St. Vincent PM praises Cuba-Venezuela over international airport project

Gonsalves

St. Vincent – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says Venezuela will meet the multi-million dollar bill for hosting a number of Cuban workers at the Argyle International Airport project.

“The amounts spent on the Cuban workers from July 2008 to the end of July 2011 is EC$8.76 million (US$3.24 million),” Prime Minister Gonsalves told Parliament.

He told legislators that St. Vincent and the Grenadines government has been permitted by Venezuela “to borrow monies in respect of the Argyle International Airport from the PetroCaribe fund” under which Caracas provides oil at concessionary rates to several regional countries.

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22 Comments

  1. Peter
    August 21, 2011

    SORRY MEANT US$ 1.5 Billion , million

  2. Peter
    August 21, 2011

    You all make me laugh, you sound like even bigger idiots than the Vincentians are. Yes Ralph is building an International Airport. So far it has bankrupted the country, we have had to sell our national bank,and several other government business’s, because Gonsalves and his government ministries borrowed so much money from the bank for the airport, that the loans could not be paid back. There is not an international airport in the Caribbean that pays for itself, governments have to put money in every year to keep them running. In Saint Vincent all the work on the airport is being carried out by the Cubans and Venezuelans. SVG is paying the wages, the Venezuelans have failed to pay a cent, they owe us about US$9 million.
    Problem is our Marxist government members are liars, we cannot believe one word that they utter.
    So if you want your children, grand-children, and great-grand-children to be in debt forever, build an International airport.
    Ours will cost about US$1.5 million when its finished, how can we ever pay that back.
    Business’s here are closing down every week, crime is out of control and poor people are starving. Fraud in government departments is rife.

  3. remember
    August 18, 2011

    MAN THIS GOVERNMENT HANG THE COUNTRY .THE VENEZUELAINS CAME FOR 6 YEARS ..THEY COULD ATLEAST MAKE THE RUN WAY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BUT INSTEAD THEY MAKE A SHED THAT CLOSE BEFORE ALL SHOWER OF RAIN . WE ARE LEFT IN THE COLD .ALL THE OTHER ISLAND TOOK HOLD OF THE OPPORTUNITY WHEN IT COME .WE LET OURS PASS . PRAY FOR OUR YOUNG SCHOOL LEAVERS

  4. Wow
    August 18, 2011

    I literally saw a blue print for an international airport for Dominica in Cambridge,MA back in the early 90’s….a chance encounter with an engineer at Harvard university revealed the plans….but I have no idea what happened…I’m not going to pretend that I know what Dominica need or does not need but I would be nice to get do Dominica hassle free…

  5. Anonymous
    August 18, 2011

    HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE THE PEOPLE SAY IS? WE WANT AN INTI AIRPORT!!! THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.. FORM THE LABOR SUPORTERS TO THE NON SUPORTERS WE ALL CAN AGREEEEEE WEEEE NEEEEED AN AINTI AIRPORT!!! STOP TAKE THE ADVICE FROM BACKSTABBERS WHO RUN AND BUILD THEIR WHEN THEY TALK US OUT OF IT.. WE NEEDED THIS MORE THAN THEM!!! DOMINICA IS A HUB!!! WE ARE IN THE CENTER OF THE CARIBBEAN.. THIS IS AN EASY HUB RATHER THAN VINCY.. WE HAVE EVERYTHING VINCY HAVE AND MORE.. WE GOT MORE TO OFFER N WE LET THIS GUY TALK US OUT OF IT AND HE STOLE OUR COOKIES.

  6. booo
    August 18, 2011

    when come to move the country forward labour fail .i live in new york is what the mind set of our leader .please give the people a clue whats the next level please

  7. DE CARIBBEAN CHANGE,
    August 18, 2011

    Boy, you all too jealous. Dr Gonsalves is not loved by many in St. Vincent. Cherish the beautiful Melville Hall Airport for now. Ours will come at the appropriate time. Now is not the appropriate time. Be patient! Patience is virtue!

