Gov’t goes to parliament this Friday to seek approval of loan from Saudi Arabia for Roseau Enhancement Project

Minister of Tourism from Saudi Arabia recently met with Government officials (Photo Credit GIS website)

As Dominica celebrates its 45th year of independence, the government has announced plans for the country’s continued progress. One such plan involves the government’s intention to secure approval for a loan from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fund the Roseau Enhancement Project.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made this announcement during his 45th independence address, where he revealed that the government would present this proposal to Parliament on November 10, 2023. The Roseau Enhancement Project has been conceived with the aim of metamorphosing the city of Roseau into a contemporary and aesthetically appealing urban center. This comprehensive endeavor encompasses the revitalization of roadways and bridges, the
construction of pedestrian walkways, and the augmentation of urban lighting infrastructure.

Additionally, the government will seek approval for the construction of an entertainment complex, complete with family-friendly attractions like a bowling alley, a purpose-built theater, a recording studio for local artists, and other features. Earlier this year, Skerrit revealed that this would be built at the Botanic Garden, as an integral component of the ongoing efforts to enhance this eco-friendly green space. At the time of the disclosure, he emphasized that the project would be underwritten by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has pledged a generous sum of US$2 million. He also stated that they have already conducted an on-site assessment in Roseau and have officially committed to financing this initiative as their inaugural project.

Meanwhile, in the realm of agriculture, Skerrit emphasized during his address the government’s commitment to achieving a contribution of $700 million to the economy from agriculture by 2030.

“We are providing assistance to farmers with financing, technical support, greenhouses, and operating space for start-up agricultural enterprises. We are pleased to see that our efforts and investments are bearing fruits, in that many more young people are making a career for themselves in agriculture,” he said.

As such the aim is to continue this trend by encouraging the use of innovative technologies to develop agriculture as a viable business and enhance the value of agricultural products.

Regarding housing, the Prime Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to “Building Back Better” following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Notably, 358 housing units are nearing completion and are scheduled for handover in the first half of 2024. To address the vulnerability of residents of Good Hope, San Sauveur, Petite Soufriere and Campbell, plans are underway for the construction of 327 homes for their relocation and resettlement. Additionally, young professionals, youths, and employees in the public and private sectors will receive support in realizing their homeownership dreams, with the construction of 50 new homes in Warner and Cotton Hill.

In the healthcare sector, the head of government emphasized the construction of new and enhanced health and wellness facilities in 11 communities, thanks to funding from the Citizenship by Investment Programme. Moreover, he states that other health facilities have been upgraded into SMART Centres, with support from the Government of the United Kingdom.

According to Skerrit, Dominica’s appeal as a unique and highly sought-after tourism destination continues to grow, largely due to the government’s deliberate efforts to enhance the quality of hotel accommodations. He adds that the country now boasts several five-star and even six-star hotels, with more under construction through the Citizenship by Investment Programme. Notably, he spoke of the construction of the International Airport, the largest single capital project in Dominica’s history, which is currently underway. According to Skerrit, this project, funded through the Citizenship by Investment Programme, will be accomplished without adding to the nation’s debt burden.

“Dominicans have long yearned for an international airport, a facility that every previous government promised to build but never did,” he said. “This Labour Party is delivering on that promise. It is no longer a figment of your imagination or a dream; you can see it unfolding before your very eyes in the village of Wesley. By God’s grace, our international airport will be built! The enormous benefits to be derived from a substantial increase in airlift to and from the island should not be underestimated.”

Another project on stream he spoke of is the construction of a cable car system in the Roseau Valley, designed to transport visitors to the boiling lake. He notes that this development will provide an opportunity for those unable to undertake the hike to experience this natural wonder with a short 20-minute ride. The government is also actively pursuing the development of the Cabrits Marina in Portsmouth and making significant progress in the development of the geothermal plant in Laudat.

Agreements with a developer for the construction of the power plant are expected to be finalized soon, and financing for new transmission lines from Laudat to Fond Cole has been secured. As aired, the government is actively engaged in the establishment of a Green Eco-Industrial Park, with support from the Green Climate Fund.

