Former leader of Barbados Owen Arthur has joined in the discussion regarding Dominica’s possibility to export water to its Caribbean neighbours, advising the country that is should do so.
Arthur headed a three-member team from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) in Dominica until Saturday, as part of efforts to maximize arrangements of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The team met with members of the private and public sector, and civil society officials at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) Friday.
Arthur who’s serving as a consultant to the Caricom secretariat, urged Dominica to use the CSME arrangement as an opportunity to exploit its water resources.
“You should do it … I think that Dominica should be looking to export water to the rest of the region and because of the CSME, you don’t have to wait for the rest of the region. Under the rules of the CSME you now have the right to establish commercial presence anywhere in the Caribbean, so Dominica can set up water supply companies in any Caribbean country… The export of water is gonna be a major consideration for Dominica; i think you should do it,” he underscored.
Arthur also suggested a water purification plant for Dominica, once it decides to move ahead.
Dominica has lately been speaking about an industry for water exportation to the wider region and the need to make the most of its “abundant” water supply.
– DNO Correspondent