Gov’t considers five hotel projects

The Prime Minister said the projects will provide jobs for Dominicans
The Prime Minister said the projects will provide jobs for Dominicans

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says there are five hotel projects, under the Citizesnship by Investment Program, before his government for consideration which will assist in the development of Dominica.

He said at a press conference on Tuesday that out of the five projects, four have already received some level of approval from the government.

The projects are the Range Development Project in Cabrits, one in Salisbury, another in the heights of Soufriere and another in the Coconut Beach and Picard area.

He stated that since the introduction of the Citizens by Investment Programme there has been a great interest on the part of the private sector, both foreign and local, to submit projects for development.

“We have five projects before us for consideration,” he said. “These are new projects that are outside those that was submitted to us … people who have existing projects and want to see how they can benefit from the Citizen by Investment Programme.”

The first project he mentioned was the Range Development Project in the Cabrits area under the Kempinski Group.

“That in itself will bring tremendous positive attention to Dominica,” he noted. “That is a 131-room hotel.”

He stated however, based on feedback from the developers, “they indicated to us that they would like to discuss the possibility of increasing that number from 131 to 200 rooms.”

The second project is a 200-room hotel in the Coconut Beach to Picard area.

“The second project has received some form of approval from the government,” Skerrit said.

He said that project is a joint venture between a local group of individuals and a foreign group of persons from ‘Silver Beach Hotel.’

The third project is in the Salisbury area which will be done by a Dominican resident living overseas who is involved in tourism development, according to the Prime Minister.

The fourth project is in Soufriere in the south of the island.

“The fourth is a project in the heights of Soufriere,” he explained. “We will begin with the construction of villas and it is a project we are particularly pleased about, because that will certainly help in diversifying the economy of the Soufriere, Scottshead and Gallion area.”

Skerrit described Soufriere as a community that relies heavily on fishing as its main source of employment.

“We need to diversify the economic activity in the Soufriere, Scottshead and Gallion,” he stated.

He said the projects will create jobs for Dominicans.

“Our views is that if we can get these projects going, you talk about several additional hotel rooms in Dominica, and one can appreciate the jobs by way of construction which will now take place,” the Prime Minister said.

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73 Comments

  1. concern citizen ABROAD
    May 16, 2015

    Five hotels to be built . When one decides to invest , he/ she should first of all look at available resources and make good use of them . Making use of these resources will cut cost by 50% . What do we have in Dominica ? Human capital, rainforest , arable land , good vegetation , trees , seas , rivers . A wise leader should invest in these areas , water factory , food and beverage factory , lumber , boat building factory , aggregate factory , fish manufacture and so on . All these can be done by the people of Dominica , you plan your business , forward your business plan , get a loan , start small . The bigger picture Government need to invest massively in agriculture . infrastructure and human capital , train the people in these areas . Agovernment can never lose by investing in its people .What hotel?may be one close to Roseau to provide accomodation for creole fest . Dominica is not much of a tourist destination where tourists live on the island for two moths or round the year

  2. concern citizen ABROAD
    May 16, 2015

    Caribbean Integration is good , for unity is strength. However , everything done on this earth comes with a cost . If we are trying to better an economy , it must first be in the interest of our nation . The nation’s people must always come first . To think of integration we must have a backboned economy in the event that integration fails . We must also bear in mind that all the caribbean countries are in an economic crisis even worst than yours . I would rather appreciate that the Prime Minister and his team get the people more involve in what he is doing before he agrees to undertake a task . For example , did he consult with Dominicans in that passport / investor thing ? The elected members were elected by the people and should consult at all times ,thereby giving you all the opportunity to get educated and voice ideas and opinions , the affairs of a country is the people’s business so nothing should be done in secrecy.

  3. Kubuli Kountry
    May 15, 2015

    @ PM Skerritt:

    Sir I must respectfully remind you that even before you start talking about another 200 room hotel, there is the Moroccan hotel rotting down there in the North.

    Also Sir, I need to let you understand that without NIGHT-LIFE, without clubs or casinos there will be nothing for the tourists to do at night after they bake themselves in the sun in the day.

    Lastly Sir, I would much prefer you to direct your energies to building a new hospital with a helipad on the roof.

    Sir, please listen to your people. It’s not those that have red umbrella, red t-shirt, red everything that living and trying to survive in Dominica.

