PM Skerrit leads Dominica’s delegation to COP 22 in Morocco

PM Skerrit with other Caribbean representatives at the event
PM Skerrit with other Caribbean representatives at the event

Dominica’s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit is leading the country’s delegation at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Also making up the delegation are Minister for Health and Environment Dr. Hon. Kenneth Darroux, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS) Dr. Vince Henderson, and Dominica’s Ambassador to Japan Lloyd Pascal.

Known as the international, political response to climate change, the high-level conference, scheduled from November 07 to 18, 2016, is organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the UN, the UNFCCC was established in 1994 to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and made the Conference of the Parties (COP) the supreme governing body of the convention.

Delegations from the 195 countries which have ratified the Convention meet every year to review the Convention’s implementation. The UN also says there are three other responsibilities;

-To gather and share information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies and optimal practices.
-To implement national strategies for addressing the issue on greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to foreseen impacts of climate change, as well as determining the provision of financial and technical support to developing countries.
-To cooperate to be prepared and adapt to climate change effects.

The last such meeting, COP 21 was held in Paris, France in 2015.

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  1. Caribbean National
    November 18, 2016

    And all the UWP people are soo jealous of the strides made in Dominica soo far. Why all you still in Dominica? Go and live in the USA. Francisco should be the first to leave. If Dominica is not going anywhere you guys should should just pack up and leave. I’m seeing progress and development for Dominica in the future and I find he’s doing well. If he didn’t represent you guys it will be another thing. No one can please ungrateful and low minded people.

    • Tjebe fort
      November 18, 2016

      I don’t know where you live bro. but if you call locally grown tomatoes selling at $8.00/lb progress you may have a point. I would call that a failure.

  2. Me
    November 17, 2016

    If that is true it means he only spent one day at that conference in Morocco. Where is he now?

  3. jonathan st jean
    November 17, 2016

    The laws of Dominica requires publicly held companies and organizations to publicly publish a statement of accounts every year whilst private firms don’t have to publish their statement publicly.The government is the most public organization in the country,yet Skerritt does not see the need to be very open and public with the affairs of Dominica.I’m sure he can find friend press and media outlets in order to do so.There is the GIS and so there is no excuse for this close to the chest principle of managing the affairs of state.This is not your private estate Skerritt.We want to know and have a right to know everything about state business.Come with it

  4. jonathan st jean
    November 17, 2016

    Skerritt led a delegation to sell passports after sending out an official invitation to some cultural artists,this means it was state business,with the invite coming from the PM.Why wasn’t the country notified of the trip.His predecessor the late Rosie Douglas,would inform the country even when he was in opposition.It’s time for Skerritt to realize that his way of doing things are not bearing bountiful harvest so he has to correct course.Be open and transparent,be accountable be humble and you might be surprised.Go ahead and give it a try.I dare y

  5. viewsexpressed
    November 17, 2016

    These guys hop & jump to every occasion in every country, use up their states limited resources, dress nice, talk alot of gibberish, come home fresh and nice back to where they have left our poor country and people living in abstract poverty and we continue to suffer as they lavish in high society company and the poverty, crime and sexual abuse of children and families in Dominica and St. Vincent etc. continues.
    Their lavish states` tax payers money is mainly focussed on questionable travels and “to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and made the Conference of the Parties (COP) the supreme governing body of the convention.” We have one supremo governing body in Dominica who serves as Prime Minister and has radically destroyed the principle atmosphere of Dominica, its main resource, the people and in addition the resources and development of Dominica. The only resources appears to be gaining is that of those corrupt politicians who enjoy frequent flying miles. O…

  6. oppressor
    November 17, 2016

    Skerritt has betrayed the ideals of many Black brothers and sisters, all over the world. He established diplomatic relations with a country that continues to oppress and occupy the lands of the Black people of Western Sahara. For decades upon decades, the Polisario Front and the people of Western Sahara have been struggling for their freedom. What about the Morocco hotel, nuh? Pure corruption. That hotel cannot finish. Secret deals gone bad?

    Rubbing shoulders with Kings and queens, colonial country impoverishing, oppressing black people?

  7. Jon Jones
    November 17, 2016
  8. The Truth Be Told
    November 16, 2016

    Whatever anyone feels this is a beautiful picture. Compliment to the one who took the picture.
    The handsome men and beautiful women are impeccably attired. Yep!
    Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Maybe you critics should try emulating it and practicing it. You would be happier for it. You would lose your sense of critique. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • Me
      November 18, 2016

      Lady, you are obviously out of touch. That picture shows Roosevelt Skerrit with fellow Caribbean leaders and not another member his Dominican delegation in sight. Once again, check before you talk

  9. True Say
    November 16, 2016

    Chupesssssssssssssss..A big show.
    What have the Prime Minister and Minister of Health implemented in Dominica since COP 21 in France last year? Have they established a Department for Environment and Climate Change or passed a Climate Change law? NO.
    This is just a waste of tax payers money…The country is not benefiting from their attendance.
    Last year Ambassador Vince returned from COP 21 boasting that Dominica was going to convert pig waste to biofuel. He is now OAS Ambassador so that plan may be dead.
    The least they could do was set up a model operation. These guy have no conscience. They bleed the country dry and have no remorse. Their only concern is to line their pockets.

