Dominica to benefit from $3 billion Chinese loan

PM Roosevelt Skerrit and Chinese President Xi Jinpin in Port of Spain on Sunday
PM Roosevelt Skerrit and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Port of Spain on Sunday

Dominica will be among nine countries from across the Caribbean to benefit from concessionary loans totaling some US$3 billion from the Chinese government.

The announcement was made by Trinidad’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with various regional leaders in Port of Spain on Sunday.

She said that the loans would be earmarked for infrastructure and development projects in the nine countries.

Xi arrived in Trinidad on Friday for a three-day visit which was the first to the Caribbean by a Chinese president.

He met with prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Sunday and described Dominica as his country’s “good friend and partner.”

He urged the two countries to continue to transfer technologies and share experiences in such areas as agriculture and medical services and cooperate in the fields of economy and technology.

He also said Dominica and China should cooperate in exploring clean energy, jointly cope with climate change, expand people-to-people exchanges and strengthen cooperation in personnel training.

Skerrit, for his part, thanked China for its assistance and expressed willingness to enhance cooperation with China in such fields as transport infrastructure, education and medical services.

During the Trinidad visit Xi said China always views its relationship with the Caribbean “from a strategic perspective and we are committed to the building of a comprehensive and cooperative partnership.”

He left the twin-island republic on Sunday and headed for Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.

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154 Comments

  1. John
    July 12, 2013

    When is China going to start construction of the Navy Base at Portsmouth?

  2. John
    July 12, 2013

    While the United States is sleeping China is buying the Caribbean soon they will be building a Navy Base on some of the islands.

  3. I DIE NU
    June 4, 2013

    Since you afraid of LOAN,you not yet into business,period.Those if you that talking about loan,loan,loan are too small minded.To do business you MUST have money.

  4. Food For Thought
    June 4, 2013

    so that should be at least three hundred million u.s for Dominica, cool, lets do 30 massive projects around the island to increase knowledge, production and strengthen community spirits, We could spend 10 million u.s on each project…. do We get to vote?

  5. Anonymous
    June 4, 2013

    I hope that this money don’t go in the ministers and their good friends pockets and it goes towards the benefit of every living Dominica Citizen.

    • Frabo
      June 4, 2013

      But, how many “Anonymouses” are here on DNO? I’m confused!! one time he/she is for Skerrit, another time he/she is against? you never know…

    • Anonymous
      June 4, 2013

      Yeah good luck with that hope 8-O

  6. Dominican by birth
    June 4, 2013

    LOAN AGAIN to put the island into more debt and give Chinese more work….ALAS

  7. RightMind
    June 4, 2013

    The Caribbean lacks commodities, it’s not a major producer of raw materials and it has relatively little buying power. Yet China is investing billions there. That’s big question that everyone has been asking what does China want from us. The Chinese government and private Chinese corporations are spending billions, building major tourism projects, financing roads and ports and buying companies all of which are helping open markets for Chinese products. The onslaught has cash strapped Caribbean governments simultaneously praising China as a welcome benefactor and not question what does China wants in exchange, while the US has been preoccupied with their war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the so called war on terror, paying little attention to its immediate neighbourhood, the Chinese have established a presence throughout the Caribbean that, in large part, is regarded as beneficial to the people. In Dominica’s case, in 2004 the government broke long diplomatic relations with Taiwan to recognise the People’s Republic of China and sign on to a policy of one China, the code for agreeing with the Chinese government that there is only One China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. It’s seems that what nobody knows is what is motivating this secret one party state China.

    • Mahaut Boi
      June 4, 2013

      Big countries will always give “loans” to small countries like ours. it boosts their international reputation and gives them greater diplomatic leverage. I doubt China think DMA can ever pay back these loans, and I think they are alright with that. This is pennies for them, and our UN vote is far more valuable. that is why big countires will always help small countries. additionally, they view themselvs as the upcoming world power. better to have many allies even if you have to buy them.

      • Krunch Tyme
        June 4, 2013

        U have a rather simplistic outlook on realpolitik.

  8. ??????
    June 4, 2013

    How exactly are we going to repay, none of the projects mentioned are money generating, why not build some factiries, use our natural resources, agricultural goods to employ people and generate some revenue. Dominicans main problem now is employment, why are the chaines doing the work when we have to pay back the loan? why can’t we hire our own?

    • Frabo
      June 4, 2013

      The answer again is to DEMONSTRATE in the streets.

  9. G unit back
    June 4, 2013

    I think we Dominican men should try to get chinese wives…

  10. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 3, 2013

    Airport Please!! Airport Please!!

  11. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    The Chinese have their people on the Island of Dominica, with Thousands more to come; so they are making sure that their own people will have good jobs, run for office (s) then kick our butt. I read of the mass Asian Exodus into the Caribbean way back in 1997, in a study at one of New York’s University. Soon you’ll have to look hard to find a Negroe in Dominica. I old already oye!!

    • IPO
      June 4, 2013

      I want more I want more chinese, Indians, Spanish, white everyone to come to develop DA….