    Respectfully,

    Kubuli Kountry

  4. never shameful
    May 15, 2015

    Mr.Skerro. THAT IS RUBBISH!! RUBBISH I SAY!
    No up to date hospital, no up to date airport, but 5 hotels sir?
    RUBBISH I SAY. RUBBISH

  5. Yapp
    May 14, 2015

    Mr Prime Minister, my family have voted for the labour party since before i was born , then i followed the pattern , but i am very sorry but i just won’t continue with my children , if you don’t stop to think and look around you before you before do those stupid, greedy self serving things. 1. Haven’t you heard about how patients are being treated in the hospital ? they have to pay before any medicine is administered to them whether they can afford or not , because of the high debt that has been accumulated, Why don’t you take those monies and pay off the debt , so we can see you as a reall caring , loving and heroic prime minister we voted for . Please .

  6. 4 progress
    May 14, 2015

    What about the international airport….
    All promises about MOU with China , yet no talk, discussion or plan about it

    Was it just a con?????

  7. TrueBornDominican
    May 13, 2015

    Mr PM, if you can be call by such a name, go and put the 5 hotels in your constituency. You are a stranger to the truth, so go and put your hotels, projects, empty promises, promised hospital in your constituency where you came from. At least, they will believe you, with such nonsense about 5 hotels, when you guys cant pay civil servants, a brokes treasury, high inflation rates, high cost of living, no work, no money…………
    So a good place for your empty promises is your constituency……………
    where the International Airportttttttt…. People dont even wanna come to Dominica, to expensive……………..
    This hotel talk is pure gabage

  8. help the lady
    May 13, 2015

    dominica cannot even full the little hotels it already have u want to go and build more ? after ur government kill the argriculture industry and try and replace it with somethign that still hasnt brought in a quater of the revenue that banana used to bring in you still building more hotels . SKERITT YOU STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A BRIKEN RECORD U STUCK ON THE BUILD HOTEL PART MAN?

  9. cultish
    May 13, 2015

    i know seeing some calling skerrit sUPREME LEADER how very cultish

  10. Lang Mama
    May 13, 2015

    All you guess who own Coconut beach nuh- clue 1 Chief of the Bureau of Immigration ( Not sure if this position is on the books ).
    Next clue 2 – ” cheap Sale Sale fast how many Iranians on Deck”.
    Next clue3 – Danny L doh kill me ”
    Next clue 4- Silent and Moo Moo but dangerous like a cobra snake”
    Last clue 5 – wrote the manual for democracy but he practicing communism and socialism

    • Titiwi
      May 15, 2015

      That project is called Silverbeach. Angelo Allen told us about that on Q95 and told us Alick Lawrence was promoting that in China when he was there with P.M. and apparently he has a photo of both of them there in the same meeting and Alick Lawrence making a speech
      on the same platform with P.M. I don’t know why govt. should have any secrecy about that.

  11. DFR
    May 13, 2015

    Let’s see now , selling passports , building more hotels without the prospect of visitors getting there , all you bloggers are correct ! Without a vastly improved airport , what’s the point ? It does not add up !

  12. Love All
    May 13, 2015

    Hotel without Airport is like having a huge cultivation in Syndicate with no road to get there.

    • funiti
      May 13, 2015

      Considering our product classification, one of our biggest competitors, Bali in the South Pacific does not have an international airport; and I do not think there is one in Mustik either……..Of course there are clear advantages in having one ……. The question of the airport is not overlooked by the DLP government though you seem to have conveniently overlooked that fact…….The other question is; should the chicken come before the egg?

      • Malatete
        May 14, 2015

        We should be careful not to advertise our ignorance. Of course Bali has an international airport. Ngura Rai is the third busies international airport in Indonesia with frequent direct flights in particular to Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

      • Malatete
        May 14, 2015

        PS. Re. Mustique. This small, privately owned island is only 2.2 sq.miles in size and I doubt there is either room for an international airport or a need. Certainly, the clientele that can afford to holiday there is not looking forward to mass tourism and value its relative remoteness and exclusivity. It is an easy hop from either Barbados or St. Vincent and its 3,255 ft. runway can more than adequately accommodate existing and future air movements.

    • anonymous2
      May 13, 2015

      That plus the cost of getting to DA. Only the rich and well off will be able to pay the fares to DA.

