Gov’t, opposition to meet with diaspora

Members of the diaspora at a government meeting in 2011
Members of the diaspora at a government meeting in 2011

The government and the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) will be meeting with members of the diaspora on separate occasions this week.

The government’s Annual Diaspora Forum is set for Wednesday morning at the State House, while the UWP will have its meeting on Thursday morning at the Prevo Cinemall.

The annual forum by the government is a yearly matter held during the Independence and is geared at providing visiting Dominicans “with an opportunity to dialogue with members of Cabinet; provide a progress report on ongoing projects and programmes of the Government; and discuss other matters of interest and concern…”

According to a government press release, prime minister and minister for finance, foreign affairs and ICT Roosevelt Skerrit and minister for employment, trade, industry, and diaspora affairs, Dr John Collin McIntyre, will address the forum.

“This year, the work of non-profit/charitable organizations involved in social development, health, and education will be highlighted to encourage collaboration between these organizations Dominican Nationals living overseas,” according to the press release.

Meanwhile, the UWP is describing its meeting with members of the diaspora as ‘important.’

“UWP Team Dominica lead by political leader, Lennox Linton, considers Our Dominican brothers and sisters living overseas as very important partners in Dominica’s development,” MP for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, said. “They have family here at home, they own properties, and that makes them major stakeholders.”

He said the meeting will give the UWP and opportunity to hear from the members of the diaspora and also for them to meet face to face with the party’s slate of candidates for the upcoming general election.

“With elections right around the corner, it is important for all visiting Dominicans and returned Dominicans, to come and know the members of Team Dominica, and to hear for themselves, the plans which the new UWP Team Dominica,” Prevost stated. “Team Dominica is therefore looking forward to interacting with many of our visiting Dominicans…”

Both meetings are to begin at 10:00 am.

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20 Comments

  1. October 29, 2014

    Ugg we’ve been told that there is an old speaker more so during carnival season some time ago it was a road match contender.
    Check this out: Ur words not mine.“With elections right around the corner, it is important for all visiting Dominicans and returned Dominicans, to come and know the members of Team Dominica, and to hear for themselves, the plans which the NEW/new UWP Team Dominica,” Prevost stated. “Team Dominica is therefore looking forward to interacting with many of our visiting Dominicans…”

    Both meetings are to begin at 10:00 am.
    This said it all despite what new means lol I recall ex-President Clinton.” It depends on what is IS lol! This is deep
    New is an interesting word with ample meaning.
    What do we do with old things? old speakers ej answering 4 U we replace them lol LMAO.
    Am in the diaspora ot leaving anytime soon. Not to hear U nor the new team let alone the DFP mistfits who now call selves DLP not even in name.
    They hadno comments nor responses for what went downlastnight they were being called Voleurs openly more so comparing two VC sons lol worlds apart not even the world becoming a village can we compare these two villagers lol.Will return when the nation calls a spade a spade . el qui vole Voleur
    Leblanc was not about accumulation of earthly things nor was rosie Pierro ,Mamo PJ O.J why sala? Go to hell if you don’t think am speaking the truth go to hell go to hell u all not getting my tourists $$

  2. October 29, 2014

    Dominica is in a mess right now,No jobs and we are importing almost everything we need and not exporting almost nothing.I think the pm is now trying to act because election is around the corner.Just wanting to ask the PM where were you ten years ago.For the young people of Dominica i see no Hope,Some have to go to other country to find jobs.It’s time to try new things.As for me i see no Hope for me coming back to Dominica with the leadership of this DLP guys.

  3. Madame Dominique
    October 29, 2014

    “UWP Team Dominica lead by political leader, Lennox Linton, considers Our Dominican brothers and sisters living overseas as very important partners in Dominica’s development,” MP for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, said. “They have family here at home, they own properties, and that makes them major stakeholders.”

