Gov’t is addressing unemployment issues, PM Skerrit says

PM Skerrit makes a point during a press conference on Friday
PM Skerrit makes a point during a press conference on Friday

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has rubbished claims by critics that his government has not been undertaking initiatives to address the issues of unemployment in the country.

He was speaking on Friday morning at a ceremony during which a cheque of $2-million was presented to the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD).  The loan is geared at assisting small and cottage industries.

According to the Prime Minister his government has been working on policies and initiatives to address the present day challenges, including unemployment, of Dominica.

“These initiatives did not exist before we came into government. We have created the Agriculture Investment Unit and through this unit we have provided tremendous financial resources to farmers through the AID Bank. We created the Small Business Support Unit and we were accused by the opposition of giving people handouts in Dominica,” the Prime Minister said.

Additionally, he said, the Dominica Youth Business Trust was created for young people who do not have collateral to start a business.

“We have provided direct loans to several business owners in the private sector,” the prime miniser said. “We have provided loans to the AID Bank at the first instance $5 or $7 million. secondly $10 million for housing and I shall make another $5 million available to the AID Bank to lend to prospective home owners at 5 percent interest.”

Prime Minister Skerrit noted that lots are being made available to citizens through the government’s squatter regulation program.

“We are now doing roads and infrastructure in Colihaut. 85 lots will be made available to the residents of Colihaut, we shall go into Lilly Valley to make lots available to them there, in Cochrane, we have about 4 or 5 acres of land and will be making land available there, in San Sauveur we have started infrastructure there to make lots available to residents of San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere,” he said.

The money loaned to the NDFD is at 3 percent interest.

“The loan will be at 3 percent interest, so we are lending to the NDFD at 3 percent interest,” Skerrit explained. “They will lend to prospective applicants at a maximum of 6.5 percent. On average the NDFD lends at 8 percent so it might just be the first time that the NDFD is lending at that low interest rate because of the government’s intervention; making financing cheaper to the prospective business owners.”

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112 Comments

  1. 4progress
    November 18, 2013

    PM to combat your critics and help your supporters you need to provide the information that show actual spend, number projects/programmes initiated, qualitative/quantitative outcomes because the questions that flow form these are: Were they value for money, best practices to adopt, Who are beneficiaries and going forward what are the new plans and/or corrective actions to take.

    Answers to these questions would be quite appreciated and help to gain more support from those like myself sitting on the fence as floating voter.

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  2. Anonymous
    November 18, 2013

    Too many stupid comments.

  3. NicE n NaughtY
    November 18, 2013

    Talk talk talk but not walking the walking

  4. Man on the Ground
    November 17, 2013

    this is nothing but a poisonous challis to smoke…..but you should never get high on your own supply .

    • Malgraysa
      November 18, 2013

      A chalice is like the wine cup used in Holy Communion. Explain how you smoke that brtother. Maybe you meant to say “chalice to drink”?

      • Knowledge is Power
        November 19, 2013

        Thy Holy Chalwa, also known as a Chalice, is a type of smoking pipe used most often by members of the Rastafari Movement.

        The big boy fada can order for big boy.

  5. Lee Wang Teng
    November 17, 2013

    The Politicians and Ministers have it all wrong. They are supposed to minister to the people, take care of the needs and Welfare of the all their citizens. Instead, they are ministering to themselves, friends and family. Boy, they have a lot to answer for.

  6. Concrete Babies
    November 17, 2013

    It is so early in the game and already the geothermal pollutants are active on your scalp; and from your talks, your brain is affected. You have put on so much wicked weight because you have devoured the concrete meant for the farm roads. Stop crowing………… Soon you will be in the guiness book of records as the first Dominican Concrete Robut PM who brought famine to the land. Where will your penguin be?

