Government to review fuel surcharge says PM Skerrit

DOMLEC power plant at Fond Cole

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that his government plans to review the fuel surcharge to cushion the impact on the cost of electricity for consumers in Dominica.

He made the announcement while speaking on Kairi FM’s Next Level Program on Tuesday.

 “One of the concerns I have raised in recent times, [as] a matter of fact up to today, I was having a discussion with the Financial Secretary and I said to her that we need to start reviewing the fuel surcharge because I have a fundamental issue with the fuel surcharge in the high rates of the fuel surcharge,” he said.

Skerrit continued, “And we have directed them [DOMLEC] to look at reformulating this formula as to how we arrive at the fuel surcharge to ensure that we can cushion the impact on electricity cost on consumers in Dominica while we continue working on geothermal which we are fully committed to.”

He said if the fuel surcharge is addressed in the interim and geothermal comes on stream, the country will witness in the long run, a reduction in the cost of electricity to both the private businesses and domestic consumers.

“These are things that we are trying to do to see how we can reduce the cost and the impact of people like we have done with petroleum,” the Prime Minister stated.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that  for the last 12 years there have been no taxes on kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Dominica.

“No excise tax, no customs service charge , no VAT, no import duties on kerosene and LPG in Dominica,” he indicated.  “People don’t seem to remember that. We removed this and then recently we have been subsidizing the price of the other petroleum products, diesel and gasoline.”

He said further that his government is subsidizing gasoline by 60 cents per gallon and diesel by 21 cents per gallon, plus the removal of the customs service charge of 3 percent in order to cushion the impact of the imported price of petroleum products in Dominica.

Prime Minister Skerrit announced in March this year that from April 1, 2022, the government and people of Dominica would own controlling interests in DOMLEC.

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6 Comments

  1. May 19, 2022

    Is gan.ja legal in Dominica? sometimes when I listen or read statements by Skerrit; I’m under no il.lu.sion that this guy is under the influence of something legal or illegal; but I don’t think this guy knows whether he is coming or going.

  2. Ibo France
    May 19, 2022

    Roosevelt, your little overture cannot appease the people. What would make the people happy is for you to leave office then reveal the whereabouts of the missing billions of CBI funds.

    This despicable man reminds me of the aftermath of a landslide where a big stone settles in the middle of the road rendering it impassable. Roosevelt is that stone, making the road to progress and prosperity for thousands of impoverished Dominicans impassable.

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  3. Nac Vibes
    May 19, 2022

    The sad thing about this is, the sheeple will believe yet another lie. Here he is, setting things up to blame Domlec.
    How many millions spent on Geo thermal, the Geo thermal that was to end high bills, after all these years not 1 volt produced, hell, we were supposed to sell electric to or neighbors, it’s a good thing the have sheeple to rely on Dominica for energy.
    People, free your mind and your ass will follow, all he is doing is doing nothing, knowing that all he has to do is nothing but blame Domlec and the Sheeple baaa his approval.

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  4. Just Asking
    May 19, 2022

    That’s the tone we should be operating by. We calling shots today when in the ‘past’ foreigners were calling shots in this vital industry. But but wait na – why the silence on how much was paid? Well to answer my own question, it really Doran matter, I think they wanted $100 mil about 10 yrs ago… oh well, we just had to own it with the aim of controlling the behemoth. Good start!

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    • Just Asking
      May 19, 2022

      Word suggestion fail, should read: it really doesn’t matter…

  5. Truth Be Told
    May 19, 2022

    The Labour Party jacks braying like donkeys, who recently criticised Dr. Thomson Fontaine (real PhD Doctor of Economics) for saying exactly that, just to defend their Labour Party, what is your view now? Now that you boss and string master has said it, is it okay now? What fools you people have become putting political party over your country and Dominicans well being and Dominica’s development!

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