  10. Roseau
    November 16, 2016

    But where is the big delegation he took from Dominica with him to the middle east? They stayed in the hotel? Some many calysonians , I hope the get vacation time off from their jobs !

  11. Court Crier
    November 16, 2016

    But where are all the calypsonians he took with him nor? These guys are sales ambassadors for Dominica. It is just a shame that Dominica\’s Treasury isn\’t getting the profit$. Enjoy it while it last on all you big planes.

  12. Roseau
    November 16, 2016

    After Skerro make his deals with all the passport they carry to Dubai he stopping over in Morocco like is conference he went to !? These guys are so deceptive its pathetic to believe that Dominicans are so gullible to believe the show that they display.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 16, 2016

      Why are you so assuming? You formed your opinion. Are you correct? I doubt it.

  13. Justice LeBlanc
    November 16, 2016

    My hope is the citizens and government of Dominica, are observing and taking notes of the election process in the U.S regardless of who you chose for the reasons you agree, this is the show of Democracy prevailing. At the end of the day, we all need to dig deeper and champion our opportunity cost and the alternative forgone.

    • Massacre
      November 16, 2016

      Stop comparing Dominica and its lack of enforcement tools to a great country like the U.S
      -In Da there are no checks and balances,
      -When last was the voters list updated and all the names of dead people removed ?
      -Police choose what crimes they investigate.
      – The P.M travels and taking who ever he wants with him , even though they are civil servants or not.
      -So many difficult issues facing Dominica it is sad to see the P.M parading allover the world on the poor man\’s purse.
      This stopping over in Morocco is a cover-up for many ills deeds that took place in the middle east. Wait and listen.

    • Leblanc, the difference in Dominica and the United States is that; democracy in America is real, in that elections are won fair, and square In America, if anybody offer someone house, car plywood, nails, and money to influence them to vote for them, they go to jail for a long time, no bribes are involved here.

      In Dominica that Mountain Chicken Carpaud (crapo) Mentailty Sly Eye Sir Knight Me Almost Nearly Cousin thi.. Indian doctor of nothing, Roosevelt Skerrit buys every election he ever won, that’s not democracy!

      You know what that Crapo does, first he dress up the idiots in red. Then he gives them a sheet of plywood, or galvanize, some get a few dollars to buy food for a day, he stretches it out over a five year period with a promises that they will get enough material to build a house which is never fulfil.

      A promise is a fools pleasure, once they get that promise they are compelled to vote for that rat!

  14. When the Dominica trio, get to Morocco and the Moroccans ask them what happen to the Moroccan Hotel, that is in construction for so long and now in a decaying state, I wonder what shall Skerrit answer be?

    Oh, sorry my mistake: his answer will be; well, well, well, Ian Douglas told me, it is de Arab Spring dat cause alyou not to send de money to finish um eh!


    Somebody might get a Moroccan sword running through him belly, I know him name but I doh calling it eh! I know but I doh talking oui!

    • NabesandI
      November 18, 2016


  15. ooops!
    November 16, 2016

    My Grand parents would say How does an individual who can hardly speak address a international meeting.?
    What has this world become many in the USA are saying with the election of President Bigly. But DA is way ahead of the US when it elected a speech & ideas impeded individual as a minister in our Gov’t let alone being P.M.

    • Me
      November 16, 2016

      You see, your grandparents were snobs who did not realize that people with class do not look down on someone who has a speech impediment. There are leaders with all sorts of disabilities and this does not mean that they are in a wheelchair. For how grandparents are so smart yours not too bright or you lying on them.

  16. Malgraysa
    November 16, 2016

    On Sat. 12 Nov., Roosevelt Skerrit hosted an Independence Gala at the Kempinski Palm Jumeira hotel in Dubai from 3.00-5.00 pm.
    You can find a copy of his personal invitation on Arton Capital\’s website
    Therefore the earliest he could have been in Marakech in Morocco by sunday p.m. 13 Nov.
    Why are we fed information about him leading a Dominican delegation to the COP forum only? According to Roosebvelt Skerrit himself his government is the most transparent but clearly this is not the case.

  17. Dominican
    November 16, 2016

    The Govt. Press Officer must think we are all dummies. Roosevelt Skerrit attended the Investment Immigration Summits in Hong Kong from 7-8 Nov. and in Bangkok from 10-11 Nov. respectively. He was a featured speaker at both events to promote our CBI program and to create the impression now that he was in at COP 22 in Morocco at the time is not only disingenuous but silly. Not even Roosevelt Skerrit can be in two places at the same time.
    Be more professional next time dear press officer. Even the communist party in China would not pull such a cheap trick.

    • Deltina Castro
      November 16, 2016

      Are you for real??

      • Dominican
        November 16, 2016

        Absolutely Deltina, I could not be more real. Check the facts for yourself. |After Bangkok Roosevelt Skerrit went to Dubai to give a big Independence party last saturday, leaving us to suck salt at home, that is how much he thinks of us , native Dominicans. Am I mad? I am more than mad , I am outraged.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 17, 2016

      This so called Pm, was seen passing through, or in Transit in London, either Wednesday, yesterday or the day before Tuesday.
      No wonder parliament under his watch and his cabinet is inept and clueless to what development is. happy going PM

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