2013

    It should be used towards building a mental hospital for government officials who are losing their heads. Those who are getting loco! I KNOW OF AT LEAST ONE.The pressure is on him and he cannot take it. E CAR PED TETE!

    • December 6, 2013

      Hahahahaha!!!!

  44. Rastafari
    December 6, 2013

    Man, you people so ill-informed. Stop wasting time on Face Book and do research instead. Research how modern colonization happens. Research who the modern day colonizers are. Research what they use to colonize us. Research when they do it, who they use to do it and maybe, just maybe, our progeny will stand a chance at life, happiness and very minute DEBT – because someone is going to have to pay back all this money someday! Because when you research, you won’t be reactionary, but a proactive citizen. Knowledge IS power! My heart bleeds for my nation.

    • Toure
      December 7, 2013

      Before research is done,the mental blinders must be removed.How can they research when they have been conditioned to believe otherwise?

    • Anonymous
      December 7, 2013

      And when it can’t be paid back, the Chinese will just show up and say Dominica is ours bought and paid for, if you Dominicans don’t like it too bad for you!!

      • Gary
        December 9, 2013

        You know ignorance is a hell of a thing, especially when it is coupled with partisan politics a deadly cocktail.

  45. John Doe
    December 6, 2013

    We all talk about the elections but this is really a serious and deadly road this guy is leading our beloved country. No one give money and don’t expect anything in return. This guy is running like a chicken without a head begging for money. If I take a girl to dinner I’m looking for something more that a nice dinner. The Chinese are pumping money into da. What if skerro can’t deliver on his promises to them? 8 million? I guess brAce for path this guy is building. Sorry to hear.

    • mattie jensen
      December 6, 2013

      Grants are never paid back
      Loans are paid back

      • Nac Vibes
        December 6, 2013

        Your greed blinds you from the fact that grant or loan it is not really free, how many beggars in Roseau have you given a dollar to.

      • Country Man
        December 7, 2013

        Mattie – Wake up. Grants may not be paid back in cash but they are certainly paid back in kind and the in kind payment is more often than not worth more that the grant.

  46. FED UP
    December 6, 2013

    Debt in the Caribbean:

    Haiti – 1.8 Billion

    Dominica – 1.043 Billion.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. intoxi
    December 6, 2013

    But really this man gets Money papa, But Really what doe he do with it non, I really have not seen much that is done from 2004 to now beside the road and school that was built…every month is millions and still Dominican on the street begging for god know whats but all skerrit big boys them passing in SUVs Lol man i give up on D/A papa time to move!!!

    • Anonymous
      December 7, 2013

      All you saw is the road and the school? There really are none so blind as WILL NOT SEE the Many roads (many not just one), the many(not just one) schools, latest is Newtown Primary, the stadium, the College, the help with the Cabrits restoration, the Market bridge, the many, many scholarships, etc etc, and other grants, too numerous to mention. When the Cuba eye programme starts back, swallow your pride and please go check your eyes.

  48. Time for change
    December 6, 2013

    I am very worried about this generosity of China towards Dominica….What do we owe in advance? Freeness is always worriness. China has so many poor people.

    • Anonymous
      December 7, 2013

      They will dump all their poor people in Dominica in return for that money.

  49. Doc. Love
    December 6, 2013

    I hope the Chinese are not once again getting involved in Dominica’s politics. I am concerned because of the following statements, “the implementation of A project to be AGREED upon by two Governments.” Remember the $400,000 given by a Chinese lady just before General Elections some years ago, I rest my case.

    • Nac Vibes
      December 6, 2013

      A blind man can see that skerrit is incapable of running the country so sure is chinese that running things.
      Chinese are rubbing their hands to have found a gullible people and fool to lead them. In private you really think they take this guy seriously, hell he cannot even string a sentence together when he tries to degrade his opponents.

  50. real dominican
    December 6, 2013

    pm..minster of finance plus minister of foreign affairs…what project?????????????????????? always a project but not one S… happens, u have to be minster of finance and of foreign affairs cuz you know ur bzness all money fr other countries u want to be the first in it no one to question these money and see where it goes. i waiting to see all these projects happen, the money isnt for you pocket or ur campaign……your day coming eh

  51. FED UP
    December 6, 2013

    Coming soon – Skeritt asks China, “what do you have for me?” China responds, “what do you have for us?”
    Dominica as we know it is – DONE!!!!!!

