Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that an investor has been secured to establish a medical school at the former Ross University Picard Campus, Portsmouth.
“I am pleased to confirm to the nation that an investor has been secured to establish a medical school at the Picard Campus,” Skerrit revealed during the presentation of an over $1 billion budget in parliament on Tuesday.
He said the government has entered into an agreement with the Dominica University of Medical Sciences to allow the University to function.
“We have been advised by the Principals that they have been aggressively pursuing the completion of equipment of the faculty and they continue to conduct interviews to fill non-academic positions,” he explained.
Skerrit added that the school has also been in discussion with landlords and matters relating to the housing needs of their students.
According to the prime minister, the Dominica University School of Medical Sciences (DUMS) projects a growth in the students’ population of no less than 2500 by 2023.
“DUMS also proposes the establishment of a School of Nursing and a School of Pharmacy,” Skerrit said.
Meantime, the prime minister also announced that the Cabrits Resort and Spa of the Kempinski Hotel is scheduled to open its doors on October 14th, 2019.
“As I stand here, Madam Speaker, 550 workers are on the Kempinski site working to ensure they are ready for the opening of the hotel 14th October 2019,” he said.
The hotel is being built under the Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Program to help develop five star hotels as part of a wider effort to expand economic activity and the creation of sustainable jobs and opportunity for our people.
He said the Cabrits Resort and Spa of Kempinski Hotel has been accepting reservations for October 2019 and employing full-time staff.
“If you want a room at the Kempinski for October and November you can’t get because they are fully booked,” Skerrit stated.
He said significant emphasis has been placed on the training of citizens and stakeholders to ensure that visitors and locals receive consistent, excellent service because, according to him, it will be necessary for Dominica to deliver 5 star service at all levels of society.
“If we want to position ourselves as the destination of choice, we have to be ready to deliver the level of service that this requires,” the prime minister noted.
Skerrit explained that the first of the CBI projects, Jungle Bay Resort, is now open to guests and is currently employing 62 Dominicans.
Full 2019 budget below: