Prime Minister Skerrit seeks young, bright people to push a blue economy

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said his government is seeking the assistance of young, bright people to help to drive the important policies and programmes which are captured under the Blue Economy.

A 2018 OECS release said transitioning to a Blue Economy is critical to ensuring continued economic growth in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), given that the marine space of small island states is significantly larger than their land mass and clearly a substantial asset.

With this in mind, the OECS embraces transition to a Blue Economy, emphasizing that the region’s marine and coastal assets offer an unprecedented opportunity for strengthening the region’s economy, and closing the gap on poverty and unemployment rates.

“Likewise, I am looking for some young, bright people to help the government to drive the very important policies and programmes which are captured under the Blue Economy,” Skerrit said while addressing a press briefing on Monday.

He added that his government has not taken sufficient advantage of the ocean around them.

“Yes, we have the whale watching and we have benefited from this tremendously, but there are a number of other benefits and opportunities and possibilities where the Blue Economy is concerned,” he said.

According to the Prime Minister, it is important to put in place the regulatory framework to know within which parameters, “we will be functioning”.

“Very soon we will be articulating to the nation our specific programmes and policies [with] respect to the Blue Economy and how we believe Dominica can position itself towards taking great opportunities,” he stated.

Skerrit stated that the move will allow Dominica to be more competitive, to increase opportunities especially for young people, to create more jobs, more attractive jobs, and better-paying jobs, and to expand and grow the economy.

“We have to start looking more inwardly in terms of addressing our challenges,” he noted.

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19 Comments

  1. Camellion
    February 9, 2020

    16 years he has been in power and now he talks about Blue Economy. This man is the biggest joker on the face of this earth!! First of all, he doesn’t even know what he is talking about. Secondly, he robbed the state of its assets so now there is no money to stimulate the economy with any program at all. He just fooling all you with words. Have you ever seen any deeds??? The man is a con artist, plain and simple.

  2. Watching
    February 7, 2020

    Blue economy is a good concept for us however we must not forget besides benefiting economically it means preserving the water ecosystems around us. The concept of benefit and responsibility go hand in hand.

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  3. Mafia/diplomat
    February 7, 2020

    Mayshastay,why do these fools continue to make it sound like Dominica is a country,Dominica is a waste of time situation under this administration,Dominica is going and will continue to plummet,did he say he needs young people what a joke,the same young people that eating concrete as we speak,Ebeh weh papa

  4. Dynamic Dominica
    February 7, 2020

    See karessah face boi :lol: A bunch of thugs that there man?

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  5. Braindamage
    February 7, 2020

    According to Al Jazeera’s report….
    You still looking for help to pocket
    90% of the finance and the remaining 10% goes to the rest of the country?

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  6. Shaka zulu
    February 6, 2020

    Part II
    The ocean did not just appear. There have been fisherman using for centuries. As a matter of fact most of the small communities in the island have been depending on the Sea for their livelihood for decades. We should have had marine biologist who knows every species of fish in our water, how they feed and breed and their habitat. That way we could have hatcheries to replenish stock. We should be leading the world in marine biology studies. Last election the young guy from cottage talked about beach re-nourishment. The pit bull was making fun of him when it is actually something much needed in Bellhall and Cabrits to save your water front and enhance the appeal of the hotels. You don’t need bright people because when they come yall run them away. A gov with vision would not be talking about that after 20 years. You were to busy begging and deceiving ppl. That country need a purge to go forward. I would give my services free but not with this current leadership.

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  7. Blessings
    February 6, 2020

    Why is everyone blue vex please change this photograph

  8. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 6, 2020

    Roosevelt Skerrit, that damn balled-head Mountain Chicken (crapo) Mentality that Sir, Knight Me Almost Nearly Cousin is not a highly scholastically educated person; has no academics, hence he listens to people talking, doses not understand their rhetoric.
    Hence, records and repeat what he heard; however, when we analyze what he is talking about, we discover it is all fart as related to Dominica!
    So, let us review this terminology and see what this balled-head triple doctor:
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!
    Yes this triple doctor is talking about.
    Blue economy refers to the range of economic uses of ocean and coastal resources such as energy, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, and tourism.

    It also includes economic benefits that may not be marketed, such as carbon storage, coastal protection, cultural values and biodiversity!

