Dominica to explore further ties with Morocco

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The Government of Dominica continues to hold discussions with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco on new areas of cooperation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said.

PM Skerrit, who has just returned from a visit to the Kingdom which he undertook in mid February, said discussions held there were fruitful.

“We had an excellent meeting in Morocco. During my meetings there, I had an opportunity to review our relationship with Morocco,” PM Skerrit told the Government Information Service (GIS).

Dominica established diplomatic relations with Morocco in 2010 and as part of a Technical Cooperation Agreement, a fifty-eight room hotel in Portsmouth is being constructed jointly by both countries.

Prime Minister Skerrit said discussions with the Moroccan Government centered on the need to develop a marina to complement the Moroccan hotel.

“One of the projects I discussed with them was the Marina. We said to them that the Marina has to complement the hotel because this is the overall master plan,” he said.

He also said the Government of Morocco has also agreed to increase the number of scholarships and training opportunities for Dominican citizens.

The Prime Minister specifically highlighted training in the area of diplomatic studies.

“During my discussions it was agreed that the Moroccan Government would provide increased scholarships and training for our diplomatic staff not only within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he noted.

The Prime Minister said it’s his intention to extend these training opportunities to other people who may have interest in diplomacy and protocol, whether they work in the private or public sector.

“If you have an interest then we can arrange for one to attend the school of diplomacy in Morocco. It will be fully funded, the airfare will be paid for by the Moroccan Government, housing will be provided and tuition fees will be met by the Moroccan Government,” PM Skerrit said.

Dominica now has thirty- one students undertaking programmes of study in a number of disciplines as part of a Scholarship programme offered by the Government of Morocco.

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32 Comments

  1. Prefer to be unknown
    February 27, 2013

    I would love to know what percentage of this hotel will be owned by the Moroccans and what percentage by the Dominican Government? What are the agreements signed in terms of the revenue and how it will be divided once the hotel is up and running? How is the expense of running the hotel going to be handled? Will the outgoings be equally split by the parties as the incomings presumably will be? What happens in the even that the project fails or is making a loss? What are the arrangements or agreements were such a thing to happen? Would the Dominican government end up in a legal battle with the Moroccans or will we have to pay them towards their loss?? So many questions and so many more unasked!!! Open the pages of the book for all to see Mr. PM.

  2. stehen
    February 26, 2013

    hello what is the condition of our hospital do we have things in place there

  3. kaliba
    February 26, 2013

    dont worry with skerrit i was one of those studying in morroco and my family had to put up to send a ticket for me to come back home its total bad hungry treatment

  4. no name
    February 26, 2013

    I wonder how many passports that goen for that

  5. educated
    February 26, 2013

    It is ok to be educated. But if we cannot utilize the education, what is the point. I am all for education and moving forward. My concern is, when they come back from these so-called countries, will there be jobs for them in Dominica.

    If there are no jobs for them, and they want to move to England, Canada, United States, will there degree be recognized. It is Ok for a human being or a government to get help, but what are the strings attached? In this world that we are living now, nothing is free exception salvation.

    These parents or children who are about to get these free education, please discuss it with your family before you make that move. Please weigh the pros and cons to these foreign countries studies and policies. Because I know, some of them have to make sure u learn their politics in your study. I’ve been there and was forced to learn their politics, even though it was against my beliefs.

    Dominica government are always telling us things after the fact and they have sighed document that we have no clue if we are being bought or sold.
    Please pay attention.

  6. anonymous2
    February 25, 2013

    Are we now dealing with kingdoms for handouts?
    DA needs to start generating its own income from the production of valid products exported.

  7. ha ha
    February 25, 2013

    that PM is a man sent by God for us Dominican. God bless u PM.

    • no name
      February 26, 2013

      when he leave you all in the trouble he creating I hope you will stay say he was sent by God

    • Malgraysa
      February 26, 2013

      The trouble is that he believes so himself.

  8. Suki
    February 25, 2013

    i still don’t understand… why those weird countries?

    • ti nom
      February 25, 2013

      and what is a weird country?

    • Discombobulated
      February 26, 2013

      How is morocco weird? If its good enough for France it’s good enough for Dominica. You all need to read before talking. Most of the countries we have rations with, America and the fire world either have relations with them or wish they could.

