PM Skerrit inks US$300-million deal with China

 PM Skerrit shakes hands with ASCG president Xue Song after the signing. Photo by ASCG

PM Skerrit shakes hands with ASCG president Xue Song after the signing. Photo by ASCG

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.”

ASCG
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit shakes hands with ASCG General Manager, Wang Yueyuan. Photo by ASCG website

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330 Comments

  1. dominican
    December 9, 2013

    At the end; china has to own the whole world. that why everything u buy is labelled made in china; form technology to clothing and food. thier army is the largest in the world and in every country of island they own business and give loans. this is jusy one technical way china is going to qwn dominica and skeritt is out and UWP cand pay back… just thinking out loud!!!

  2. dominican
    December 9, 2013

    i beleive the labour party should stay in power because they have all thier links to inprove the island. the UWP will have to starty from scratch to meet all these officials that Skritt knows already. gve him a chance let him continue his job.

  3. fouchette
    December 5, 2013

    first all i very dissapointed with govt in the sense we had to learn second hand knowledge from a website that a Deal is signed without the approval of cabinet i not opposing but i am finance person i would like how is Dominica going to pay back this debt where is the revenue going to come from to service this debt.we must not forget the budget where the economy did not grew but recided by -0.5% and we are nearly a billon dollar in debt so i would to know how are we going the pay the debt. We dominica must be careful cause blame the uwp the huge debt which they put dominica in throught their regin. Please that the project of this matter is higher than all debt all the previous governments I am quoting the prime minister who said we need the international airport but cant afford so how can we afford it after 6 month when your economy shrink to negative growth please any rightful dominica give an answer and please stick to the issues

  4. fouchette
    December 5, 2013

    first all i very dissapointed with govt in the sense we had to learn second hand knowledge from a website that a Deal is signed without the approval of cabinet i not opposing but i am finance person i would like how is Dominica going to pay back this debt where is the revenue going to come from to service this debt.we must not forget the budget where the economy did not grew but recided by -0.5% and we are nearly a billon dollar in debt so i would how are going the pay the debt. We dominica must be careful cause blame the uwp the huge debt which they put dominica in throught their regin. I am quote the prime minister who said we need the international airport but cant afford so how can we afford it after 6 month when your economy shrink to negative growth please any rightful dominica give an snswer :lol:

  5. rescue 911
    December 5, 2013

    in as much as i will never vote labour again i believe they should remain in power because before 2015 this country will have so much dept that no other government should try to fix that mess .. mr prime minister you and your ministers break it so you all should fix it .stay there papa.

  6. Lang Serpern
    December 5, 2013

    How did Lennox intend to build the airport ? Grant or loan? From China? Sacre lange serpenn

  7. December 5, 2013

    Dominica has been sold cha ching $$$$$$ nou fini bat!!

  8. 4CARS
    December 5, 2013

    Skerritt is wise only in one area – and that may be enough to get him re-elected. Every move he makes is a “Campaign Move.” The opposition should be jumping on his back constantly in areas where he is weak – and they are not doing that. The UWP is waiting till it is too damn late to take this guy out.

    All the projects and loans etc, Skerritt is exhibiting is just a facade to make the weak ones believe that he is in fact moving Dominica forward. We are not hearing enough shelling coming from the opposition’s camp; and they may live to regret it and cause the Country much pain.
    Look now there seem to be disunity amongst the members of the opposition. They need to pull their socks up, or the Country will continue to slide down the drain – and they themselves will be the objects of retribution by the labor party. So there’s a lot at stake here. China will no doubt pump many Millions into skerritt’s campaign, as well as plunging the Country in debt with their loans. How do you think the Arabs who came to Dominica in the 1940s or so, were able to own Thousands upon Thousands of acres of land and property in Dominica? By offering credits to people who had land but no money. People who could not afford to pay back. So the land and other properties which were supposed to be passed down to their Children and Grand Children were given as payments for things like cloth, shoes, shirts etc. Think of it – we are now in the year 2013 and can still get a pair of shoes for $5.99 (made in China) just think of how much a pair of plastic sandals cost then. So, let’s not allow History to repeat itself in Dominica. When we say that China can own Dominica, some skeptics thinks that it’s highly impossible. Well, in reality it’s not. We must see it as a possiblity under this Skerritt’s Administration and prevent it from happening by voting labor out of office. It’s not just voting Skerritt out of office – but it is the only single method of saving Dominica. I personally think that we are on a dangerous path. I have nothing against Mr. Skerritt. He is a brother of the same soil. However, he has stepped out on the wrong foot as PM of Dominica, and his pride won’t allow him to change course. For this reason he should not, and must not be allowed to continue this fiasco.

  9. Toomatoe Tomato
    December 5, 2013

    So was that true? “Air and sea access to include an international airport” The UWP Leader told us.

    Now that the real possibility of an international airport is upon us – the U W P seems they didn’t really want an international airport or wasn’t quite sure how they could achieve that but thought if they threw that out people with no idea of where they would get the financing but only saying what they thought people would like to hear – unknowing to them that the PM and the Govt. have being working on securing funding for real –

    Suddenly not knowing what hit them – they are singing a different tune as if someone or something burst their hot air balloon.

    So tell me if it was good for U W P to say, how come it is not good for the DLP when we know without a doubt that the DLP is more likely to get us funding for an international airport.

    We would think hearing something like this were to happen it would be great for Dominica and we would put petty party politics aside even if it means U W P will not win the next general election not that it was ever possible, because they know and we know that the DLP is better for Dominica presently because while they are sleeping and dreaming or awake and criticizing the DLP is working very hard for Dominica.

  10. Phil
    December 5, 2013

    The loan is going from the Chinese government to the Chinese company to build these projects. The idea is to sell large volumes of Chinese raw materials and prefabricated components, yet possibly producing a profitable string of investments in hospitality and retail. However, it will likely allow for continued Chinese nationals to immigrate to Dominica as China is always looking for interesting places to take over. This is by no means a loan from China to Dominica.

  11. help
    December 4, 2013

    If you believe in one China policy Mr.pm ? are you telling us soon we Will not be independent.something is not right , we Dominican need to open our eyes and Vote them out.Lord God. Almighty help us we need you more than ever to removed that evil gov. Out of power.

  12. santa clause
    December 4, 2013

    All that loan and nothing substantial for economic growth, where are we heading my people? But God is watching us from a distance!

  13. Portsmouth
    December 4, 2013

    Pm doh forget Portsmouth we need the airport in point round where sintra use to be also we need a new hospital.make the hospital opposite the old one on the next side of the road and make a walk over from the old to the new wing. :-D

  14. DeVoice
    December 4, 2013

    Papa!! Lennox fini bat. What will they do now? That Skerro there is nothing easy. I never see an opposition take blows so!

  15. UDOHREADYET
    December 4, 2013

    I hope they can deliver on their work allot better than they can spell… in the sign behind them they spelled construction wrong… lol

  16. December 4, 2013

    sqeeze us a Little harder mr PM, Dominicans too free, give them debt to pay :-D

  17. ANOTHER HOSPITAL
    December 4, 2013

    very important question. one that should also lead the discuss. wasnt there a plan in the M.O.U in 2004 to build a hospital with grant financing.
    why do we have to take a loan now when grant financing was promised. where is the grant that was given for the hospital in the agreed four pillar project. Dominicans open your eyes…. i smell a rat.. a very huge one… matter of fact its big like a manicou

  18. Enuff
    December 4, 2013

    Look at how the China man-dem laughing Skerritt.

  19. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    What Dominicans fail to realize, is that China gives a loan, on the condition that the work is carried out by them. So what is happening is that they give it to us in one hand and take it back with the other, and we are left with substandard work, yet still we are indebted to them. Then we wonder why money isn’t circulating in the country. People wake up the only reason these so called agreements are put in place is because the people involved have something to gain, not Dominica!!!!

    • truly dominican
      January 21, 2014

      I am fearful for the country. People are saying it is progress blah blah blah. Dominica can only progress so far especially because of its topography. No other island in the region is as mountainous as us, and our mountains can actively blow. There is only so much land for active development. Also, we cannot survive without those huge expanses of natural land we have, so don’t come on here and say some nonsense like get rid of agricultural land. Having said that, how is dominica EVER going to repay a US$300 million debt? In addition, having an international airport is not an end all. You need to have the air traffic to maintain an international airport. We simply do not have it and putting in an international airport will not suddenly create it. This debt will cripple the country. We have essentially been sold to a first world power. By the time Dominicans realize this, it will be too late. I can hear all the skeptics saying not true, but I really hope that when the reality hits us, these same supporters are not the ones who are running over to the US and other countries to escape the monster they create.

  20. truthman
    December 4, 2013

    haha thats the biggest joke.we have them trembling
    so they begging. wants to remain pm at any cost wow.

  21. helloooooo
    December 4, 2013

    Ca ons bon baghai zafant mwen eve ca Skerrit fet lamewik…..On whose children back is this loan again? :-| Not my children for sure. You all wanted Dimpled PM well take dimpled PM…..All of a sudden election in the air we need International airport eh? and All the laboridiots will drink that and say”we love our PM he working” I want him to build it wii; see how many of all you will work on it…hear BlackMore tell all you all you doh ready for Government work contractors? Take that Dumbi-in-cans.

  22. jana
    December 4, 2013

    In reference to the international airport :?: , this is ridiculous. However, in terms of the construction of a hotel, this has been done decades ago by Jamaica and Barbados for example of Caribbean gov’ts who have invested in hotels and it has proven to be significant failures. why with real examples to learn from would any present day government even consider this. It is clear that the people who hold public office have no knowledge of the realities of the world around them, how they fit it and their responsibility to the state they represent. APPALLING.

  23. To Labourites
    December 4, 2013

    Stop accusing workers of using this platform to preach. If you all have the majority, why don’t you team up and have something to say too? It is because allu have too much shame in allu eyes.

  24. Objective
    December 4, 2013

    it is a shame how we behave when it comes to politics. we are all aware of the benefits of an international airport however, we choose to be bias when it comes to reality. we are now in debted to China, a world power, who is like any other, only invest where their interest lies. What is the payment for this kind of loan? we may never know. who is going to suffer for this? Definitely not Dmitry, he is a U.S citizen aint he? Liek i have always say, of two evils, i would choose the lesser. We all know politics and politicians is a bunch of crappers but who has “Dominica” in it’s best interest. Are you nto seeing that the current is trying it’s best to put it’s best foot forward since elections are near? Are we that blind? We should say thank you to then fro all what they have done so far and take back our country. Take it back and keep it real with the real hard working people of the country. Teachers, public servants. Don’t play party politics becasue you grew up in a house hold full of people who were for the “brown” or “purple” or “orange” party. Look at reality, we are being sold to the bigger countries. They obviously need us, we do not need them. We can feed ourselves, we know what hard work is, we are a smart nation capable of becoming the best in the world at anything we do. I honestly would nto mind soem of the deals they make but i would appreciate if they make these deal with our own interest. Instead of having 100 Chiney men come and work on the airport, have 30 very very skilled ones come and “teach” 70 un- employed men how to do the work. We should also have “material-supervisors” to ensure that what we get from China is suitable, if it is not, send it back! Are we doing this for us or are we doing it for them? i know the politicians are doing it for “themselves” and not thinking about you or i. Think my fellow people think. At the end of the day, you may have a child and because of cuircumstances, they may become what you would never want them to be just because they have a will to survive. Do you understand me? Why are we acting soo blind. You Labourites should feel ashamed of yourselves, now you have to find a new way to convince the workers people why we now need the airport. If workers had put out an article about international airport last week, you would have blast them, now your leader come with this you are quiet. Many of you think that these things do not directly affect you but in one way or a another it does or it eventually will. We have to be careful of the deals we make. Our country is ours, NOT a one man habitat to do with as he wants. it is OURS! Labourites, i beg you, open your eyes, open them. I not asking you to change the colour of your shirt but have a heart, and be realistic. Say thank you to them for all they have done and put all of them minister in a big building to administer ways in which the loans have to be paid back starting with all their fancy high end material things purchased during their reign. I stop talked politics awhile ago because i saw the good and bad in the both parties but this move just weighed back in the workers favour because this is just ridiculous. Please people, I am Dominica… are you?