  8. FLORIDA
    August 18, 2011

    2004 DLP invited Ralph Gonzales to D’ca to confirm in the people’s mind that D’ca does not need an International Airport. Some others said, we will need an international airport in the year 2030. That’s what you call self-fish politic, not thinking of the country nor it’s benefits. Why do we need another PM from our neighboring island to tell us what we need in our country.
    Ralph Gonzales took up the first opportunity for his country and his people, oh! did he ask us if they need an international airport?? We need to stop making political parties fool us. We need to know what we want for us and will if benefit us and for for it.
    The DLP condemn the other party in regards to the international airport but now they themselves are thinking about it. All that money spend on night landing!!!!

  9. August 18, 2011

    i just can’t see y u waste money on night landing on melvillehall.and refrain from building and int’airport.

  10. August 18, 2011

    skerrit ,when r u gonna build us an international airport.only a fool will say dat dominica don’t an international airport.

  11. CARIBBEAN MAN
    August 18, 2011

    An independent country and no international airport, people an international airport would create so many jobs for us,well that’s if we don’t get the loan from China then no Dominicans will be able to get a job. I cant help to think that this whole treatment of us Dominicans are nothing but a big joke, but hey don’t worry we love our PM.

  12. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 18, 2011

    He told Dominicans that we do not need an international airport. Meanwhile he’s building a grand one for his nation. Could it be that he feared, the current administration whould be seeking funding from the same funding source that is financing SVG’s International Airport? I love the clean game of politics and the ability to fool one’s peers. Makes me smile daily. 8)

  13. lemley
    August 18, 2011

    I am not a person who into politics, but I follow what happening in every Caribbean countries. Let me start with SVG, there international airport are going to be one of the best in the Caribbean, three floors, with escalator & elevator, you will be walking from the plain straight through the terminal, it’s 129,784sq ft cost almost a billion dollars now $6.53 billion dollars . Barbados is 70.000sq ft; argyle is almost two times the size of Barbados airport. Ralph install a CT scan machine in the week, the cost $1.3m, later in-the year they are going to install a CAT scan & a kidney dialysis machine & has over 5 Polly clinic across the country, SVG IS WILL ON ITS WAY… while you have Mr. SKerrit traveling around the world to find incompetent people for friends, try and develop Dominica Mr. Skerro.

    • Reon
      August 18, 2011

      Most sensible post i have read in a long time. Here are the facts people

  14. Steve
    August 18, 2011

    Red jet confirmed that Dominica is not a viable stop. All those who think red jet is going to land on this feeder road in Melville hall they better think twice. Blackmore in your bid for prime minister of the country I bet the construction of an international airport is priority.

  15. DONT CUT ME OFF
    August 18, 2011

    AS I WAS SAYING: Instead of doing the nations work, we are spying on law abiding citizens…NEXT LEVEL.. WELL DONE GONSALVES!!

  16. PALUTE
    August 18, 2011

    MR come Da and tell us we doh need an international airport when ppl were offering.. HE then sneak behind our backs and grabbed the CHANCE.. What a backstabber man. SVG pass DOM now.. We freaking last!!!! even Haiti have an inti airport.. C’MON SON!!!!

  17. Arnos Vale
    August 18, 2011

    In 2004 the DLP brought Ralph Gonzales to Dominica to tell us that we only needed night landing. When the ICC chose their grounds for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, they chose St Kitts over St Vincent because of the International Airport. Since then Ralphie is on a crusade to build an International Airport in St Vincent that is expected to open next year, while Blackmore is still trying to get a plane to land late afternoon and in negotiation with the head of REDjet

    • PALUTE
      August 18, 2011

      MAN SHUT THE HELLLLLL UP!! YOU PEOPLE NEVER TRAVEL IM SERIOUS SHUT UP!!! I HAVE TAKEN FLIGHTS THAT LANDED HERE 8PM AND TOOK OFF AT 7:30 SO WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU? IF THAT DIDNT HAPPEN I WOULD HAVE OVERNIGHTED IN ANTIGUA OR PR.. SO IT WORKS FOR ME TOO BAD YOU DONT TRAVEL TO KNOW NIGHT LANDING HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR A GOOD WHILE NOW.

      • .............
        August 18, 2011

        YOU SOUND SO BRAINLESS..!!But do we really have a government in Dominica, or a bunch of people feathering their nests?

      • Anonymous
        August 18, 2011

        GO AND SUCK ON A LIME WITH YOU BRAINLESS TALK

  18. FORKIT
    August 18, 2011

    that not de same many labar bring down to tell us we doh need an international airport

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