      • Anonymous
        May 14, 2015

        Frankly, I rather have affluent visitors with bulging wallets, looking for quality than masses of cheap package tour holidaymakers looking for beaches that we don’t have anyway. They can continue to go to Christchurch in Barbados for all I care. Our own Dominicans can stay with family and friends, the majority do so anyway.

  13. Dominic
    May 13, 2015

    but how u cane bild hotal with dout international air port

    • smh
      May 14, 2015

      Ad how can you have persons coming in and nowhere to accommodate them. Roads and infrastructure must be in place before you can have an influx of persons.

  14. Dominican
    May 13, 2015

    Nonsense, but I applaud the PM for continuing to stay on message until someone holds him accountable.

  15. Sunday Island
    May 13, 2015

    What’s the latest on the 5 Star Hotel to be built on the Public Works Garage site?

    • Peter Potter
      May 13, 2015

      There is not ‘latest’. It was just another election ploy.

    • Malgraysa
      May 14, 2015

      As far as I know the government agreed to sell that to a local Chinese entrepreneur some years ago. The project was then called Harbour View hotel.

  16. Francisco Telemaque
    May 13, 2015

    Roosevelt at the moment you are making a bigger fool of yourself than you are making of the people! You are only talking about Hotels because you backside is feeling the heat of the pending eruption of the fire burning under you.

    The recent demonstration, and the problems at the public works department has rattled your crown. Uneasy lies the head that ware the crown. So, you believe when you talk crap about hotels the people will calm their rage and anger. You have what looks like an over size guess house in Portsmouth, which to me is nothing more than an apartment building under construction for more than five years. If that cannot be completed, how you going to finish five more?

    You intend to get five more that you know is a lie, and will never materialized! Where is the International Airport to support the five new hotels, and those empty ones already existing in your face? Your cheap waste of time psychology has already failed you!

  17. john
    May 13, 2015

    If all the caribean islands buy in bulk things will be much cheaper the leaders don’t know what to do you have to tell them every body wants to be a chief we must sink we can get those islands working in months if we use the brains and no anger, anger talking and matching is not going to do it. How many of those ministers in both party’s had a business how could you elect them to run a country. At least you have had to own a grocery store. Its the peoples fault you should know who you are electing to office. Groom and train your leaders in elementary school to be onest and hard working and respect for the people and the job, don’t steal the public money you don’t tell your leaders what you want them to do , all you do is blame them, they don’t know what to do.

  18. john
    May 13, 2015

    Looking and mandate I agree with you we have to speak that language all the time , the men who who gave the womens those baby’s have to be told by us you must take care of your baby it is not the responsibility of the tax payers to take care of your baby. Skerritt is one of us we did not tell him how we want our country run and we are not telling the opposition what to do either. We the people of the caribean must know what we want our leaders in the caribean to do . I believe in business we we think and do it right we can reform the caribean. We must think and stop the begging. We all want happiness, but what we must sick is purpose, why are we on earth to serve others or to take control of our own lives. N assief , Abrahams, ski, jolly, Elbert, role, Astaphans they are not singing for their supper.every village should have a water factory, we have to learn to come up with ideas

  19. May 13, 2015

    Jobs, jobs and more jobs for the youths and other unemployed individuals. My divine and supreme Prime Minister has a vision for improving Dominica’s infrastructure and turning his precious homeland into the jewel of the Caribbean. Dr, Roosevelt M. Skerrit works non-stop to better the lives of his people. This dedication is so Christ-like in it’s nature that one can NEVER deny the ordaining of this great man by the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. His Holiness, Dr. Skerrit is indeed a Knight as he continues tofight tirelessly to give his Citizens an improved state of existence. Go out there PM and keep bringing the BIG money. You will always remain in power as long as Labourites live!

    • Peter Potter
      May 13, 2015

      Are you for real? Surely you can’t be.

    • Titiwi
      May 14, 2015

      Your satire goes beyond the ridiculous. Maybe we should change All Saints day to Roosevelt day?

  20. john
    May 13, 2015

    We just cannot continue and say we cannot compete we must learn and put our brains together to solve the problems. We can start private equity firms , banks, bring all the brains back, all the islands speak in one voice there is a lot we can do we should be telling the government what to do .? Why not ask that question if they go to university to learn to work for people how can they run a country. We are new at this and you can tell we don’t know what the he’ll we are doing we cannot even keep a small country clean. If we cannot manage an island nation with70 thousand people how would we run a factory with 1000. People or a country with300.000.000. The principle is the same good management. We did not understand that very well in university. It is going to take a little more time but we have to move a little faster.

