St. Vincent to sell commodities to Venezuela

 Gonsalves made the announcement in the St. Vincent parliament
Gonsalves made the announcement in the St. Vincent parliament

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has signaled its intention to begin selling commodities to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, currently in the grip of a deepening economic, social and political crisis.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, in making the announcement in Parliament earlier today, said that this initiative to sell commodities such as flour, rice and toilet paper to Venezuela, is to be financed by the debt which this country owes for fuel under the PetroCaribe programme.

Dr. Gonsalves said Dr. Jerrol Thompson, Coordinator of Special Projects in the Prime Minister’s Office, discussed the plans with the PetroCaribe’s Sales Marketing Manager, Ramirez Guerrero, during a recent meeting in Venezuela, on the sidelines of PetroCaribe’s 16th Ministerial Council meeting held in Caracas on Friday.

He said the rice will be sold through Caricom Rice Mills in Guyana, which is owned by The Eastern Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC).

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28 Comments

  1. Anna Prince
    June 3, 2016

    Since 2013 Severin McKenzie has been pursuing the market in Venezuela for the sale of toilet paper to Venezuela, the Government of Dominica and Ambassador A blocked it. Imagine Dominica would have been three years ahead of Ralph Gonsalves.
    I was told that McKenzie put a pyrash in Ambassador A wife during an interview and for that de b…ty man decide he will frustrate the initiative.
    What a shame! Dozens of Dominicans would be employed and the petro Caribe debt would be less.
    Now that Ralph is leading Skerrit should follow, it is not too late, the toilet paper people can still sell. Maybe we should accept it as good things come to those who wait and God works in mysterious ways, because this news breaks the same day the toilet paper factory announce that it making changes.

  2. Congratulations..we're last in the OECS!
    June 3, 2016

    There was a time, when we were not last cacarat as they say. We certainly are now! No vision, no industry, no progress!

  3. Fact
    June 3, 2016

    The mere fact the Venezuelan ambassador falsely proclaimed that the international media in Venezuela is inflaming the current crisis, gives misleading credence to the Skeritt regime that no action needs to be taken to assist the suffering people of Venezuela.

  4. My Country
    June 2, 2016

    Whoosh! Boi Gonsalves, U just good for us wii! So u mean u just there stealing our ideas…..first was airport now selling toilet paper to Venezuela. YesI!

  5. Nothing to sell
    June 2, 2016

    Imagine Skerritt and his DLP Cabal creating opportunities for foreigners and a few local lawyers and other passport sales agents to make millions, while Dominicans businesses are closing down, farmers running away from their farms.

    To have not facilitated the local paper products co. to sell toilet paper to Venezuela , even when Venezuela needed toilet paper and even when Dominica is owing that country millions, is pure wickedness.

    If the economy was doing good, Dominica would be able to make millions selling goods to Venezuela. If agriculture was booming, Dominica would have more than enough crops to sell to Venezuela.

    Skerritt’s agenda is to sell our passports to all and sundry. Some have become extremely wealthy, while the majority of Dominicans catching hell. Manufacturing dead.

    Before, with much smaller Govt, less advisors, Dominica was doing plenty better. Much more production. Now Govt has brought Dominica to its knees, begging. Corruption thrives.

  6. UserName
    June 2, 2016

    DNO my comments on this issues was posted on 1st June 2016 still awaiting moderation Re:Ambassador says foreign students taken care of in Venezuela. Late news item… this is what was posted then…

    Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, in making the announcement in Parliament earlier today, said that this initiative to sell commodities such as flour, rice and toilet paper to Venezuela, is to be financed by the debt which this country owes for fuel under the PetroCaribe programme.

    Dr. Gonsalves said Dr. Jerrol Thompson, Coordinator of Special Projects in the Prime Minister’s Office, discussed the plans with the PetroCaribe’s Sales Marketing Manager, Ramirez Guerrero, during a recent meeting in Venezuela, on the sidelines of PetroCaribe’s 16th Ministerial Council meeting held in Caracas on Friday

    http://999wefm.com/local-news/svg-to-sell-commodities-to-venezuela-2/

  7. josh shaw
    June 2, 2016

    Now here is a man that has value for the Dr before his Name. This little boy called skerrit isn’t worth beep. Go learn form Dr Ralph G. All these clowns bout labour ka twavay. Stupid ppl. See how Vinci gonna reduce their debt!

  8. Men in Black
    June 2, 2016

    Not even a penez or pooopool these leeches in government offer Venezuela and the hodpitals have lots of penez and poooopool.
    I can see these blood suckers offering passports for a fee. That is all they worth

  9. Doc. Love
    June 2, 2016

    Dominica always appears to be last in every thing, even the way our leader thinks. I am sure Gonsalves has the right people in their right places in his Government. For instance, our leader takes a man who knows nothing about Venezuela, knows nothing about the Spanish language and because he says he has a doctorate from an African country called Togo, ninety percent of Dominicans have never heard about, he makes him an Ambassador, because he supports his party. He expects that man to come up with ideas to help him, now Venezuela is in trouble. The man’s only interest appears to be a fascination with Linton. Whether the Venezuelan people starve to death, it is not his concern. Linton is not the Ambassador, but it would appear, he cares more about the Venezuelan people then the man who spent many years in Togo. By the way, Togo is French not Spanish, so you see the square peg in the round hole.

