Government begins work on election promises

Prime Minister and Minster of Finance Roosevelt Skerrit takes oath of office/Sean Douglas photo

In its first cabinet meeting since taking office, the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration has approved documents to extend the length of time goods can remain on Dominica’s ports without charges being incurred.

Prime Minister Skerrit had announced his intention to implement such a measure during the December 2009 election campaign as part of his plan for government’s first 100 days in office.

He told a press conference on Friday that a promise to implement a 20 percent reduction in port charges could also be taken this week

“We have been very focused on the 100-day plan that we spoke of and we have already started implementing them. We took a decision on Tuesday for the extension of the number of days the goods can stay on the ports without incurring any charges from 5-7.  On Tuesday we will get the Cabinet paper to take a decision in respect to the reduction of port charges by 20 percent,” he said.

Prime Minister Skerrit said government is also seeking to create additional posts in nursing and teaching services.

“So, we are well on our way towards taking decisions, and we have been working very hard also on our legislative framework,” he said.

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  1. Respect
    January 19, 2010

    Hello PPL this is not a reduction in custom duties- this is port charges. Less than significant.

  2. Dominican in the Disapora
    January 19, 2010

    Excellent start! May the good Lord continue to guide the government of Dominica. I also pray that the the Holy Spirit t guide the opposition to being an effective shadow government.

  3. chiensal
    January 19, 2010

    People there is a difference between port charges and custom duties. Port charges are very little so 20% reduction is very insignificant. Last time I cleared a barrel the port charges was $7.00 so right now it will cost $5.60. Second increasing the time goods can stay on the port before charges from five days to seven days will not do much in decreasing what we pay because most people clear their goods by three days. Also last time I cleared my goods I just paid about $2.00 for an extra day. What the PM needs to do is decrease the custom charges because I paid $200 to clear my barrel recently. The PM fool allu !! Dominicans are so naive sometimes its just funny.

  4. yes i
    January 19, 2010

    Mr prime minister the only things I’m interested in right now is jobs and moneyyy plssssss create jobs

  5. January 18, 2010

    will ambrose George be the next prime minister of Dominica? did the labour party ask pm skerrit to step down today? is there trouble in the camp

  6. not seeking to
    January 18, 2010

    I think there is a difference between “seeking to create” and creating. The election promise wasn’t seeking to, it was to create, so please pm go ahead and create. Seeking to makes it look like it is within your authority to so do.

    January 18, 2010

    Well good MR.PRIME MINISTER now you can go and fix my road all you mash before was happy to get the votes including mine now GO FIX MY ROAD

  8. jah bless
    January 18, 2010

    whats up with Melivile hall airport is it ready yet!

  9. January 18, 2010

    Well I must say that is a really good move to reduce the duties paid at Customs by 20%. Right now the duties are very high and people have been suffering for years now. I patiently waiting for that to be in full effect so that I can benefit from it. I would like to say good job Mr. Skerrit for that iniative, but I waiting still…

  10. Prophet2
    January 18, 2010

    It’s the media’s duty to keep them honest. The level of democracy in any country depends on how free the media is and how much ‘investigative journalism’ they are willing to do. It is a high task, a passionate one, so I say keep on keeping them honest.

  11. CHAMER
    January 18, 2010

    i ment paid

  12. CHAMER
    January 18, 2010

    the idea of reduction at customs is not a bad one. i think that custome duties are to high, reduce duties at customs and be sure that everthing that passes through customs is paide for and see to it that there sprice control so businesses wont say that their price is due to custom duties. at the end put a profit tax to defray the lost from customs. am a business person and it would be better for me to pay 20percent at customs instead of 44 and at the end of the year pay a profit tax of 10 -12percent

  13. January 18, 2010


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