  21. Peter Potter
    May 13, 2015

    This man is the biggest joker I’ve ever come across. The Moroccan Hotel is still half finished and no signs of further work to commence and Mr. stands in front of the press and talks more pie in the sky. As far as the local press is concerned, they are another bunch of jokers. Go abroad and study jounalism and learn how to ‘grill’ politicians instead of sitting in front of the grand master, listen to his BS and then print or broadcast it, without asking one single questions.

  22. john
    May 13, 2015

    Mandate I agree with every thing you say we are having a conversation and that’s the best I have seen over here. You have the brains and understand every thing that I am saying. We started with the university of the westindes that the British started for us. The school did not educate us to think and control our destiny. When we start teaching how to take control and own companys only then we will be free. We are clueless and that includes all governments in the region. We must combine all caribean country’s together to succeed. Then we will be bigger than singapore that have no natural resources. The government in dominica alone don’t have the know how to do it . Why do we wait and expect change you have to pay and get expert from the outside to help you . But it must be done you cannot wait and just talk you will always sink deeper and deeper in the hole. Who do you think in dominica has the courage to say we have no one here that can run that country. We are new at that.

  23. john
    May 13, 2015

    Coconut beach belongs to you go to the chinese and make a deal own the hotel your self send you son and daughter away to Learn how to run it stop waiting for government to save you stop begging and singing for your supper you are a grown man take control. Stop letting people tell you what to do in your own country. Tell Ian Douglas go and build hotels and farm get the he’ll out of Roseau and stop being a drunkard he alone c as n employ100 people in Portsmouth. To many d runckards in dominica to many beggers and people singing for their supper stop talking about government is the problem. Tell Linton go back to the north and raise chickens he will be come a millionaire

  24. john
    May 13, 2015

    I don’t care who is in power we will continue to have the problems . We will never have enough money to feed beggers, we need people to show us and tell us what to do. We need to understand business only then we will be free. All we talk about what the government is not doing what are we doing. Are we still slaves all we know is to talk and fight and do nothing ? Why are we going to college is to learn how to run companys and feed our selves we are not doing that. What is the gross national product, we do not even want to pay $5 per room for house taxes we want every thing free, you want street lights , roads, hospitals, airports, schools, $200.00 a month for grand ma, you want a house where is the money suppose to come from. Government must start telling the truth, you have to own and run your country to pay for what you want the money is not going to come from heaven

  25. john
    May 13, 2015

    Your job is to come and run those hotel and find people all over the world to come. Stop saying who is going to come if you want boats find the money and buy them. If you want an air port find people to make a deal with to build the airport. In Greece they wanted a sea port that cost $6.5. Billion euros they do not have the money to build it they made a deal with the chinese to build it they are going to run it until they make their money back and they will hand it over to the Greeks , they are doing the same thing in the states, Canada, all over Africa, the chinese will build you what you want they run it or you run it your selves all they want is their money back. Why don’t the dominicans own the hotels them self. No one sims to know what is going on in the world every one is asleep

  26. hmmm
    May 13, 2015

    What about Coconut Beach!

    • ....
      May 13, 2015

      Re-read. He did mention coconut beach. SMH

  27. john
    May 13, 2015

    The dominicans are waiting for government to do every thing for them buy and own the boats your self. Stop sending $2.000.000. Over seas you have the money to build water factories but all you do is blame and talk every day you should be angry with your selves not the chinese or the government. How many people who own cars that they can do without, how many black berry phones do you own talking about nothing, you are spending the money on things you don’t need. In singapore if you want a car you must pay $ 1.000.000. In taxes. Dominica have a good bus system save your money to open factories stop begging and singing for your supper. We have a lot of expert telling us what the government is not doing but they cannot tell us what to do to solve our problem we have the brains why are we begging any one to do any thing for us are we not humans where is our pride. We need people with answer simple do for self

    • mandate 2 mismanage
      May 13, 2015

      It always sounds good to say “do it yourself” but to thrive in a global marketplace (b/c even a small businesses in Dmnca are competing with large corps) you need more than just the funds you save from black berries and a car. You know darn well there are many business in Dominica sucking salt b/c the cost of everything is too darn high (b/w VAT and high shipping costs) and the size of the market is too darn small.