  25. Senior Citizen
    December 4, 2013

    All the blabbers have nothing to contribute to DA but criticize any plan(s) by the ruling party. Let’s see those critics form their own party and try running the island because they seem to know what’s best for the island. According to Halibut they all want to put in their lime, pepper and salt.

    • truly dominican
      January 21, 2014

      If the ruling party claims to be able to help the country, then help the country! Not plunge it into debt with China of all countries. I take that back. We are not in debt. We have been sold. I hope you agree with the “plan(s) by the ruling party” when you are being ruled and governed by a communist, prejudiced nation. Hope then you will give your full support and sell your soul to pay that ridiculous debt.

  26. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    St Vincent is geting their international airport,is thier economy doing much much better than ours??

  27. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 4, 2013

    It all makes sense now, so that is why Dmitry was born in America so he would not pay back the 300 million u taking now! Good move skerro 8)

  28. A perfect idiot
    December 4, 2013

    I have a few questions for you LABORITES. 1.Is the economy better today than when Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent was paid to tell Dominicans at a DLP Rally that we could not afford an international airport?
    2. Is it cheaper to build an international airport today than 7 years ago? 3. Are more people employed today? 4. Is the financial hardship that was affecting the entire world according to Skerrit, is finally behind us now?

  29. hommeclelot
    December 4, 2013

    We are borrowing US$300,000,0000 from the Govt of the Republic of China to pay contractors and workers from China to build three projects in Dominica starting with a US$70,000,0000 hotel by Public Works not far from the canal(by J E Nassief Warehouse)carrying Upper Goodwill liquid waste,including that of the PMH into the sea!Will E H Charles, Gilbert Guy, Stewart Parris-Stewco Construction,Luke Brothers and other Dominican Contractors etc etc be permitted to bid on any of these building contracts?

  30. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    i think dominican need to make up thie minds. and some of them need to travel,they sound so back ward

  31. Fact check
    December 4, 2013

    In a country where there are no jobs, who is going to pay for this $300 million dollar loan. Less than 1/4 of the population is employed and we simply don’t have enough tax payers to pay this back. Papa met nous finne bat.

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 4, 2013

      Why didn’t you ask Lennox and the UWP administration that question when they made mention of building the International Airport?…damn hyprocrite you all are.

      • truly dominican
        January 21, 2014

        Lennox did not sign a US$300 MILLION contract with China and NOT INFORM the people who it is going to affect. Politicians are liars! We all know this! But some are ruthless which is what our current leadership is. Do you not see the PM has his exodus plan. His new baby is not even dominican! When the S##t hits the fan, he will take his family and run and leave us to pay for it. THAT is what will happen. I hope you all supporters are there. I suspect many of you all are not even in the country, yet you sit back and want to make decisions for those in the fire.

    • Not Voting UWP Again
      December 4, 2013

      You all UWP people never ceases to amaze. When Lennox proposed to build Intl. airport it was ok, since no one would pay for no airport being built. What deception, now the PM states he intend to build, it becomes a problem since he is the one more likely to do it.

      From your comment it is obvious that an Intl. Airport is no longer necessary as long as is the Labour Party who is doing it.

      I’m of the view that, if Jesus Christ were to pay a personal (in person) visit to Dominica during the reign of PM Skerrit and the DLP many of you UWPites would criticise and doubt his presence, even if he repeated all the miracles he did while on earth, even if he showed his wounds during his crucifixion.

      Some would go thus far and ask him, “You come for crumbs from Skerrit’s Table?” “Man I don’t believe you, you don’t know how Skerrit corrupt?”

      UWP big haters, rise above the hate. It’s Dominica and not China.

    • Change
      December 4, 2013

      We all called for change; an international airport and more. Here is some of the change. An international airport is within sight so let us all pray that it comes through. If we cannot pay we will sell them water or fig. We just have to grow some more fig.

    • JUST ME
      December 5, 2013

      When they are unable to pay back the loan they will be bankrupt, then China will take Dominica for their repayment. Do you really think that a country like china with no human rights care for Da so much? wake up they are not helping you they are helping their selves to Dominica and it will be all legal and above board because Your PM allowed it. DOMINICANS WILL BE ENSLAVED.

      • truly dominican
        January 21, 2014

        Thank youuuuu!! This is what I have been trying to say for the longest time. China DOES NOT CARE about Dominica’s development. Just look at the havoc they are reaping in Africa. If you support someone without ever questioning their motives when things like this are done, we are doomed as a nation. Say hello to sanctions from the WORLD once we have been invaded. YES INVADED because chinese don’t play.

  32. Serious
    December 4, 2013

    Wait ti dem chinese ready for their money. They will not play to put “la pat” on allu. You think they supid. They will help to build an international airport so that when it is time for their money they can come in big plane for allu. Allu will have no excuse that their plane too big to land at Melville Hall. Go ahead!! Si e belle zor kay wai…Tanto…Tanto..

  33. FED UP
    December 4, 2013

    $300 million loan? Dominica has now become the new Haiti of the Caribbean. Haiti has an external debt load of $1.25 billion dollars – Dominica is not that far behind. How can we keep borrowing money with absolutely NO WAY of paying it back? We can’t even pay our teachers, government workers, the cable company can’t even pay it’s light bill. What the heck is happening to this island? There is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH – this money is on the backs of our children, and their children. Dominica is done!

    • Change
      December 4, 2013

      Stop that nonsense. How can we get ahead if we do not take loans. With development comes responsibilities. That’s what we want that’s what we will get. We are crying that the Govt. is doing nothing or what have they done but we still crying when something is being done.

    • UDOHREADYET
      December 4, 2013

      please do not compare Dominica to Haiti…. you already wrong!

      • truly dominican
        January 21, 2014

        Dominica will be worse than Haiti because we don’t have Haiti’s population. Chinese are some of the most intelligent people on the planet. They know how to GET WHAT THEY WANT. You think they have not decided what they will do with Dominica? I am just sad because it will pain me to see our culture disapper and replaced. I love bele wee!! Don’t believe me, time will tell! Just hope we will have freedom to be able to post such comments online when it happens. My heart truly aches.

  34. December 4, 2013

    The PM for years told Dominicans that Dominica does not need an international airport. All of a sudden, he goes to China and signs an agreement for one. Just like that? He is the luckiest man on earth. Any fool will understand that this does not happen just like that. You must discuss it in Parliament and have negotiations, etc. Just like that there is a signing for loan of reconstruction of our international airport.

    • lost
      December 4, 2013

      you self foolish? where else would we put the new airline that will be operating from melville hall?lol

  35. Frank
    December 4, 2013

    Hey Dominicans we need to do something with this Skerrit Administration before its to late. This situation is getting depressing day by day. Another $300 million? How are we going to repay this sum without having exports? I say WOA be onto this present administration, they got to GO and GO NOW

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      I can see how this would depress uwp and their supporters.

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      December 4, 2013

      Depressing? What a poor choice of words. I would think you would be jumping for joy. Ecstatic! no?

      Well it seems it is had to please the U W P supporters. They are not happy of the possibility of an international airport? Is this for real?

      Well I’ve heard everything now. So U W P did not really want an international Airport? It was all hot air then?

      • truly dominican
        January 21, 2014

        Of course it was! Dominica cannot support an international airport. Those politicians were simply telling a “greedy” populace what they wanted to hear. This politician delivered, but OH there is a catch, I had to sell you to get it.

  36. gmmm
    December 4, 2013

    with all that money why don’t he raise public officers salaries. MY husband is a teacher with a bachelor degree and he can’t get his graduate pay. Mr. skerrit the teachers, nurses, doctors and police offices of Dominica needs salaries increase. Grown women have to live all kinds of life to maintain there families. After house rent and bills pay there’s not even enough money to buy groceries……

    • unbelievable!!!!
      December 4, 2013

      more debt more tax to pay…. i think skerrit doing it especially.he knows very well that we cant face that kind of loan with agriculture dead and tourism dying.if the young ppl and the adults doe want to open dr eyes very soon they will be working not to feed themselves but to pay loan

  37. Zues
    December 4, 2013

    only now?!….. im sorry, but my minds already made up. i use to be all red cuz there was hope that things would have gotten even better than the golden days. thats the idea that was painted in our heads at the time….but It has not been easy on the ground, for the pass time the decline only got worse. while certain leaders a chosen few ride the luxury liner…. sorry… but its too late, there needs to be a change.

  38. no way
    December 4, 2013

    dominica is moving to progress

    • _________________
      December 4, 2013

      Can you explain to me how?

    • truly dominican
      January 21, 2014

      Chances are you are not even in Dominica!!

  39. December 4, 2013

    This government has poor management skills and are just wasting public money using it carelessly to buy votes. They have no plans. Just because they heard UWP talk of an international airport, they want to do it when they were against it. They have no plans and just want to fool the people again but this time, we will not be fooled.

  40. December 4, 2013

    When the truth is revealed,you all labourites will be ashamed. Can you imagine, a private deal is signed with a private company and parliament is not aware of it? This is to show how wreckless this PM is. These people are here just for election gimmick.
    The hospital was one of the pillars to be built 6 years ago and a loan was taken for that. Where did the money go for that loan. No hospital has been built. Another loan is taken now to build that same hospital which a previous loan was taken for. Dominicans, please hold the PM accountable for that money.We need to know what has become of that money to build the hospital.

  41. Just Blaze
    December 4, 2013

    I have been looking at the comments and likes on DNO and it appears that most comments and likes are in favor of UWP. I think the party is using this site as part of their campaign strategy.

    Anyway I dont think Lennox is competent enough to be out next PM. Ronnie Isidore should be party leader. Skerrit them tired take loan. If they get another term Dominica will be in too much debt to China we will loose our indepence. Please send us and answer for Dominica befor its too late lord.

    • MZUNGA
      December 4, 2013

      what independence? independence is an illusion created for less educated fellow dominicans during the election time. Our world is not plain..presently there are 2 real powers on this planet: USA and China and United States loosing its power step-by-step. For such places like Dominica there are no more choices as to find somewhere to belong. No need to be upset…without foreign aid, donations etc..Dominica would be bankrupt in a matters of a few months. This island doesnt produce anything it just consumption. A lot of developing nations are following the same path, so China builds in Roseau, Mombasa, Cape Town or Belize City. PM doesnt do something mystical…he just follows the easiest and probably most optimal strategy for the time being

      • looking on
        December 4, 2013

        Pure logic

      • Antilles Cement
        December 5, 2013

        Pure Logic

  42. Shabin
    December 4, 2013

    Sell they selling us and all u too blind to see that. Remember when they finish they have enough money to flee while de poor man have to take de licks!!! I myself is a Labourite but I doh need glasses to see is boball that passing dere. Anyway all i can say is Labour Power!!! All u think I sot if I doh say that I will not get my share

  43. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    Mr. PM we all want an International Airport (as though Melville Hall is not one). We also agreed that we could not AFFORD one at this time. Now Mr. PM if you decide that we can now AFFORD one now, you should be thinking of “HUB” capacity i.e, for example, accommodating a “one stop” for Air France so they can avoid the two landings on the neighbouring islands, and so smaller shuttle flights for Guadeloupe and Martinique to, hopefully, encourage stay overs from that source on the way in or the way out.You would be thinking of something like the Sir Grantley Adams (Barbados)facility.