    • %
      November 17, 2013

      @ Concrete Babies As I said in an earlier blogg, his most damning legacy will undoubtedly be the impoverishment of Dominica, and the famous/infamous begging syndrome inculcated into the people,which succeeding governments will find very difficult to eradicate.
      WORKERS

      • %
        November 17, 2013

        DNO…You all have declared war upon me now, but I will not run……..Why all of a sudden MY TRADE MARKE “””SSSSSSSSSSSSS” ARE WHITTLED DOWN TO JUST ONE? Is it because I support UWP? Is DNO trying to take away from me my constitutional right to support a party of my choice? I am prepared to fight this attack on my freedom of choice/association/expression, and I am calling on all concerned, to desist from victimizing me. OK!
        WORKERSSS

  7. a few rich men
    November 17, 2013

    they now want to address unemployment. But whos house is this? it seems like only a few been doing well

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/photo0182.jpg

  8. Kokay There
    November 17, 2013

    Those power hungry workers whole day comment on DNO when there is a post on the PM and never go and do all you work. Like the last time general elections, comments like water!! and when results come out all you run with all you tail in all you backside. Don’t worry he will catch all you with all you pants down again. This PM is here to stay!! Enough candle lights lighting for Mr especially from the old people.

    God bless my PM

    • It's going free
      November 17, 2013

      @kokay there, why do you have the old people in that business with skerrit. All hell has really broken loose.

      • Kokay There
        November 18, 2013

        Because I know who what I am talking about.

  9. FIRE........FIRE....
    November 17, 2013

    Skero beg for beg, ask the Chinese to build a few factory in Dominica sell water, sand, rocks, braden leaves dry them and package them, use the sand and make our own ceramics tile, spread the different factories East, West North and South…and instead of those cheap ugly bath mats, shower curtain, boxers, bras, ladies undies and those fake Dominica flags those Chinese selling, we Dominican can make all of that and some wooden toy trucks, toy boats time to show off the hidden talent..Oh we also need to make some high heel and rubber puchin those from BATA and nassief…WORK FOR A FEW…

    • Tina T.
      November 19, 2013

      Coconut water- the natures energy drink!!! I`ve never seen so many palm trees like I saw in Dom- so many coconuts- just to find a bottle of coconut water in a shop- bottled in Thailand! Get Mr. RED BULL to build a factory in Dom… Mr. Bill Gates wants to get off the list of the richtest… Don`t ever beg communists!!! They always want something in retourn…
      Home made quality is best!

  10. Ratman
    November 16, 2013

    The amount of projects I’ve heard about, loans by the Millions, Grants by the Millions, Gifts by the Millions; there should not be one person unemployed on that small Island. Something is not right.

  11. Skin head
    November 16, 2013

    DNO shold have put the photo where you rub your eyes, because you ae discarding alot of rubbish from your lungs unto your long tongue.

    • Lee Wang Teng
      November 17, 2013

      @ “skin head” If you are a black person you must be the most ignoramus ever, to exhibit the words “skin head.” Do you know who, and what kind of men are skin heads? Shame on all skin heads.

  12. Antartic
    November 16, 2013

    Stop it! Stop your CJ Thomas tatic.

  13. Country Man
    November 16, 2013

    My God – The PM growing real fat man. This man is now 3 times the size he was when he got into office. He need to take a break to take care of himself and his family.

    On a serious note he and the DLP have failed to create the environment to deliver sustained economic growth and jobs in DA. After 15 yrs in office we are at the bottom of the English speaking Caribbean islands with the resources we have – how can he defend that record. They have absolutely failed in using the islands human resources effectively.

  14. Man on the Ground
    November 16, 2013

    suddenly the PM has juet reinvent the wheels that will roll over the heads of my Dominican Brother & sisters.
    Press conference. and i quote tremendous financial resources for the framer through the aid bank.Created the small business support unit. Dominica youth business trust,loan geared at assisting small & cottage industries, loan will be at 3% interest,doing roads & infrastructure at colihaut.going into lilly valley mis shillingford has pass away, land in san sauveur& petite soufiere. lot for the portsmouth people, land for every squater around the island, 7 million secondly 10 million and I will give you 5 million when is needed.This is the brith of a new dominica by one man. 300 million to build 4 pillar project how many jobs was created 27 million state palace how many jobs was created and the list go on & on just doing some fancy footworks dancing mazouk on national day hoping that dominica will be asleep by the time the wobdwete is over. where was this man all these years, was he living under a rock to have known that the people has become very poor while just a few is smileing all the way to the banks.

