Dominica signs agreement for road rehabilitation

handshakeThe Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has signed a Financing Agreement with the European Commission for 6.9 million Euros under the Natural Disasters Remedial and Mitigation Measures Infrastructure.

The agreement funds a road rehabilitation project in the south-eastern part of the country, according to a release from the office of the prime minister.

The expected results of the project are two-fold:

1. Improved resilience to extreme weather events of the road between Bois-Diable and White River; to include slope stabilization; drainage improvement; replacement of crossing structures and re-construction of the La Ronde and Boetica River box-culverts crossings, and;

2. Improved delivery of transport between Bois Diable and White River; to include replacement of failed road structure; improved alignment; and rehabilitation of the White River Steel Bridge.

The project will be carried out through the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports and is part of efforts of the Government of Dominica to source concessionary and/or grant funding that will mitigate the effects of tropical weather phenomena.

The project is financed under the 10th European Development Fund—EDF.

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24 Comments

  1. trouble
    March 20, 2014

    These ministers are not committed to Dominica, they are committed to their pockets. But God does not sleep. You see all the people who stole peoples lands in Dominica and their money? They die or are dying miserably. Their children are in limbo. Sowing and reaping. Those ministers can jump high or jump low, they have to pay for their selfishness and their greed sooner or later.

    • stephen
      March 21, 2014

      Ask UWP about the land before Warner that the three brothers got

    • Tell it like it is
      March 21, 2014

      Earl Williams knows to well :lol: :lol:

  2. trouble
    March 20, 2014

    We need accountability, when the project is about to start, starts, and finish. They should look at the people in charge of the project like cats looking at rats. We are tired of projects, and more projects and no one is giving ball by ball commentary of every last penny.

    Too many sticky hands from the top to the bottom. Roads are essential for development of any country. Lord after these roads are done, we need markets for farmers produce not only to consume in Dominica, by in the international world like we had in the 60’s to 90’s. Dominica was booming with not too many people leaving the country to see so much hard times in other peoples country. I left Dominica a few years ago, not by choice but my produce was not getting marketing, had a family but could not make ends meet. It is not easy staring in a foreign country, don’t let no one fool you.

    Once things pick up in Dominica, I running back right home. The grass is not always greener on the other side. I have my home and land in Dominica. I just want to make a decent living. Please Government, make way for us to come back to our roots

    • Tell it like it is
      March 21, 2014

      You will have to ask DAPEX why are they not informing you and the farmers about markets, like the DASHEEN contract to ship two 40′ containers every month to Miami.

  3. big
    March 19, 2014

    Mr.Timothy we need our back road in stockfarm by they courts bus stop we have to pass in people yard or make they big roung we are feed up :cry: :cry: :oops: :oops:

  4. anonymous2
    March 19, 2014

    Another bad move. Stop borrowing money. You are a sell out. I guess that the Chinese weren’t interested.

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2014

      The funds are a grant from the EU – free. No repayment terms

    • Tell it like it is
      March 21, 2014

      1995-2000 : . Wotten Waven Trafalgar Link Road: Under that project a foreign owned company was contracted without any public tender to build the road at a cost of about 6 million dollars. The company in turn, sub-contracted the project to Dominica’s Public Works for just about two million dollars. It is reported that an advance payment amounting to 0.75 of a million dollars or thereabout was paid to the Public Works upon signing of the sub-contract.

      General election was called. The blues lost. The cheque bounced and the company simultaneously, disappeared into thin air. Their explanation was that the foreign company sublet only the labor component to the Public Works. Materials, supplies and equipment remained with the main contractor. But why the disappearing act soon after elections?

  5. Victor (palo) Joseph
    March 19, 2014

    Though I am happy to learn of this Road Rehabilitation between Bois Diable and unto the Delice area I want at this moment to remind the contractors and the Ministry that during the Earthquake Tremors in 2004,that there are some locations especially between the Rosalie to Audelice area that were described by the Engineers and other officers from CEDERA that were described as unsafe and these locations should be avoided and were also a danger for road users.This was because of ground movements ,that could and would be causing some land slippage in the years to come .During my Employ as Road Superintendent in the Eastern District I also visited several Bridges and Crossings that were to be removed and replaced. Therefore on this note I would advise the Ministry of Public Works to re-visit the reports from the CEDERA Engineers before this rehabilitation works be carried out,i know my advice will fall on death ears ,but my personal notes on these visits and reports are there to remind me of these locations.

  6. Pose Pase
    March 19, 2014

    Let us see this time who will be the contractor.
    Let us hope everyone is given a fair chance.