      • Discombobulated
        February 26, 2013

        Sorry for the typing errors

  9. Don't Edit
    February 25, 2013

    Governments dont build hotels… soo backward Dominica is disgusting

  10. Tanya
    February 25, 2013

    What it is that is so great about what SKERRIT is doing here. Every PM does that . In fact that is the easiest thing to do – travel travel at our expense. They all do it. Te relationship with Moroco , Venezuela , Cuba , China had all been established way enforce SKERRIT. Rosie hadesblishecrelationship with Moroc and Lybia and had stuff in the pipe line and Skertit just tap into the pipe line Any other Political evader could have done that so please stop this foolishness.
    A good leader is one who can brig people together and motivate the masses to work hard and build the country. A good evader does not make a people dependent and disenfranchised. A good leader lead by example, a good leader practice honesty and does not allow other people to speak for him or her . Great leaders gain the respect of even the opposition party.a good leader who is forthright and confident would walk up to the IPO and say lets do it so that all this suspicions, allegations back and forth is clarified so the entire country can move on. A good leader will recognize that anther lie cannot cover up the previous lie and that very often te perpetuation of lies lead to violent crie, murder cospiracy , execution , fire bombing , sabotage etc just torotectthst lie. A recipe for great division.
    Great leaders don’t end up hiding in sewer lines even after they claim that the people love them.

    • IPO
      February 25, 2013

      This is why simple uwp minds cannot and will not understand anything, but listen to the nonsense from lennox and matt(roro-artist)…calypsonians.

      The above article clearly states that diplomatic relationship was signed with Morocco in 2010, but she goes on a rant and says Roosie Douglas signed…alas read a bit.

      http://www.moroccobusinessnews.com/Content/Article.asp?idr=18&id=1583

      • Greg poopon
        February 25, 2013

        Macaque Tanya never said signed she said established.

      • IPO
        February 26, 2013

        Greg Macaque you cant have established relationship without having signed diplomatic relationship…where do they get you imbicile from man…you are listening to too much blessings and coipel and matt and lennox dem man…

        look jokes boy…uwpweeee

  11. February 25, 2013

    Without a marina this hotel will not atttact a high volume visitors and that will be a huge revenue for our country,matter of fact Dominica is the only island in the caribbean doesnt have a marina.

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2013

      revenue for who? we can not even get jobs their during construction, why do you feel we are going to benefit in anyway from this investment?

      • Amazed
        February 26, 2013

        I’m sure if you had the up-to-date skills required for any construction you would get many jobs!!

  12. KOOL
    February 25, 2013

    PM i like that move u can get my vote now.

  13. Observer
    February 25, 2013

    Listen to see if they will ever mention that kind of initiative. They will never anyting good because all they is only doom and gloom, day in and day out.

  14. Kjj
    February 25, 2013

    U should put a pic of the country from a world map

  15. Anonymous
    February 25, 2013

    I don’t understand or comprehend how this helps we Dominicans or the country when these people are building a hotel on the Soil of Our land yet they are the only ones employed, so much for a joint venture. are we that taken by these politicians that we have forgotten ourselves and values as a people and a nation. this isn’t about any political party this is about Dominica, does her people not matter in an economy of above 25% unemployment, how does the government plan on helping resolve this situation? and people here putting down their fellow country men over these politicians selling Dominica, when the politicians are the only ones pocketing. this is craziness. i dont give a flying f.. who you support just support the one another! support Dominica.

  16. More Bowdell
    February 25, 2013

    Jones, we are paying the Government to work for us not to be involved in corrupt behavior. So when he does well, we will compliment him and likewise expose the bad.

    People like u that are encouraging corrupt behaviors. So please examine yourself.

  17. JONES
    February 25, 2013

    While they trying to distroy you ,you away working for them.

    • Anonymous1
      February 25, 2013

      for who them?

    • IPO
      February 25, 2013

      This is the Crab mentality of the uwp and modus operandi of lennox….

      But dem fellas will never be able to come up to par with the PM

      So they will try to pull him down to play in their caca.

      I wise man is alway cool, quiet and peaceful….just ask Bill Gates etc…

      A loud, vexacious man is alway running his mouth and nver happy and satisfied….

      • IPO
        February 25, 2013

        You are truncating

      • Madman
        February 25, 2013

        You know the scene already

      • judge Judy
        February 26, 2013

        IPO have you ever heard Skerrit “off the record”? The answer is either a yes or a no.

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