    In view of the above, I cannot see how US$300M is going to give us an International Airport of significance.

    You must now tell us what level of taxation you project/propose to impose on us for the maintenance of the facility while servicing the loan.

    Those who wanted it so bad should also tell us how much they are willing to pay in taxes.

    I believe that you could win the next election without this airport promise. I also believe that whoever wins the next election will have it easier than in the past 20 years. I understand that if the UWP wins the next election they would inherit an environment in which they would perform creditably. So yes it is important that you win this one. So why this financial burden? Isn’t there enough poverty as it is?

  44. Rachel
    December 4, 2013

    Based on the likes and unlikes, I can see a lot of Dominicans will go mad WHEN SKERRIT WINS AGAIN.
    I just hope I won’t be in Dominica when the results come in. I ASSURE you he will win again!!! :lol: :-D :wink:

    • Nodegree
      December 4, 2013

      Yes Rachel can ASSURE us that he will win again really. We eating labour, drinking labour but we voting out labour. When I say we I stand in agreement with the doctors, nurses, teachers and public servants who are tired of long suffering.Do your research properly Rachel.Skerrit is behaving like a child who is scared because he knows that his days are numbered.I am just amusing myself at such comments as yours.

  45. sam22
    December 4, 2013

    Admin read again it said reconstruction not a new airport.Does dominica already have an international airport?

  46. ZANDOLI
    December 4, 2013

    This is an excellent move by the Prime Minister.This is money that is going to be pumped into our economy and huge infrastructural development,that will take our tourism and health sectors to another level.

    • ...
      December 4, 2013

      For your information…Chinese only employ Chinese on their projects and bring in all their materials

  47. Too Hard Too Long
    December 4, 2013

    Look politics!

  48. Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    DNO why isnt @ comment hiden due to low ratings if he has 42 thumbs down an only 14 thumbs up? an u hide others

  49. Possi
    December 4, 2013

    Isn’t that the same government dat said Dominica don’t need an international airport now he running to china last minute and beg them Chinese for US$300 million dollars Ec$1000000000.00 billion dollars and Dominica stands $1.2 billion dollars in debt boi Mr is a Rageing Lunatic fighting to stay in power, Dominicans be ware a RAt is NEAR.

  50. Lang Mama
    December 4, 2013

    DNO zor bwen sa. Dominica has created a monster and it seem indestructible. The people who have been protecting this dimpled monster will one day pay.

    One day One day

  51. feeling
    December 4, 2013

    i have a feeling this is not going to end well

  52. Annon
    December 4, 2013

    Didn’t we read a few months ago about the insanely high national debt of Dominica? Another loan–this time of close to a billion EC dollars? And people are excited about this? No loan is given without some kind of collateral. What is he using as collateral? The island and its people? Watch out my DA people, your future is being signed off without your knowledge. And who will pay all of this back? Read the history books. Nations that borrow money that they cannot repay always end up in poverty and enslaved to others. Do not let the dollar signs blind you. There is no such thing as a free ride!

  53. Mamizoo
    December 4, 2013

    This propaganda and deception has H.Henry and Lawrence face all over it. Pure deception, pure lies.
    I went to the ASCG web site and read the article and what I saw was another CIT airline type presentation. The article focused on the hotel deal but all of a sudden the writer included the international airport in the concluding paragraph.

    All part of the election desperation. The desperados will do or say anything. Let us assume that this propaganda came from the fake web site isn’t it expected that , Kairi and DBS in particular would confirm with the government – at least they have one degree of separation from the mouth of the monster. DNO as I understand followed the tonton makoot propaganda institution.

    Now where in the world does government build hotels. I mean common – The hotels in Dominica are ready to shut down and here it is Skerrit is bringing in a private Chinese hotel businessman to build a hotel in Roseau?

    Dominicans when are we going to say enough of this. We should not in 2013 tolerate this type of governance. Believe it or not this deliberate propaganda was/is well orchestrated by H.Henry, L.Lawrence – these are characters that will do or say anything to line their pocket.

  54. MZUNGA
    December 4, 2013

    its probably the most curious and interesting things which I seen over many years. In Western countries the democracy is a pre-requisites for economic growth. In layman terms, you should have good civil society and working institutions before you get good infrastructure…but it seems that Dominica and many other emerging markets took a view of what China does and now a economic growth became a pre-requisite for the democracy…it particularly astonishing on the example of Dominica where no strong civil society exist, public agency is a complete misery but new roads are being built through out the island and more infrastructure to come…it means that Dominica follows the pattern and future will be like less poverty, less democracy, less liberal rights and more infrastructure, better healthcare…Dominica floats more and more far away from Western type of political system and shifting more to China type system..

  55. neutral
    December 4, 2013

    International Airport “FACILITIES” !! Not an entirely new airport…. Right after a larger aircraft is announced to service Dca. It’s the play on words used especially to stir up this very excitement and when it comes to pass they will say but we never said an international airport

  56. do Tell
    December 4, 2013

    So all of a sudden we need one? All teh time allu labourites taking allu side and saying it not necessary jsurt because it was Workers plan, all of a sudden it necessary. Allu jsut start to get lash. And to the person who said that the people supported workers with the idea why cant they support labour with it… well i guess it is because allu was too bias and had too much negative to say. that is double standard.

  57. Eagle-Eye
    December 4, 2013

    My fellow Dominicans. If you listen to, or read international news, you would have known of UK Prime minister (David Cameron) currently in China accompanied by over 100 UK business personnel to talk and agree on business deals with the Chinese. In his own words “China is now emerging as the biggest economic giant of the world” surpassing the US, EU, Russia etc. So it make a lot of sense that we benefit from our diplomatic relations with China. We should stop bashing China and show some gratitude that the PM had the foresight to establish relations with China at the time he did, which has enabled us to be in the right position to benefit from these relations while others are now catching up.
    If the PM was able to secure $300,000,000. from the Chinese to invest in infrastructure development, we should be celebrating that rather than using it for political bashing of the PM.
    Dominica will benefit in the long run with the building of an International Airport, Hotels etc especially when the tourists are able to come in and contribute to our economy and the private sector feel a lot more confident to invest especially in manufacturing which will also enable sustainable growth.
    UWP is “talking-the-talk” While the PM is “walking-the-walk”, in the right direction. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      you so drunk in your stupid politics you just cant see the damage skerrit is causing… how can dominica sustain another loan of that amount when we have zero percent growth, but just the recycling of the vat and customs taxes to pay salaries and the debt we are burdened with.. its I would like to know your name so I can constantly remind you of what you have created when this small beautiful island full of political bigots like you did not scold your god by talking sense in his head.

    • Zane
      December 4, 2013

      To use your own words” why didn’t the PM go to China with a contingent of business men/women like the UK PM did? Why is the government securing funds to build a hotel in Dominica? Is the government now a member of the DAIC and competing against business men/women in Dominica? I would support this loan funding only if the government was acting as the engine to build a free market economy in Dominica. I can’t however support the government taking on debt that my children and their children will have to pay off. Let’s be fair and not politically biassed here.

  58. grease lightning
    December 4, 2013

    hopefully the contract is properly reviewed so that the local man can benefit from this project aswell, we might have things but as long as we dont have money we’re still going nowhere……

  59. Mary Black
    December 4, 2013

    You Dominicans do not know exactly what you all want in life. When Dominica had nothing going for it you all were complaining. Now that the PM is doing his very best for the lot of you, you all are still complaining.
    The $300 million does not come freely no one give this amount of money for nothing. The Chinese will eventually have part of Dominica for themselve also all the businesses in Roseau will eventually be in their hands.
    When the PM step down all he will say is that he did his very best he could for his country while he will be residing elswhere.

  60. Joe
    December 4, 2013

    Either way, an int’s airport would still cost several millions, no matter who builds it.

  61. Concern
    December 4, 2013

    We have a few hotels that the bank have taken back because of lack of business The others are struggling to stay afloat now the government want to build their own hotel to finish kill the industry more. Why keep doing things to damage the private sector. Give the failing ones assistance to come back one stream not try to kill them more.

  62. December 4, 2013

    deal and whay thay want after.Am not buying this.Linton have allu like prostitus.change is a must

  63. profiler
    December 4, 2013

    For the DLP government the issue of an international airport, was about cost and financing. Can government finance an international airport without preferential loans and grant funds, without damaging the economy? If government can get that mix of financing from China and friendly governments it is workable. Remember all governments in the past have toyed with the idea of an international airport, extensive research have been done. The response of the UWP supporters is typical at a time when election is close at hand. Remember the letter writen to the US embassy by Mr. James asking them not to interfere in Dominican politics, by assisting the DFP government with the construction of an international airpoprt…It is election time again and the response is the same…UWP panic. Don,t panic as there is not yet an official confirmation by government,this could be a mistake or misinformation….just wait and see

  64. blo
    December 4, 2013

    The government should invest in the manufacturing industry and a more sustainable agricultural industry. The hoteliers are complaining that they are not doing well financially and the government is investing in a hotel?

  65. Possie
    December 4, 2013

    And people need to get real China don’t give grant only loans cause you will for ever keep owing them.

  66. Possie
    December 4, 2013

    Boy it look like $300,000000.00 always pop up before election but we see how the economy is from the last one Well Dominica you finish china has finally done it You all in DA will soon be second class. I not hearing Tony Astaphan I thought we not ready for an international airport before the next 30 years. But wait Dominicans that is the last project Skerit will ever think of undertaking. Election Gemic again.

  67. Plan Dominque
    December 4, 2013

    I am of the strong opinion that that the psychiatric unit should start preparation for the admittance of our prime minister soon. He is so mad that he knows not that the majority of Dominicans are now taking him for a joke.
    One Billion loan to rehabilitate an international airport in Dominica? Are you guys certain that the Chinese were not taking about the Dominican Republic and the PM handlers inserted his picture to the article. What a JOKE FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT TOLD US CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHICH WOULD HAVE COST US EC$200,000,000.00 WOULD HAVE BEEN AN ALBATROSS AROUND OUR NECKS. NOW THEY ARE GIVING US AIRPORT WORKS OF $200,000,000.00 AT MELVILLE HALL AND ONE BILLION I DO NOT KNOW WHERE.
    CHANGE IS INDEED HERE. GOODBYE LABOUR

  68. Tim
    December 4, 2013

    Skerrit wants to win reelection at all costs and by all and nay means necessary. Even if it means the annexation of Dominica. Well I think he has just done that. Hold on to your passports because the status of Dominica could be like Hong Kong.
    Hopefully the mistake called RoOsevelt Skerritt willbe corrected in due time but the damge will have been done.

  69. USA
    December 4, 2013

    My question to the general public is this. Is an International Airport going to cause the Skerrit lead administration to do a better job at managing the Economy ? the problem is not what they get for us, because they have been getting, the problem is they can’t, don’t have the knowhow to manage the economy.

  70. %
    December 4, 2013

    Mr Skerrit can you please explain to the Dominican people what is meant by the term “reconstruction of an international airport”?Are we going g to see more money wasted at Melvillehall? DID YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS ENTERED INTO? This time I am confused even more that your FOOLS in the Labour party. Did you have anyone with you who understands Chinese?. I never knew LINTON could have you scampering and jumping all around the place like this HEADLESS CHICKEN.
    JUST DON’T SACRIFICE DOMINICA IN THE PROCESS.
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG?
    CAN’T WAIT TO VOTE YOU OUT!

