Vince Henderson vows to bring experience and training to ministerial responsibilities

Vince Henderson

Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency, Dr. Vince Henderson on Thursday, was sworn in as a new minister in the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) government.

He now holds the position of  Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development, and Renewable Energy.

He was sworn in by President of Dominica His Excellency Charles A. Savarin during a ceremony held at the State House Conference Center.

Dr.  Henderson was elected in a by-election held in the Grand Bay constituency on November 25th, 2021.

He now replaces former Parliamentary Representative for Grand Bay, the late Edward Registe who passed away on September 1, 2021, at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital (DCFH),

 “I look forward to serving as a member of the Cabinet and hope that I can make a contribution that will help in a way that will advance the cause of the people of the Grand Bay Constituency and Dominica as a whole,” Dr. Henderson said.

He continued, “I have had the opportunity to serve before in several capacities and I embrace the opportunity to serve in this new portfolio.”

According to Dr. Henderson, it gives him the opportunity to bring to bear the experience as well as the training that I have had in matters pertaining to his portfolio and in particular, renewable energy, as this has been his work over the past decade, “and perhaps one could even say beyond that.”

The new cabinet minister said he looks forward to working in advancing the causes or policies that have already been articulated by the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in making Dominica the first climate resilient island nation in the world.

“I look forward to performing in that role and to ensure that I can give support to my colleagues who have themselves been burdened with dealing with the many challenges that Dominicans have been faced with and especially brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic,” he indicated.

He also looks forward to working with the Cabinet of ministers to assist in moving Dominica forward as the party seeks to build a dynamic Dominica.

“I do everything to ensure that I advance the policies of the Prime Minister and the policies of the Dominica Labour Party administration,” he noted.

Dr. Henderson thanked Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for affording him this opportunity.

He took the opportunity to also thank President Savarin and his constituents for their support and for the encouragement that they have given him.

He also thanked his wife for her support and for encouraging him to make himself available to the service of his country.

Dr. Henderson previously served in the Government of Dominica as Minister for Housing and Physical Planning; Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries and Parks; Education, Human Resource Development, Sports and Youth Affairs; and Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Labour.

 He was also Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. He has been playing a leading role in Dominica’s geothermal energy development for over a decade and served as Senior Advisor to the Dominica Geothermal Energy Development Company.

Senator Gregory Riviere has been reassigned as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Blue & Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security. He has held the post of Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning since December 2019.

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12 Comments

  1. December 9, 2021

    Is this the little boy from back street who claim that he is robbing shoulders with millionaires?..my native st.joe is the biggest slum ,thanks to you…anyway respect to you that you never mention words on how to grow the economy..you cannot help national economical growth..st.joe vinee Mal now you in geopher Mal…presently with all your bla bla bla,…people need jobs and you are useless and suffer from inferiority bcus as embassadore in the u.s..you never introduce Dominican to no substantial black entainers or business men or women but you tok about zampoleee

  2. Viewsexpressed
    December 5, 2021

    To be Honest on reflection I sure that our people are NOT Happy with the Thoughts of having people who it appears have no experience in government, Socio-Economic Development Concept towards meaningful development and implementation towards the Upliftment and development of our Dominica. Too many of our PEOPLE are Jobless, unable to get stable jobs to feed their FAMILIES and those I need.
    The issue is NOT just about handouts of States Funds Nor of Skerrit’s who lacks meaningful Visionary development concept of our people and Government in need of meaningful, maturity leadership and management of our Country’s development and Financial Services that we raise the Profile of our economy, of our youths and adults in needs of jobs to raise the profile of our well educated experienced people in their professional journey that we need them to take over the thoughts and development concepts, projects raise the profile of our young people, care for our Elderly and infirmed. Leadership is…

  3. viewsexpressed
    December 4, 2021

    Thanks Johnathan and ‘Shame’ DA’ for your commentaries on these matters whoafully ongoing now for too long in our Ailing Dominica.
    Where exactly are we heading to as a country, as a people in the Best Interest of our people and the meaningful development concept of our failed growing economy and the on-going questionable in the manner of which our FAILED Dominica Government is incompetent, lack visionary in sound Disciplined Leadership to raise the profile of our People and this comical Stagnant Leadership Government, on going FAILED, SKERRIT and this incompetent Immature Visionless Leadership.
    We still have concerns about this incompetent Failed Labour Government and its Failed politically Blind LABOUR PRIME MINISTER.
    Our Dominica and Government is in dire need of Decent, political Leadership, sufficiently mature, TRUSTED, COMMITTED, DEVOTED, Focused and Knowledgeable Leadership as our TRUSTED PRIME MINISTER. This concept in the interest of all our People and our Dominica in…

