New Chinese ambassador praises Dominica’s economic achievements

New Chinese Ambassador, Li Jiangning
New Chinese Ambassador, Li Jiangning

China’s new ambassador to Dominica His Excellency Li Jiangning today applauded the economic achievements of the government of Dominica. During a courtesy call on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Ambassador Li said the government had over the past few years “implemented policies to develop the economy, improve the livelihood of the people, and resisted the negative impact of the international financial crisis and have led the economy on to a track of recovery.” He said that the relationship between the two countries is “a very good one”, based on a strong friendship and close cooperation.

Prime Minister Skerrit, in welcoming Ambassador Li to Dominica, expressed satisfaction with the relationship between the PRC and Dominica, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in March.

Mr Skerrit said that the “ relationship between Dominica and China has grown very rapidly and we have entered into numerous technical cooperation agreements.” Mr Skerrit told the new ambassador, “You are coming to a country that has excellent relations with China, a government that recognizes and adheres to the One China policy and also the non-involvement in each other’s internal operations.”

He said, “We look forward to your journey here and your sojourn here in Dominica and rest assured of our absolute co-operation with yourself and your embassy to ensure that your vision here is extremely successful.”

Ambassador Li presented his credentials to President Savarin on January 8. He replaces former ambassador Wang Zonglai who left Dominica in December after a three-year stint.

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50 Comments

  1. Rastafari
    January 29, 2014
  2. bigger
    January 23, 2014

    The UWP acolyte’s keep on talking about BEGGING allow me to say this the UWP ask the poor people of Dominica with no jobs can’t feed their children for money where ever and when ever they have a gathering .They went to North America again the begging bowl surfaced. If they haven’t got the finance to run their campaign where on God’s earth are they going to get money to run the economy?

  3. Tyre hit de road
    January 23, 2014

    DNO There is something call”Free speech” as far as I know. The Chinese people are not for free speech and I see you are adopting that mentality. Check the News yesterday on CNN and they won’t even allow a Western Reporters freely in to a court house area to show the world justice because they have no justice. Feel free to ban me from DNO if you think I am wrong but DNO is just one place. Thank God that there are many more outlets for people to hear the truth and unbiased reporting and News. Thank you

  4. Tyre hit de road
    January 23, 2014

    DNO What are you scared about …This is the truth The Chinese Ambassador, Li Jiangning hina’s is really applauded the economic achievements of the government of China. China has spread her wings over the Caribbean like a “Mother Hen” that won’t even allow her chicks to play with the other chick in the yard. In other words, China is extremely selfish; The Chinese people has been and always will be this way. That’s the nature of the Chinese People; cant we see?. This is why china is in the position she is in today globally. China doesn’t share but China will take and take and take till there is no more to take and they will still take some more out of “thin air”. China’s attempt is to capture Dominica as it’s number “Strong Hold” in the Caribbean. Mark my words. China has it’s eyes on our natural resources. Dominicans should demand that Dominicans have shares in Chinese businesses or they must hire Dominican workers in every business on the Island where Dominicans qualify (and we do ) How can the Chinese applaud economic achievement in Dominica when they do not even hire Dominicans on their projects ? Mother Hen need to send her Chicks out to play with us or we will be always skeptical and ask the question “Why Not” This is the “Question of the Day”

  5. Malgraysa
    January 22, 2014

    mr. Ambassador, get out of your protected compound and go and visit, without Govt. officials, areas like Silver Lake, Pond, Tarrish Pit and so on. I have enough respect for people there trying to make a living but the cosy receptions for the Embassador by Govt., congratulating each other, will not tell him a single thing about how many of our people really live and struggle. If there is economic growth it surely has passed them by.

  6. Views Expressed
    January 22, 2014

    DNO, I have resent….has been in moderation for to long…Thanks

    Excuse me Mr. Li…is this what I really read, coming from you ……here goes..
    “Li Jiangning today applauded the economic achievements of the government of Dominica. During a courtesy call on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Ambassador Li said the government had over the past few years “implemented policies to develop the economy, improve the livelihood of the people,

    Mr Li…whoever told you this is a lie or untruth and a big untruth. Dominica is poor very poor and got worse under this Skerrit Government…..every day we wake up is allegations of corruption, issues of poor governance, promises, RED CLINIC, where Dominicans are subjected to begging for money because Skerrit government has NOT created employment…
    We are in debt, big time money owing….We do not like this government….Welcome to where like your Embassy ahs Changed, for us here Change is a MUST.
    Welcome to Dominica Sir, please enjoy Dominica.