  71. Papa Dom
    December 4, 2013

    Once again a desperate move by a leader to catch votes. The cabinet of ministers had no idea what skerritt was up to, never discussed an int’l airport and have no details of that deal. Da Vibes had the information before the cabinet of ministers but they all sit there and accept this disrespect.
    I hope in the next couple of weeks we will have more details on this airport, like where will it be located, when is construction expected to begin and also have some idea of what the actual thing will look like. Let’s remember that the UWP government has already purchased the land, done the necessary evaluation of the location and all relevant studies. The plan for the airport was already at an advanced stage, all that remained was to sources the finances. I hope it’s not going to be a case that we the people, our local planners, engineers and workers will have nothing to do and the Chinese will give us what they want however in appropriate it is just because skerritt wants to win an election.
    I also find it in poor taste that a so called friendly government would get so involved in perverting our electoral process, after all that is exactly what this is, with no regard for the wishes of the people.

  72. Rule
    December 4, 2013

    I am confused. During the creole fest celebration, the PM told a group of visiting Dominicans that Dominica does not need an International Airport and on Nov 8th which is about three weeks later, he signed a loan to build an International Airport? Am I just too attentive about the affairs of this nation or is Skerrit up to something because election is coming.

  73. ????
    December 4, 2013

    If the hotel costs $70 million and the hospital $200 million, then what is the cost of the international hotel?????????????

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      December 4, 2013

      Can some UWP supporters post the promises made by the Leader and other members of the UWP and ask where on earth the money is coming from then we can weigh and see which has more merit.

  74. Time for Change
    December 4, 2013

    This is a campaign scam. Skerrit is prostituting the country in order to win the election….He really thinks that this little rock called Dominica was willed to him…but we will teach him a lesson at the next elections… Who is Heartley Henry to be representing Dominica? Would the government of Barbados this man on any high level diplomatic mission?…In the Dominica I grew up, such missions consisted of permanent secretaries and other aides…this is sooooo suspicious and underhand. Also note the presence of Martin Charles? What role will the AID Bank play is such a deal?… ,

  75. SiangUK
    December 4, 2013

    History lesson for some.

    1989 – Edddison James told the USA not help Mamo build a New Airport.

    1989 UWP “Party before Dominica”

    2013 – you all are calling for one (including Eddison James) now wants a New Airport.

    Don’t get me started on UWP loans.

    • listening
      December 4, 2013

      so why then, did you all complain about uwp and debt? you people never sieze to amaze me when you support one person against another. if it was wrong for eddie, then it is wrong for skerrit. that is d problem in d Dominica i live in. it is sad but true.

  76. SiangUK
    December 4, 2013

    Juts remember the UK is also in China, signing bigger deals – HS2 railway in the UK at £40 Billion

    • hmmm
      December 4, 2013

      uk in a much better position to repay their loan dont u think

  77. SiangUK
    December 4, 2013

    If Geothermal kicks off, as hoped.

    Finance of any loan, becomes do able.

  78. faceup
    December 4, 2013

    Skerrit ! your baby should born in China, man !

  79. December 4, 2013

    8) ces bien j,aime la dominica

  80. Jay
    December 4, 2013

    ASCG’s press release from China makes very interesting reading. Prople ptresent at the meeting::

    – “David XU,Special envoy of the Commonwealth of Dominica in China”.
    Were we ever told of this person and is he, by chance the same David Xu, who used to be our ambassador and Skerrit simply changed the label on the same package?
    – “Mr. Robert Woe Yao, official of the Commonwealth of Dominica”. Who is this person? This is the first time I have heard that we have a Chinese national in our Govt.
    – “Martin Charles, Assistant to Mr. Skerrit”. Martin Charles, as far as I know is the “Chairman of the AID Bank”. Why do the Chinese refer to him as Roosevelt Skerrit’s assistant and if so, why was he at the meeting? Is he Roosevelt Skerrit’s bag carrier?

    I guess it is all “none of our damned business”, whilst we are sold down the river to a new colonial power for thirty pieces of silver ….very large pieces of silver!

  81. bjr
    December 4, 2013

    remember, Edison was talking a 603 million dollar one

    • bjr
      December 4, 2013

      and that was for the airport alone, yah in 1994, all while he was refusing to pay social security for govt workers, and losing their land at warner,,,,,,,,,

      now linton an dem talkin about land reform, ok mugabe

  82. bjr
    December 4, 2013

    ok, so Dominica has 70000 peeps, what percentage, really is skilled and knowledgeable enough to complete those tasks in a timely manner, with minimal risk to health and safety of workers

    “be careful what you ask for,
    you just might get it”

  83. Doc. Love
    December 4, 2013

    Many Dominicans are of the opinion that Skeritt has a dislike for Ian, I am wondering whether if it isn’t Regie. A few years ago Regie was boasting to Dominicans how great a negotiator Skeritt was, when he negotiated a four pillar project worth millions of dollars which included a hospital. This time we are told of the same deal with some changes, for instance, Regie was discarded and in his place was a Bajan, the construction of an International Airport, hospital again and a hotel. Skeritt and the Labor Party supporters just a few weeks ago ridiculed Mr. Linton when he informed Dominicans that the UWP would build an International Airport, it will be interesting to see where the New Airport is going to be built.

  84. BRAIN DAMAGE
    December 4, 2013

    MR. PM, what ever you do now, you have failed. Dominicans who voted for you and against you, have loss confidence and respect for you.

  85. Zowey
    December 4, 2013

    Too little too late.

  86. Truth from NY
    December 4, 2013

    Most of the comments on this page come for a place of pure bias. They are either filled with contempt for the current administration or are so filled with blue, some how twist any PM related news to something negative.

    Either way comments and questions for the moves of of the Government can be a good thing if used to analyze current policy and how it affects the country as a whole. Yet, after reading DNO’s article, ASCG’s website, and the ensuing comments, it is clear that debate amongst the public has become destructive. The red/blue/green/indep. affiliations have made the people so biased that all debate in Dominica seem to divide our people even more.

    Just lamenting!

  87. APGeorge
    December 4, 2013

    Why are you all saying the gov’t wasted money on Melville Hall? Didn’t you all read properly…? the RECONSTRUCTION of the international airport. i.e. Melville Hall IS already considered an international airport by the Chinese… it just needs reconstruction. The same way they REHABILITATED the West Coast highway. So, a little more asphalt… stretching down to the sea, fresh paint, and bam! you got a reconstructed int’l airport! Yeah! Did you all really think that $300 million can build a $70m hotel, a hospital AND a new airport? A new airport ALONE in Dominica would probably cost in excess of $300Million!

  88. FIRE........FIRE....
    December 4, 2013

    Skeritt I am not for you or against you, I try never to get into politics, there for I am on the scale and balance equally. But I most say China Loves you whole lot…what you do to be so lucky I do not want to know…How bad I wish someone gives me 1,000000..who must I ask?

  89. Zozyo Ministry
    December 3, 2013

    What a joke. Ask anyone of the cabinet members about this so call deal and they have no idea. I spoke to one parliamentarian and he had no idea what I was talking about when I told him about the propaganda deal.
    So on one trip Skerrit was able to get US $300 million and get a construction company all in one shot wow.

    Now see who accompany Skerrit to China – not a minister of Port, nor the minister of Communication; I mean Martin Charles – he cyan even speak English much less for mandarin Then Hartley Henry a Bajan who leech on corrupt politicians. The rest of the cabinet aught to be happy.

  90. APGeorge
    December 3, 2013

    RECONSTRUCTION: That implies there is an existing airport (Melville Hall or Canefield… take your pick) needing bandaids… Remember the west coast highway “rehabilitation”?… Just repave it, put some striping and bam!, it was ready to go….same dangerous curves, same narrow passages.
    THE MATH: $300million – $70 (hospital) = $230million. A brand new international airport would definitely cost over $200million… so that leaves no money for the hospital. Fill in the blanks… #MelvilleHall

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      thats not true. excavation works were done in colihaut,tarreau,les pointe;sea defence in canefield, tarreau,coulibistrie; bridges in roseau and portsmouth and reconfiguration in tarreau;

  91. Engineer
    December 3, 2013

    i can’t say the DLP did not do work in Dominica- but I hate how they go about doing things. Several major infrastructure work, mainly Chinese working. I understand that there are some skilled operations where Dominicans do not have the experience, but I believe there are many ways in which Dominicans can be gainfully employed on these projects. For a small islands like D/ca and the millions upon millions that I heard is being spent it is sad that we can’t find a way to get our people to work. If this airport goes into construction- I can assure you if the same trend continues, then Dominicans will be standing by and watching Chinese work. Find a way to get Dominicans to work, and curb the colonization of Dominica by China. If we are going to take on this major project- have appropriate training to target the needs of the project. Look out for our Dominican people first.

  92. A perfect idiot
    December 3, 2013

    Fellow Dominicans, please pay attention to the words of this song. I cannot remember if it was written by our local Gaylords Power Union or Jimmy Cliff back in the 70’s but this I believe is natures advise to us at this time. Here are the words of the song:

    “Take warning, You better Take warning, Take warning you better do good. Let you light shine right, let your light shine bright, respect your fellow men as you should. The evil that men do lives after them, the evil that men do lives after them, the evil that men do live after them, so do good today and avoid your sorrow”. Please let us avoid the sorrow of tomorrow as the writing is surely on the wall. You cannot play with fire for long without getting burn.

  93. IREADY
    December 3, 2013

    Well I hope the UWP hierarchy will focused and continue to educate the masses regarding the difference between political trickery and true development of the people…… The youths want a future, where they can see light at the end of the not for them but for their children. The poor planning of this government is costing us millions. If they were good re the airport alone, they would have continued what the workers had started. What they have just done is reason to vote them out. the reason: upgrading Melville Hall when they knew the International Airport is
    what was really needed.

  94. A perfect idiot
    December 3, 2013

    When Skerrit got an opportunity to confirm or deny what ASCG’s website mentions, he ducked away and instead chose to talk the ‘One China’ talk. What a joke!
    The other frightening thing about this whole thing is the fact that Skerrit did not get the money from the China Government, but rather with a Chinese company. “The project is part of a US$300-million deal signed by prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit with Chinese company ASCG.” You talk about trouble we in and we don’t seem to have clue! Could this not be the main reason why the baby was born in the USA? So do all you nonsense but when trouble start to spread and Dominicans are pushed in some bush as part of the payment HE, HIS WIFE AND BABY all with foreign roots will be out and those of us that can go nowhere will be stuck. I warning you all. Trouble! trouble! trouble!

  95. Looking in
    December 3, 2013

    Don’t be fooled again people. Dominica does not have an international airport, so how can there be funds for a re-construction of an international airport? Is the same tricks PM is up to again. He just throw some red paint over all you eyes, and all you think all is well again… Time to ‘wisen’ up.