      I want more I want more, I want more I want more

  12. love
    June 3, 2013

    da goin down slowly but showly

  13. I DIE NU
    June 3, 2013

    Go for it Skerro;Jealous dem Haters jealous of your move!Too Hell where the money come from since you can get it…According to grand ma…Si longne ven lachez poule pasache’..

    • I DIE NU
      June 3, 2013

      Money..Money..Money….Moneeey!

  14. Papso
    June 3, 2013

    Governments love concrete.

    More projects in the newspaper, a narrow set of companies bidding and winning, and alot of ‘scope creep’ as millions will be spent and the people will remain poor.

    More Labour powder…

    • John Paul
      June 3, 2013

      What That really burning me is that these loans will create work for more Chinese workers and not for Dominicans.We will never know the terms and conditions of these loans as long as Roosevelt Skeritt is the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica!

      • I DIE NU
        June 4, 2013

        Well if it’s burning you,get the Hell out of the fire(politics).

    • Anonymous
      June 4, 2013

      Government love concrete projects because it is the easiet way to enrich their cronies. The bigger the better.

      If the CT scan, for example, was a 10 million dollar concrete project that thing would have been fixed within an hour but to fix it does not enrich anyone so it is at the bottom of the list of things to do.

      Niggeritis governance. Learn to understand it and everything will make sense.

  15. Opened Eyes
    June 3, 2013

    I’m back to comment….The one from Canada.
    Let me say the main point from a Canadian’s stand point is, we have the greatest mineral resources and oil of any Nation in the World.
    What Pees off we Canadians is our dumb Politician who create some of the mindless deals with countries like China who have no pollution laws and no human rights. Believe me when I tell you, don’t let my favourite home and second country…Dominica go that route.
    To further answer the question about we in the North warring.. for us from Canada… it is not true.
    Follow your heart and set your own course. Less taxes on imports and contact Ministries in Canada and they would gladly offer free advice on product testing and buying internationally. Stop third rate junk from China as we are doing and forcing them to produce better products.
    Dominica needs this.. with it the nation will advance. I know this.
    It’s time to expand and grow and develop. We need to pick up the pace. Then all will be Paradise

  16. sol
    June 3, 2013

    MA Dominique!woman, i don’t what’s happening with your children.
    They are fighting each other for, what?if you asked them,they doe know.
    There is nothing wrong with china’s aid.The country receiving the aid have to set some guidelines;china understand’s that.
    What i have issue with is,the lack of vision in the peoples’ intrest.
    Dominica is not a country of a few,it’s a country for born and bread Dominicans.
    My people caught up in a civil war of WORDS’and they are so devided they don’t even know each other anymore.
    The most important issue is to find a working economy.This either/ither syndrome that splitting this country is out of control.
    Think of this;in less than 12years,most of us that there beating up on eachother might not be here,instead for us to try and ensure that we leave a strong foundation for our children,we exposing our weaknesses,allowing all who want, to take advantage of our Beautiful Country.
    We too small for that;we can do better than that.
    This is not an OURS not THEIR thing;It’s a ALL DOMINICAN thing.WE NEED TO GET THIS SH-T RIGHT.
    I AM DOMINICAN are YOU red/green or blue are YOU?
    China have enough money to give,to help the whole darm country,but the BANDIT CREW,want to capitalise on that for a few,so they are not making sound recommendation to develope this country.WHAT A DARM SHAME!!!!

  17. Cza
    June 3, 2013

    Uneducated people always talk stupidly about help which is being given. If u dont like it run go gwada, Antigua an other places. Come to the U.S an see if u wont appreciate DA after living here for some time. Chinese will get the work to do why
    1) alot of Dominican worker to lazy and want alot of pay.
    2) they take to long to finish a job
    3) u know the rest

    • JAGOTS
      June 3, 2013

      You must be talking from experience. I guess you did not give 100% while in DA and now you have to give 200% to survive in the US! Ok I get the picture, thanks for the lesson.

    • put dem in dere place
      June 4, 2013

      Stop repeating wat ur government say and get facts of ur own. Stupid, get ur facts right. When dominicans go to de same gwada and antigua u talking about our work production is outstanding why? Because we can work and the money is good unlike dominica we work for shit so shout ur trap

    • Tri-State Beauty
      June 4, 2013

      @ CZA and with such heigtened ignorance displayed by you, you actually refer to others as being uneducated and talking stupidity. You may need to have a dictionary if you know what that is on hand next time you attempt to hurl insults, and comment on issues beyond your scope.

      Let me give you one factual clue contrary to the hogwash you speak about Dominicans being lazy. When the Chinese give loans, part of their negotiation is tied into chinese labour running the projects for returns to the mainland. However as in the case of the Bahamas it is incumbent on the government of that country/island to defend the right of its’ citizens to either fully manage these projects or have 90% local workforce employed on said project. After all these LOANS are paid back by the very local tax payers who have no jobs.

      You can’t teach and arse, but I tried.

  18. 2Cute
    June 3, 2013

    More Money , More Problems !

    get it to do good …is a problem

    doe get it at all….is a problem

    How to please allu na ?

