The road network on the eastern part of the island is expected to receive attention from a concessionary loan that Caribbean countries with diplomatic relations with China were offered recently, according to prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
The loan of US$3-billion was offered by Chinese President Xi Jinping who met with various regional leaders in Port of Spain last Sunday.
Skerrit said that there is a high possibility that Dominica will be seeking its share to address ‘once and for all’ the poor road conditions on the island’s east.
“We may certainly contract a loan of course … we would have to look at the details and engage the Chinese Government on this bilaterally. But there is a very good possibility that the Government may take a loan to address once and for all the roads on the east coast because certainly they need great improvement,” he said.
He said some of the road that will be targeted are, “Pond Case to Castle Bruce going in to Petite Soufriere, from Pond Case going into Bois Daibe and Delice area to Petite Savanne and Dubique.”
He said the issues of poverty, unemployment and improvement of the infrastructure, must be addressed in Dominica and the loan came at a good time. “So this $3 billion at concessionary financing, and I believe the financing is about 2 percent interest, is very good news for the Caribbean and for Dominica itself,” he noted.
The prime minister also said more scholarships from China were approved by the visiting president.
Last week Skerrit announced that the Government of Dominica plans to source over $50 million US dollars in loans and grants to respond to damage caused by natural disasters on the east coast of the island.
He said these funds will be used to construct new road ways, river defences, bridges and retaining walls.