  96. Kokay There
    December 3, 2013

    When all you making bomb for material things, that not selling all you bodies? Behave all you self before alright. Let me not even talk

  97. Undecided Voter
    December 3, 2013

    “It appears” that DNO is giving us information in a bias way. Is it a political move to drive the minds of the people against Skerrit? DNO, I know you all flying de blue flag. Let us all support de govt because you know in your heart, Skerrit doing plenty good for Dominica and for sure Workers can’t do not a thing but procrastinate. Now leave comment as is Mr. Editor and give me all the negative you want, it’s fine. One love

    • hmmm
      December 4, 2013

      undecided voter no one said he has note done anything good..but besides the infrastructure tell me how it benefits the everyday dominican, whren chinese give loan and chinese get paid to build..seems u r not undecided at all stop

      hiding

  98. vomit
    December 3, 2013

    i fort de maggie say dominica cyant mentain an international airport…..now he and them eatin back der vomit……lord have mercy on them

  99. big
    December 3, 2013

    AA they want it now then

  100. Cc
    December 3, 2013

    Looks like Santa Claus is really coming to town

  101. Mamize
    December 3, 2013

    I listen to these guys on the animal show give all kinds of reasons why we cant have an international airport, now all of a sudden we need one… lol… bunch of expired jokers.

  102. Real Talk
    December 3, 2013

    Well TIBET is taken already so get ready for Dominica’s new name: GWOBET!!!

  103. Love I
    December 3, 2013

    WORKERS (UWP) have allu working and jumping, grabbing and panicking…..waypapa….that not fooling me ner….

  104. December 3, 2013

    Any government, good or bad, 15 years in power is way to much
    Anybody with a basic commonsense should know that :-D

  105. Jonathan St.Jean
    December 3, 2013

    People don’t forget that UWP had secured funding and purchased the land for an international airport near Wesley and when elections were called they still lost to the Labour/Charles Saverin coalition.Therefore when news comes out that China is making 300 million available for an international airport don’t sound as if Labour has already won an election.Time and events will tell.
    The UWP government kept the populace informed all the way about what was going on with progress towards the peoples airport.Now the prime minister puts the country and people in 300 million debt and its a big secret.Why didn’t the PM announce this on national radio? Therefore I don’t believe it till I see it.And if it is true what are the terms of this loan.Its time this PM act more respectfully towards the Dominican people unless hr thinks we are the labourers on his plantation called Dominica.

  106. EAGLE
    December 3, 2013

    One man will see all the DISADVANTAGES of an international AIRPORT because it is not his party building it…UNFORTUNATELY, That same MAN would energetically boast of the countless ADVANTAGES of an international airport if it was his party building it. In both scenarios He would be convincing.

  107. bluered
    December 3, 2013

    But waait. last election sketit said ; allu will let me spend my 700 million, now its 300 million is that a joke or what?

  108. %
    December 3, 2013

    HEADLWSS CHICKEN SYNDROME. UWP has Skerrit jumping like fire is chasing him. Political gimmick by a lazy and incompetent team. CHICKENS WITH NO HEAD.
    Madness, by headless chicken with chicken flu!

  109. election time
    December 3, 2013

    Ok workers tie all you waist that is plane ticket money, they already start collecting names of interested voters. Well I will be happy to see an international airport in Dominica I do not care who build it as long as my country is not sold for it.

  110. Erasmus B. Black
    December 3, 2013

    And what a fortnight this has been my countrymen!In the last two weeks we’ve seen all kinds of screaming headlines to wit: International Airport Deal, PM touts Economic Development, Assistance to Cabrits Heritage Site, Housing Revolution, Barrel Relief for Christmas, 40 Million grant from ALBA, Job Creation Initiatives, and the list goes on…

    I am wondering if we’ve found the Magi…

  111. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    We bursting the mountains for the international airport

  112. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Next level in thier face

  113. John Doe
    December 3, 2013

    The guy crazy… A few years back he said Gonzals from svg told him we don’t need an international airport so he is going to upgrade our airport. And svg is going live with there’s next year. My moda!!

  114. December 3, 2013

    u all guys dont even no wat u all want. linton ask about charles for present he got it n complained, talk about international airport here it comes, u all complained u all so dump that, u dont even no where de money is comining from

  115. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Ill continue saying it,UWP an their supporters keep playing the wrong politics

  116. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Maybe the UWP supporters foget that they are the ones needing the labourites votes,y call dem idiots an such bad criticism,can u get in the house this way?

    • hmmm
      December 4, 2013

      the prime minister has said worst already to the nation.. u forget man

  117. Anthony Ismael
    December 3, 2013

    Wow! Let’see if this will come to pass.
    Waiting patiently.

  118. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Wow!

  119. A perfect idiot
    December 3, 2013

    You talk about fly by night! Fellow Dominicans it is ASCG’s website that mentions the purpose of a US $300,million loan. Folks, the said loan was signed by Skerrit on our behalf; He signed it almost a month ago, and up to this day he has told the nation nothing about it. The website mentioned “reconstruction of an international airport”, By the way where is this airport? a hotel to be built in Roseau estimated at US$70-million and construction of a new hospital, according to the website. So out of the $300 million, we only seem to have an estimate of $US 70 Million for the hotel and no estimates on the international airport and hospital. You talk about fly by night! So in other words, $230 million for the IA and state of the art hospital? FYI, STV just constructed an international airport and $240 million was the budget. I hope this is not a loan taken on our good name for personal and political use.

  120. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Reconstruction of an international airport or building an international airport, or reconstruction melville hall, which is it?

    Alas, is this good or bad. Because If I giving anyone all this money, they better only hire my people to work on whatever they building. More jobs for the Chinese.. Yeahh Yeah!!! and our new airport!!

  121. 4CARS
    December 3, 2013

    I’m tired, I’m tired, I’m tired. Have nothing more to say about that Skerritt. I’m just there waiting to join the Jubilee when Dominicans will teach that Skerritt a lesson he’ll never forget on the next election day. We will never, we shall never join arms with China. If Dominicans think slavery was bad, just let China have its way in our beautiful Country and we “fini-bat.”

  122. December 3, 2013

    Skerrit really thinks all Dominicans are fools , well my boy , I am not one of them . Read the news properly , 70 million to build the hotel in Roseau , assuming the new Hospital will cost say 80 million to built , which is a very conservative figure .That makes it 150 million , are we saying that the balance of the money that is another 150 million can build an international Airport . 150 Million dollars is just about 400,000 EC, we just talking about the foundation for the Airport . Give me a break , this is election Gimmick at its best . Young man please clear the way for a group of intellectuals , committed , qualified , well rounded , individuals like Joshua Francis , Dr. Fountain , Lennox Linton , Joseph Isaac , Isaac Joseph , etc etc . GET OUT , you have destroyed this country enough .

  123. I IN THAT
    December 3, 2013

    It would appear the the Roosevelt Skerrit’s administration is being led by the Hon. Lennox Linton. I can’t seem to wrap my mind around the fact that this government is so damn reactive and impulsive. To me the government has overnight become a “suddenly government”.

    Lets face facts now;

    Lennox Linton/his team proposed;

    1. National Airline (Skerrit & his friends are on the move to SUDDENLY put one in place)

    2. School for Newtown (Skerrit grabbed one from Thibaud and place it over there)

    3. Playing field for Roseau North (Skerrit ordered that heavy equipment be sent in the dead of night to start the ball rolling)

    4. development for St. Joe (Skerrit dumps some EC$40,000 and 70 bags of fertilizer for 100 farmers)

    5. 5,000 jobs in three years from a successful job thorum (Skerrit try something in promising jobs by different dates then asking businesses with no vacancies to take apprentices for THREE MONTHS ONLY)

    6. Tackle unemployment amongst youth (further, Skerrit quickly organised a job exhibition. A poorly organized one at that, so much so that the Youth Division, Dominica Employment Federation and The Dominica Youth Business Trust have washed their hands)

    7. International Airport (at first Skerrit said we didn’t need one so he spent millions to rehabilitate Melville Hall, and because the people are crying for change Skerrit dumps an International Airport (campaign strategy). We have the full story behind this agreement that was signed since 8th Nov. 2013 details will follow, but again he had to find something to seek to down play the mammoth crowd of Sunday 1st December 2013 at the Pottersville Savanah.

    Roosevelt Skerrit your rain is quickly coming to an end. You have disrespected us, tried to fool us too many times, used us and abused us and now enough is enough.

    My entire family and I have supported you well over the years but there is more to you than meets the eye. We see that all along it has been about “I Roosevelt Skerrit from Vielle Case” and nobody else. Not this time. CHANGE IS A MUST, IT IS NOT AN OPTION.

    We the youth, adults, elderly, private sector, public officers are going to vote you out amass. The very same hands who placed you there are going to remove you. We created this mess and we are taking collective responsibility to clean it up. well thank you!

    Lastly, I wish to applaud Lennox Linton and Team Dominica for this SUDDENLY SEASON GOVERNMENT and the fear and desperation that have gripped our prime minister.

  124. Neg Mawon
    December 3, 2013

    Is is to be left to see what’s in the agreement, just like the MOU, while i am in support of all these projects…will Dominicans be employed, subcontracted? With all these loans what rate and for how long the tax payers are going to pay and where as the Chinese have “special” interest in Da but at what cost, invite them to invest and take over Roseau and elsewhere. Nothing is this world comes with out a price!! Thank God for Skerro!! Election soon come!

  125. Amen
    December 3, 2013

    We have to free ourselves from this Chinese dragon.

  126. loubiere
    December 3, 2013

    Loubiere spring water for airport thats the deal. guess what allu will eat d airport

  127. Lucia
    December 3, 2013

    Workers doh fini bat ………….us Dominicans that fini bat. Can somebody tell me how we going to pay bk this loan plus the other loans? Please let’s be civilised here. Forget about politics and look at the logics……..

  128. December 3, 2013

    mr p.m if u say u belive in god look deep inside of your self its not looking good god will punish u for what u do to your former parl reps

  129. A perfect idiot
    December 3, 2013

    It appears that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is making moves towards the construction of international airport facilities in Dominica.

    DNO, you mean to tell me your news is based on ‘take a guess’ now? What if someone got up one morning and after taking a look at the sky comes to the conclusion that a storm is imminent, would you put that out as well? I am not trying to blame you but it seems as if that’s what Dominica has come down to thanks to Skerrit and his corrupt team. Notice how the first paragraph reads: “It appears…” In other words, we no longer can base our information on facts but on perception. What a country!

    Notice another trend that has gotton so common with the Skerrit cabal: “ASCG’s website mentions “reconstruction of an international airport” among projects to be undertaken under the agreement.” Compare with this one: “CIT Airlines (Caribbean Island Transport) has said on its website that it will begin offering flights to Dominica in January 2014.”
    So we have a government that does not plan, does not discuss with us, and yet signs massive loans on our behalf, and if we want to hear anything we have to go on some website to hear what the other side is saying. What if we get up next day and go on some website that says, DOMINICA BELONGS TO ME! You talk about fly by night!

  130. Lucia
    December 3, 2013

    Breaking news!!!!!!!!!!! We have just been sold for US 300 million:(:(:(:(

  131. say it as it is
    December 3, 2013

    we Dominican’s don’t seem to satisfy ,never in my 40years I;ve seen so much developement in a short space of time,we are getting help no other party would do.God has send us a helper and that’s how we behave .If is misery we want ,we will get.Dominica is not the pm own,IT’S God’s and hard times must come the bible said it .DA cannot be a perfect place sin is there and God has to destroy sin.we behave like the dog and the bone,we must watch our ways if it is pure or wicked

  132. DIMITRI
    December 3, 2013

    But daddy, why you so much Khadaffi and why you so much Sadam? When you held me in your arms, you were trembling. What are you guilty of, and who are you afraid of. I weep for you daddy and the people of Da. None so blind as he who cannot see through you. You are laying a curse upon me daddy. I wish rutweiler was my father instead; it’s soo bad with you.

