It appears that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is making moves towards the construction of international airport facilities in Dominica.
The project is part of a US$300-million deal signed by prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit with Chinese company ASCG when he visited China on November 8, 2013.
ASCG’s website mentions “reconstruction of an international airport” among projects to be undertaken under the agreement. Other projects include a hotel to be built in Roseau estimated at US$70-million and construction of a new hospital, according to the website.
“(The) Chinese government will provide preferential loans to support those projects,” ASCG said.
Skerrit was accompanied to China to sign the deal by Hartley Henry, who was referred to as a ‘political advisor’ to Dominica, and Martin Charles (Chairman of the AID Bank).
The signing was also attended by many high ranking Chinese officials.
During the signing, Zhang Wuyang, Under-Secretary-General of Anhui Provincial People’s Government said since both countries established diplomatic relations, the Chinese government has “paid high attention” to the relationship with Dominica, strengthened the cooperation with, and support to, Dominica and encouraged Chinese enterprises to invest in Dominica. He said it was also the hope of the Chinese government that Chinese nationals would visit Dominica for tourism and sightseeing.
He pointed to Dominica’s support of the One-China Policy which he said “builds a solid foundation for the cooperation in politics, economy and trade and culture, and made remarkable achievement.”
For his part, Skerrit expressed his appreciation of the results achieved since China carried out its ‘reform and opening-up policy’ and re-iterated Dominica’s adherence to the One-China policy.
“The government and people of Commonwealth of Dominica are willing to build (a) partnership of mutual trust and benefit between both countries together with (the) Chinese government and people, and make (a) joint effort to serve both countries’ people,” he said. “The cooperation must drive the communication and development between both countries to (a) deeper level,” the ASCG website reported the prime minister as saying.
Dominica and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on March 31st, 2004.
According to its website, ASCG is “a large comprehensive joint-stock company centralized in general contracting of project construction and integrated in commercial investment, real estate development, hotel & tourism, S&T incubation, and workshop renting.”