  7. January 22, 2014

    4Cars u are so right,We need to stop lending all this money Dominica has so much natural resources,We can make so much money of this things,Our children will have to pay all that money back.Lord have mercy.Or if u gonna lend this money use it in a good way so we can pay back on time.That way our kids dnt have to pay all this money back.

    • Rastafari
      January 29, 2014

      We are not lending, but borrowing.

  8. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    Always good news for Dominica from the outside world. All bad news come from the opposition. Good job Skerrit and DLP. Keep up the good work. Forward we go.

  9. african queen
    January 22, 2014

    I am concerned with some of the language used in this article check it out:
    He said that the relationship between the two countries is “a very good one”, based on a strong friendship and close cooperation.
    Mr Skerrit said that the “ relationship between Dominica and China has grown very rapidly and we have entered into numerous technical cooperation agreements.” Mr Skerrit told the new ambassador, “You are coming to a country that has excellent relations with China, a government that recognizes and adheres to the One China policy and also the non-involvement in each other’s internal operations.”

    • Gary
      January 23, 2014

      You have said nothing to explain what your concerns are regarding the language used in this article.It bewilders me why you would write such comment.Politics can do strange things to the mind.

  10. Change is a must
    January 22, 2014

    Are a $27 state palace, rehabilitation of the West Coast Road, State College and apartment buildings considered economic development?… Hardly any Dominican was employed on these project so the money remained in China to create more wealth there. Besides my children and grand children have to pay back the loans.

    • Gary
      January 23, 2014

      Why is it you make such foolish statements believing that you are right. Your quote “Hardly any Dominican was employed on these project so the money remained in China to create more wealth there.” Do you know where the materials needed to complete these so called projects were purchased, in Dominica. I do not think you understand the millions of dollars that was put into the economy
      through the purchase of materials sourced locally when these projects are constructed,and by the way there were locals employed on these projects.

      You also need to be corrected regarding your $27 state palace.You sound like a parrot just repeating nonsense.Twenty-seven million dollars was spent on building complex which includes a conference Hall to accommodate regional conferences,an office to house The Electoral Commission and a building to house The office and residence of The president.I hope your grand children will be able to appreciate what was done by the Government in building such needed infrastructure on concessionary loan,giving vindication.

  11. Anonymous
    January 22, 2014

    They must have paid him to talk that BS

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      How ridiculous can you get? Dominica paying China to talk on their behalf? Uwp and their supporters continue to set new heights in foolishness.

  12. Bahn
    January 22, 2014

    …amazing. Simply amazing that our grand children will have to pay for our current Whorish ways. We’ve so much to learn and understand.

  13. faceup
    January 22, 2014

    Don’t come here with that statement.. TOTAL NONCENCE !We the people know better.. WORKERZZZZZZZZZ A CHANGE IS A MUST !

  14. john bess
    January 22, 2014

    China is so over populated and has rampant poverty,there is also a one child per family policy. Yet these chinese ambassador pretends they are so almighty,do what you can for dominica but don’t forget your suffering people back home.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      There is a lot of poverty in the US so what’s your point?

  15. Oh................
    January 22, 2014

    Please Mr. Ambassador WILL AND COME AGAIN

  16. thiny
    January 22, 2014

    Oh lord I have been watching sime documentaries and I am learning why many African countries are so poor and from what I an hearing, I believe it was PLANNED by the IMF ………they burden these countries with loans which should have been grants in the first place and then they basically forced them to sell their industry for almost no money at all…….making alot of white men billionaires………these countries natural recources belong Europeans and Asians……..this is so sad………..they even manage to evade paying taxesfor the export of the recourced………………..they ochestrated every thing in my OPINION…..THEy know exactly how to increase the price of recources….example copper and oil……making it difficult for these countries to make a profit and then forcing them to give up their industry as payment for loans……………and they act like they help Africa when in fact they are taking away 50 times more than what they give

    • thiny
      January 22, 2014

      Oops….I meant decrease the price of copper and increase the price of oil

    • me
      January 24, 2014

      This is probably why they no longer wanted Thomson Fontaine at the IMF. He was against all these atrocities.