  19. Rule
    June 3, 2013

    Fly your kite with these Chinese and their human rights record.

  20. D/can abroad
    June 3, 2013

    i hope they can pay back the Chinese when its time or we will be owned…….well not me i wont return home if i see start happening

  21. June 3, 2013

    tell china we want enclave industry in Dominica
    To create local employment?OK SIMPLE AS THAT??????/

  22. William Mc Lawrence
    June 3, 2013

    The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth wants to invest some of the concessionary financing offered by the People’s Republic of China into Transport Infrastructure. I hope he is referring to the construction of the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at Woodford Hill? and the construction of a FULL SERVICE MARINA at Portsmouth?

    He also refers to upgrading Medical Services, and certainly there is a dire need to upgrade the Princess Margaret Hospital and Portsmouth Hospital as well as Marigot, St. Joseph, La Plaine and Grand Bay Health Services Facilitis with modern medical facilities, services, and personnel.

    In terms of Education there is the need to continue upgrading our educational institutions including secondary and tertiary educational facilities, upgraded state if the art Public Library system.

    Other areas for consideration includes upgrading of Tourism Products and Services including visitor attractions and sites island-wide, training, especially customer service training, marketing and promotions and other product development activities; and, Agricultural development and marketing such as development of food crops with export ready potential and finding markets for our crops and of course or Natural Spring Water…

    I hope the monies received will go a long way towards enhancing economic activity and the quality of life of all Dominicans in general… :wink:

  23. Doc. Love
    June 3, 2013

    Since the news broke about the $3 billion to nine Caribbean Countries, not one news paper has announced the names on the countries. May be China is hoping the countries that are supporting Taiwan will change their support.

    • IPO
      June 3, 2013

      Alas, poor you…DNO is laughing at you

    • Foot Soldier
      June 3, 2013

      Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, DOMINICA, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago,Guyuna, Cuba, Haiti? Dominican Republic? Suriname? have diplomatic relations with China.

      St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, St. Lucia, Haiti? Dominican Republic? Suriname? have diplomatic relations with Taiwan…

      China giving 3billion, Taiwan giving 3 hundred million… lol :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • octo
      June 4, 2013

      Can I educate you?
      St. Kitts, St. Vincent and St Lucia do not have ties with China. Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica and Antigua do. So, the 3 billion is for lending to these government.

  24. Anoushah Alie
    June 3, 2013

    China has depleted its resources, because the whole country operates like a factory for the greedy appetite of the west. Now, it is looking into other countries to start the routine of depleting their resources. Their environment is as toxic as a vaccine shot and everywhere they go to invest their surplus money, they will use the same business plan that will take more while giving dilapidated returns.

    • IPO
      June 3, 2013

      Wow….wow…dont we just love to talk crap???? I would send this man to china

  25. Dominican767
    June 3, 2013

    There’s nothing that I want the money to be spent on more than an international airport. For now, that’s the only thing I can think of that will actually benefit us financially & what we really need

    • June 3, 2013

      Agreed. If we had that in place he would have landed and Dominica and Skerrit would not have to travel to Trinidad. It is about time that other heads of state land in Dominica as opposed to Skerrit going to them all the time. Go Skerrit, use that money WISELY, and DO NOT FORGET VIEILLE CASE in the process.

    • octo
      June 3, 2013

      Hello! do not think for one moment that an international airport will be the end to all our problems.

    • Frabo
      June 3, 2013

      International Airport in Dominica? How many flights per day? and what are people coming to Dominica to see and do? look jokes papa. All hardly had enough passengers for little American Eagle, is passengers you all will have for 747 Jets? I’d love to see the day an Internation Airport close down for lack of business. I see a cart, then i see the horse.

  26. Who paying back?
    June 3, 2013

    In the meantime, Construction contracts are awarded to Chinese Cos., to build State Palace, State college etc. from loans our Govt. borrow from China itself. Dominicans have to pay back those loans. Local construction Cos. and workers have to remain unemployed. The trend continues.

    In the meantime, our own local Public Works Co. has been given marching orders to vacate the premises. The only well-located piece of flat land opposite the WoodrigeBay port. All where PWC occupied all those decades, Chinese place now, oui? you didn’t know that? is not your business? You die nuh?

    In the meantime, Chinese business swamp Roseau. Every corner. Local business kicking hells, running out of business. Economy bad, bad, bad. standard of living going down, down, down. Bills, cost of living rising daily. Debt sky-rocketting, poverty increasing.

    Passport selling, alledges of corruption, fraud, money-laundering, plenty money a few making, Dominica and its people reeling under pressure.

    • June 3, 2013

      Is it possible because the loans originated from China that they only employ their people? You are right, if all Chinese businesses are profiting at the expense of our citizens, I think our citizens should bring this to the attention of our PM. On the other hand, did you not know “those who have, have it all and will always have, and those that are without will always be without?” I think that the Chinese business owners SHOULD EMPLOY our citizens, our PM SHOULD INVEST IN OUR CITIZENS, and SHOULD NOT push our citizens aside to PROMOTE the CHINESE. Americans say, “you people come here and take our job”, not true, some do not want to work and some will not do the jobs “you people” will do. Could that be the case back home? we want to (live cheap and smell sweet). I could be wrong, but I think some people just – want it made – so to speak. I wish the situation would be different. Dominica needs financial assistance but, honestly, if the citizens are pushed aside to bring in the people from the country where the financial assistance originated to use their own finances, how can DOMINICA EVER PROSPER?