      The PM and his apologists want to shift their incompetence to the people, blaming them for not doing on their own what the gov’t is MANDATED to do. 6 months ago they could do all things and help all people, currently they can’t even figure out how to get the streets clean! Give me a break. Take a look at other countries, their gov’t understand that they have the means to attract expert advisors to help map out sound economic plans that the guy on the street can’t. Instead all we get is hotels to sit around empty built by foreigners for DOminicans to hold menial…

      • Peter Potter
        May 13, 2015

        You hit the nail right on the head!

    • concern citizen ABROAD
      May 16, 2015

      I am in agreement with what you have written . I would like to add that Dominicans only want to sit down and depend on the elected members of Government to do this and that . Complaining and sitting on your behind expecting the government to drop money in your crutch cant happen. God help those who help themselves and by the sweat of thy brow man shall eat bread. Has any one think of undertaking a water factory , bottling and exporting water? why do you believe that its a Government project ? No , where I live has no rivers and individuals own water plants who supply the population with water and bottle water , sells to the local shops and even export . None , I repeat none of these water plants are controlled by Government. Think of it my people , think of the so many projects that you can embark on as Dominicans.Stop allowing investors into the country and rob your economy. Yes there may be few jobs but the bulk of the money leaves Dominica to their own country . Stop wasting time

    • concern citizen ABROAD
      May 16, 2015

      Iam very up to date with my Dominica News and I have come to the conclusion that Dominicans are very dissatisfy with the present Government so why not enter a vote of no confidence ? but on the other hand what other party is ready and prepared to take the mantle. Hmm, I have an idea , hurry we need “The Young Peoples Movement” Start now , get organise . There are so many young people with Bachelor’s / Masters’ degreees in management / political science . Why are you allowing people who hardly scraoped through secondary school with a few cxc subjects determine your country’s detisny aand that of our younger generation . The time is approaching to send these men packing . If you do not , then dictatorship will continue to prevail.

  28. Bewildered!
    May 13, 2015

    Seriously! Is this a joke or what? Who is going to stay in those hotels and how are they going to be sustained? If they are not sustainable how is it going to improve the unemployment situation? Would someone please help me understand the logic in this because I certainly do not get it! I am really stunned that this is the way we are going!

    • funiti
      May 13, 2015

      Seriously?! Seem to be in a chronic state of “bewilderment”

    • anonymous2
      May 13, 2015

      There is no logic. This is Dominica.

  29. john
    May 13, 2015

    Every day is election day in dominica, and people are singing and begging for their supper. How much time do we wast doing nothing and not thinking. Every day we should be talking about production lowering the level of the garbage we bring from over seas to eat. Every village should have a water company shipping water to the world, you are waiting for the chinese to do it for you. You have the ocean full of fish learn to catch it and ship it to miami for foreign exchange. The government is not the problem you are. Business people is the one to tell the government what to do. Beggers cannot do it. Skerritt is so happy when a dominican comes back and open business. Come back and buy land if you don’t you e ill become slaves again in your own country. Don’t blame the chinese and Arabs if you are doing nothing but talk and match

    • looking
      May 13, 2015

      I seek to defer to you John on one issue there. Government is the problem when they have taken Venezuela’s programs and implemented here. Free housing, free healthcare, free monies free plywood and galvanize, easy money jobs and the list goes on. These policies are failures as is the case with our struggling friend Maduro. You can’t have a welfare state, you can’t give “jobs to the boys”. You will win elections but your country will suffer. Don’t blame the people because that is what the government has been perpetuating. Politics and economics don’t mix. A loving parent has to be tough. As you say John we all must work, hard work. In every country there is destitute, those who can’t help themselves. We have to take care of them. But you can’t operate a Red clinic its just going to make people dependent. During elections free food was distributed,not forgetting these free shows. Remember the fundamentals of economics,’Nothing is for free”. We will pay a price. Venezuela is…

    • mandate 2 mismanage
      May 13, 2015

      John John, WHO is asking the Chinese and Arabs to come in and start businsses? Its the very same PM. Who signed an MOU with China that no one has yet seen? The same PM! Countless Dominicans own land in DA and many who tried to start businesses there have fled b/c it is an exercise in frustration. Its very easy to imagine a group of wealthy Dominicans just sitting back CHOOSING not to invest in their country. You need to know what it takes to even LIVE in Dominica! So if these investors are wealthy enough to fly out to make their children, get medical care, send their kids to a proper college, etc. then living and building a business in Dominica won’t happen! The PM said a hospital is coming in 2010 but in 2013 he had to run to NJ to make his child. Look at the big pic bro! Dominica is a hot mess right now, and half the ppl are too desperate to speak up about it.