  10. Shaka Zulu
    June 2, 2016

    Why sell Veny commodities if yo owe them. Make commodities payments for petro carib . Dominica in same boat. They owe so staying quiet and hoping it would go away.

  11. UDOHREADYET
    June 2, 2016

    Smart man. That’s what DA should be doing with fruits, vegetables, provisions, water… use it to pay off Petrocaribe debt.

  12. Storm
    June 2, 2016

    What will Dominica be selling to Venezuela?
    Poor Skeritt, Dr Gonsalse got a good way of biting the pie before Skerritt. We got such a wide variety of fruits n other products..
    Imagine the ambassador there denying the reality, do is he sayin Dr Gonsalse is lying?
    Venezuela is a nice country but it’s under water now.. Help needed

  13. Beky
    June 2, 2016

    Brillant brillant, where is oiur prime minister and his so called advisors who are getting paid to come up with innovative ideas like this. We have so many fruits wasting These people are really a bunch of incompetent jokers. O I forgot we still on remote control

  14. Lang Mama
    June 2, 2016

    If Venezuelans say they nerf passport just see how quick one of the cronies will have or own the same farmers boat and passports will be shipped en mass to Venezuela

  15. Dan is de man in de Van
    June 2, 2016

    Skerit where has your foresight gone so much citrus on the ground banana, plantain, we have 365 rivers water for so, cassava to make bread and send our by liat to Venezuela . How come you did not see a market opportunity in Venezuela shame on u it’s time to get out Skerit you prefer to sell passport …. so many jobs could have been created ,in such a short space of time,,,, now the strong wind and rain gonna destroy the crops Which could have been harvested and sold .. Dominicans wake up,…… Wake up

    • UDOHREADYET
      June 2, 2016

      I agree with you on this one, Dominica can use this opportunity to assist Venezuela and pay off debt at the same time. I’m not sure that not offering to give provisional aid is a reason for anyone to leave office… that a bit extreme. If every time a mosquito bite you you want a new prime minister then its not the prime minister its you.

  16. %
    June 2, 2016

    This DLP regime is the most backward and wicked in the region..It harbours hatred against any citizen which opposes its backward and retrogressive rule…WHERE EVIL RULE,the people mourn.

  17. Are you serious?
    June 2, 2016

    My question is. Why didn’t Dominica take advantage of this? Seeing that Dominicans had brought this argument up more than a year ago. I just don’t get it. Are we really concerned about the well being of our citizens? We should have been the ones capitalizing on this opportunity. This is a loss for us. SMH.

  18. truth
    June 2, 2016

    Something the Government of Dominica would never think of, and hope they follow because that’s all they do, I wonder what the ambassador saying about that. Well the government won’t do that because they said US media lies. All the government does is deceive. And hand outs ear elections. And the sad thing about it, majority of the ppl of Dominica love hands out that’s why they continue to vote this government back over and over, they have no moral values, no conscious wicked set of ppl. But one word —> KARMA

  19. Dante Jones
    June 2, 2016

    Take care the ambassador don’t tell you to hold your goods lmao

    • Dante Jones
      June 2, 2016

      Btw dominica should consider joining on that train and start selling water to pay off our debt too

  20. lapawol
    June 2, 2016

    mean while in dca.. the denial continues… i remember when nature island paper products was asking the government and embassador assistance to secure a fraction of the venezuela market… alas.. vincy will sell to them now..

  21. Youth
    June 2, 2016

    That is actually a very intelligent move , wish our own Dr prime minister or whatever he want to be could have had this foresight but then again what we producing ? I guess we can send slaughtered chicken from the abattoir? :?:

  22. linky
    June 2, 2016

    i want to hair what them laboorats have to say about that one

  23. Not a herd follower
    June 2, 2016

    Isn’t a similar proposal was made by Mr. S. McKenzie of Tropical Products to the Government of Dominica? St. Vincent can do it but Dominica can’t? What a waste of time government we have in DA! Their only interest is perpetuating themselves in power and reaping off the country.

  24. Mein Kampf
    June 2, 2016

    Wow Brilliant move Ralph, that is leadership. Linton was right

  25. AAGabriel
    June 2, 2016

    Dominica has nothing to sell apart from passports. But I guess that’s not hat the Venezuelan people need. Maybe Skerrit can give Maduro a Dominican Diplomatic passport when the people finally throw him out of the country.

  26. street side
    June 2, 2016

    so the local ambassador here from Venezuela was on political motive for the juvenile prime minister of dominica, based on him shoving off the opposition’s leader claim for aid to Venezuela…interesting….but not surprising….it’s dominica…haha

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