  27. Muslim_Always
    June 3, 2013

    China, the next superpower of the world. Prime Minister sends Hon Matthew Walters to meet Joe Biden. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit realizes that the US dollar is only good for wiping ones butt thus has no interest in Americans. This is just great and laughable. :lol:

    He ensures that he meets the president of China because that’s who calling the shots in Africa and Latin America. They are calling the shots in America too because America owes China trillions of dollars. China steals America’s military “secrets” yet America cannot do a darn about it :lol:.

    America’s foreign policy is a failed one; her unreasonable embargo on Cuba, her wreck wars, her democratic dictatorship and many more.

    With this said, the world is in for a terrible ride with the red dragon. China is not any better than the US, in fact they are worse. Do people think China will spend billions of dollars without a purpose or without a goal? Wait until China gets what it wants then the world will see what time it is.

    Caribbean people need to rethink their inferiority complex and self image, unite and implement policies so that it can trade among themselves. We have the same history and we should unite instead of thinking that some islands are better than others mentality and the mental retardation of nationalism.

    • June 3, 2013

      So true.

    • hmm...............
      June 3, 2013

      well said.

    • I DIE NU
      June 3, 2013

      When you in Rome you got to do like the Romans.Where we can get it that’s where we should take it….Sa y cost,Pentecost kay Paye!

    • Tri-State Beauty
      June 4, 2013

      @ Muslim-Always.. Brilliant argument. Thank you

  28. anonymous2
    June 3, 2013

    How can you make a loan to a country with no productive means to pay back a loan? The answer is it isn’t a loan…… it is a sell out of DA by the PM. The Chinese and bankers come to own you. However, there is hope in that there are other investor loan countries in the mix that will want their portion of the pie. DA you are owned, hook, line and sinker via the immoral people that you allow to be in office and your lack of voting skills. Lack of voting will get you exactly what you got. Sold out.

    • IPO
      June 3, 2013

      So no improvement for us….we will use banana and dasheen to build our roads, etc,,,,,

    • June 3, 2013

      What is “VOTING SKILLS”? Care to share?

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        “care to share?” you know what the person is talking about! the ignorants and lazy people who won’t pick up a paper to read, don’t know what they are voting for or against. Those who will vote just for a drink and a RED T-Shirt to cover their dirt filled backs. I do not consider my-self Dominican no more. I’m just African.

      • anonymous2
        June 4, 2013

        Get out and vote instead of using the excuse that you don’t like who is running. Run on independent tickets some of you people with morals. Make this more than a 2 way horse race.

  29. truth offends
    June 3, 2013

    I don’t blame China for loaning the islands $10 Billion, let alone $3 Billion. At the end of the day, the islands will be stock with loans that will only create employment for Chinese as was the case with the Roseau/Possie road, Windsor Park, and the $27 Million Palace. So its is nothing to celebrate as it will not create employment for Dominicans. In other words, China is investing knowing very well that at the end of the day they will get interest paid plus create employment for their Chinese people abroard. If they really love us and care about our development tell them to build an international airport for us interest free.

    • IPO
      June 3, 2013

      “If they really love us and care about our development tell them to build an international airport for us interest free.”

      Then you would have said…” there is no free lunch…Skerrit selling us”

      I catch you at your own game….lol

      • truth offends
        June 3, 2013

        IPO, Has he not sold us for nothing? In case you need proof, take a drive into Roseau and you will see the amount of Chinese stores that have replaced our locals. Chinese owning store is not a problem; the problem is, we have over 50 stores / restaurants owned by them and combined, we do not have 125 nationals employed by them. On top of that their money goes back to China. I caught you at your own game my friend cause the evidences are there to show that we have been sold for free…lol

    • June 3, 2013

      Of course, they do not care about us like that. No one lends money where there is no PROFIT. China already know how they will get paid back. On on the ways is CHINESE do to Dominica, open shop, employ their own people, Dominicans remain unemployed because China has to get her money back. Every part of the Universe owes each other. Do you think China do not owe too? They do. Of course, not me. There is an old saying, “scratch my back and I will scratch your.” China has a plan, their people can only have ONE child. If you can not support ONE how will you be able to support TWO. Dominica should have a similar policy, NO MORE THAN ONE CHILD. I had my FOUR already, this policy would not affect me.

      • June 3, 2013

        Correction “One” on the ways is CHINESE “go”

        I will scratch “yours”

    • octo
      June 4, 2013

      Well I do enjoy travelling to Portsmouth, I have enjoyed the Cricket, WCMF and football at the Stadium; my son will be going to a state-of-the-art college after making most of the opportunity from the extra space at DGS and maybe he will be a doctor working at the new hospital and I do know that an international airport will not be a magic wand.
      Selah.