    • concern citizen ABROAD
      May 16, 2015

      This is straight talk my brother , These are the investments that the government should embark upon rather than talking about building five hotels . I live in a country with Tourism as its only industry so it means that Tourism is regarded to be on high scale and the industry never reaches any where close its expected quota because there isn’t an international airport . Thank God for the ferry boat service that transport them from St . Martin. Had it not been for the ferry boats no tourists would pound the land . I say this to emphasize the need for an international airport to provide proper transportation. Tourism is a very fragile industry because it has to do with people’s life and safety , one cannot take such risk , you will only plunge yourself in problems when you are faced with so many lawsuits from the tourists . Mr. Prime Minister please pay heed to the nation’s concern like you did when the African band was stopped from entering the country for fear of EBOLA

  30. UserName
    May 13, 2015

    Here is what should be of concern..
    1. Increasing the number of rooms from 131 to 200 has some serious environmental impact in terms of waste disposal…. flush it!!! Does the Govt. have any projections in terms of generation of waste effluent going into the sea or where is it going to. If not just contact the people at Rodney Bay St. Lucia and they will inform accordingly… If this request is granted without due diligence we could be in for some serious irreversible negative impacts.
    2. Citizen by Investment… Why does the Dominican who wants to develop that project in Salisbury need the CbI facility. Once a Dcan not always a Dcan!!! the Govt. could have been much more creative in this aspect. It seems like the Dcan investing in Salisbury to gain (back) citizenship… I guess he sold his birth right some point in the past.

    • Malgraysa
      May 13, 2015

      One name comes to mind that fits the description, given by P.M. Skerrit of the potential developer of the hotel project at Salisbury. Ian Edwards, also known as “Sugar George” is an award winning developer (Sunset Homes) and architect of Dominican origin, based in Anguilla.. He would not have to buy Dominican citizenship. The deal would be that he could finance his investment by being allowed to act as an agent for selling Dominican citizenships. Plus, he would benefit from duty free concessions on imported materials and equipment as well as a tax- holiday for a considerable length of time.

    • funiti
      May 13, 2015

      The government of Dominica has competent authorities in its employ….people are educated to provide solutions and not to be constrained by challenges…..and you throw in a little vision with that …

  31. Fummy
    May 13, 2015

    All well and good for Hotels, where are the tourist to fill the hotels, hhhmmm, you doe even have a good airport for them, when the ferry comes it comes for one day no more, fix the airport make and international airport… and then you can think of hotels…if no tourist how you going to pay them…eh!

  32. john
    May 13, 2015

    We have 365 rivers flowing into the ocean how many Dominicans have a water factory. We should have millionaires in dominica telling skerritt what to do instead of blocking roads. How many people does the opposition party employs. Every body wants a job in Roseau to do nothing, the money is in M arigot and salisbury , we cannot even supply one container of plantain to Miami . We go and buy stale and bad food from save a lot when we can grow it our selves. ? Why do we beg so much when we should do it our selves, when are we going to get smart and take control of our own production. We can match and talk all day the country has no money. We have to find a way to create the wealth not the government. We should be telling the government what to do . Lear to feed your self. Go and sell water to miami. You send all you money to America they don’t need it , that’s your problem.

    • Titiwi
      May 13, 2015

      Yeah, yeah, the Gospel according to John. Amen!

    • May 13, 2015

      John I think you should start the ball rolling.Who is going to fill all these hotel.What ABOUT THE HOTWEL THAT IS ALREADY IN SALISbury? Does it still exist? John why don’t you get in contact with someone back home and have food exported to miami. I guess you live there.Start the ball rolling .Invest some of that money you have in a Miami bank

    • REAL!!!!
      May 14, 2015

      John you must not be living in Dominica therefore I say you a theorist and not a realist.

      If you took time to think a little about all you comments I guarantee you would have answered them all by yourself.

      You speak of supplying agricultural product to Miami and the farmers speak of no access roads to their farms which is the GOVT responsibility.

