Gov’t launches CREAD on Friday afternoon

CREAD was formed as Dominica reconstructs after Hurricane Maria

The government on Friday afternoon will launch its new execution agency, the Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica, CREAD, formed after the passage of Hurricane Maria at the Goodwill Parish Hall.

It was formed as Dominica reconstructs in a climate resilient way, according to Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.

He explained the mission of CREAD at a CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference in New York in November last year.

“The mission of the agency will be to coordinate all reconstruction work to avoid duplication, maximize economies of scale, spot and fill critical gaps, avoid bureaucratic infighting and ensure all reconstruction activities are focused on a single Climate Resilient Recovery Plan developed by Dominica and its partners,” he stated.

He said his government sees transparency and proper financial management as extremely important and “CREAD will be required to operate to the highest standards of transparency and financial management as well as accountability and community engagement.”

“In developing CREAD, we sought advice from partners from around the globe and studied various examples. Briefings were held for instance with the CEO of the Indonesian BRR. We are speaking to a couple multilateral agencies on establishing a multi-donor trust fund. We will have a German-style supervisory board with a majority of donors to oversee assurance. The internal audit function, and any other assurance functions, will report directly to this supervisory board,” he noted.

He said the agency will be audited externally, will cost $3.5-million a year to operate and a parliamentary committee will provide oversight.

The launch begins at 4:00 pm.

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  1. ticking clock
    March 12, 2018

    Simple observation …There are Dominicans on Island with Masters In Project Management, who are also Green Project Management certified yet they are not afforded the opportunity to hold positions or apply for positions in CREAD. Why is this so?

    BUT ALAS why?

  2. Eddie
    March 12, 2018

    Gov’t launches GREAD on Friday afternoon

  3. Anonymous
    March 12, 2018

    by creating an added department to the process the government plans to reduce red tape…! seriously?

  4. Dowad
    March 10, 2018

    This Volney guy, I know you are not just only singing for your supper,but hoping for breakfast too.
    Are you the same guy who once said diasporans don’t pay taxes and therefore they are irrelevant?
    Now ,you morons are hoping every person in the diaspora would send a barrel,a box or a 40ft container to Dominica. You see,these guys don’t care about the country,as long as they can pick up crumbs, it’s all well and good. Very sad.

  5. Garvey
    March 10, 2018

    To question the competence of the Gov’t or anyone in authority in the best interest of the country should not be seen as political lean on either side. I fully support my brethren Ibo,DA is a democracy so we should be able to have a sensible discus in the interest of all,call it as you see it with no partiality.

  6. March 10, 2018

    Someone inform Dominica and the rest of the world that it is virtually impossible for Dominica to achieve this often touted goal of making Dominica the first climate resilient country in the world.
    Let’s examine a few facts. So many houses in Dominica are built on “stilts’. This renders them very vulnerable to earthquakes. Are the going to retrofit all these homes to mitigate against earthquakes? What about our commercial buildings, are they earthquake proof?
    What about all the electrical and communications cables running across our landscape. These need to be buried, this is such a massive and costly undertaking. Have we got the wherewithal for that.
    Look at our sea coast and river basins. Again do we gave the appetite for these humongous tasks? Our lack of vision, corrupt practices and funds render all the government’s pronouncements nothing more than hot air. Look how long the geo thermal initiative started, are we any closer to generating electricity from this…

  7. ManiCou
    March 10, 2018

    Just one question. Am I anti-labour if I insist on of being informed on the number of passport sold and the amount of money collected?

  8. Cyril Volney
    March 10, 2018

    An amazing opportunity for Dominica. Thank you to all who donate funding and expertise. Now, let’s make it work.

    • March 11, 2018

      PM didn’t say any one donated funding so how did you arrived at that point.

    • Real!!!!!!
      March 12, 2018

      As a legal mind you removed that hat and your are only focus on this as ,” An amazing opportunity”.

      We know that it is an amazing opportunity!!!

      Mr. Volney: Is there money to made personally by turning a blind legal eye?