  15. Grabdem
    November 16, 2013

    How sad to see a mortal filled with pride and pomp and vanity. Is God ever in his thoughts? Like all the kingdoms of the world Dominica belongs to God; and He is in control. We are waiting on Him to bring about change to our Country. Our votes alone will not be able to do it this time – we must pray for God to deliver us. The Children of Israel called onto God for deliverance from tyrants in their day. So too we must cry out to God for our deliverance. Satan has taken a seat in our Country and only prayer will drive him out. Our Ministers and Pastors on the Island is out of tune with God, they are very religious having no power. They too are covered with pride. We must only look towards the hill from whence cometh our help. Our help cometh from the Lord. I do believe that God in his mercy will deliver us from this dictator and his supporters – his foreign supporters. God is going to hear our prayers. I’m a shamed now to call myself a Dominican. 15 to 20 years ago I was a proud Dominican, today I’m ashamed. Victory is near.
    Thank you Lord Jesus. The Blood of Jesus breaks every yoke of the enemy – Satan and all evil workers. We plead the Blood of Jesus over our beloved Dominica and ask the Lord to forgive us and deliver us. Dominicans, God loves you.

  16. bluered
    November 16, 2013

    A drowning man will catch a straw. What allu expect skerrich to do? The nguy is drowning. alas

  17. Rain or shine
    November 16, 2013

    Lord Deliver us from Skerrit.

    • Malgraysa
      November 18, 2013

      Amen!

  18. STUDENT
    November 16, 2013

    This Skerrit and his 16 lazy, incompetent, dishonest, brain-dead ministers have been in power for the last 14 years, and one wonders what have they been doing during this time? It’s almost like unemployment is suddenly a new word that they have just discovered. Skerrit runs the biggest cabinet ( 16) in the OECS and the Caribbean by extension, Dominica is last in every economic indicator ( tourism, exports, manufacturing, job creation etc.) and Skerrit and Collin McIntire have the unmitigated gull after 14 years to try this feeble election stunt, hoping that a few foolish Dominicans will fall for their trickery

  19. Anonymous
    November 16, 2013

    A recitation that man? addressing how? Red Clinic is not the way to address unemployment. When the temporary assistance is over, they will be back for more.

  20. Artfield
    November 16, 2013

    Take a look around Skeritt, businesses are closing doors in DA

  21. Frenz
    November 16, 2013

    A new arm of the economic citizenship program; new staff. lol. So what happen to the old arm and old staff. Why is there a need for a new arm when the old arm was ” suppose” to be working well and according to the liars the economic citizenship program was well. Desperation makes the monkey eat pepper.
    Now how many passports have we sold since the DLP administration – can the old arm give us a going away report. I wont hold my breath on this one.
    Are we going to get a farewell gift from the passport agents or are they still going to be involved.
    Keep fooling the people – your cul de sac is approaching and it is one with a ” Falez” awaiting those who must jump.

  22. Pedro
    November 16, 2013

    That’s just a show. The Labour Party has been in office for 14 years and they just realize that Dominicans need to work. Thanks to Mr Linton who is working to prepare Dominicans for the New economy where money will meet money.

  23. Morne Bruce
    November 16, 2013

    I want to see which Dominicans are going to drink this “Big Bottle of Cool-Aid,” from Skerritt.
    It is such a shame that he will repeat the same things over and over again to an educated populace with some still believing that election gimmick.
    Dominican , it is time to so your strength at the ballot box and rove to politicians that we are not to be taken for granted.

  24. Man on the Ground
    November 16, 2013

    a government is trying to get to martinque but their motorcade is head north.this will explain everything that is going on with this brunch of cartoon characters……lord hear us. lord deliver us . lord have mercy . christ have mercy.

  25. %
    November 16, 2013

    DNO. why the extra “sssssssss” at the end of my bloggs are removed. I AM IRATED MAN THAT MY FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, WHICH OBVIOUSLY should not offend anyone is being tampered with. Am I being victimized since I am giving unflinching support to the UWP?

  26. Justice and Truth
    November 15, 2013

    If only the critics were satisfied people. Whatever is done they criticize. I am warning you, a punishment awaits you.
    Those Dominicans today are more fortunate than their counterparts of yesterday. If they got help in those days they did not get a lot and few if none at all showed dissatisfaction. Or is it that some people of this era, the more they are helped the more they are dissatisfied. Be satisfied for what you have and receive. Be content, appreciative and thankful.
    Money and jobs do not grow on trees. Generally, it is the private sector that creates jobs. Some of you expect too much and give nothing in return.