  30. Me again
    June 3, 2013

    cfr.org: “Africa is widely considered among the world’s most corrupt places, a factor seen as contributing to the stunted development and impoverishment of many African states”.

  31. Dorival John
    June 3, 2013

    I think both America and China are friends of the region.

    America will put a lot of emphasis on a region if there is a lot of oil (the US economy runs on oil, if the oil runs dry the economy collapses) and if there are certain factions in that region that threatens its national security.

    The Caribbean has no oil (except T&T) but the flow of drugs through the area does pose, to some extent, a threat to the US.

    Hence the US will only assist in fighting the drug trade, the two second-hand boats they give to Dominica recently show this. Otherwise, there isn’t much we going to get.

    On the other hand China is interested in expanding its global influence and will do so at all costs since it has the money to float around.

    I think Dominica need to court both the US and China in such a way that we benefit from both relationships.

  32. Well well
    June 3, 2013

    So you see, it’s not skerrit the chinese giving money. It’s the country so the chinese will give money to Dominica no matter who is in power. The the question about skerrit getting money from china is utter rubbish.

    • June 3, 2013

      It is outrageous for anyone to think China is giving money to Skerrit and not the country. Exactly, the chinese will give money to Dominica regardless to who is in power. Yes, utter rubbish to say Skerrit is personally getting money from china.

      • IPO
        June 3, 2013

        Dont be naive about this, whoever is in power…not UWP…they would have to crawl on their two hands , all of them and eat their vomit….Taiwan flag still flying at their HQ…plus the Lintomites would not allow that.

  33. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    America is interested in conquest by military means.

    China is interested in conquest by economic means.

    Which one would you choose?

    • anonymous2
      June 3, 2013

      I would choose a country that doesn’t sell out. What is DA’s excuse?

  34. June 3, 2013

    Trinidad is going to keep most of that money…Those big islands are very greedy.

  35. Nacinimod
    June 3, 2013

    There is a reason why poor nations are poor. Geography is a contributing factor; but the overwhelming reason for Dominica is DEPENDENCY.

    Dominica is a beggar nation. And unless we change that paradigm we will remain as poor as dirt.

    • IPO
      June 3, 2013

      You will remain poor as dirt, not Dominica….STFU

    • anonymous2
      June 3, 2013

      Get rid of the TV’s for a start.

    • FED UP
      June 3, 2013

      You are absolutely correct! Dominica has had enough time to become self sufficient. We need to depend on ourselves. There’s no such thing as a free lunch – what price we will have to pay for this relationship with China? China has already depleted its own resources, what will Dominicans do when they deplete ours? When China leaves us with no resources and they move on to the next island or country – who will beg after that? We will have even less to offer. Our rivers will be all dried up, our fruits diminished, farming will be a dead industry, our environment will be an absolute mess – hotter weather in town, bigger and more frequent landslides, etc. Oh but we will have nicer roads – SMH! Open your eyes DA – we are headed for big trouble.

  36. JAGOTS
    June 3, 2013

    I have one question, who is controlling that 3billion dollar pot? Interestingly it seems Trinidad already blessed with its oil wealth were the host of this meeting, are they the ones going to oversee the distribution from the pot? Just curious.

    • anonymous2
      June 3, 2013

      The international bankers control the money and they are based in China now.

      • JAGOTS
        June 3, 2013

        Thanks for the information, so I guess we will get our fair share based on our needs.

    • octo
      June 4, 2013

      Are you asking a question and answering it? Trinidad will not be the one controlling the funds.

  37. Dominica
    June 3, 2013

    Let me tell al you dat. Dominicans are to narrow minded every where else in the world is moving forward bloody hell. How do you think they achieve that through their own pockets.Why dont the rubbishers and the idiots who have niothing to say dip their hands in their pocket and build an airport, seaport or what ever they feel necessary would improve the country. Please travel around and see how thwe other side lives. wake Up Dominicans none of these childish foolish remarks

  38. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    “Skerrit, for his part, thanked China for its assistance and expressed willingness to enhance cooperation with China in such fields as transport infrastructure, education and medical services.

    Translation: roads, school buildings and medical buildings. Meanwhile no doctors, no nurses, no equipment, no medication, no training, no teachers, no jobs, no economy.

    But a handful of people plenty richer!

  39. shortboy
    June 3, 2013

    frabo, stupid!!!!

  40. B_Arch
    June 3, 2013

    So we gain concessionary loans to provide employment for Chinese nationals which we as Dominicans must repay; plus those are infrastructure projects so there are no direct revenue from such. unemployment rate 35%+, poverty rate of 29%, extreme poverty is 6% of the 29%. are we as a people interested in the growth of us as a people?

  41. WHO VEX VEX
    June 3, 2013

    When people say UWP blue vex i thought it was just a phrase but its seem to be true.

    Just accept workers loose next yr God willing and Eddo will be to old to handle the Election stress in 2019

    UWPites are just chater boxes while Labourites only chat on the ballot paper

    • mr kub
      June 3, 2013

      Eddo too old now what u mean 2019 he layin the ground work to let someone else to take the big fall for him 21 21 21

  42. Faceup
    June 3, 2013

    What does Dominica have to sell to pay back these loans. OMG, I see trouble and pockets getting fat. Dominica that’s scary.

