Caracas’ assistance to Dominica is for the people – Venezuelan ambassador

Venezuela's ambassador to Dominica Carmen Martinez de Grijalva. Photo by GIS

How important and how substantive is the assistance Venezuela has given Dominica to date – that’s a question Dominica News Online has put to Venezuelan Ambassador Carmen Martinez de Grijalva.

She has shied away from giving a definitive figure, although the very jovial diplomat has promised to make the figure available in the near future.

Ambassador de Grijalva says however Venezuela’s donations are intended to benefit “the people”, and identifying the level of the assistance is not all that crucial.

“I think that the money is not important, it’s a lot of money but for me that is not important.  What is important (is) the impact on the population.  For President Hugo Chavez the most important is the human being, is the people, and the assistance for the people” she said.

“President Chavez says thank God we receive resources and for us the most important is to join the struggle with our brother, with our sister, with our friend”.

“Dominica is our friend, is our brother, and we have the obligation to assist Dominica,” the Ambassador told DNO.

She however emphasizes that Venezuelan aid to Dominica is important for the island.

“Because for example, the housing revolution in Dominica, you can see the assistance in all the country,” the ambassador said.

She also referred to the impact of the Petro Caribe fuel arrangement from which the island is benefiting.

Government itemizing of some of the projects and funding provided by Venezuela so far lists the Soufriere/Scotshead Seawall at a cost of $30-million dollars.

Dominica’s Ambassador to Venezuela Dr Philbert Aaron says Caracas also provided funding for the Tan Tan Sea Wall, the Salibia Primary School, and the Petite Soufriere to Rosalie Link Road.

Another significant project, he says, is the Housing Revolution which has focused on housing construction and other related aspects in a number of areas including Salibia and Hillsborough Gardens.

Venezuela has also provided Dominica with vehicles of national security costing $2-million, and a marine patrol vessel valued at $1.9-million.

Other major projects include the $3.9-million Grandbay Police Station, sea defence and road works at Melville Hall airport totaling $26-million, and water projects at Delice, Warner and Campbell  at the cost of $7.95 million.

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  1. Wow
    April 5, 2012

    Bird island LOL. Bird brained the lot of you.

    It’s Venezuelan and I am sure the fishing thing is a … red herring.

    Guano for brains you guys. Don’t please make a laughing stock of Dominica.

    Gracias a Venezuela para ayudando nos

  2. Well
    April 3, 2012

    Thanks to the people of Venezuela for the assistance. However,Petro Caribe fuel storage tanks built on the banks of the beautiful Belfast river is an environmental nightmare. Dominicans were fooled into believing authorities that fuel at the pumps would be cheaper. A gallon of gasolene is now $15.15. We were again fooled by our Govt. that electricity rates would be reduced substantially because of Petro Caribe. Nothing like that. Serious shortage of cooking gas from Petro Caribe for some time now. What is the management structure of that Co.? How much Dominica owes Petro Caribe since its inception?

    What has happened to the Coffee Processing Plant, which the Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture are yet to set up and put into operation?

    Did the idea, to ensure Bird Island remains part of Dominica’s exclusive economic zone,die with him? If Bird Island is in our territorial waters, why is there claim and alledged control from Venezuela? What is the status of Bird Island? Have authorities given up our Bird Island? If so, in exchange for what? Self reliance and creating our own wealth through hard work, using our natural resources, is more sustainable than almost total dependence on foreign countries for our development. Otherwise, the country and its people would become mendicant. The end result, you lose your independence, sovereignty and dignity.

    • calibishie
      April 4, 2012

      Gas is $15?! How do people keep being mobile?

  3. Slight
    April 3, 2012

    Thanks to Venezuela, alot of great things have been done!!!!!!!!!! God bless Dominica and God bless Venezuela!!!!!!!!!!

  4. April 2, 2012

    so if by some leap of faith;the government change, will the support continue,miss ambassador? just asking,we are the people,just bare this in mind.Thank You.

  5. unknown
    April 2, 2012

    Stop sending fuel the gov`t of Syria to kill its people. This isn`t friendship of the poeple at all.

  6. I die nah!
    April 2, 2012

    thanks to all foriegn lands who give us aid.

    but what happens when we no longer get aid. are they going to spoon feed us until forever?

    it would be so nice to have a pm who is not a lobbyman or what ever other name this is but one who will figure out ways in which we become independent and productive.

    my future is bleak.

    dear lord, please help my pm, give him wisdom and direction, and bless my country. amen

  7. patriot
    April 2, 2012



  8. April 2, 2012

    Thank GOD for ALBA because other regional groups would not assist us.

  9. mum.
    April 2, 2012


  10. Nac Vibes
    April 2, 2012

    Thank you for the assistance, but the best you could do is give us Bird island.

  11. Appreciated
    April 2, 2012

    Thank to the government and people of Veneuzela. May God continue to bless you

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