  27. exclav
    November 15, 2013

    Is it a cat and mouse game that this Government is playing or are they just trying to play domino with Dominicans.? Dominicans should be able to vote on the issue of employment.. conduct a survey in every area in Dominica, then publish the results..
    If persons were employed, don”t you think folks would be able to lead better lives? Folks are just dead broke and hardly making ends meet. Things are so hard that working is like from pocket to mouth…
    Let all the labour supporters who hate hearing the truth, honestly say that money is flowing in their circle? Things are very hard and that’s matter fact,,.
    If the government is creating jobs and employment opportunities, why folks just can’t find these jobs? Truth be told that the job situation is as bad as the roads and everything else in Dominica. Things are tough financially all over but please tell the people the truth…
    A government should allow its actions to speak louder than its words… a promise is just comfort to a fool. One can be certain that Dominica is not a fools paradise….
    There is a state of paranoia and uneasiness by the government.. something got them worried cause of cocoa they have in sun…. n now elections are coming…. maybe its time to shut up and put their house in order.. Just look back after 14,yrs in power and really answer dis question. Is Domiinca better under you all stewardship or worst off? Just a little mental stimulation for you all, its a secret or segwayyyyy, ‘ de place in reverse gear, and the entire government is on a bicycle going back wards….
    God is good all the time that’s why Dominicans are very wise round… so call the election and you all will know…. cause God is good.

  28. Laboo
    November 15, 2013

    “I shall make another $5,000,000.00 (Five Millions) available.” Only a rich man speaks like that. His salary must be really high.

  29. Annica Alethea
    November 15, 2013

    This money was given to National Bank Of Dominica last year to lend to small business at 6%. Not one loan was disbursed.
    Now Skerrit takes the same money and gives it to NDFD and has another grand handing over ceremony without mentioning the fact that it is the same money from NBD.
    To access the money from NDFD one must have a business plan, collateral, debenture, bill of sale, deposit, and all the crap that goes with it.
    Mr. Skerrit, I have a super business idea that will create dozens of jobs, can I get a loan from that money without security? I have no land, my mother still waiting for a dollar square foot land that you promise, I have no friends to guarantee loan for me.
    Can I go to NDFD to secure a loan based on the strength of my business plan?
    BTW NDFD is in existence for 30 years plus, can anyone show me at least two sustainable businesses that NDFD has funded?
    Ever since a man ask that question at an NDFD forum I have been pondering.

  30. Tim
    November 15, 2013

    Wow the government is on fire!!! wonder why——UWP is setting the agenda. All of a sudden Skerrit is giving anything that moves or can VOTE $$$$$$……

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2013

      The uwp will be out looking in again.

  31. iam there
    November 15, 2013

    Doc love, look at yourself in a mirror.shame on you.pure jealousy, envy!

    • Excuse me?
      November 17, 2013

      Did @Doc.love hit the nail on your head? You need to be open minded and do not get offended by the truth.

  32. Santa Claus
    November 15, 2013

    Skerrit, if you have to rubbish claims made by critics about the unemployment issue you have brought to Dominica, then I must conclude that your Bajan friend and pollster PETER WICKHAM, is one of those critics too because after the DLP paid him to conduct a survey as recent as March 14, 2013 to see how the villas would affect the DLP in an election, Peter Wickham made these statements:
    “Dominicans are most preoccupied with the issue of unemployment.” “It was determined that Dominicans are at this time most preoccupied with the issue of ‘Unemployment.” Concerns over unemployment notwithstanding…” “Dominicans are generally most impressed with the government’s performance in ‘Education’ and least impressed with the government’s performance in the area of ‘Employment’…”
    Mr. Skerrit, Wickham made those observation 8 months ago and not in 2000 when you and your DLP took over. So you cannot say it was back then. The fact is, the successful and brilliant ‘jobs and economics forum’ held by the UWP did much damage to you and since then you are trying hard to change your beat but you just cannot dance to this type of music.