He notes that this will not only spur industrial development on a large scale, but also attract businesses interested in utilizing clean, green, and affordable energy.

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  1. Matt
    November 9, 2023

    That’s why you change your government every 5 to 10 years. Today you’d have a better idea of eople you know are visionary to make these enhancements and not just a route for the wife’s carnival band. A loan is a loan.

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  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 9, 2023

    The population of Dominica is very small, but I doubt that the sale of passports can take care of all the nations needs. Roosevelt has forgotten that he heads a country with less (>) than forty thousand people: And this bull that there are 75,000 people in Dominica is a lie; a myth in a bottle!
    So, talking about building entertainment complex, is simple another myth brought in bottle which could only developed in a delusional mind such as Roosevelt Skerrit!
    A theater is a building or outdoor area in which plays and dramatic performances are given: activities such as acting, producing, directing, and writing of plays takes place.
    An entertainment complex is a complex that contains permanent exhibitions and a variety of recreational activities, they are usually owned and controlled by the same business entity, and requires approximately a million visitors per year to be profitable, the complexes can include theaters, restaurants, amusements, and related retail stores.
    Talk cheap

  3. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 9, 2023

    ” the government will seek approval for the construction of an entertainment complex, complete with family-friendly attractions like a boling alley,w a purpose-built theater,”

    Well, this beats all: I wonder if Dominicans are that dumb and stupid to listen to Roosevelt, and fall for this crap!
    Roosevelt should be overthrown, that guy should not be in government; he is either stupid, or completely mentally ill!
    So, audience, to those of us who don’t know a bowling alley, is a room or building in which people play the game of bowling. The objects involve in bowling is a heavy ball rolled down a long narrow lane constructed from aluminum or wood towards a group of objects know as pins.

    The aim is to knock down more pins than an opponent, and score points: In this country, one have to rent the balls unless you have your own playing in a private club; however, in a normal bowling ally one pays for every game!
    How many people can be gainfully employed by that?

    Roosevelt is mad!

  4. Nacinimod
    November 8, 2023

    yes :-D

  5. Nacinimod
    November 8, 2023

    Apparently, Roseau enhancement and beautification initiatives do not seem to be a priority for the citizenry. The problem with Roseau is Roseau.

    Roseau is about 1½ square miles and as such should be a walking city. Firstly, no parking should be permitted on the streets since the streets are too narrow. And secondly, the decrepit buildings should be razed and replaced with new ones. And the vacant lot that remains should be leased to parties who can make the highest and best use of that property location. The remaining buildings should be power-washed and given a fresh coat of paint.

    Obviously, proper signage such as street names and house numbers should be used, proper lighting for pedestrian safety and comfort, and all overhead electrical and communication wires should be buried.

    As a walking city there should be elegant dining venues, where families and tourists can sit down for a meal. Furthermore, there should be a covered open-air facility for folks to have their lunch…

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  6. My Take
    November 8, 2023

    A bowling alley should not be a government project. These types of projects are better left to the private sector.

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  7. RastarMarn
    November 8, 2023

    Why Vince not looking at the camera and he looking like he forgot where to position his sign to acknowledge the contract man,,,

    His hands on his belly wi I wonder why,,,

    But DNO why allyou doh post my previous statement,,,

    Allyou Fraid man to let the people know what really is going on!!!

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  8. Peanut Gallery
    November 7, 2023

    Based on recent loan initiatives in the Caribbean basin, it appears that Saudi Arabia is pushing to usher the IMF and World Bank into oblivion.

    Over the past few months the Saudis have been very generous in doling out loans in the region as follows:

    Antigua & Barbuda – $80 million
    Bahamas – $70 million
    Grenada – $100 million
    St. Lucia – $75 million

    Basically, Dominica’s loan request appears to be a mere “pittance” compared to our regional partners. Even UWI extended their hands to the tune of $80 million from the Saudis.

    Feel free to vet the above info.

  9. Zandoli
    November 7, 2023

    And talking about the Botanical Gardens: when was the last time they planted an interesting tree there?