  4. Viewsexpressed
    December 4, 2021

    Vince Henderson, please you and your Failed LABOUR Team get rid of this Nonsensical Ridiculous name you’ll have STAINED our Hospital with this BRUTAL CHINA name on our Hospital? We have received assistance from other well decent, prominent, Democratic Governments within the Caribbean, UNITED KINGDOM, the USA, France etc and within the Commonwealth that we are strongly alligned to Well “DESERVED DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS”.We are just NOT Happy of this BRUTAL INHUMAN Communist, Closed One Man and Government Team. This is our Country, our Dominica, our Government and NOT This COMMUNISTIC, INHUMAN BRUTAL One Party GOVERNMENT. The CHINESE PEOPLE need to be FREE to always EXERCISE their HUMAN RIGHTS and DIGNITY And NOT OWNED by this ONE BRUTAL DISGUSTING OUTDATED RED PREMIER and His BRUTAL INHUMAN Disrespectful Shameful, OUT-DATED Communistic CHINESE LEADER and its FANFARE BLIND MEMBERS. We are ashamed of this FAILED PM & LABOUR GOVERNMENT and this incompetent sitting LABOUR FAILED PRIME…

  5. Merlin
    December 4, 2021

    Common guys, we have heard all this politician talk before. By the way, you and Skeritt cannot keep letting Gonzalves be ahead of you constantly and for so long. You need to legalize cannabis and create a new avenue for agriculture, increased employment and income in the land. Cut the small talk. We just heard your acting Police chief laboring to keep up with a stupidest anti-cannabis law. Making cannabis illegal is one of the biggest RACIAL activities you participate in, and ever to originate in the U.S by the Kuklux klan and Jim Crow era politicians. You owe it to your citizens to stop imprisonment of our people for smoking weed. It’s like Cuba making sigars illegal. Quit pandering to evangelical pastors and priests. Be wise!

  6. STRAIGHTFORWARD
    December 3, 2021

    Another word for such a move to have Vince Henderson back as a minister is Reclye. This is a very goood recycling project by DLP. This kind of reclying is climate resistant.. Dominica is reallllly the first climate resistance country.. Dominican and their politics, wow.. What a classic….
    Oppps, words like dominoes, draft, small goal and lime and spoon are word to describe the present state of affairs…

  7. Funeral Home
    December 3, 2021

    But papa God what experience Vince Henderson has nou? Experience to plan and attend State funerals? Boy I don’t know how these guys even sleeping because I know they seeing movies of those state funerals all night

  8. Lin clown
    December 3, 2021

    Mr.Shame,what you post is BS.UWP won election in 1995 with 34.36% of the votes,they got 11 seats UWP never spoke about electoral reform.
    The people decides.In 2000 UWP lost with 43.24%
    In 2005 lost with 43.67%
    In 2009 lost with 34.86%
    In 2014 lost with 42.85%
    In 2019 lost with 40.99%
    So Mr.Shame the PEOPLE has always rejected UWP.

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  9. Lin clowm
    December 3, 2021

    Jonathan,who you call us?You spent all your fruitful days working in and for a foreign country,now you referring to Dominicans as us.What have you done for us in Dominica?Stop your BS and remain where you live,do not come back,TRAITOR.

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  10. Shame DA
    December 3, 2021

    Well my fellow Dominicans, I will keep remembering you all in my prayers. Dominica is a land I love above any other; and I’ve been to many places. I want to say thanks to the entire staff of DNO for the work that they do so well. I have not always with the way they execute certain of their plans, especially when they reject my comments. Nevertheless, hats off to DNO. I was hoping that with all the people who have shown their dissatisfaction with the labor party and its leader on DNO and other medium, that Skeritt would listen to the cries of the people and be transparent in their affairs! It’s the people’s affairs he is carrying out. But Skeritt keeps getting worse by the minute without a strong opposition. So, I’ve decided to stop making any future comments on DNO or any other media outlets. I will keep my ears open for the news I long to hear concerning my country. The last thing I’d say is that, unless there is electoral reform in Dominica the labor party will never lose an election

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  11. Jonathan Y St Jean
    December 3, 2021

    Vince, by their fruits we know them. You were in charge of Agriculture, sports etc in your first go around and there is a track record, one of mediocrity and incompetence. As Ambassador you were mostly MIA. Fool us once, shame on you, now you talking of experience. Agriculture found it self in the gutter under your leadership, sports and youth were not attended to and as a country we regressed. I won’t let you fool me twice. Hosay cosewu, sakwe manter

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    • Ambrose Laville
      December 4, 2021

      Let it go Jay!!! Politics and politicians are for a fallen humanity. Leave the dead to bury their dead and go preach the gospel. Stop wasting your time, energy and education on irrelevant matters. This to shall pass. Make a effort for your maker and be proud of your passing on earth. Your brother.

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