  7. The Times
    March 19, 2014

    I am just hoping and praying that the public works minister won’t come out and say stuff like “the money wasn’t enough”, “the contractor didn’t finish on time and will be fined if they don’t finish by the next deadline ” i also hope and pray that the truckers will be paid on time and won’t have to come to the radio stations to plea for what they worked for. SMH

  8. RESIDENT
    March 19, 2014

    well mr skerrit whats up with our road in the goodwill area.please come and give us a little road surfacing in churchill lane .thats the lane just above popeye.please please please

  9. Anonymous
    March 19, 2014

    Stock Farm road is very bad and you all have promised to fix it for a while now, Mr. Timothy, represent your people please.

  10. John Jay
    March 19, 2014

    This Team Dominica UWP has put this Labour party to work. Election is coming everything is being done, imagine they want to give me a ticket to come and vote for them I WILL TAKE AND VOTE THEM OUT . As far as I can see TEam Dominica men & women, you all are doing some serious strides in you all becoming the next govt.

    • Tell it like it is
      March 19, 2014

      John Jay i take it you are not living in Dominica, please inform yourself before you look like a MAMA LOOK, for the pass years development projects have been happening. Get your FACTS right and if you want FACTS check out FACEBOOK PAGE: TELL IT LIKE IT IS, Real and true FACTS not info on a radio talk show or from people who have not hold down a JOB for the past 10 years or MORE talking about creating JOBS when he can’t get one for himself. Or people with failing BUSINESS and those who got laid off from their high profile JOB. Oh yes as the old saying goes birds of a feather.

    • Simply the Truth
      March 19, 2014

      Consider yourself a deceiver and a traitor. Only those who have such a character make such a comment. I hope you are not a church-going Christian.for you should know better than make such a comment. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • king
      March 20, 2014

      all this was promised in the manifesto. stop being unjust

  11. Butthole
    March 19, 2014

    Its about time the government realized that the rest of the world correlates the health of a country’s infrastructure with their economic and social plans. What does it say about Dominica when you can drive busses into some of the potholes?

    However, it’s a travesty that all of these funds are devoted to the Southern part of the island. How about diverting some of those funds to repair the roads in the Northern part of the island in the Portsmouth areas? The roads around Ross are some of the worse on the island – which is very sad, because the vast majority of visitors to Dominica typically visit Roseau AND Portsmouth, and this poor infrastructure sends the wrong message to the travelers from around the world visiting Dom…

    • blue blue
      March 19, 2014

      Rome was not built in a day. CHILDISH COMMENT.

    • Tell it like it is
      March 19, 2014

      Butthole wow, are you living in Dominica ? if not when last have you been to Dominica or visited Dominica ? The roads around Ross are of the worse on the Island ? ………………. Can anyone living in the Tri – States of America say that they have better roads than Dominica ? more so the ones living in the FAMOUS city called New York . When the government was building the west coast highway you all said road is not development don’t forget that. If you want to know about roads and other development please check out this FACEBOOK PAGE: TELL IT LIKE IT IS, a must see page after we can talk.

  12. faceup
    March 19, 2014

    OMG don’t tell me this is happening again, MORE MONEY IN THOSE CURRUPT SO CALLED MINISTERS POCKETS!

    • Tell it like it is
      March 19, 2014

      The Government of Dominica has set a new record low rate for Treasury bills on the Regional Government Securities Market, RGSM, according to a statement from the office of the prime minister.

      On Monday, March 17, 2014, the Government raised EC$20-million at a record low 1.999 percent through the first of a series of three 91-day Treasury bill offerings.

      Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has welcomed the low rates, viewing it as a vote of confidence in his administration’s policies.

      “Many countries in the developed world especially in Europe have had difficulty in raising monies at concessionary rates,” he said. “The discount rate achieved in Monday’s Treasury bill offering means that Government can now raise the financing it needs at a lower cost to the taxpayers of Dominica.”

      The prime minister noted that the government has had to grapple with our own challenges “but we have worked actively to build a strong platform for sustained economic growth.”

      “Our prudent fiscal and economic policies have insulated the country from the more severe effects of the global recession,” PM Skerrit stated.

      The rate of 1.999 percent is 50 basis points below the previous record of 2.49 percent.

      Investors view the purchase of the 91 day Treasury bill as a low-risk investment opportunity.

      The low Treasury bill rate demonstrated the ability of the Government of Dominica to raise money at relatively low cost.

      Encouraged by this success in raising revenue government will seek to raise an additional EC$60-million on the RGSM through the remaining two 91-day Treasury bills and one five-year, EC$25-million dollar, according to the statement.

      “This is to finance part of government’s operating budget and refinance existing government debt, the interest rate on which is much higher than the interest rate government obtains on its Treasury bills,” the statement noted. “Treasury Bills present an avenue to invest outside of the normal banking system.”

      The statement went on to say that the Dominica Labour Party Administration is committed to creating a local economy that develops the lives of the people of Dominica without creating unsustainable debt burdens.

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2014

      Why don’t you go and apply to get a job with Public works on that project? Get yourself something to do.
      When all you finish all you want to complain and say it doesn’t have jobs.

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