  17. JoJo
    January 22, 2014

    Ia m not an economist so can the Minister of Finance please explain how our economy is so good when we have so much debt. Even our own crapaud bank making a loss when we have sky high interest to pay on loans. When we have to ask the european union to help with our budget to pay our civil servants. That does not make sense at all.

    • Gary
      January 23, 2014

      In reference to your last sentence,the reason why things do not make sense to you, it’s due to Political beliefs feed to you.You have a mind, use it, you have to remember if you do not use it someone else will use it for you.

      Where do you get the idea that The National bank is loosing money or running at a loos.The Bank made 5.8 million dollars in profit in 2012 the highest in 4 yrs.Where did you get such information that the EU is helping with our budget to pay civil servants.As to how our economy is so good when we have so much debt,this can be relative, comparison to what.Have you not read and seen the accolades given to Dominica for it’s prudent fiscal management.I’m just like you I’m not an economist just trying to make sense of things.

  18. January 22, 2014

    wicked they wicked.

  19. As I See It
    January 21, 2014

    http://thedominican.net/articles/adjust.htm

    Volume No. 1 Issue No. 21 – Friday, May 17, 2002

    Dominica Faces Structural Adjustment
    PM Charles Expresses Personal Anguish

    by: Thomson Fontaine

    In what he described as “a defining moment in the development of our small country” Prime Minister Pierre Charles in a radio and television address to the Nation outlined the fiscal stabilization and adjustment program that is being negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The Prime Minister indicated that the program is intended to stabilize the public finances, and to achieve growth. According to PM Charles, “the Government has laid out a clear strategy for economic recovery” and was counting on the support of all Dominicans in helping to build an economy that is strong, productive and viable.

    The address to the Nation came weeks after continued speculation in the local press that the government of Dominica had agreed to the laying off of 10 % of its workforce (approximately 300 persons), a 10% reduction in salaries of public workers, and instituting a freeze on the hiring of new employees.

    In his statement, the prime minister indicated that “government certainly does not want to implement such measures, and it is carefully looking at alternative measures”. He went on to say that “if we do have to cut back on staffing levels and reduce wages and salaries, that we would end up doing these by less than the suggested 10%.

    More to the point, we are hoping that we will not have to reduce salaries and wages at all”. The prime minister also indicated that it was a cause of great personal anguish for him when his government is unable to meet its monthly obligations in paying public servants and in providing public assistance.

    The prime minister was critical of the many persons who were using the current economic situation as a means of scoring “cheap political points”. He was of the opinion that this was a problem for all Dominicans and not just government and it was important that Dominicans who loved their country play their part.

    In explaining the reasons for the current situation in Dominica, the prime minister pointed to the sharp increase in borrowing at rates of 9-10% by the former administration, globalization, the events of September 11, blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATP), low manufacturing output and the demise of the banana industry as contributing to the current state of affairs.

    In attempting to confront the problem, the government has set up a broad based Economic Stabilisation Consultative Group that includes the unions, private sector, religious groups and other elements of non-governmental society and chaired by the Director General of Finance and Planning, Swinburne Lestrade. The group will engage in discussion with the government on the way forward.

    The Government is in the process of agreeing on a specific package of measures with the international community that will constitute the country’s contract of recovery, and on the basis of which, international resources will be available to support Dominica’s efforts. Currently, a team from the International Monetary Fund is in Dominica negotiating on the package of measures.

    • Bogoroy
      January 22, 2014

      DNO: “China’s new ambassador to Dominica…applauded the economic achievements of THE GOVERNMENT of Dominica.”

      DNO: “Ambassador Li said THE GOVERNMENT had over the past few years ‘implemented policies to develop the economy, improve the livelihood of the people, and resisted the negative impact of the international financial crisis and have led the economy on to a track of recovery.’”