      This is only a question…..-:). -:)

  9. Massacre
    March 10, 2018

    My country is reversing and there are not enough people in it to stop this backward movement. I am calling on all my fellow Dominicans at home and abroad to come together for the sake of this country and lets get this corrupt regime that is masquerading as a Gov’t out of our land.
    A country where the parliament is not consulted on a regular basis is a dictatorship. And we cannot allow this to continue. Join me in forming this collision to oust the nonsense.

  10. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 10, 2018

    “It was formed as Dominica reconstructs in a climate resilient way, according to Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. ”

    Dominicans are so ignorant, that we pick up every bit of nonsense, and run with it .”

    “Dominica reconstructs in a climate resilient way.” All of this nonsensical rubbish; we do not know any place on this planet where there is a model or a science which teaches people how to build a resilient house, a or resilient infrastructure.

    If the If Roosevelt and the clown talking rubbish about building resilient house knew what they are talking about; by now I am sure they would have built a model home, house or toilet, and put it on display, along with plans (blue prints) so that builders would use the model as an example to build.

    There is no such thing as a “construct in climate resilient way.” That is simply talking foolishness! One can change the building codes in order to build stronger to withstand stronger gale force wind, and hurricane, and…

  11. D/can to the bone
    March 9, 2018

    HOW can you oppose CREAD when you have not even seen it work? like any other entity one have to give it an opportunity. It’s like electing a new leader and turning around and say ok this leader is not going to work out lets get rid of this leader. Come on folks be part of the solution and not the problem. Give CREAD a chance

    • March 11, 2018

      I could ask you the very same question in reverse how can the PM lunch CREAD when it wasn’t taken to Parliament or even open for discussion so the residents could understand and accept what it’s all about . Your explanation is very POOR because we would all know about the leader or leaders running, so stop believing that all Dominicans are fools and whatever PM said is gospel. No one is against Climate Resilience not even the Opposition , So why don’t the PM stop disrespecting the masses enough is enough and I doubt you are a true D/can to the bone because Education and Common Sense goes hand in hand remember that One cannot make laws outside of Parliament . Tell us where is he going to get funding for this project is it thru Bill Clinton or Prince Charles do you know.

    March 9, 2018

    36.PC Qtion understand that they are in the minority?
    When will Lennox Linton understand that he is not the prime minister of Dominica?
    When will THEY understand majority of Dominicans voted DLP to form the ruling Government?
    When will Lennox and the UWP understand that WE the majority elected SKERRIT and gave him the MANDATE to be pr

      March 9, 2018

      When will the opposition understands that they are in the MINORITY?
      When will Lennox Linton understands that he is not the Prime Minister of Dominica?
      When will THEY understand that the MAJORITY of Dominicans voted the DLP to form the ruling Government?
      When will Lennox and the UWP understand that WE the MAJORITY gave SKERRIT the MANDATE to be PRIME MINISTER of Dominica?
      So when THEY, the minority asking for Dominicans to change the GOVERNMENT, they must understand that We, the MAJORITY have the power to do so and we will only do so when we find it fit to do so.
      So all that huff and puff by those hungry POWER MONGREELS MAKES NO SENSE TO US THE MAJORITY. We have studied the parties; They can come in disguise in the name of ALL kind of MOVEMENT, WE know THEM. Skerrit is there to stay till we ready to change him.

  13. Ibo France
    March 9, 2018

    The present ruling regime of Dominica is fraught with nepotism and cronyism. Every government appointment is tainted with political bias. The appointees of this CREAD board would be littered with DLP diehards. The PM, who suffers from acute insecurities (despite his bluster) would have it no other way. For the country to run well, there is a need to adopt a good governance agenda. That is, appoint your most qualified and best human resources, regardless of political color, on boards of government agencies, especially the agencies that are critical to the development of the country. The PM is ineffective as he stretches himself too thin by micro-managing everything as he wants to hog the glory. Competent people from a wide cross section of the population should be on most of these boards. You need a diversity of opinions, suggestions and ideas. Country first, the political favoritism should end.

    • Cyril Volney
      March 10, 2018

      Excellent commentary, marred only by anti Skerrit innuendos!

      • RandyX
        March 11, 2018

        Cyril, you are one of these people that will never see the light when it comes to Skerrit. You are a clever man but you still support his actions and that begs the question what’s your connection?

