Government holds consultation on CREAD Bill

Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017

The Government of Dominica  on Wednesday, November 28, convened a consultation on the Climate Resilience Executing Agency of Dominica (CREAD) Bill 2018, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Goodwill Parish Hall.

The CREAD Bill 2018 will allow for the establishment of the Agency as Government moves ahead with its objective to make Dominica the World’s First Climate Resilient Country.

According to Government release, stake holder representatives from the public and private sector and civil society  were expected to attend the consultation and have the opportunity to review and discuss the draft legislation before it is taken to parliament.

The objectives of the proposed bill are to promote the swift and cost-effective recovery of Dominica from climate-related disasters; to ensure that any physical and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed during a climate related disaster is reconstructed or restored to a state that is better than its state before the occurrence of that disaster; to ensure that Dominica will be more resilient to natural hazards and better able to respond to climate-related disasters; and to assist the public and private sectors and civil society to be better equipped to manage and recover from climate-related disasters.

The Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD) was formed to assist in rebuilding Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The Government will soon formalize the Agency through the enactment of the CREAD Bill, 2018 in order to rebuild the island as the first climate resilient nation in the world in accordance with a Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan developed by the Commonwealth of Dominica and its partners.

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, explained the mission of CREAD at a CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference in New York in November last year.

“In developing CREAD, we sought advice from partners from around the globe and studied various examples. Briefings were held for instance with the CEO of the Indonesian BRR. We are speaking to a couple multilateral agencies on establishing a multi-donor trust fund. We will have a German-style supervisory board with a majority of donors to oversee assurance. The internal audit function, and any other assurance functions, will report directly to this supervisory board,” he noted.

He said the agency will be audited externally, will cost $3.5-million a year to operate and a parliamentary committee will provide oversight.

CREAD was officially launched on Friday march 9, 2018.

The launch was strongly condemned by the United Workers Party who described it as an ” imposition of the Climate Resilient Executing Agency of Dominica (CREAD) in the governance structure of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica without first seeking Parliamentary approval.”

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 2, 2018

    Why have consultation when you have already made up your mind? This is a charade just to make the public believe they have a say when we all know that our government is one man who decides. Just like when they advertising certain jobs when they already have someone in mind for that position only to make us believe you have a fair process, especially for foreign observers. I can not trust anything again coming from this government.

  2. November 30, 2018

    This CREAD thing is very confusing that the ordinary “joe blow” bare-foot-man like me doesn’t have a clue whats going on; it sounds more like an exclusive club for the rich boys; so tell me double (Dr) PhD all the (catch-a-vote) building and re-construction projects you have already undertaken around the island how involved was CREAD? can we see their recommendations and reports; or is this just another window dressing for your continued Deception, Lies and Propaganda.

  3. Self
    November 29, 2018

    Another talk shop, i will be there for the snacks. I cready.

    • Peeping Tom
      November 30, 2018

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  4. Consultation
    November 29, 2018

    These guys came n read a bill and called it consultation lol…what a joke

    • DEE
      November 29, 2018

      When is a ”CREAD” or some agency being put in place to record all funds donated or, borrowed on Dominica’s behalf ,or gifted to the Dominican People . To this day there is no figure for Erica nor Maria ,Nobody , nobody at all, knows how much was given by Tesco nor Sainsburys or other institutions to de Baroness and how much actually reached Dominica, I refuse to call myself a Dominican again . I wasn’t born there .I don’t have allu passport again , nor do i need it .

    • Carltymas
      November 30, 2018

      No, They read the bill and opened the floor for questions and suggestions before presenting it to parliament. They stated that any concerns, queries, and suggestions will be noted and addressed before it is presented and persons are welcomes to send in their own questions and suggestions through their parliamentary representative.

  5. Joe
    November 29, 2018

    DNO That is Stale News!!!!! if you wasn’t soo busy looking for negatives the world would have known that there was going to be an all o=important discussion on Wednesday 28, November since on Tuesday!!!! you are quickly and diligently becoming a waste of “NEWS”!!!!

    • World's Moistest Jheri Curl
      November 29, 2018

      If you feel that strongly about DNO
      maybe you should get your “news” elsewhere

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