  43. Solution
    June 3, 2013

    good move PM. May God Bless you and Dominica.

  44. Lougaoo Mem
    June 3, 2013

    Our national debt is at a historic high, $1.3 billion EC. How are the taxpayers going to pay back any additional loans, due to the Chinese who double dip and deny the locals from getting jobs?

  45. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    When will Dominica ever finish paying these loan back to the Chinese (NEVER) then they will take Dominica over.

  46. Dominca_Lover
    June 3, 2013

    The Money is for the region. It is available to 9 countries, it does not mean we are going to loan a billion. It seems as if no one read the story.

  47. YES I
    June 3, 2013

    ok from the start i will say that i am not happy with all the loans that the country is taking. remember that took off UWP saying that they were taking too many loans? Mr. PM come on our kids is the ones that will have to pay for that or you just dont care. think of what happen to taiwan and what china did to them.

  48. Doc. Love
    June 3, 2013

    It would appear, the Minister of Agriculture didnot meet Mr. Biden on a one to one basic, when he visited Trinidad, because Dominicans have not seen any picture of himself and Mr. Biden.Since the Minister’s arrival from Trinidad, Dominicans have not heard any serious report as regards to what went down in Trinidad which is of importance to Dominica.Expect a comprehensive report on GIS, Marpin, Radio DBS and the next level show, even a press conference when the Prime Minister returns from Trinidad.Like I said before to Mr. Biden and the U.S Government,the absense of Skerrit from the meeting in Trinidad is an indication as to who are your friends and who are your foes.

  49. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    Is that all you vex about?

  50. Lougaoo Mem
    June 3, 2013

    How can we pay back these loans when the Chinese are the ones who’re contracted to do the jobs that the very loans finance? Such is the curse that the government imposes on the Dominican taxpayers.

    Let’s not forget our current national debt is already 103 billion dollars. We import nine times more than we export. Yet still, the supporters of these disgraceful politicians continue to believe that the nation is on the right course.

    No wonder Grenadians, Barbadians and the rest of the region think very little of us as a people. What a shame.

    • Lougaoo Mem
      June 3, 2013

      Correction:DNO I meant 1.3 billion EC dollars.

    • Patat
      June 3, 2013

      Lougaoo Mem

      You are out of touch with reality to mention Grenada in your argument to convince people of your position.

      Grenada alone will bring down the value of the EC Dollar by not being able to repay her debts.

    • octo
      June 3, 2013

      103 billion dollars? Is that correct?

      • Mwen
        June 3, 2013

        1.03

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      Where is our debt at 103 billion?
      Post source please

    • Truth be told
      June 3, 2013

      It is interesting that most Dominicans do not know Dominica’s national debt level and they do not ask how are we going to pay this back? It is called taxes my people, because you have no industry producing enough to generate the income to repay these loans. But who cares. Labour power – Skerro forever – who gives a damn about Dominica?

  51. mR. nOBODY!!
    June 3, 2013

    More money from the Chinese to sweet up the people and to do things to secure the election. At the end of the day, it may just be more money to be paid back with interest, with more concrete and ASS-FAULT but no real benefit to the people as the Chinese will yet again come to do the work to receive the pay using the same money which we are going to have to pay their government back WITH INTEREST!!!!!!! Well done PM…….keep on doing your thing sir!!!! We will see where it leads us when the hits the fan!!!!!!!!!

  52. marion
    June 3, 2013

    of course p rime minister was visible at this conference .how much money has Dominica received from the Chinese? Are the people any better off? as far as i have seen the only beneficiars of all that money is the chief minister and his cohorts. People that money is for Campaign

    • Kaliban
      June 3, 2013

      You obviously do not live in Dominica. You don’t know what the Le Blanc Highway/West Coast Road was like before the Chinese repaired it. You were not in Dominica when we had no Stadium and no international exposure in regional sport. You have no child going to State College that now has a new campus. You will not be going to the new hospital extention to be built soon etc etc.Stay miserable in UK or north America wherever you are.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        June 3, 2013

        Dominica now has better roads. Dominica now has a national stadium to be proud of. Now, Dominica needs an international airport. Hopefully, in my life time. Amen.

  53. Looking in
    June 3, 2013

    That picture is telling the real story:- Skerrite is trying his best to stifle a laugh, knowing well is more debt he putting Dominica in. Magwe sa. And knowing well there is a chance of the DLP loosing the next general election, he eh care one .

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      If u all was willing to pay u all taxes we would not have to be in such state,if u all would buy local,the usa borrow from china they are in a better place than us.Some of u would want people to think when edo left he he left some kind of lepricon holding a bag we were broke.In time we will rise some come on here and pray for man to take jail but never pray for D/A,dem lougaoos out posting negative again.