  14. My bad
    March 9, 2018

    I agree with the opposition not to attend that lawlessness of Skerrit’, just that a strong opposition would have organized a massive protest today. That’s my problem with the opposition man they too damn good and trying to play nice man. Rosie would have had a maaaaasive demonstration today. Linton too damn soft! He needs to ignite the fire and let the police arrest all of us

      March 9, 2018

      You claim to be so bad, why depend on Linton to ignite the fire? You could have just started it all by yourself.

    • RandyX
      March 10, 2018

      I agree, the opposition either has to step up the game now or admit defeat.

    • Massacre
      March 10, 2018

      So why din’t you organize your own protest ? Sometimes we have to take the bull by the horns and do things ourselves.

    • Eddie
      March 11, 2018

      Stop blame the leaDer of the opposition… you dominicans to coward.. all you just sit down there waiting for opposition leader to get a bus and come for all u to go protest? You people in that country stand for nothing… cowards …. skerite there for 18 years…he done all kind of illegal things .. Mon fared. .ng lap seng… passport selling left right and center. .. borbol.. look at the city .. no jobs…. up to now the factory cannot run… people suffering. ..but all u continue to sit there calling q95. .. you people are a joke ..

  15. March 9, 2018

    Skerrit it look like your MINISTERS are very incompetent
    Cause you are judge lawyer and jury u are the only one speaking
    What kind of Government is this Dominicans for the sake of de
    Country vote THEM OUT NOW

  16. Shaka Zulu
    March 9, 2018

    In developing CREAD, we sought advice from partners from around the globe and studied various examples. Briefings were held for instance with the CEO of the Indonesian BRR. This is how your PM lies. If we boasting of developing first climate ressilliant nation which examples we are looking at. Being first would mean there are no other. Skerrit is telling me that Dominicans cannot development Somthing of thier own being German model makes it better. When was the last ti.e germany had a hurricane, flash flooding and coastal erosion problem. Why can’t it be Dominica has developed this model that works great for Dominica that other carribbean island follow and exlorted to other tropical areas facing similar problems. This CREAD has no teeth if it is not a creation of parliament. Who pays them? The constitution does not give power to autocratically set up a governing body. Skerrit has used every vulnerability of Dominica to concentrate power in the name of working together. Thats enough.

  17. RandyX
    March 9, 2018

    Skerrit said his government sees transparency and proper financial management as extremely important and “CREAD will be required to operate to the highest standards of transparency and financial management as well as accountability and community engagement.”
    You see what a bold face liar this prime minister is. Well Skerrit, since your government is so transparent and operates with proper financial management, surely you don’t mind answering a few questions in that regard:
    Can you shed some light on the whereabouts of US$100 million the government of Venezuela written of in Dominicas favour
    Can you give us a brief account of passport sales for the period since you became PM until now
    Can you tell us what went wrong with the distribution of 18 million to farmers and fishermen
    Can you tell us of the whereabouts of 840 cubic meter of building supplies
    There are more questions but I leave it at that for the time being because I suspect just these few questions will give you a…

      March 9, 2018

      quote, “a bold face liar.”
      Has the prime minister ever been charged in any court for lying?
      Who was the Bold Face Liar that was charged by the HIGHEST court of law for lying?
      Which Dominican you know or heard of that set a RECORD at the Privy Council for LYING and was made to pay sums of monies for his LYING tongue? If you pretend like you don’t know, Go ask Linton.
      There are more questions but I leave it at that for the time being. because…

  18. No Law, No constitution
    March 9, 2018

    How long will the Dominican people and the Media allow Roosevelt Skerrit to violate and break the laws of Dominica, if we still have laws and constitution? Has Skerrit taken this CREAD of his to the Parliament? If not, why? If yes when? In a real country we would not be reading any news article with the pretty subject of “Gov’t launches Cread on Friday Afternoon” but instead what we would be reading is “Government once again violates the laws of Dominica.”

  19. Truth Be Told
    March 9, 2018

    As long as the Board is not another reshuffle of Labour Party officials and supporters. Please bring in some independent experts and stop playing politics with everything on this island! PM Skerritt do not make your legacy one of nepotism political favouritism, and victimisation!

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