    • Kokay There
      December 4, 2013

      If you see i knew who you were, you would see what i would do you. And if you see DNO was allowing curse words you would find out. How dare you put the PM son name in your business in your mo hmmmmmmm. I wish I knew you

  133. %
    December 3, 2013

    By next week you will promise to build us a tower to take us to heaven, we Skerro. You do not have any LATEST POLL to tell us you are WINNING ALL 21 CONSTITUENCIES. I find that one is talking time man.
    Once I have life, I want to be the first person to make my “X”, against your candidate.
    You have done enough KO SHON YEE AND MA KAK WE in this poor country.
    You just got that money with no strings,ropes, CABLES attached? VERY STRANGE!

  134. Jbfox
    December 3, 2013

    A working PM viva Skerro and labour de country moving forward,eben yo finnie bat.

  135. Me again
    December 3, 2013

    OhOh!!! If these projects get started before elections, it’s game set match…. I just wonder how many Dominicans will be employed on these projects? How much of the $300 million will go to Dominicans…

  136. Mee3
    December 3, 2013

    I am all in for an international airport once we can mentain it and we have flights coming in. BUT i am also afraid about the huge debt the country is getting into and what if we cannot pay, we will be at the mercy of the chinese and most likely have to give the Island to repay the debt, now that would be scary but it can happen.

  137. just thinking
    December 3, 2013

    who are going to b the construction workers on the project…i’m a novice what are preferential loans?…look good deals for free..

  138. DeVoice
    December 3, 2013

    This is nothing political but it is amazing to see how fast supporters of the opposition has changed their views.

    First we needed an international airport and that appears to be the backbone of their campaign. Where was the opposition going to get the money for that?? Chances are that they would’ve obtained financial assistance from China (i.e. a loan).

    Now that the P.M. has done that, we’re complaining about the economic stability of the country and future of our children. Why must everything be about politics? Now the opposition, in my opinion, needs to find something else to campaign on.

  139. South Beach FL
    December 3, 2013

    Folks the word reconstruction is key?

    Did or has Dominica started actual physical work Re a International airport…

    From what i gather USD300 Million is just the cost for a international airport, but i see 4 projects including the international airport in that package.

    anything under means they will do the modifications to Melville Hall Airport, thereby the word re-construction…

    we need things clarified…thanks…

    This is just to charm the Dominican Voter re elections soon…if the dominican electorate is smart they will ask the hard questions…

  140. babalene
    December 3, 2013

    STOP THE PRESS?! Hey didn’t we get a first 300 million loan under a three pillar project – a high way from possie to Roseau that turn out to be a resurfacing eh! next one was a new grammer school one wing built up to now the oter wing cannot start – eh in fact the grounds and landscaping for the Grammer SCHOOL cant even finish; and where are the other pillars? well well here Skerro come with a next 300 Million and everybody forget the first 300 million 3 or 4 pillar projects because we are blinded by his rhetoric; garcon Domicien plez sort a laterre

  141. briea
    December 3, 2013

    The problem with the opposition has always been that they cry down EVERY thing the Government proposes. Im waiting to hear the drama as it unfolds tomorrow on Q. Lol Lennox will be most upset that this man called Skerrit going to build airport. HOw dare Skerrit! LOL

  142. fioneerere
    December 3, 2013

    Are people really complaining? LOL. But didn’t Mr. Linton promise a DOminican airline and the airport as well? He was supported by his people although he did not know how it was to be funded. Ha boy, That Mr. Skerrit there will give Mr. Linton Che Feb. NOw people complaing? The double standard is laughable.

    • cherry
      December 3, 2013

      Does it really matter WHO is building the airport if it is built on loans that the PEOPLE are responsible for repaying no matter who is government? Support who you want, but remember over a lifetime government administrations WILL change, but the underlying issues: EXCESSIVE DEBT, HIGH POVERTY & UNEMPLOYMENT, and a list of associated social ills will prevail if we don’t demand more responsible behavior from whoever is governing!

    • There you have it.
      December 3, 2013

      You are so gullible you will swallow anything. HARTLEY HENRY again?

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      You celebrating a billion dollar loan. No part of this is grant.
      Can Dominica afford this? Yes we need the airport buy my
      Pm could do better than put this on the back of Dominicans.
      What are the terms of said loans?
      This nonsense need to stop.
      Labor need to go. Where is the transparency mr pm.
      Change is a must not an option,

    • Looking in
      December 4, 2013

      Because Mr Linton did not disclose his source of funds, doesn’t mean he does not know how n international airport would be funded. YOU did not know, and you still don’t know. But has the PM given or tell you the agreement he signed with China? I bet not. You eh give a crap if he give away your home land, is as long as he can deliver…whichever way possible…..chuupes

    • Nodegree
      December 4, 2013

      But wait! I am a novice too but one thing I don’t lack is commonsense. So tell me isn’t it the same Prime Minister who said that Dominica at this time cannot afford an international airport and in the same breath he claims that that the economy is doing well and that Dominica is doing much better than her sister Caribbean islands.So tell me what has changed now? Really now Mr. Prime Minister you can fool some of the people but you can’t fool all of the people. We’re more intelligent than you think. As a young person I know all too well that you don’t give a rats ass about us.This is just another political gimmick because soon you are going to announce the date of election. To the young people who are going to vote because they got a job or you financed their degree or whatever means of support that you have received I say to you think twice. Access your current situation and say to yourself how is your life better now than then? If you have any tad bit of a conscience I think we already all know the answer. The only people voting skerrit are those who stand to gain. I challenge the so called labourites to say otherwise. What a damn shame. A country who claims to be God FEARING.I guess we can see where our allegiance lies and what sort of morals or lack thereof we possess.

  143. greg
    December 3, 2013

    RECOSTTUCTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. I didn’t know we had one of those that need reconstructing.
    Wow Melleville Hall made so much money since the $200 million that in 6 months we went from not needing one to requiring an election Airport.

    Notice the terms of the loan are not revealed.is there money in there to pay Venezuela.whst about the boat; the marina for Portsmouth

    • Btw the lines
      December 3, 2013

      I’ve figured it out! Technically, Antigua, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe etc. are separate nations, therefore we DO in fact have an “International” airport and not a domestic one serving flights within Dominica. Surely, the Chinese are not concerned with mere semantics. So this is why there was no need for the gov’t to announce this project, even a month after the deal was signed..just business as usual.

    • labourite
      December 4, 2013

      Portsmouth is a renegate, they not getting nothing

    • anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      ASCG’s website mentions “reconstruction of an international airport” there are 91 likes to a comment that has an important spelling error, it just shows that once it is anti government some of us just don’t care, thumbs up all the way no matter what… who is trembling :?: :?: :?:

      • Frenz
        December 4, 2013

        Ha ha – you have nothing to hold on to but an obvious typo. You see the 91 people who commented with thumbs up are people who are not as shallow as you are and prefer dwell on the big picture. As for you and other propagandist of the current Labor Party any distraction from the truth is worth peddling.
        Does the correct spelling ” RECONSTRUCTION” make you happy. So now that I have corrected the spelling let us see what your comment is. All mercenaries of deceit on your marks get set go.

        Feel free to join the race
        How sad

  144. captain calabash
    December 3, 2013

    No one and no country gives a $300,000,000 loan without something in return. What is the exchange? citizenship, work permits, water rights? Who knows? This we can not know. China is not generous. They are out for themselves and could care less about our culture and tradition and even less our people.

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      So whats your point

    • Ideall
      December 3, 2013

      why wonder our island belongs to China, soon they will come with papers to claim us.. we are sold
      Dominicans, there goes our lifestyle our culture and our freedom, soon we will have to hide to worship and praise our Lord, you watch and see

    • AA
      December 3, 2013

      but why is it we can never know what’s being exchanged? aren’t we ‘the people/government’ worthy of being informed?

    • thebushmaninda
      December 4, 2013

      Do not expect China to peruse Dominica’s best interest. Dominicans are the ones expected to look out for Dominica’s best interest. It is the responsibility of Dominicans to look out for and reject ant Trojan horses.

  145. ?????????
    December 3, 2013

    All d time skerrit and his team saying oh we cya afford international airport.. where the money coming out to build international airport etc… his supporters same thing… all of a sudden d government take ONE BILLION DOLLAR LOAN!! to build international aorport.. non of dem asking where d money going to come out to pay for it though.. they more concern bout UWP… well honestly as a supporter of UWP im happy we finally getting our airport!! But them labourite supporters have me concluding that they are the biggest bunch of IDIOTS in the world…

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      so how can UWP win if the idiots dont vot you all,politics that have you so?

    • sean
      December 3, 2013

      so true…
      labourite supporters are the world’s greatest IDIOTS

  146. Not a herd follower
    December 3, 2013

    I pray that Skerrit, in his desperate quest to retain power, is not endangering the country’s finances and the future of generations to come with this mountainous US$300m (close to EC$1 billion)loan.

    God, help us!

    • Couldn't Help It
      December 3, 2013

      Aha! So now we know why lil’ Dmitry is a US Citizen. No need for him to be saddled with all that Dominican Debt! LMAO

  147. WEH
    December 3, 2013

    Just doe make dem Chiney build it, cuz in 5 years it will start to rot like dem ppl houses we see on DNO d other day dere, and if it doe rot, it will fall apart like de stadium… poor man have water leaking on him right in his office… chiney building doesnt last!!!!!!

  148. Karen
    December 3, 2013

    Now this deal includes politcal cooperation (i,e $$$$ for votes, diapora to come to vote etc). Where is the document of agreement? The press release also says that it is Chinese firm not the government .Folks this spells trouble all the way…..I think Skerrit has just made a deal with the devil on behalf of Dominica. What is the Bajan Henry doing in the picture? My heart is heavy and I cry for Dominica.

  149. ?
    December 3, 2013

    Ohhh No! ! This government is like an old overweight prostitute willing to do sordid tricks with China for money. :twisted:

    • Kokay There
      December 3, 2013

      When all you making “bomb” for money and porn, that not bad? Leave him beg unlike all you it not spoiling his character. The nasty things all you do for money, talk about that.

  150. Poor souls.
    December 3, 2013

    thats the funniest thing i heard all year. lol!!

  151. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Workers fini bat,

    • bluered
      December 3, 2013

      ADMIN, please review my comment. that’s the first time I am commenting on this article.

  152. DA
    December 3, 2013

    So UWP pressure the man in getting Airport for DA, but I hope all you will go on planes and not let it become a monument.

  153. Jay
    December 3, 2013

    Thanks for keeping us informed DNO. However, why we have to learn this through a third party beats me. Doesn’t Mr. Skerrit have a new press secretary? What is he doing for his money?

  154. President
    December 3, 2013

    how are we going to pay back those loans when we have a population of less the 70000? that means more tax and vat from the people. and how are we going to pay vat when we are not employed? and how does that contribute to employment when the Chinese are going to build it themselves. Same Sh**t different day. i am not impressed , because Dominicans still have to seat on the back burner and die poor , due to no work. hmm if its a loan that we have to pay back our local contractors should be the ones benefiting.

    • Just Blaze
      December 4, 2013

      The amount of loans we have already. The country is in so much debt. Right now I almost want to say meneh workers viway. As if I have lost all hope in that Skerrit administration.

  155. ?????????????
    December 3, 2013

    THE HEADLESS CHICKEN IS DANCING,SCAMPERING, RUNNING,ISLAND HOPPING ALL OVER THE PLACE, to fool the people again. I have never seen that before.
    We shall not be fooled again.

  156. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 3, 2013

    That is what you call human psychology, While they go liming Coast to Coast,Skerro there working behind the scenes.As they ask for it,so Skerro slamming it on them…Jobs,hospital,road,Int.Airport was their cry.No time for words and promises like them others .Skerro just sign the deal and that’s it…$3oo-million US.