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  10. I Am You
    November 7, 2023

    Can you not see it yet..still. its 2023 and the wars.. economic turmoil..natural calamities and the physical and spiritual strees will not subside. it is not their desire or in their interest for it to do so. why would a doctor tell you how to cure yourself and make himself bankrupt. thats how they make their money by keeping people sick..

    The prime minister of this country like the prime ministers of every other country have no power. they have no authority. they are just employees..not of you or i but of those who control the money and thus the resouces. he will do as he is told or else. poor soul..

    Do not waste your time and energy with these souls. they are unfortunately doomed. they have their wealth and think they are in heaven. do you not consider yourself to be of importance. if you do then focus on yourself and your relationship with the one highest on high Father.Mother because in the moments ahead all that which you now possess will be gone. all of it..

  11. Mash
    November 7, 2023

    I tell you! Life is very interesting and amazing. We must remind ourselves constantly about the past and how life on this beautiful planet has changed in ways we never imagined. Let’s not be so angry, but find ways to cope with such changes and avoid our selves to be distracted by much of these surprises. Don’t forget, life is short; yet beautiful. I thank God for life. I’m unable to prevent changes in the world. If I could, I’d change this government in a second.

    I remember reading about beggars as a young child from books which showed them dressed in rags and tattered threads (clothes) and I always felt sorry for these beggars. There I had more clothes than I needed, but these poor beggars walked the streets bare backs with the heat of the Sun tanning their cracked skin which has never seen lotion but sweat. But my friends, today I’m tempted to be envious of those current beggars who are better dressed than I do. They ware very expensive suits and ties with polish genuine cowhide

  12. William
    November 7, 2023

    The Roseau Enhancement Project is not a new initiative. During the period of the 1980s the Government of Dominica signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of Kuwai for millions of dollars to develop the City of Roseau. The developments included the Roseau Road reinstatement project including resurfaced roads, proper sidewalks and drains. The developments also included upgrading of the sewerlines.

    Is the Botanical Garden develóment part of the previous plan or a new plan?

    Personally not taking any sides but i have always said that the Botanical Gardens should be relocated elsewhere like Pond Casse and a Roseau City Park accessible by all citizens and visitors alike should be developed on the existing grounds of the Botanical gardens to include various recreational sporting, entertainment and picnic facilitieS including a bicycling and jogging trails on the perimeter of the park. The entire area should also be a free wifi zone for all.

    lat’s evolve with the time my…

  13. RastarMarn
    November 6, 2023

    ALL Dat and the Roseau Library still there with no roof!!!

    Allyou must be Mad to be accepting this nonsense from these fools!!!

    Garçan allyou should know by now entertainment is not what this country needs!!!

    This place need a proper infrastructure of a Road network system to be able to move freely all over the island!!!

    Them farmers self need feeder roads so they can access lands to produce agricultural products and for Export!!!

    What is the return on investment when you go build a Bowling Alley!!!

    How the country going to create a gross domestic product with a Promenade Sidewalk and beautification,,,

    Wait nuh look the Chinaman Road break wi and have whole in it,,,

    But Skerrit was a littleBoy in dem days but all Levi, Mano, Ofey, Stowe, and all dem fellers from the north dat dere running tings is dem original fellers dat use to follow Rosie when he came and formed the Alliance Party with the concepts of Communism yeh,,,

    Doh know why no body ever lash…

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      November 9, 2023

      Rasta Man many times I read you and simply laugh, but this time I must say I appreciate your comments.
      And I quote you: “Garçan allyou should know by now entertainment is not what this country needs!!!”(Rasta Man).
      Sad to say our people are so ignorant, and gullible, hungry for every, and anything free, as soon as they hear there is free food, and alcoholic beverage, and some music; as long as they can smell and crawl, they will hang themselves before they refuse to accept Roosevelt feces he splash in their faces!
      “One such plan involves the government’s intention to secure approval for a loan from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fund the Roseau Enhancement Project.”
      Any Arab who would loan Roosevelt money to waste on something like that must have some ulterior motives, or must be a fool!
      Because based on Roosevelt ideas it does not make economical sense!
      So, the question now is what valuable in the country Roosevelt promised the Saudi’s; something is not normal about this!