      Your speak of water factory ….the Dominicans speak of creating markets for the product which is government responsible to source these market.

      I not going to go on……… but I know you will get the big picture.

      John you mean well but some common sense is missing.

  33. Anthony Ismael
    May 13, 2015

    “Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says there are five hotel projects, under the Citizesnship by Investment Program, before his government for consideration which will assist in the development of Dominica.”

    Here we go again with more announcements. I’m wondering whether or not the PM has any interest in becoming a journalist. Everyday he just keeps announcing these “White Elephant Projects,” that we know will not be constructed.

    While you’re at it, can you please update us on the status of the Moroccan Hotel in Portsmouth. Can we at least complete one project and get it to the operational stage, before you announce new ones.

    Hospital ground breaking in July, five hotel projects under consideration, tablets on their way, feeder roads to be constructed. Well, I wonder just how many passports were sold on that “Sewo Trip” in Asia.

  34. Trevor Fabien
    May 13, 2015

    Alice in wonderland, sorry, I meant the PM is talking about hotel hotel hotel but I’m hearing nothing about these phantom investors wanting to invest in manufacturing by using the country`s countless fruit and vegetables to create some fantastic product which can be sold regionally.
    Instead I keep hearing about more hotels when Dominica only account for about 2% of the annual tourist who visits the Caribbean annually.
    This PM must know something that the DDA don’t. All this hotel talk and other projects but not one has come to fruition.
    In the words of Bob Marley” You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. So you keep going Mr PM. Let’s see how this absurdity ends

  35. Rebecca Theodore
    May 13, 2015

    It is time to change the script Mr. PM… The lines are not working. . Your’e running out of steam..You either need to hire a more fictitious speech writer or start crafting a new story line.. The people are simply not buying it…

  36. The ppl
    May 13, 2015

    Skeritt needs to shut the hell up. Are there any intelligent people left in Dominica ? Why do we need a 200 room hotel? Dominicans please stand up to this nonsense . He is now grasping at straws. Dominica is heading for a crisis and he is selling Dominica to the highest bidder.

    • Do agree
      May 13, 2015

      I do agree with your comment. I’m just amazed that Mr Skerrit has the guts to still go before the people of this country and chat such utter garbage. 5 hotel projects. Unbelievable. There are people who simply get fed up trying to even get here and go somewhere else with direct or easier flight connections. Also less expensive. Do a survey of the occupancy rates of the existing hotel properties on island and then ask yourself some more questions. This administration is now a laughing matter , it’s that simple.

      • Dominican
        May 13, 2015

        Until the PM is held accountable…he will continue with the same lines

  37. Me
    May 13, 2015

    The one in Portsmouth completion date tired pass. Nothing on International airport and you talking about more hotels. Skerrit fix Salisbury road. Pay Public Works there monies allu owing so they can pay salaries. Improve the standard of living in Dominica. Take VAT off on some basic supplies You dere talking about hotel project. Skerrit you doh tired try fool People. Thank God you never fool me.

    • Me
      May 13, 2015

      This blog was not posted by Me but a plagiarist.

      • May 13, 2015

        Who caes if you did not post it.It is good. Move on

  38. megso
    May 13, 2015

    Any thing about improving airline access to Dominica?

  39. AA
    May 13, 2015

    Boy them fellas is something else, no strategy no plan just a viki vi means of running your mouth and doing what you want. How are the existing hotels performing in the country, those that are recently opened cannot get off the ground, how are you going to get people into the country, what is the air access strategy? When will these guys stop being jokers and start thinking and strategizing long term?

    This is why i am convinced that them fellas looking at projects that they are able to cream off the top and will not look at sustainable developmental projects for the country. But go on fellas have your fun, thats why Roseau people didn’t vote for you all an the next time around others will follow. NO DIRECTION

  40. Sebastien
    May 13, 2015

    Where is the Soufruere hotel going to be constructed?

    I am not aware of an area in Soufriete named Soufriere Height, so I would be grateful if someone could be more specific about the area.

    Many thanks

    • Titiwi
      May 13, 2015

      I think that could be Morne Acouma. That place was bought by some American fellow some years ago I believe.

  41. faceup
    May 13, 2015

    Stop talking trash Mr PM

  42. derp
    May 13, 2015

    I guess they don’t know about he one in ******* village :D

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