  33. November 15, 2013

    this man will fool u all till kingdom come with his conning smile :-D :lol: :-P

  34. greg
    November 15, 2013

    Pspa bondieur have mercy on Dominica. How much are the villas. $8.4 million. The $400K house how much did it cost – $2.3 million. Yes laborats I am a jealous and struggling poor man in Dominica.How much was in Easy ***r slush fund -$2.6 million.Forget about the $100K plus here and ther.
    Now add 8.4 , 2.6 and 2.3. That is $13.3 million. Now add what the PM said was given towards job creation. Now we all know the truth whether or not Tony Astsphan say otherwise or some of just refuse to see what is evudently infront of us. If after 14 years in government you want talk about an effort less than the $13.3 million in personal enrichment then who is to say we are not on the same system as Mobutu and other corrupt and picerty stricken country in Africa.
    Are we #7 on the list of poorest country on planet earth?

  35. Too hot to handle
    November 15, 2013

    U have money flying all over the place like helicopters and the truckers tippers scruntting for their money to pay their bills sa cre may cha stay oui yea

  36. street side
    November 15, 2013

    Dominica..de rum and party people..them get excited for anything…if you he had said $1,000 for Employment you would hear the hailing out too as well..

    What a negative bunch of people dominicans are.

    Deceased Prime Minister Pierre Charles spoke Highly About the Ignorance Factor…which has been echoed Strongly amongst other caribbean islands And by Global Agencies World Wide…

  37. Vanya
    November 15, 2013

    Disgusted to say the least…2Mill…what can that Do for a Caribbean island which is rated the Poorest Under his Leadership….

    This Prime Minister is playing marble hole for Dominica…

    What utter “HIGH FOOLISHNESS” can a so call leader Come to his citizens with…

    Dominicans way too docile and foolish Society.

  38. Mangoes
    November 15, 2013

    Most Labourites don’t understand anything at ALL.

    Even if Skero were to ask for a 25% reduction in Public servants salaries, they would turn around and Claim it’s a Good Move and embrace him dearly.saying thank God.

    This is not a Joke folks..Dominicans have said to The World they are a “ISLAND OF FOOLS”

    Dominicans are way too dull and dazed to think.

    They accept and embrace Less at all Levels in the Today’s Dominica.

    • Grand Bay Girl
      November 16, 2013

      Why? our brains dead nah? people of all other countries have brains except Dominicans? Papa met
      We have so many intelligent people both here and abroad including you. I not dazed nah, and I am not a fool and I am Dominican I am sure u are not dazed and foolish. Come down and see our beautiful and professional men and women in DA U will be impressed smh

  39. Fool me again
    November 15, 2013

    All that you do, ala, poor skerro. u forget is foreigners that build airport , roads, state house, college, bus stop, greenhouse, coffee plant and the big projects went to those that operating trucks and backhoes for ministers. That,s why we Dominicans are still not working. Oh u remember us now. We will respond to u at the polls. We cannot wait. We unemployed voting for work-ers.

  40. Orange County
    November 15, 2013

    One thing that goes well with Labour is Trickery,Lies,cheating,Poverty and Massive Corruption!

    That’s peanuts bro…2Mill…why does he take Dominicans as fools only because the allow him Too.

    Dropping off small cheques here and there will not crunch the deal…

    Will in fact be a breathing ground for beggars…

    That’s why Dominica has ended up on the IMF World Wide Page as in grouping with the 20 worst Economies on planet earth….

    Shows the world that we have bad management team Running affair of state in Dominica..

    Dominica’s—Juvenile Prime Minister who’s flare Charmed the innocent Public of Dominica to Record Breaking Poverty World Wide!

  41. seeko easy door
    November 15, 2013

    any body keeping count of the amount of money sketitt has given out in the last 4 months or so?

  42. Lol
    November 15, 2013

    Why can we encourage dominicas to go and work instead we just there talking nonsense. Only a lazy person that will not see all the opertunity that this Goverment is providing for young people. No wonder the UWP on a buss taking rip around the country when they should be at work working. They have nothing to do so they ridding around the place. Guys fine something to do, plan a banana tree or start a small business. How can a man give 5000 people job and he himself cannot give himself a job. Go fish and then teach me how to fish.

    • CIVIL SERVANT
      November 15, 2013

      you are clearly miss_informed, when your master can no longer hide his mismanagement and lies, i hope yoou are in a possition to take evasive action, cause dominica in under water from what i can see..