  14. Our parrots are laying eggs
    November 6, 2023

    that’s what happens when we don’t have our priorities right. instead of building aesthetically that will put an additional cost on us, why don’t we build economically? take loans to set up factories and agroprocessing plants. Things that can make us money instead of placing us further in debt. And why in the world are they even considering building a recreational center in the gardens? have they lost their wits now? why not decentralize the Roseau development project. build the recreational buildings in goodwill, or potters Ville, or in Newtown somewhere. don’t try and over load Roseau central

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  15. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 6, 2023

    “Gov’t goes to parliament this Friday to seek approval of loan from Saudi Arabia”
    Roosevelt can wish as he may; he can dream, if he ever get to borrow money from any Muslim nation on the planet; he could as well count himself the luckiest man ever to walk in the milky way!
    Middle Eastern nations do not loan money to none Muslim nations!
    George Walters of Antigua tried to borrow from the very Saudi Arabia, without success, he was told emphatically that Muslim Nations don’t loan money to non-Muslim nations. The only way Roosevelt could be successful with that is if the Muslims change their political ideology, and policy!
    What is the point of him braying about going to into the parliament to get permission, or approval to go and beg for money, when he is the government?
    Roosevelt does not have any opposition, neither within his gang of louses, and yard fouls groveling at his feet, and jumping to his every demand!
    Borrow from them when you can’t payback: they might behead you!

  16. Ask Loren Bannis
    November 6, 2023

    Hmmmmmmmmm lol. Boy you remember Dominica entered into a secret deal with Saudi Arabia as soon as Russia invaded Ukraine and Saudi Arabia is a strong supporter of Russia? I wonder why is greedy former parlrep of Caste Bruce , who signed that deal and was immediately fired, still not saying a word? Boy you see those things we allowing Skerrit to do without a question asked? We will one day pay for it as a country and those young bought candidates of Skerrit will one day go under a rock to hide and even ask the rocks to fall on them but it will not. They all will have to face the wrath of God in a personal way for their greed

  17. Why
    November 6, 2023

    Entertainment center? Whilst I understand the need, isn’t that something for private enterprise? Why not encourage the development of these places by entreating entrepreneurs?

  18. Marsh
    November 6, 2023

    Fix the garden but live the Capital City of Roseau dilapidated. Roosevelt is constantly looking for his pocket because a thief is never satisfied until the heavy metal door slams behind him/her. Roosevelt is simply concerned about money 💰 simple.

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  19. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    November 6, 2023

    Who is going to control all the money surely not the illustrious yours truly Prime Minister he will put it in his overseas bank account. The PM can not be trusted with large sums of money that does not belong to him it has a habit of taking a walk.

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  20. ???
    November 6, 2023

    Well Botanical Gardens finish!
    Fini Bat!!

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  21. Truth Be Told
    November 6, 2023

    The Nature Island of the Caribbean seems hell bent on destroying its Botanic gardens while look at St. Lucia and Grenada promoting theirs and their green credentials! Have we given up on the nature island concept? Because there is nothing nature about dirty, stinking peepee, smelly Roseau!
    By the way please don’t get me started on all these recent loans because we were told that our CBI funds got our government projects covered. So what happened? Just like the US $100 million from Venezuela, money just disappearing? Meanwhile is loans for geothermal, loans for Roseau development, Chinese loans and grants towards airport construction! But are we still paying EC $65000 a month for King Liar to stay in his wife family mansion?
    Dominicans all you good, oui! That little kawat orphan of a AM PM from Vieille Case have all you well dotish in Roseau! Country bookie come to town, king liar, starboy of stupidity, wannabe celebrity should have been sent back to Vielle Casse a long time ago!