    • looking
      January 22, 2014

      What really is the point of this article? Dominica’s GDP has only increased marginally in some cases and negative growth in others. Therefore one can conclude that these measures did not work. If one has to blame the previous administration for borrowing why is it our national debt hovering around the billion mark? We can’t continue to blame others for our failures but live up to our responsibilities. When will a politician say, i have failed.

      • Gary
        January 23, 2014

        To looking

        You know this is not about when a Politician say I have failed.If you want to know if a Politician have failed you do not wait for such thing to come from his mouth,look at the records it speaks for themselves.When The UWP was voted out of office, they left our Country in a financial mess, and the incoming Government had the trouble of fixing that mess.Come on face the facts, are we not better of now.

        Your quote “If one has to blame the previous administration for borrowing why is it our national debt hovering around the billion mark” You have to understand that there is something called debt management.The previous Government did not had enough revenue coming in to pay it debts payments,bad fiscal management is also an oversight on their part borrowing money from commercial banks with high interest rates.Yes, The National Debt was smaller but they could not manage the payments on such small debt due to bad fiscal management.Let’s fast forward. This Government has a bigger National Debt but they got good fiscal management,a lot of loans are concessionary and this makes a big difference, they also joined alliances, such as ALBA was wise enough to break away from Taiwan,They also went out seeking friendly Governments to assist them.

        Your quote “We can’t continue to blame others for our failures but live up to our responsibilities”
        Haven’t the DLP live up to it’s responsibility by turning the country around from what they inherited.It is people like you who just do not want to face up to the truth.

    • As I See It
      January 22, 2014

      Its funny that Fontaine is singing a different song now…he could have helped and he walked away

      Life changes and so do man

  20. fight for truth
    January 21, 2014

    I am sorry, but maby the translator mistranslated something, or he knows absolutely nothing about Dominica.. this kind of misinformation from an ambassador is shameful and unbecoming. Dominica is doing the polar opposite from his statement, welfare numbers are increasing, our population is decreasing, debt has more than tippled from the year 2000.. bananas have declined more than 60%… all is just not well with Dominica.. these infrastructural developments are not even from our own economy.. NOT EVEN SOME OF THE ROADS are from our economy, one has to wonder what do we pay???? every day is a grant, loan aid, or something… the rich are doing well while the poor and the middle class continue to struggle in Dominica… and as the days pass this excuse of the world economic crisis which has looong since died out is becoming less and less amusing -__-

    • Gary
      January 23, 2014

      The opening of your comment more describes you than the Ambassador.You have said such nonsense with no facts to back what you say.Example what was the cause for the decline of Banana Production.It is your foolishness and rhetoric that’s amusing.

    • me
      January 24, 2014

      You mean fight for power? Truth in not equal to power. The majority cannot be wrong. A lot of good things going on in this country. Who have eyes will see and who have ears will hear. The ones who are hungry for power will continue to doubt and spread lies and mischief.

  21. Listening!!!
    January 21, 2014

    The Chinese Ambassador wanted to praise China economic advancement in Dominica because our economy has not advance under this current administration.

  22. vexness
    January 21, 2014

    I cannot pay that…I cannot get a job I need a job a job a job…masier quick…quack…hàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  23. Shaka Zulu
    January 21, 2014

    I would like to ask the chinese embassador which programs he is talking about and which people. Are you saying the economic policy of begging and passport prostitution is sound economic policy. Furthermore the amount of money we owe China you must be refering to the chinese people in Dominica and in China.
    The so called relationship between China and Dominica was set up behind the back of the Dominican people we broke ties with Taiwan and now making Joint Statement with China on disputes with Japan. It is safe to say the chinese Gov has a relationship with Skeritt because the public knows not what the MOU is. He has repeatedly tell Dominicans it is not there damn business.
    The PM continues to say he is a friend of all but satelite of none yet he is getting involved with the One China Policy. What about the other Countries like Tibet and Taiwan who do not agree. How can we be their friends when we in bed with their oppressors. This my friend is going beyond diplomatic relationship. Let us pray that the vision you are talking about is not supreme PM for life because all you have done is to secure yourself and not the people of Dominica.