  54. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, interesting that the PM saw it fit to be the one meeting the Chinese and showed no interest in meeting with the US Vice president Biden. So now he comes back home claiming to have achieved yet again by getting more money for development projects. remember folks, it might be more money yes, but more loans and less employment if it is money lent to us under the same deal as the past deals. We (the Chinese) lend you money, you pay us back with interest and our workforce benefits, not yours!!!!!!!!! Great deal for the Chinese!!!!!!!!! Very bad deal for our country!!!! As Skeritt said, a country government gets the government which they ‘PERMIT’!!!!

    • anonymous2
      June 3, 2013

      Meeting with the US or meeting with the Chinese makes no difference. They both work for the UN.

  55. NEUTRAL
    June 3, 2013

    Good work Prime Minister. Keep the further development of our beloved country high on your agenda. The people are with you.

    • Nac Vibes
      June 3, 2013

      Yeah keep selling your people to the new slave masters you really think chinese give Shi– about black people?.
      In the final analysis, they still see us as inferior and we keep providing them right by praising every little penny for our soul.

      • Dominca_Lover
        June 3, 2013

        Like the U.S has us in higher favor

  56. June 3, 2013

    I guess the government should allow China to build an international Airport with this loan we gonna benefited,It is time for urge development for Dominica my people we are behind stop used the nature island for an excuse Do some development,Dominica really not known many places ,St. Lucia said good bye to us St. Lucia way ahead we can get their too,

    • Frabo
      June 3, 2013

      St. Lucia way ahead in crimes too though!!! Build two more prisons if you have an International aiport in Dominica. On the other hand, what will people traveling to Dominica for? No beaches, no Golf course, no side walks, plenty paros etc.. give me a break!!! Clean up the place first, then think of an IA.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        June 3, 2013

        The airport will change all that.

  57. Truth be told
    June 3, 2013

    Okay so let us say that our Government of Dominica gets $500 to $700 million from this pot of $3 billion Chinese concessionary loans to the Caribbean, what is our Government of Dominica plan for that money? PM Skerrit already said no to international airport and we have completed Melville Hall upgrade. So what further transport infrastructure could transform Dominica’s economy other than an international airport? We don’t need another cruise ship birth because the tourism is slowing down. But look what St Kitts is doing – as if Port Zante was not amazing enough, “St Kitts will be adding a second cruise pier at Port Zante in Basseterre” because cruise tourism is booming in St Kitts. Wake up Dominica and say enough to Villas and State complexes! Dominica needs economic growth; increased productivity and employment!
    http://www.caribjournal.com/2013/05/30/st-kitts-to-build-second-cruise-pier-at-basseterres-port-zante/

  58. Pedro
    June 3, 2013

    There is no free lunch, what is the catch?

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      The same principle applies with the USA as well !!!!!!!!!! Go figure

    • WHO VEX VEX
      June 3, 2013

      its a loan not a free catch :-|

      • anonymous2
        June 3, 2013

        It’s not a loan if you can’t pay it back. It is a purchase.

  59. June 3, 2013

    My people of Dominica, let us pray that this is good news for us and for the development of our homeland–God’s Will be done. Amen!

  60. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    China leader, another “Christopher Columbus” in town.

  61. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    Dominicans open your eyes!! this 3 Billion Dollars is to ensure the re-election of Skerrit. With Thousands of Dollars spent on RED T-shirts, Thousands more on free bus rides to ralies etc. Thousands more to give to sellers of votes – if you know what i mean. Thousands more to buy drinks (rum) for the un-informed for their votes. It’s a 3 Billion Dollar BRIBE. Mark my word. China wants to rule the Caribbean, and they’ve got pleaty money to spend. Money made by seller inferior goods to you.

    • Jespen
      June 3, 2013

      Then so be it

    • possie pple
      June 3, 2013

      Fool, the article never said three billion dollars is for Dominica, U going on an on about 3billion for election. The money goes to nine Caribbean countries. read….geez man

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        So “possie,” you believe everything you read? that’s how they trap people like you. Tell me then, how much money is Dominica getting? liers are never to be trusted. If you are looking for a lier, look for a politician with communistic beliefs

  62. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    I hope that AMERICA IS WATCHING.

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      America is watching and cannot do nothing. America is almost broke, spending billions in the Middle East on ill thought wars.

      America is more interested in conquest by military means. Count how many wars have America been involved over your lifetime.

      Biden was in Trinidad days before the Chinese president, how much assistance was offered to the Caribbean?

      • American Citizen
        June 3, 2013

        The Great America borrowed from China, so what’s your point Frabo?????

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        What a joke! “America is broke?” everybody’s laughing at you Anonymous. America is the richest country on the planet; spending other people’s money and keeping theirs to keep China and Russia and Dominica in check. Let’s talk about America’s oil reserve. Same thing! they can afford to buy oil from the mid-east and keep theirs for WWIII. (World war three) which is around the corner. China’s Government has been neglecting their people for centuries; do you think that they care about little Dominica? Man you better remain “ANONYMOUS.”