    • Doc. Love
      November 15, 2013

      When Mr. Lennox Linton was working, he paid in excess of $100,000 in taxes. For one man to pay all that taxes, he must have some extra change in the bank. For your information Mr. Linton is financially solid. You must have heard he is about to pay $30,000 US to the privy counsel in order to defend himself against this Pinard feller. He is now on a champagne to get other Dominicans also rich. He is on a champagne to make sure money meet money for the less unfortunate.

      • Doc. Love
        November 15, 2013

        Typo: campaign not champagne.

      • Malgraysa
        November 18, 2013

        Please Dr. Love, the Privy Counsel is in England, even I know that. Not everything in U.S.A. you know.

    • Santa Claus
      November 15, 2013

      @LOl, when you talk about lazy people you are really attacking Skerrit’s base you know since they were already lazy and he added some 40% of people that use to work hard, to that list so they could depend on him. No wonder the crime rate has multiplied by 10% since he became PM. UWPites have ALWAYS been known to be hard working people and no wonder we shall have no part of this lazy, visionless, rude, corrupt and worship seeking government.

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      I endorse your comments. What they are doing is to find every possible manner to criticize, downplay and reject the good the PM is doing as they go about trying to convince the people that they could perform better than him. They are placing a lot of pressure and hardship on the PM.
      Dominicans, beware. Keep this in mind. Take note and do not make a mistake by voting for the wrong Party.

      • purge
        November 16, 2013

        Talk for youeslf and not for me; you crazy, abusive, obstructive, boomboom fly, blind bat. You need an over saturated dose of wasin pack.

    • real talk
      November 16, 2013

      real talk @lol.the pm is trying .we the people of dominica let be real.be positive. don’t make these negative words and dark take our mined.don’t leave in the shadow.we all see what going on in Dominica.
      if you live around positive people, you will be positive.live around negative people you will be negative.

      • Justice and Truth
        November 17, 2013

        You are so correct! Negative people and those who insult others for writing the truth are going downhill, slippery slopes. Their mentality is warped. They can never see the good that is being done in Dominica and for nationals who especially are in dire need of. They and their comments are depressing. They are not fair and just.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2013

      why you just here typing nonsense on the internet?

      • Justice and Truth
        November 17, 2013

        What type of mind do you possess? You call that nonsense? Can you not read sense? You have much to learn.

    • Papa Dom
      November 16, 2013

      Why then are you singing so loudly hoping to land a job? Aren’t you fools tired of showing off your stupidity in public? The same song you are singing now was being sung by the current press secretary in every internet chart forum, now he’s back from china and can’t employ himself he is quite happy to work in a government job. He like you doesn’t hide his stupidity and uses every opportunity he finds to expose it.

      • Justice and Truth
        November 17, 2013

        Hear who is talking/commenting. The pot calls the kettle black. You are the stupid one. What have you done for Dominica in the past and lately? Only criticizing? Not good at all. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  43. halibot
    November 15, 2013

    N.D.F.D got a loan from Gov’t and here is Skerro flying like Robin hood and gave the assumption earlier this week… that his gov’t GAVE the money to N.D.F.D… Skerro not easy nuh pal… ay lass papa bondieu

    • November 15, 2013

      he give the money to ndfd and when you go there no money lies lies change must come

  44. Fact
    November 15, 2013

    Where are the 400 jobs you’ve been promising for years now? This country have made you very RICH with expensive houses. The wealth and assets you have accumulated since becoming PM, is mathematically impossible given your salary. What do you care about us? now that election is nearing, and you are “ADDRESSING” unemployment. It’s the same old record you play all the time.

  45. BANKER
    November 15, 2013

    DNO ADMIN , Seen that you are downstairs NDFD, Could you please find out, if this 6.5 interest is fix or Reducing balance.

    I need some cheap money for my business

    Please publish your findings.

    thank you.

  46. November 15, 2013

    PM SKIRITE I am ready to vote for you let us revived the agriculture industry by giving farmers money so that they can create jobs also give the farmers free imputes for two years what you need to do is to get the cargo boats as soon as possible ‘to say all of this mr pm linton is working you I think your time is up u should pack up and go we had to much of you all the way with linton and the U W P CHANGE IS A MOST NOT AN OPTION :lol: :lol: :cry: :oops:

  47. November 15, 2013

    haa boy lennox you have them spending all of a sodern d country have money thay can do what thay want we rollin with lennox

  48. Listening!!!
    November 15, 2013

    PM which business you provided financial assistance to Blaircourt!!!