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    • If we knew better
      November 6, 2023

      Exactly! it wasnt our damn business. investigative reports say more passports sold than reported. Millions and millions being paid to Dominica for CBI day in day out. For years they talking about fixing roseau. Alvin Bernard, Robbie Tong.. allspoke about rehabilitating Roseau. Melissa on her second term..all she did was the sidewalks of one block. nothing else done. IF you people want to continue to let these so called politicians lie to you all day in day out that is all you business. So much to be done after maria, we got aid we got money we still had CBI, dominica supposed to be blinging. But we are just back to pre maria. same crap. youth too young to know what better times were. But they continue singing praises of a man who robs the nation. In these hard economic times he chooses to build his 3rd mansion in morne daniel. but you all dont see anything wrong with that. go ahead, CBI is tarnished, VAT not doing like what it used to do. now is loans we need from SA, friends of Israel

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  22. Nature Isle
    November 6, 2023

    Why would anyone consider building a recreational complex in the BOTANIC Gardens?

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  23. Ibo France
    November 6, 2023

    Dominica has a very serious debt problem. It is a debt-stressed country. The national debt is well over 100% to GDP. The recommended figure given by the ECCB is 60% or below.

    Is it right for unborn babies to be saddled with such a humongous national debt? Roosevelt will leave a legacy of debt, tears and misery for generations yet unborn to overcome.

    Can the news media ask about the whereabouts of the CBI billions at his specious press conferences? Why are the citizens so nonchalant about this crucial matter? Nothing a corrupt government loves more than a sheep -like electorate.

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  24. Roger Burnett
    November 6, 2023

    This begs the question: should we, as an Independent Nation, be dependent on a loan from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to clean up Roseau and make it presentable?

    Furthermore, the press release states:

    “The government will seek approval for the construction of an entertainment complex, complete with family-friendly attractions like a bowling alley, a purpose-built theater, a recording studio for local artists, and other features…this would be built at the Botanic Garden, as an integral component of the ongoing efforts to enhance this eco-friendly green space…”

    It is beyond belief that the these “attractions” will “enhance” the Botanical Gardens. They are more likely to destroy the garden’s ambience and function.

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  25. Accountant
    November 6, 2023

    Skerrit, why do you need loan from Saudi Arabia? Where are the billions from our passport? Don’t allow this man to sign any further loans. The man is reckless!

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    • Lin clown
      November 6, 2023

      That is why Skerrit and the DLP will win election after election,because the majority of the people think you,and not Skerrit is a lying uninformed confused Jacka.Skerrit has told the nation over and over again how the CBI programme is operated.We do not need no more information,go to hell,if you are not already there.I do not know when all you going to understand the majority of Dominicans do not want advise, lies,fake news and propaganda from traitors.Get some work to do,open a business,employ people,build a house,do something positive.Everyday is a $64,000,$10,000,000,000,$100,000,000 like a stuck record repeating the same BS over and over again.

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      • If we knew better
        November 8, 2023

        thats not why. Its because he continues to pay poor Dominicans for their vote. Dominicans today arent the same as yesterday. We lack moral values like before. back then both rich and poor had values and morals. today we will sell out bodies and souls for a few thousand. That money does finish in a blink of an eye because economy so tight. Everything going up except opportunities, jobs and salaries. I lie, Dominica so agwass! the opportunities here are endless, but only drug dealers, CBI agents and friends of the DLP have the opportunity to do anything of substance, and usually its crap. banks closing, domlec is a problem, less flights, unemployment is up, all sectors struggling. Joke we making here. all other islands laughing at our government AND our opposition. both doing nonsense.

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    • common sense
      November 7, 2023

      billions worth in passport, not billions from passport. All the loans that are being signed are equivalent to the passports being ‘sold’. Everything is a play on words we just have to read to understand, not read to comment.

  26. derp
    November 6, 2023

    Stop calling the Botanic Garden a botanical garden eh, that is a recreational park, you cannot tell me allu have all those activities jump up included and sports in- a – garden!
    Back in the day it was a Botanic Garden, but not now

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    • Lin clown
      November 6, 2023

      You know what to do,and do best Call for a demonstration,boots on the ground.10,000 man march.SOT

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      • ???
        November 7, 2023

        @Lin clown
        Most people 99.9999% will laugh when you refer to anyone as SOT, because everyone on here knows that you are more than Sot😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

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