  52. FED UP
    December 6, 2013

    Dominica is now owned by China – let’s face the facts. What happens when China calls in their loans and we can’t pay? They will own the island and everything within it – and Skeritt will be long gone. Trust me Domchinese people – you are no longer free in Domchina. SMH! Ma Charles must be rolling in her grave :(

  53. Home grown
    December 6, 2013

    “monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two Governments”. Now this sounds very fishy. why is this a secret? This project could mean anything! Me wid labour! not again! I done wid dat!

    • mattie jensen
      December 6, 2013

      Didn’t China buy a large portion of the island for mining?

  54. Barbara
    December 6, 2013

    Is this real money? I’m confused. Money is given and the project decided later. Shouldn’t the project and it’s cost be calculated then financed?

    Goodbye DNO. I appreciate all the heads up from a distance. But this madness is depressing and makes me lament for Dominica and the residents.

    Mercy!

    • Peeping Tom
      December 6, 2013

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  55. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 6, 2013

    JetBlue Airways has officially begun its new service to Haiti. :mrgreen:

  56. Red Hot
    December 6, 2013

    Beat that Lennox US$8 Million dollars grant money!!! Yes I Skerro!!!! Lennox can you beat that. Wow hoo Me I am not leaving what I see what I doh see nah.

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2013

      You a such a fool! Do you think it’s free money.

    • Asterix
      December 6, 2013

      @Red Hot: What is this money for do you know? I quote “the two countries, have agreed that the monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two.” How can you get financing for a project before deciding what the project is? Can you negotiate a loan for a house before having a plan? You people will blindly support anything skerrit tells you because you lack the mental capacity to think for yourselves and deduce what does and what doesn’t make sense

    • Anonymous
      December 7, 2013

      Don’t go crying to Lennox to rescue all you when the Chinese start showing all you who’s boss and all you don’t like it eh???

  57. Mojo1
    December 6, 2013

    That’s just campaign money. Do you realise that is the same money it takes to run the 6 month youth employment raffle that skeritt just launched. With that program many youth will be partially employed for elections to entice them to vote skeritt. sadly when the elections finish, most of them will be back on the unemployment line.

  58. john bess
    December 6, 2013

    Wow well look money skerrit getting those days,that cannot fool me again.I see too much misery under labour.

  59. Ben Haynes PsyD
    December 6, 2013

    “An implementation of an agreement that must be agreed upon by the two governments.” Well, the talk is elections which many will agree, is around the corner. That gives us the right to question this timing, and (what) agreement. Expecting more money, and clarifying agreements involving implementation of what should be explained logically and immediate regardless otherwise, we have to ask, with such agreements and such high cost, isn’t it necessary that (it)they be made public? Otherwise Mr. Prime Minister, this agreement sounds a bit confusing to a public that is ready to make up their minds of where the country is going.

  60. e male
    December 6, 2013

    wat 8-O i wander which media house that was dare?

    u ducking the questions

  61. John Doe
    December 6, 2013

    $308.2 million in the past week? Where exactly is all that money going? Planning for his retirement?

  62. Jay
    December 6, 2013

    Here we go again! “The monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two governments”.
    What is that project? After all, it is a grant we don’t have to pay back. A KADO and you are telling us it is for a project to be agreed upon? Could it simply be possible that the treasury is short of cash to meet current bills and this as an emergency injection?

    • No Sense
      December 6, 2013

      I see Skerrit and the Chinese have allu right where you suppose to be; in the dark.

      Why should he tell you what the money is for. You guys already make up your minds that the money is for corruption, bin bobol, no constitution, the villas, and a million dollar house.

      PM ignore those UWPwee and keep up the good job developing our country.

      My twenty extended family members and I voting the shoe whenever the PM needs our support next election.