    Yet still the same Team Dominica has a problem with these same Dominicans coming back home to vote. SMH

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2014

      Very interesting….isn’t it? The same diaspora that seating on their pearch

    • Gary
      October 29, 2014

      Labor Party want diasporans to come vote for them by offering ticket and money and after that they refer to diasporans who have concerns about the e affair of Dominica as remote controllers.

      The same diasporans year after year cannot ask Roosevelt skerrit any questions at the diaspora meeting.

      Ay comments or response

    • October 29, 2014

      because it is not right ma Dominique you know that saqway hypquite. yo paecka paye ‘ passi yo por venir ni allez.

    • Forever Amber
      October 29, 2014

      “Yet still the same Team Dominica has a problem with these same Dominicans coming back home to vote.”

      You know this is untrue. Speak the truth or SHUT YOUR TRAP. The problem is with those who, knowingly, accept illegal bribery from the DLP government.

      We are tired of you propaganda.

    • Ras
      October 29, 2014

      coming back to vote on their own will and paying for their tickets themselves is not a problem for Team Dominica. The problem is Government paying all the expenses, in other words bribing people is the problem

  4. concerned
    October 29, 2014

    well well, I can tell you that the government reps only throw everything down the peoples throat without giving them an opportunity to ask any questions what a shame

  5. Forever Amber
    October 29, 2014

    As a member of the Dominican Diaspora, I would like there to be frank discussion at both meetings.

    We are interested in hearing progress reports from Government, but equally interested in getting answers from on several, unpopular decisions that were made.

    From the UWP/Team Dominica, we need to know their development plans for our country, especially as General Elections is imminent.

    Frank interaction is key. Hopefully, Government will NOT repeat their ;guillotine’ behaviour they displayed last year.

  6. joe
    October 29, 2014

    “UWP Team Dominica lead by political leader, Lennox Linton, considers Our Dominican brothers and sisters living overseas as very important partners in Dominica’s development,” MP for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, said. “They have family here at home, they own properties, and that makes them major stakeholders.”

    These guys are full of CONFUSION, isn’t Baroness Scotland a born Dominican?? Then why instead of supporting her candidacy for the General Secretary to the Commonwealth they concocted with an unknown online news company (CBN) in CHASTISING the Lady? Even when Caricom Secretariat said other wise they insisted on supporting the article all in an effort to embarrass the lady, am now wondering if they would win an election what will be their position on presenting this Dominican born?

    Can Spags or Lennox or anyone familiar with the uwp policy on Diaspora affairs answer me?

    Thank you!!

    • Just Observing
      October 29, 2014

      You asking for an answer form Spaggs? The man don’t even know whether he is coming or going. Has no understanding about his role as Leader of the Opposition and you asking him for policy decisions on important state and party matters? Case in point. In response to the 2014-2015 budget, Spaggs did not even knew speak about the UWP budget that his party leader presented at the Arawak, two days before. Not a word on his party’s proposals as presented by his leader. he presented his own budget. Maybe he is not considered a fit and proper person to be involved in framing those important policy decisions. The UWP’s only interest in Spaggs’ is because he is loved by his community and they are likely to vote for him again. Out of that political expediency, Spagss is a “no no” for the workers party.

    • AAA
      October 29, 2014

      You full of crap.

      • Anonymous
        October 29, 2014

        That’s all you problem. Can’t handle the truth.

    • Zuma
      October 29, 2014

      My question to the opposition leader. R u an a
      Mercian citizen

      • Zuma
        October 29, 2014

        This should read American ciitizen

  7. TnT
    October 29, 2014

    Small country-small minds! Every other island has changed their Gov’t in the last two years and have improved dramatically. Lets see if Dominicans will follow suit and put country first.

  8. New York
    October 29, 2014

    I will go listen to hear what Lennox and UWP candidates have to say.
    They are the most viable people to fulfill Dominicans dream to become closer to our neighboring islands in terms of development.

    • Anonymous
      October 29, 2014

      The ideal thing would be to go to both.

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