    Let it be known that if the Chinese Embassador even attempts to show any kind of influence during the election period he will find his way back to China. His comments should be as neutral as possible and geard towards the people of Dominica not the Government. His attitude and comments thus far shows he is focus on the Gov. Please remember we vote our leaders into power in this country.

  24. joy
    January 21, 2014

    china is where the money is right now,they have long pass America ,even England is burrowing money from China .We cannot afford to lose that relationship. While there were other countries around the Caribbean,espescaily those who have to get permission to burrow ,like the dependent countries . And catching hell ,Dominica was and is doing well.

  25. observer
    January 21, 2014

    da does not have a resident chinese ambassador.he resides in trinidad.stop fooling the black people.

  26. Loveroftruth
    January 21, 2014

    I just looked at the date of this story, because I seriously thought it was an April Fools joke.
    I guess this ‘ambassador’ knows which side his chow mein is served from.
    The desperation from DLP is leaving a nasty stench over my beloved Dominica.

  27. Papa Dom
    January 21, 2014

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha said slowly. Is this guy for real? What does he know about Dominica? I would really like to know what it is skerritt has promised these Chinese

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2014

      Is he for real? Is the IMF for real? Is the world bank for real? This man Skerrit has a lot of power. He has the whole world under his spell. Even the privy council and ccj.

  28. ummmm
    January 21, 2014

    “You are coming to a country that has excellent relations with China, a government that recognizes and adheres to the One China policy and also the non-involvement in each other’s internal operations.”

    “”””Non involvement in each other’s internal affairs””” – you hear that Mr Ambassador – that means your affairs with your neighbour, which you informed us of the other day there! MR PM please remind him now as I did not hear anything from you after he implicated ‘Dominica and Dominicans’ in his/their battle with their family next door to them!

  29. Lougaoo Mem
    January 21, 2014

    Certainly I welcome the sound relationship with China. I also support the one China policy. However, “WE THE PEOPLE” does not support the secrecy and lack of transparency that clouded the MOU.

    I consider the courtesy call by His Excellency Li Jiangping as a prop for a leader who’s seen the writing on the wall. The writing that spells, “Your Days Are Numbered, That’s ALL!”

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2014

      I just need people like you to accept the results when the Dominican people give their verdict come next general election.

  30. Views Expressed
    January 21, 2014

    Excuse me Mr. Li…is this what I really read, coming from you ……here goes..
    “Li Jiangning today applauded the economic achievements of the government of Dominica. During a courtesy call on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Ambassador Li said the government had over the past few years “implemented policies to develop the economy, improve the livelihood of the people,

    Mr Li…whoever told you this is a lie or untruth and a big untruth. Dominica is poor very poor and got worse under this Skerrit Government…..every day we wake up is allegations of corruption, issues of poor governance, promises, RED CLINIC, where Dominicans are subjected to begging for money because Skerrit government has NOT created employment…
    We are in debt, big time money owing….We do not like this government….Welcome to where like your Embassy ahs Changed, for us here Change is a MUST.
    Welcome to Dominica Sir, please enjoy Dominica.

  31. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 21, 2014

    Your Excellency Li Jiangning could you repeat that again so that those with ears will hear and those with eyes will see?
    His Excellency Li Jiangning,”Over the past few years the Government of Dominica have implemented policies to develop the ECONOMY,improve the LIVELIHOOD of the people,and resisted the NEGATIVE impact of the International financial crisis and have led the ECONOMY to track of RECOVERY.”
    Thank you sir!

  32. forkit
    January 21, 2014

    I done buy my cake soap ah bleaching cause I turning Chinese to night hhahha

  33. John Paul
    January 21, 2014

    Mr Skerrit said that the “ relationship between Dominica and China has grown very rapidly and we have entered into numerous technical cooperation agreements.”
    Anybody know what these technical agreements are ?

  34. Psalm 23
    January 21, 2014

    Can some body please please tell me what is economic achievements;is it cars and houses
    and 79% of unemployment.

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