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.