    Business are looking for better lending requirements and financial policy so its not about only making the money available. It is whether the lending institution are providing friendly lending requirements to the business community_ Bro as Finance Minister you have to see it all way through.
    We need pro-active business legislative environment to operate in. The cost of operations for our business in the private sector are too high. Making plots available when people have no means of an income does not address poverty.

    Let us focus on the private sector and give it a free reign to develop so we can increase the economic movement in the country that will in turn provide jobs for our unemployed.

  49. Concerned
    November 15, 2013

    I see that you are catering for only one class of unemployment. I hope you do know that not everyone can start, far less sustain a business.

  50. Mr. C
    November 15, 2013

    Note: I think NDFD have Agriculure loans at 5% interest, so I don’t think 8% is the lowest they have or will unlend at.

    • BANKER
      November 15, 2013

      Mr. C,

      The agriculture fund @ the NDFD is the Government’s money, NDFD is only acting as an agent.

      DO NOT TRY AND DISCREDIT THE PM.

      DO YOUR RESEARCH.

    • ydobon
      November 15, 2013

      NDFD Small business loans whether agriculture or not are all 11-12%….so even 8% is much better for a person wanting to take a loan at that institution.

  51. Doc. Love
    November 15, 2013

    I must rubbish all the statements made by Skeritt as regards to the initiatives used to address the unemployment situation in Dominica specifically involving the youth. For fourteen years we have seen no significant effort to solve the jobs problems in Dominica, Mr. Lennox Linton and UWP held a job symposium, immediately, Skeritt eats, sleeps, drink jobs. If Skeritt really wants to impress Dominicans about his initiatives, hold a press conference where he can be questioned in detail as to how many jobs the millions he alleged to have spent created, the category and the what are the different industries involved.

    • coyote
      November 15, 2013

      Doc.love i could not agree more this prime minister is mostly talking in the future tense like they are not the ones in power.they,ve been there foe 14 years,mr prime minister “where are the jobs?”.that is the question he needs to answer.

    • Asterix
      November 15, 2013

      How can his government be interested in employment for Dominicans; when he took a loan to build a palace that our tax dollars are to repay, then turn around stabbing Dominican laborers in the back by employing Chinese to build said stadium? For the past 4 months he has been promising new jobs at each month end, only to come now and lie to the people with an excuse that someone or some group, gave false information to the would be employer about Dominica’s rate of attrition. skerrit never mentioned the name of any of the investors/companies so how it is that someone or some group was able to contact the investor? If for argument sake this had happened wouldn’t it be a case of just providing the investor with the correct info with evidence to support? Why is it he could not say who the culprit/s was/were and what figure was given to the investor as well as stating the correct one?

  52. Family Guy!
    November 15, 2013

    Skirret Boi, you good, trust me, you good!!! have people thinking you gave NDFD money to borrow new and existing businesses not knowing is a loan which they took and you coming and make it seems like the government is doing so much where as is the same process you have to go thru at NDFD to obtain a business loan, up to this morning i was there with my plan and all supporting documents and i still have to go thru a whole lot of process, boi you good!!! but how long, not so long!

    • Jesuschile
      November 15, 2013

      The PM did say “The money loaned to the NDFD is at 3 percent interest.”

  53. name
    November 15, 2013

    great news….Let me see if I can start a business tann

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      Why don’t you with no hesitation?

  54. PetProjects
    November 15, 2013

    PM Skerrit you can try to sugarcoat your Government incompetence all you what, but you as a Prime Minister is a total failure……All you do as a grown man is run your mouth like some

  55. observer
    November 15, 2013

    Excellent action my PM! God bless you Sir!

    • CIVIL SERVANT
      November 15, 2013

      you must see it through and comment on it’s success in the future

  56. Jay
    November 15, 2013

    I am taken aback! mr. Skerrit was officially listed as a participant at the Commonwealth Summit, which opened in Sri Lanka today, representing Dominica.Of course, I have no objectio0n to him being on his home turf but the question is why? Did he decide to boycott this meeting, in solidarity with the Prime Minsters of India, Mauritius and Canada because of concerns about human rights abuses or does he feel the need to be on the spot to personally marshal his troops in countering the threats posed by the opposition?

