PM Skerrit dissatisfied with tardiness of international financial institutions

The bridge is funded by a grant from the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit has expressed his dissatisfaction with International Financial Institutions and their tardiness in getting projects started in developing countries like Dominica, saying that they “certainly need to go back to the drawing board.”

Speaking during a visit to the York Valley Bridge in Layou on Tuesday, he said that a lot of consultations and documentations have to be done, and this in itself “delays the processes.”

“I think that if they were to really assist developing countries in being climate resilient, in being able to respond to disasters, then the International Financial Institutions certainly need to go back to the drawing board and see how we can make access to financing much more accessible,” he said.

According to Skerrit it has become a challenge for the government where repayments are being made to the Caribbean Development Bank (C.D.B.) but “we have not started the roads.”

“It is nothing personal with the C.D.B. or any of the International Financing Institutions. I am simply representing the interest of the citizens of Dominica and expressing their concerns,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Government of Dominica is awaiting a contract from the Government of China to commence the construction of the West Coast road.

Skerrit said the project will include, the replacement of the three critical bridges along the West Coast, namely in Picard, Macoushrie and Coulibistrie.

The Government is now in tender phase with the government of China who will finance this project through a grant.

This project is expected to commence within the first half of the year 2017.

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21 Comments

  1. uk Dominican
    January 27, 2017

    skrriite you have enough money to do all those project you full of tricks and the civil servant are also guility

    • Gary
      January 28, 2017

      What the civil Servants are guilty of. You sound just like Linton, you must have taken the blue pill. Why make an allegation without evidence, you saying such thing does not make it true, so long for your foolishness

  2. Tony
    January 27, 2017

    Hello and good afternoon my people. The Bridge is to low and the base on both sides of the River is to close to the edge. The base should be at least twenty five feet from the river edge with two supporting beam in the water. Why can’t we sell infurstructure bonds to our citizens aspecially those who reside outside of Dominica to build such structures.

    • Jon Jones
      January 28, 2017

      I dont think infrastructure bonds would help shoddy planning and workmanship. The problems described are more quality and specification issues.

  3. CONSCIOUS
    January 26, 2017

    To the person who said Linton is not productive. what is being PRODUCTIVE?
    Linton has educated the nation on matters of the nation. THAT IS BEING PRODUCTIVE.
    He has made us more aware of foreign matters. THAT IS BEING PRODUCTIVE.
    He has made us stop and listen to what is going on in this country. THAT IS PRODUCTIVE.
    THEN AGAIN IT IS LEFT TO AN INDIVIDUAL TO SEE THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY.

    • Gary
      January 28, 2017

      Wow, Linton has educated the nation, on what, to lie and disregard facts and evidence. You rely on Linton to educate you on foreign matters, how sad, guess you must have taken the blue pill.

  4. Jon Jones
    January 26, 2017

    international finance is only obtained when lenders have done their research on prospective borrowers with all due diligence satisfied. Obviously the feedback they have recieved is not favourable or satisfiable for their clearance at this time. I wonder why that is?

    Will the tender invitations for work on our roads be extended to Caricom companies?
    Or will it be an all China affair? :( :( :( :(
    Are details of Dominica’s payments/loans to institutions available? :?: :?: :?: :?:
    How much revenue is raised from CBI and how is it distributed? 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O
    Why do we have so many foreigners acting as our diplomats? 8) 8) 8) 8)

    Will we end up finding these answers from the Americans or will own Government do the decent thing? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Gary
      January 28, 2017

      Why don’t you read and understand before you start lecturing about International finance. Why are you making conclusions and then asking a question, don’t you see how silly you sound, saying quote “Obviously the feedback they have received is not favorable or satiable for their clearance at this time” well if it is obvious, why ask, quote “I wonder why that is.”

      The majority of questions your are asking has already been answered and dealt with,that’s why there is something called fact checking, don’t be lead by your perceptions. Your question quote “Are details of Dominica‚Äôs payments/loans to institutions available” Why the Government has to list payments of loans to institutions,do you know of any Government who does.Did you hold the previous Governments to those standards.The last paragraph of your comment is so silly, keep looking for the Americans for answers.

  5. Prophet
    January 26, 2017

    Not in Dominica only because they have to do Antigua roads and up to now these roads are the worst in the region. Potholes as craters on highways in Antigua. Dominicans think is they alone suffering but the region suffers.

    I will stick to Skerritt because Linton is not productive, the promises on UWP Manifesto has no weight as to where investors will come in to develop the island, they have tried their best to turn away every international institution coming to assist Dominica and now they’re crying?

    I done with those wicked Blue Devils, they are full of treason.

  6. Toto
    January 26, 2017

    And I am very dissatisfied with your tardiness at paying the working at public Works Sir. Please, clean up your own business at home before you start chastising our donors overseas.

  7. anonymous
    January 25, 2017

    Perhaps Dominica’s decision makers should spend more time make decisions at home rather then hanging out with international criminals.

  8. Dominican to the bone
    January 25, 2017

    Whats the rush just go and withdraw it from your savings after all its our money you will be using.

  9. Over it...
    January 25, 2017

    Please…If I were financial agencies, I would delay sending money your way too cause too much bobol taking place dem times there.

  10. Vaffanculo_PM
    January 25, 2017

    I am simply representing the interest of the citizens of Dominica and expressing their concerns :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  11. January 25, 2017

    They dont trust you Skerrit, so they got to cross every T and dot every I :-D :-D :-D

  12. South Beach
    January 25, 2017

    Best advice for Dominica is to have Prime Minister Skerrit resign….

    The Longer he tries to remain in Power it will damage the island Dominica to a unhealthy
    Situation……The PM speaks out of context, he lacks understanding of Global affairs….

    Sad thing is the Policy makers and Public at Large including those overseas aren’t forceful Enough..they need to be serious activate the international press to get him out….

    • Gary
      January 28, 2017

      Giving advise out of thin air without knowledge and sound understanding is futile.You also need to know the difference been an opinion and advise.

  13. Whistler
    January 25, 2017

    The Prime Minister is naive fully…..the issue is that the outside world is aware of his reckless governance…..nothing is hidden in this world…

    the global community is aware of his selling of diplomatic passports….

    the credibility of Dominica’s Government is a shame and disgrace….

    Way too much corruption!!!

  14. AA
    January 25, 2017

    Use the passport money

  15. Deborah
    January 25, 2017

    but what de rass you must be think you is a god

    • Gary
      January 28, 2017

      Did the PM say he is God, is this your understanding of what you read.

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