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      Now that’s a blow for the opposition in my opinion. I knew this little boy from Vielle Case was up to something…He’s been way too quiet the past weeks! Well I am excited for Dominica, nothing political!

      • Moi
        December 3, 2013

        Blow to the opposition? No, is a blow to Dominica and all Dominicans, because is OUR debt, even if is ONE man that make the decision to put us in MORE debt. Thank you Skerrit, Good economics and financial planning. All that should boost the economy and hopefully Dominicans will be employed in all the projects mentioned.

      • Anonymous
        December 4, 2013

        Where will the airport be located………

      • Possi
        December 4, 2013

        My boi not d opposition dat get no blow it’s us Dominicans in $2.2 billion dollars debt right now, Country comes first in dat case.

      • Anonymous
        December 4, 2013

        A little boy for true. Who in there right mind would sign a loan
        For 1 billion dollars.
        Workers not paying the loan. SMH it is your tax money
        Foolish people man I just don’t understand my people,
        We want the airport but not at the price of crippling the
        Country

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      yah we boy, while de workers workers, Skerrit begging and getting just like dat!.. who needs to work and have a way to make an economy work when we can just beg.

    • Kokay There
      December 3, 2013

      Fast N Furious, that was so well put together!

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      It’s like the 500 jobs in the back pocket that coming too kekeke……..

  157. Shaka Zulu
    December 3, 2013

    I will Give My Forecast

    In support of the One China Policy we the Leaders of China will Give to Dominica $100 Million. We will also provide you with the Contractor who will provide 90% of the workers and Materials so you do not have to worry about doing or providing anything like we have done in the past.

    We would like to also make this gifts available 18 months before election so the people of Dominica can see how hard R. Skeritt is working and how fast economic activity can progress within 18 months like your PM recently pointed out.
    Also I want to make it clear it is a loan so that means after we pay 90% of our Chineese workers your country still owes us for whatever loans we have dispersed.

    When will our people wise up. This is not economic growth from Dominica. It is not $300 million generated from Manufacturing, export, Agri production, Innovation etc. All this is borrowed money. Is that the way the finance Minister plans to grow the economy and get the Country out of the current situation. What a Bloddy Shame. I call this Prostitution Economics one on one. We can do better.

    • hmmmmm
      December 4, 2013

      I do agree. What most people fail to realise is that China is Colonizing as much of the world as it can and while we celebrate ‘INDEPENDENCE’ we are so very far from being Independent. I am saddened for Dominica and its people who just will not open their eyes, ears and minds and are always focusing on the wrong things. They fail to see what the Chinese merchants are doing to our local economy and business houses, they fail to see the bigger picture of the one China policy and our support of it, they fail to see the noose that has been put around our necks. International Airport? We cant afford to maintain one, so China has to stick around to assist with that. Hotel in Roseau….and you building Int Airport and no hotel in that area, no supporting infrastructure.
      oh Please…. the thought of how idiotic this whole thing is makes me ill.

      • Anonymous
        December 4, 2013

        Thank you. I could not have stated it any better myself.

  158. Cherry
    December 3, 2013

    Wait a sec. So for years there has been discussion about getting an Int’l Airport. The Government “appears” to be moving in that direction, and all we can get is what the company in China has on their website? “ASCG’s website states that “reconstruction of an international airport” is among projects to be undertaken under the agreement. ”
    So our PM can’t even come clean and announce this “wonderful” project? This is all to shady for me!

  159. @
    December 3, 2013

    LABOUR POWER!!!

  160. Hmmm
    December 3, 2013

    Those workers supporters need to be more tolerant of a difference of opinion. Foster substantive discussions and don’t be so intolerant of labourites/independents, remember they are undoubtedly the majority, though you choose to think otherwise, it however has no bearing on reality. Disliking this statement does not change reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Papa Dom
      December 4, 2013

      Are you out of your mind? Show me where in any of the many stories that “UWP supporters” have made reasoned analyses of the subject, that one skerritt supporter has come forward with a sound response. All you get are people calling you hater and jealous. The only thing they do is praise things even when those thing impact negatively on them. Tell me, what was your view when skerritt said just a few weeks ago that It would be a travesty to saddle future generations with a loan for an airport? Didn’t you agree with him then? So why have you suddenly had a change of heart, is it because skerritt says so? Don’t you have a mind of your own to decide what is good or bad? I am waiting for a response so we can all judge who is intolerant and incapable or unwilling to have a debate.

    • Dominican Abroad
      December 4, 2013

      I second you! I think some people believe there is only Labour and UWP, no independent. I thought Dominicans wanted an international airport, what is the problem now?

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      Once you appear to support Labour or not fall in line with the uwp narrative that is all they need to dislike your statement. They fail to see that to win the election they need to get many labourites to vote for them or else Labour will hold the majority. I guess they think they dont need the people who voted labour.

  161. Papa Dom
    December 3, 2013

    “Meanwhile, the company has been actively participating in international market competition and has bid for and constructed works in many countries or areas such as Kazakhstan, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, and so on.” Another debt to pay back and no work for Dominicans and before you stupid skerritt supporters start just answer one question. Would you like to work for the kind of salary the people work for in those countries mentioned above. Well if you think you are ever going to escape poverty and hands out in Dominica then think again.

    • Moi
      December 3, 2013

      The way things are going, Dominica and Dominicans are doomed for eternity. We now belong to CHINA, because we will NEVER be able to pay back all this debt. For generations to come we will be slaves to CHINA in whatever fashion to choose to have us. God Jesus everything is possible with you, and I implore you to protect us and stir us away from this awful situation we have found ourselves in, save your children, your hard working children who have toiled to preserve what our ancestors have built. Dear Lord, save us from the clutches of corruption, dishonesty, lies and deceit. Amen

    • hmmm
      December 4, 2013

      Stupid supporters…Dominicans just like You…this is part of the reason why labourites will not support uwp. NO DOMINICAN IS STUPID ON THE BASIS OF POLITICAL CHOICE.

  162. inter
    December 3, 2013

    Good movee..however highway from Roseau to Portsmouth turned out to be rehabiltation..I think this airport gana be an extension of Melvinhall airport n extension of terminal

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      If you don’t like it don’t use it!! We continue to smile and drive on it though..Do you? LOL

      • Good is good
        December 4, 2013

        Who is smiling, when they have the same mess in Mahaut every morning. Maybe you are the only one smiling.

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 3, 2013

      Since big jets can land that’s what we need.

  163. John Jay
    December 3, 2013

    Why is Hartley Henry was the one here and not his ministers?. I guess Christmas comes earlier, they had not intention of building or talk of an international airport, the PM must stop saying china this and that. Too little to late.

    • Malgraysa
      December 3, 2013

      Hartley Henry again? That name makes me sick. Doesn’t he trust our own people?

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      No!! He should have taken you instead. Maybe you would get two international airports for us. BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!!! Don’t get educated as you old ner, if given a million dollars in your old age…don’t take it. Say it too late..LOL

      • Papa Dom
        December 3, 2013

        Sot! Do you know how much heartless Henry gets a month? He and skerritt are millionaires and you will forever be lining up at the red clinic every Wednesday. You people are sick and selfish not even you children and grand children you’re concerned about.

      • Moi
        December 3, 2013

        Your ignorance is sickening.

  164. December 3, 2013

    You all Dominican are too ungrateful the PM don’t know what to do to please all you

    • December 3, 2013

      is jus a few that ongreatful

    • ^
      December 3, 2013

      Who tell you this lazy, arrogant, incompetent and insultive PM does not know how to lie? It’s just that those lies does not please us.

      • FAST N FURIOUS
        December 3, 2013

        Lennox lies pleases you all,right?

      • original
        December 3, 2013

        who is being insultive now?

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Some of them thirsty…give them water is a problem and now you don’t know what else to give them eh because you want to help them…Jesus came to save us and he was crucified by man

      • ?????????????
        December 3, 2013

        @ the fig tree Not to put Jesus name in Skerrit joo boom. Have respect.Can’t you remember one of his ministers had referred to him as Jesus? I GUESS YOU WERE THERE CLAPPING AWAY! SOT!

    • Bait
      December 3, 2013

      You are really a gaga and a gogo girl.
      Chinese constructions no good.

    • Shortboy
      December 3, 2013

      Oh yes DOMINICANS are really ungreatful!

  165. December 3, 2013

    alas boy hi take us again this time wi ded wi have to do something very fast

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      “hi take us again?” Watch and pray…we looking for development or playing a “take us again” game. They asked for it… look it!! What now eh?

      • Looking in
        December 3, 2013

        Hey Fig tree, you sound like you have Black Sigatoka all over your entire body. I feel your pain.

  166. SUBSTANCE over .....
    December 3, 2013

    PM You are so appreciated, children hug you, teenagers admire you, adults rally with you, and the seniors pray for You and Bless you. You are our choice!!!Thanks!!!

    • Usvi
      December 3, 2013

      Well said

      • Anonymous
        December 3, 2013

        Dominicans like to drink Jim Jones Cool Aid from Skerrit.

    • Shortboy
      December 3, 2013

      Wow well said

    • looking
      December 4, 2013

      The anti Christ will be loved and admired the same way too

      • Anonymous
        December 4, 2013

        When you applaud and admire your Leader, think of that cheap and out of place statement. Is it wrong to like and pray for a leader. All leaders must be prayed for.

  167. December 3, 2013

    lennox u think u have good head wi don’t think so go back to school den com back

  168. ________________
    December 3, 2013

    These clowns in this corrupt DLP party are sounding so ridiculous.
    WE KNOW IT’S AN ELECTION PROMISE. Ring the election bell, for loving and caring Dominicans to vote you out.

  169. December 3, 2013

    that’s all u have to say workass skerit is the boss of DA an wi all with him

    • .
      December 3, 2013

      @ armigo He is your boss, because you are sounding as a classic plantation slave. He surely is not mine and that of independent Dominicans. If you were not lazy he would not have been your boss, but you are too dam lazy to see him as anything different but your boss.

      • the fig tree
        December 3, 2013

        Get real you. He is my boss too and I am proud of all the work my boss is doing for my country. Get over it man. Wake up and smell the roses… see the light. News flash…All of us can’t be Prime Minister…sorry. WE LOVE OUR BOSS

    • sense
      December 3, 2013

      talk for your self

  170. Netsil
    December 3, 2013

    Annonymous

    DNO could you please provide us with the link to this ASCG’s website?

    Thank you

    Admin: A link to the website has been provided

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      Click on the words in green at the end of the third paragraph

  171. Aye
    December 3, 2013

    Where is the part of the international airport… dni help me I must be on the wrong page…

  172. forreal
    December 3, 2013

    finally patience has a remarkable friend,poletmago the first clown comments,lenox will good for you,what am i really reading,like skerrit is lenox child,lenox is not even part of the house of assembly,i almost bust with laugh,they heckling the man about international airport,all that time the man working behind the since,and said that,in a post ,that the chinese will build the airport,is commonsense,these people are international people,how you all expect that this people would not build an international airport,when it is more in their interest than ours,elementery

    • Papa Dom
      December 3, 2013

      Another jack. Only last week you were agreeing with skerritt that we do not need an international airport and that it is wrong to put future generations under such a huge financial burden, you forget that already? Now he he has done exactly what he said was not a good idea you support him, how much more foolish can people get.

      • forreal
        December 4, 2013

        @DNO,when you guys this many comments,its takes for ever to get back to the top,can’t you guys remedy that,i have seen web pages,where there are arrows or incerpts that say,back to the top,and as soon as you click on them,you are back to the top,it’s kinda harassing,when writing a comment,and need to look at a particular line on the subject,you are trying to comment on.