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        America will offer assistance to any country that is “DEMOCRATIC.” You understand? Leaders with no transparency only see their own pockets, and that of their friends. Did Chavez asked to see any spending accounts? will China ask to see how the monies they gave was spent? HELL NO!! Communists has only one concern; and transparencey is not one of them. Do you know the wealth of the last Chinese leader? check it out. They are all the same damn thing!! I hope Dominica does not become another Grenada. I myself, is in my garden i staying. I hardly go to Roseau/China Town.

      • anonymous2
        June 3, 2013

        The chinese own the major portion of the US debt, so essentially they own the US. However, the UN trumps them.

    • Opened Eyes
      June 3, 2013

      As a part time resident to Dominica, and Canadian, I see that few Caribbean Islands actually read the fine print. YES, the Chinese do little for nothing, the Piper must be paid at some point and when is that point?
      Many are saying that the US. and partners North (Canada) have spent their monies… this is partially true, but the slow cut back on Chinese purchases is coming about and applying their own money to their Nations, people and production. This will reduce funds for the Chinese. It was about time. The only result from vast Chinese investment is the silent turn to Communism…Watch out my friends, it could well appear and then there be no return.
      The most important point is the North knows and understands the Chinese approach and will not allow the insurgents of them. Time will show all involved this very soon.

      • Anonymous
        June 3, 2013

        No. You guys in the north are to busy planning how to kill people to steal their resources through your wars and increased military spendings. try as you may, your greed and selfish capitalistic egoes will continue to cause the Chinese to rise and eventually domininate the world. Now is the time to change course, not complain or blame the Chinese for your problems!!!!

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        Open eyes, you do make a lot of sense. But under this administeration, where do you think 3 Billion Dollars will go? I’m sorry, but i don’t trust these guys one minute. I see all of them head swelling already.

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      Even though America watching.America for themselves and so should every other country.

    • Morihei Ueshiba
      June 3, 2013

      Good comment Frabo, i find it is a slap in the face to our good neighbours up north who helped us so much in the past. Don’t forget Eugenia & Reagan!

      • Frabo
        June 3, 2013

        Dominica will need help again. This time it won’t be monetary assistance. And once again America will rescue this little Island. Look at all the disasters in recent years where many people were displaced by vocanoe, earth quakes etc, etc. America and Canada took Thousands of our brothers and sisters; how many did China take in? There are right this minute, thousands of somalians living in a certain part of America. They were taken in for humanitarian reasons. How many did China take? You are so right Morihei, we quickly forgot the good that America has done for us. The Chinese gives nothing for nothing.

  63. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    You see how Dominicans are living in fear?? not one comment? what all you get all you will take. 3 BILLION Dollars? good time to be PM. Don’t forget it’s a loan. What’s the interest rate? the Chinese will take their bridges when we fail to pay. Tax is already going up to pay the Chinese. Don’t kid yourselves; the Chinese gives loans the the debtor (s) are not able to repay. Then what?

    • Openeyes Observer
      June 3, 2013

      Frabo, ALL countries live on loans. One country lends to another in times of needs. Even very rich countries are in debt. Whether we think it’s right or wrong, this is the way of the world that we are all living in, so don’t concern yourself too much with the fact that we are a poor country and getting ourselves in more debt. Concern yourself with how these loans are going to help Dominica and its people. If managed properly, it could work wonders for Dominica. It would generate interest in investments, in more stay-over visitors, more employment and more conscious thinking young people. Let’s not knock everything before we give it an opportunity to work. If it doesnt work, then we can knock it, but only if we have any better solutions!

      • anonymous2
        June 3, 2013

        So far the loans haven’t helped the people get on their feet and produce. They just help the politicians pad their pockets. Too many people don’t have motivation here to make this place better. They just cry ‘poor us’ give us some more hand outs. “We will never be able to help ourselves.” With that attitude, there is no way out. Too much selfishness.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        June 3, 2013

        The Caribbean needs to unite. Our diplomatic core needs to use this new cash infusion to extract more aid from the US. America typically does not like potential challengers close to its border. Does anyone remember the Cuban missile crisis? Take the money and build the airport. Widen more roads, build a golf course and elevate Dominica to one of the more developed countries in the Caribbean, instead of the least developed.
        Amen!!

    • Faceup
      June 3, 2013

      Then Skerro will leave DA and run to Guadeloupe where you can’t touch him and he will be rich by then!

    • fed up
      June 3, 2013

      Same thing than in any bank, u canot pay, well ur car or house is their own, an u canot say nothin :cry:

  64. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    Well well well, no hope for DA. We finish flat.

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2013

      We finish flat with money? You self you not easy.

  65. Frabo
    June 3, 2013

    shameless again i say!

  66. Anonymous
    June 3, 2013

    Mr, Xi Jinpin, I have a cargo pants with some big pockets, please I want some moolar… I will put the pants behind the door in case you come and I am not home…Don’t take me wrong…..help every one/country….but I can only talk for myself….broke as hell….I want to take a veb on the airplane too…k? thank u….

  67. vexness
    June 2, 2013

    Chinese thinking long term…long term….one day one day conquer day…masier quick :lol: anywayz i jope we put it 2 positive use…

  68. Charu
    June 2, 2013

    Like that the Chinese have the money, that a lot of money for the Caribbean

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