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2013

      Go, he travelling to much, stay, he not travelling he veyaying. Senseless people you all do need a DICTATOR!

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      If he had gone you would complain that he travels too much and is always out of the country. People as you just cannot be pleased. You always must find faults. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  57. Tyre hit de road
    November 15, 2013

    That’s great to here

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      ‘hear’ :lol:

  58. gmmm
    November 15, 2013

    This man is so sexy love him

    • %
      November 15, 2013

      It is clear that the LINTON EFFECT has you jumping like about the place like a “headless chicken”. I heard of figures like 400 jobs, 300 jobs,500 jobs etc. Ask the parl rep who had jungle training in Guyana. A so called Labour Party which consists of people who obviously cannot think, cannot create sustainable jobs,and will forever keep the people in dire poverty.You and your government clearly should be sent packing by the electorate.
      After 14 years this party has not been able to provide jobs, but has been able to do fantastically well for themselves.
      Skerro you should have listened to thinkers like Dr Fontaine, Joseph Isaac, Joshua Francis, Linton, tell the people how they can do it. Maybe you would learn a little by some of our finest brains.
      YOUR PARTY HAS FAILED DOMINICANS AND DOMINICA, particulary the begging mentality you have inculcated into so many. THIS WILL BE YOUR MOST DAMNING LEGACY.
      SHAME ON YOU ALL. KICK THEM OUT. THEY DESERVE IT!
      WORKERS

      • icare
        November 15, 2013

        one with us dominicans skerrit dont no how to please all you, do it is a problem par do it is still a problem what plan linton have eh, he just realize his hands in his pockets all the time, i bet he have hand sanitizer in in them. shake your hands and wipe
        the only tax dr fontaine paying is departure tax did not help the economy when he was in imf, isaac go clean up ur farm linton got fired from two jobs oops three in antigua francis psychiatric ward calling u

    • Views Expressed
      November 15, 2013

      Take this sexy man with you out of Dominica government please and tame him……he is immature to run the country….
      Sexy is not a qualification to run a poor country….This so called sexy man has ruined Dominica
      Sexy My Foot

      • icare
        November 15, 2013

        like him or not the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit is the Prime Minister of Dominica and i loooovve him whooosh

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 16, 2013

        Ah! sexy wha that mean I wonder if Obama sexy

    • Doc. Love
      November 15, 2013

      Have you looked at the top front of the man’s head, the hair on the front is receding. In three years, the man will be looking like a monk. :lol:

      • Laboo
        November 15, 2013

        With all that cash in his stash he can afford “Hair Implant.”

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 16, 2013

        This is really Personal! This has gone beyond politics.If u are UWP u may hate his policies
        if u are Labour u love his policies.UWP hate the receding hair Labour love the dimplies. How about that,,,,,Humourous

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      :lol: :lol: :lol: You surely made some people angry. Not me! :lol: :lol: :lol:

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 17, 2013

        Life is short. Just do not get too angry to raise
        your blood pressure. It is just not that serious.
        At the end of the day we are human beings who share different opinions.

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 18, 2013

        Lol! the rruth sets us free

  59. Me
    November 15, 2013

    We know of your good works. It’s only the blind ones who are being fooled.

    • One Love
      November 15, 2013

      I support you 90% of us are blind; it is only a few of you that can see – so in the end it really does not matter what you see if is you alone that seeing

      • Anonymous
        November 15, 2013

        we will count the percentages after election.

    • CIVIL SERVANT
      November 15, 2013

      you sound like a beggar or an employee of the weekly red clinic agency

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 16, 2013

        All of u those go there. Some UWP does wear red
        when they go there How do I know because I see you all. Stop acting like u better than those who go there.

    • Justice and Truth
      November 15, 2013

      I agree with you. You are not the only one who are of this opinion. There are many out there who also agree with you and who recognize the good that he has done and continues to do.
      Never mind the thumbs down. Those who agree with you and who speak on behalf of the PM in support of him will be given thumbs down. They will not break the resistance of those who support him.

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 18, 2013

        My comments are about Truth& Justice. lol

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