  173. Truth Seeker
    December 3, 2013

    Christmas come too soon or is it the Silly Season in politics? If this one is true, PM Skeritt might just have punctured the sails of the UWP’s smooth sailing ship. Lets face it, they had a really good run all of November.

    Maybe it is Silly Season in Dominica’s politics, when those aspiring to form the next government, smelling the proverbial “blood in the water,” offer up all kinds of goodies (promises really) to attract votes.

    Whatever games – no joke intended – the two parties are playing, this announcement, if true, could prove to be a game changer by the time the election is called, be it sooner or later.

    The UWP will have to come real good to best the likely coup by Labor.

    I guess we will see. Time will indeed tell. Won’t it?

  174. Hola
    December 3, 2013

    So you had a meeting on the 8th of November and you are telling the people of Dominica on the 3rd of December; why the delay?

    I do welcome the International Airport but why did you waste millions on the airport expansion project?

    Mr. P.M I just can’t understand your moves and I am pretty sure you can’t understand them either.

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      You are not the Prime Minister right..everyone was created in his own image and likeness so do things differently.

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2013

      Becous it was the best and safe thing to do .so as they are working on the new airport people can go about there business

  175. hmmm
    December 3, 2013

    labour power !!!! the pm is busy at work for all of us tell lennox and his team dream still its another 5 years of red!!!

    • To Labourites
      December 4, 2013

      where you one of them for or against workers idea to have this done? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  176. change
    December 3, 2013

    LDP is a must!

    • ^
      December 3, 2013

      When was this party formed? Is it from Dominica?

  177. Rastafari
    December 3, 2013

    …and the bashing begins :-D

  178. Brogodo
    December 3, 2013

    Just in time for next elections.

    If we were dealing with a mature intelligent electorate you could imagine people thinking this is just ‘talk’.

    But we are dealing with Dominica, home of a graduate in every home, and a family member on every corner.

    Contradictions and confusion producing more and more desperate reactions to every straw of hope that can be grabbed.

    Next news to follow. Dominica to send man to the moon. Chinese will fund.

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      I would certainly volunteer and also my space fanatics and star gazers..

  179. john bess
    December 3, 2013

    We wont be fooled again,our mind is made up and change is a must.Skerro whatever u do or say its too late !!!

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      Who is “WE”. You certainly can’t be talking about the folks of “YES WE CARE”.

      • john bess
        December 3, 2013

        We the hard working and intelligent people of dominica not the lazy blind and no we dont care

  180. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    It’s funny how the pm is running all over the place now, you had 14 years to do all this, get the money for the airport UWP will build it and employ some Dominicans to do it, too late pm too late.
    How long not long
    Workers!

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      We all know what kind of people like to live so eh…Go work for the money and I will spend it for you or…go plant and I will harvest….after all. Man should reap what he sow.

  181. ()
    December 3, 2013

    Destroy our lives as much as you can, than when you know an election is near, come with all the promises there is in the world. YOU AND YOUR TEAM SHOULD BE KICKED OUT! BAD GOVERNANCE HAS TOO MANY PEOPLE IN POVERTY.

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      Well come with your party with NO PROMISES ner…If you out.. you will stay out. Hope I won’t hear any empty promises from your side. Worst thing is to send a hungry man to get food for you…You might never see that food.

      • >>>>>>>>>>
        December 3, 2013

        @ fig tree You hit the nail STRAIGHT ON THE HEAD. Hungry men cannot do business. Look at the state of Dominica under this government. Instead of looking after the country, they are looking after self. That’s why them GREEDIES should be KICKED OUT! When they came in they were like hungry men.Up till today that’s how they behave. VOWAS!

      • say it loud
        December 3, 2013

        At fig tree you sound so angry,you have commented to everybody,s post, come on.

  182. December 3, 2013

    why you did not bring comrade tony astaphan to china with you prefer to bring Hartley henry on who’s expense was Hartley trip and we want to know if he holds a diplomatic passport I hope you tell us lenox will good for you change is a must and it is coming rapidly so relax your self :oops: :skerit pack up an go:

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      I so agree with you. Finally.. change is a must…airport coming boy!!..wow..lol…We in that

    • Kokay There
      December 3, 2013

      Lennox will be good for him? You mad man. Well look people he have to pass through. A book for Lennox Linton to go and read and himself useful in society.

  183. anonymous.
    December 3, 2013

    Thought the construction of the hospital was part of the first agreement with the stadium and the west coast road.

    • change
      December 3, 2013

      DLP is a must

    • Civil Servant
      December 3, 2013

      Yes it was but it is the same company going to build the hospital funded by the government of China through preferential loans and grant aid

  184. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    a hotel to be built in Roseau estimated at US$70-million.. wha happen dem geologist and UWI volcanologist nah make sense at de recently concluded science week in DA. Sigurdsson (1972), Carey et al (1980), Whitham (1989)and much more like Cecil Shillingford “The Roseau event represents the largest explosive eruption in the Lesser Antilles in the last 200,000 years and illustrates the complexity of primary volcanogenic sedimentation associated with a major explosive eruption within an island arc environment.” Do we understand what that means…Can we afford to invest US$70 Million in Roseau for a hotel!!!!!! So where is the new hospital going!!!

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      Well …advise them ner. You seem to be “Mr. Know-it-all”. So we will not have anything then…I doh understand you. ADVISOR!! come on “ADVISE”

      • sense
        December 3, 2013

        How all you does make Dominicans look so behind with those dunce comment there.

  185. cc
    December 3, 2013

    Will believe it when i see it

  186. hmmm
    December 3, 2013

    Workers working dem lol, inspiration much

  187. Dominica
    December 3, 2013

    Going once, going twice, SOLD!!!!!

    • Nac Vibes
      December 3, 2013

      By the time this guy finish with Dominica we will be a colony like Tibet, wait they will soon declare a no fly zone over DA, you people still think skeritt running Dominica?
      The moment the opposition seem to be gathering speed, he is summoned to china, and comes back with some bull about preferential loans, why is a $70 million dollar hotel needed, is the government a hotel enterprise?.

      • the fig tree
        December 3, 2013

        He come up with something yes. What you come up with? We, Dominicans that running Dominica under the leadership of our blessed Prime Minister..We praying for him. Go do some magic and come up with something eh….

  188. Asterix
    December 3, 2013

    Again wow another $300 million deal without MOU!!! And this time it’This is most laughable. Skerrit seems most desperate at this time. All of a sudden he wants to build airport? I thought according to them, that the recent works at the Melleville Hall airport and night landing was what Dominica needed because we could not afford an international airport? Now we are hearing of a loan for that very airport? According to the article Skerrit was accompanied to China to sign the deal by Hartley Henry, described as a ‘political advisor’ to Dominica, and Martin Charles who is Chairman of the AID Bank. Where was the minister responsible for infrastructure development? Is Hartley Henry a minister? The fact that a political advisor and a party political hack in Mr. Charles were brought along, tells me that this is all about a political strategy to continue fooling the populace. Mr skerrit too little too late. You are seeing the signs of what’s ahead so now you come with all these pies all of a sudden.

  189. __________________
    December 3, 2013

    Well is now I can say that election is CLOSE. Skerro I don’t believe anything coming from your mouth, or the mouths of your ministers. You really seem to be trembling this time around.

    • the fig tree
      December 3, 2013

      Just like I can’t believe anything coming from mouths of the freaks in UWP. I not leaving what I see for what I doh see..things picking up…I not starting over…time going… sorry for you

      • To Labourites
        December 4, 2013

        you not starting over? so you see you going down a dangerous road and you nto starting over? hmmm, allu wicked to allu own selves! shame shame shame.

  190. Cherry
    December 3, 2013

    Is this “Deal” all in the form of loans as per “Chinese government will provide preferential loans to support those projects,” along with the presence of the AID Bank Chairman?

    DNO – was there specific mention of this being in connection to an International Airport? Or an assumption based on the fact that a hotel and hospital is being constructed and tourism being promoted? I can’t seem to draw a connection between the opening paragraph and the rest of the article.

  191. December 3, 2013

    all of a sudden things a happening and you all was blaming global crisis what you did not do in 14 years you want to do it know its to late for you pm its time for you to go I say this no regrets let give lenox and his party a chance we voting the saw to put you down :lol: :oops: :mr skerit: 8-O

  192. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 3, 2013

    Well is now UWP finish!Go for it Skerro,You shall not be moved.

  193. Morihei Ueshiba
    December 3, 2013

    Look hypocrisy skerrit your baby born in America, geez! 8)

    • Mec
      December 3, 2013

      My wife is in the US also making our baby. What’s your point?

  194. faceup
    December 3, 2013

    Me ! I don’t know anything about that. Loans coming out left and right?? WAIT !

  195. Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Aaaaa. More chinnes :lol: :lol:

  196. looking on
    December 3, 2013

    Well is now they go die, you wanted international airport now you got it Dominica. Labour forever!!!

    • Bait
      December 3, 2013

      Keep on looking. You will be loking forever, but their will be no labour.

    • To Labourites
      December 4, 2013

      at what cost?
      Allu taking this for a big joke. hmmm

  197. %
    December 3, 2013

    Yes Skerrit will even promise to take all Dominicans to the moon.This is just the beginning of promises. In the days and weeks to come JUST LOOK OUT FOR PROMISES.
    JUST NOW, he will promise to pave all streets in Roseau in GOLD TOO!
    FRAID HE FRAID, BUT IS OUT HE IS GOING!

    • Gary
      December 4, 2013

      You know Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.What is it that prevents you from distinguishing a promise from actual manifestation.

    • Fouchette
      December 4, 2013

      Whew!!! Man you’all sound like a stuck CD now. Every five years on the count down to election I keep hearing Labour party detractors repeating about how Skerrit is scared this time and that this is the time when he is going out. It is always best to put words into action because then you become the laugh of the island when it doesn’t happen. Instead of sitting on all you arses and talking fouchette, get out there and do some serious campaigning.

  198. Asterix
    December 3, 2013

    Again wow another deal without MOU!!! This is most laughable. Skerrit seems most desperate at this time. All of a sudden he wants to build airport? I thought according to them that the recent works at the Melleville Hall airport was what Dominica needed? Skerrit was accompanied to China to sign the deal by Hartley Henry, described as a ‘political advisor’ to Dominica, and Martin Charles who is Chairman of the AID Bank.

  199. Real Porssie
    December 3, 2013

    MR PM you have me arguing that we don’t need an international airport and now just because all you desperate
    all you now making me the same fast n furious, the same Kokay there and AA past like papy show

    • Kokay There
      December 3, 2013

      Reaal Possie let me tell you something speak for yourself. I don’t know if you are a workers trying and pass of like a labourite but behave yourself. I can NEVER in a million years pass like a pappy show for defending my PM.

      • To Labourites
        December 4, 2013

        BUT you are!
        It is obvious…
        look at you now!
        hahaha

    • looking on
      December 4, 2013

      Dominica is in need of everything so dont feel bad, the man have contacts that Linton dont have, you asked Dominica and you shall recieve.

      • 4CARS
        December 5, 2013

        @ looking on. FYI, it’s not hard at all for any dictator to have “contacts” with other Dictators and Communist leaders. This is like having a job and not working. All he did was form some ties with these Rouge leaders who are looking for big paybacks in return. He must sign for every damn dime they give him, with the whole damn Country as collateral. So if and when you and your people don’t pay, all of you will suck salt.

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      Read between the lines. they are not going to build an international airport. They are going to refurbish the existing airport to international airport standards.

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