Government to address private sector manufacturing needs

“through this initiative we can stimulate some more activity in the Manufacturing sector.”
Prevost says government initiative is meant to “stimulate some more activity in the Manufacturing sector.”

Permanent Secretary the Ministry of Trade Careen Prevost says a robust program has been put in place to address the needs of manufacturing in the private sector.

She made the remarks at the 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA) on Wednesday.

“Government continues to show its commitment to improving the business environment,” she said. “Our management team has gone together at the beginning of the financial year and we have put together what we call a robust program to address the needs of the private sector, to give trade a more of a face.”

The program which is dubbed “Giving trade a face” has already started.

“We have started a few site visits to our manufacturers to ask questions…what is going on,” Prevost said, noting that they additionally, provide information on trade agreements that have been signed as well as the opportunities that are available for them under these agreements.

It is hoped she said that, “through this initiative we can stimulate some more activity in the Manufacturing sector.”

Going forward, she noted, that through Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) and the National Authorizing Office (NAO), they have been working on the finalization of a draft policy and action plan for the stimulation and expansion of the sector.

“This should commence shortly and we project that this consultancy will be completed in November. Of course we do not want this to be another policy document or another consultancy, but we hope that upon completion this will set the stage for further development in the NAO and the government of Dominica for the development of the manufacturing sector.”

Prevost is of the view that most significantly, this initiative will also lay the foundation for Dominica to be engaged in the necessary preparation and planning to ensure that the country capitalizes on the opportunity of the eminent geothermal development.

This they hope will reduce the price of energy and enhance the competitiveness of locally manufactured goods and thereby develop a bold and new exciting future for manufacturing.

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  1. `
    September 29, 2014

    I have only one word for you all uwp supporters- anecdotal. Ponder on this.

  2. SamsGutter
    September 27, 2014

    Am I reading a George Orwell novel? The IDA, NOA, DMA, CACA, how many departments or organisations needed to run Dominica?

    • Sheenzz
      September 29, 2014

      This comment really made me lol… quite a great observation. :)

    • pearls to swine
      September 29, 2014

      i dont know what to say about this comment except maybe that i’ll try to shed some light on the daft. these are all private and public sector organizations each with their own mandate and function. For example the DMA represents all local manufacturers, IDA facilitates and promotes investments with incentives in the manufacturing industry/they also do policy development to improve the business environment. The NAO is the government office that will lobby on behalf of the the private sector with Cabinet/local government after they develop and finalize the policy to improve the manufacturing sector. Im no genius but after thinking about it this is what i got from the article. Every country has a number of private and public sector organizations. For once the necessary one seem to now be working together in their own capacities towards a common goal. ijs

  3. Empty Vessels
    September 27, 2014

    Dominica has sounded the SOS call and all Dominicans near and far must respond to such call. We are now being asked to save our country from the workers of iniquity who call themselves civil servants. :mrgreen:

    This is the we show just what we true Dominicans are really made of. Let’s come together United in order to save and protect the future for our children and the ones who are unborn.

    We now know that the government has been a fraud and it’s about time we got some real men and women into position who has got Dominica interest at heart.

    We can do this. Let’s save the day Dominicans, let’s save the Nature Island. Amen

  4. Empty Vessels
    September 27, 2014

    The promises which are being made by this current chocolate frying pan government and the amount of projects which they want to undertake is mind boggling. If this intensity was sustained for 15 years, then Dominica would have been the most developed country in the eastern Caribbean.

    However, reality paints a rather sombre and bleak future for Dominica. The current government has ran out of gas, steam, idea, money, confidence, excuses, know how, and the list goes on. So my people, we need to start demanding more from our politicians and stop all this nonsense about party. Loving any one party at all cost damages your own growth and limits opportunities and as a result limits choice in every imaginable way.

    A great man once said”if you keep doing what you have always done then you will always get the same result”.

    So if we as Dominicans think that this country is great with boundless amounts of job opportunities, a booming manufacturing and tourism industry then please vote labour.
    If you agree with the last statement then you must be living in another Dominica, not the one with the 365 rivers and the parrot on the flag

    • The Times
      September 27, 2014

      I love the last part of your first paragraph. Dominica could really be the bread basket of the Caribbean. But it takes a strong ppl backed by a strong Government to do so. We need more farms and farmers and at least 2 or 3 agro-processing factories and major recycling factory paper, plastic n glass. If we have these elements Dominica will be so self sufficient and even depended on by the other islands we would be amazed.

      I could also be just day dreaming in the night with such ambitious ideas.

  5. coyote
    September 27, 2014

    Election coming!lol.

  6. Banok
    September 26, 2014

    UWP, yes, yes, yes. You guys are really the best. Now them labarats want to come and talk about manufacturing?? Shame on you labar, shame, shame. UWP put you guys in the shade wee. Yes I.

  7. tess
    September 26, 2014

    but how come de government waking up from sleeping for over 15 years….all of a sudden all sectors they speaking about them….

    from a ground lizard’s point of view seems a few crumbs being spread on the eve of elections..

    but de crumbs won’t trap us again

    it’s sad that governments come at the last min to fool citizens before a election….wonder if dominicans will be fooled a 4th time…

      September 27, 2014

      Oh yes..a 4th, 5th, and possibly 6th too

  8. just me
    September 26, 2014

    Well you see your government is working after such a long and loud cry by the people involve in that sector for help the saviour our government has come to save us God is good

  9. Observer
    September 26, 2014

    Good, You are at least paying attention to what UWP has been suggesting. However, I prefer to go to the doctor that prescribing the medicine.

    • Aaron
      September 27, 2014

      I like that. I really, really like that.

  10. Hmmmmmmmm
    September 26, 2014

    Things will happen on the heels of that general election…Is Prevost pushing the DLP agenda as she has been rumored to be replacing the “LAZY” Kelvar Darroux. We need a government that is proactive and not reactive and all the fabulous ideas of Ms Prevost will bear fruit once we change this government…
    Lest we forget it is under the mismanagement of the Roosevelt Skerrit Led Lazy Party that Bellos, Benjos, Paul’s Pasta, etc, etc, etc become non operational…

  11. Frank Talker
    September 26, 2014

    “Robust plan” my big toe! Blah, blah, blah, blah!

  12. anonymous2
    September 26, 2014

    Sounds rather vague. More details needed. I would have my doubts as to whether DA will ever see profits from the geothermal. The investors come first.

  13. grell
    September 26, 2014


  14. Forever Amber
    September 26, 2014

    If only words would follow action, but alas. Election is in the air and the incumbent administration has its back against the wall on this issue. So, it is good to see Government taking the lead from UWP/Team Dominica.

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