      • December 6, 2013

        And you and your extended Family that gonna bit the dust later, fool :-D

    • Farmer's son
      December 6, 2013

      Your point is well taken. Our nation is in dire straits where even the smallest project depends on external funding. And while it is true that beggars are not choosers, have we reached the point in our relationship with China where the implementation of any aid project MUST be agreed by both governments. Really?

      I always thought that our government determined our needs and based on those needs and our priorities, we went to donor countries in search of funding.

      Could it be that China will only agree to a project where most of the labor and other inputs are sourced from the PRC?

      It would be really nice to know just what is in the MOU’s that we are signing with China.

  63. concord
    December 6, 2013

    What is the 8.2 million $ for again?????

    • Red Hot
      December 6, 2013

      Dummy the US$8.2 Million is for projects da da wake up. Didn’t you read the article ” they have agreed that the monies will be used for the implementation of a project to be agreed upon by the two governments,”. Stupes some people cannot read or what.

      • Asterix
        December 6, 2013

        @Red Hot: You’re such an idiot. The project has not yet been decided hence the question; what is the money for? What is the project? Can you finance a project before knowing what the project is? You are the one who needs to learn how to read and to try and make sense of what your leader says lest you continue to be misguided as you are

      • 2cent
        December 7, 2013

        Sort!! Did you read as well? It said “project” that’s doesn’t say what kind of project! Whether its to build road,paint your house in red or what-not.

  64. Just Blaze
    December 6, 2013

    Skerrit this is your last chance. Please use that money on a project that will help develop the economy and bring employment to the people of Dominica. We get stadium road and state house all these are nice things but we need employment we need jobs.

    Lennox if is you that win the next election please make that your number one priority. Dominica plunging into a kinda dark state there. We need to do something.

    • Negbawi
      December 6, 2013

      Lennox cannot and will not be PM…so please dont make stupid comments

      • Real Dominican
        December 6, 2013

        SO WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST? Because this man ain’t right.

      • December 6, 2013

        But what is wrong with you, labourites. A person has a right to make a comment. Once it is not in your favour, it is stupid. Please stop being disrespectful. You say he will not be PM. I say
        Lennox will become PM. This is neither here nor there but God will do something for us, Dominicans, I believe.God is dissatisfied with this PM and all the corruption that is taking place by this government. One way or the other He will step in to rescue Dominicans. “Fret not thyself because of evildoers for they will soon be caught off”.

    • um
      December 6, 2013

      Finally some smart people in the place but due to the number of dislike I can see thier are a number of idiotic ones…

      I would like to see that money be used to developed a state own quary owned by Dominica… Or a state owned juice plant… Or use the money to push or own products… Market our products… Improve quality of our products… Dapex bello kubulli refresh soup… Push maroon to go international like lime or degicel or karibe TV… Just to name a few…

      • Just Blaze
        December 6, 2013

        I don,t know who you are but great mins like yours and mine think alike. Is those kind of investments we need to boost the economy.

        We need to use that money employ marketing consultants to help us source markets for our products and we need experts to instruct us how to produce good quality products at low cost without compromising quality.

        I wonder how come I doesn’t hear these things in the news. Too much gutter politics lets get our heads together for Dominica.

      • prisca
        December 6, 2013

        What you are suggesting is doable but knowing our people they will still prefer to buy imported goods rather than see their fellow Dominicans live a better life.

      • Negbawi
        December 6, 2013

        State , state, state….#dead

      • nigel
        December 6, 2013

        thats not a brilliant idea. that is a terrible idea. no way should a government own any type of business in relation to what u said. this leads to unfair competition and further corruption. governments have no part in private entities that are aimed at making profit.

      • Um
        December 6, 2013

        @nigel…. OK you have a point.. however the government already own shares in both Domlec and Marpin… but lets correct that issue you just stated… Why not use the money to build the infrastructure and lease it to a local investor or a lease to own…

        And those manufacturing company already existing hold seminars to educate them on increasing their market strategies and improving qualities of their products….and create a medium in which their products would be show cased to the international market… like let say a website…

    • December 6, 2013

      Just blaze who are you, you look white are you an American and in Dominica people business

      • Van
        December 8, 2013

        Does her colour prevent her from having an opinion?

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