    Instead of this man trying to industrialize the country, by getting some foreign investment into the country he concentrate on talking nonsense…

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  9. Ras B
    February 6, 2020

    He said the move will allow Dominica to be more competitive, to increase opportunities especially for young people, to create more jobs, more attractive jobs and better paying jobs, and to expand and grow the economy.

    Yes, we have the whale watching and we have benefited from this tremendously, but there are a number of other benefits and opportunities and possibilities where the Blue Economy is concerned,” he said.

    According to the Prime Minister it is important to put in place the regulatory framework to know within which parameters, “we will be functioning”.

    Do these statements suggest an understanding of what is being addressed or simply nice sounding words? In this article for example, “Blue Economy” was mentioned six times but there was no mention of how we can use this political figment to create opportunities and benefits for our people, Is this another pie in the sky concept?

    You said that we have benefitted tremendously from whale watching, How? Where are the…

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  10. jamie
    February 6, 2020

    What a damn waste,country will never move forward.

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    • The truth Be told
      February 6, 2020

      jamie in Jesus Name we will move Forward/ jamie stop cuss the country. It will never happen. Do not allow cusses to reverse on you. Your heart must be clean. Always wish the best so good can return on you. Time to balance yourself. 2020. Love. God does not like us to be jealous, hateful and all the other ugly things. He even wants us to love those who have hurt us. Please be at peace with yourself. It is 2020

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  11. Roger Burnett
    February 6, 2020

    “…given that the marine space of small island states is significantly larger than their land mass and clearly a substantial asset.”

    If Dominica had not – as it appears – relinquished its claim to Bird Island and its associated marine space, the potential of our “Blue Economy” would be substantially greater.

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  12. "Go to Hell"
    February 6, 2020

    I know Skerrit told us to “go to hell it’s not your damn business” but as a young person I sure will not follow Skerrit to hell, where I believe he is. So I am not interested in his Blue, White, Yellow, RED, green or no color economy because I know that too could take me to hell. According to the old Christian song, though many will go, still I will not follow, no turning back no turning back. Skerrit has caused many to deny their faith and conscience to follow him and his money but I don’t want his dirty money

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    • JC
      February 7, 2020

      Go to hell! Stop crying over spill milk, say something relevant. My boy you are still suffering from the 18 to 3 syndrome.

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  13. Birds of a feather
    February 6, 2020

    Why a BLUE economy when blue seems to be such a bad word, to the point that even a shipping in BLUE barrel is bad?

    Quite frankly, these young men in photo above along with other young persons Skerrit will try to use, MUST be very very careful with that man called Roosevelt Skerrit, His record should tell us that he is a friend of evil people like NG Lap Seng, Alireza Monfared, Diezani Madueke and others, friends that have either been jailed or arrested for money laundering, Lying, Corruption, Sanction evaders, just to name a few. While Skerrit has not been picked up as yet, most likely because he is PM, those of us that followed the Al jazeera report, would realize that he was accused of selling a Diplomatic passport to Diezani Madueke and in return Diezani used a shell company in Delaware to buy a building for Skerrit, in Manhattan NY, for US2.2 million dollars and his wife Melisa lived there. The US is investigating and things are happening under the scenes. So be careful guys

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  14. Efficacious
    February 6, 2020

    Good move Mr. PM. You will be amazed at your findings, stop taking blame for other people mistakes, have an office reshuffle so that every one has to follow proper procedure , account and responsibly.

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  15. TeteCalbase
    February 6, 2020

    Please stop fooling the people of Dominica. Last year it was all about resilience. Dominica being the first resilience country in the world. He hired Isaac to push his agenda concerning Dominica being the first resilience country in the world. That agenda took an early death, now we are hearing about a blue economy.

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  16. Roger Burnett
    February 6, 2020

    Whether the economy is blue, green or whatever, what is needed are creative people of all ages. This can best be achieved by giving creative subjects priority in our schools.

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    • Shaka zulu
      February 6, 2020

      Kak kak kak kak ka kak ka kak
      Economic rouge paka voley
      Kak kak kak kak ka kak ka kak
      Economic blue yo di yo vley
      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Skerrit is all about using catch phrase to sound like it is new and innovative.
      To the psychological JA minister of finance. Productivity, manufacturing, processing of raw materials (fishing, agriculture, Forest, water) builds an economy. You have shown for 20 years you would rather take the lazy and easy way out. Begging for loans and gifts. Instead of putting to productive use you squandered like a spoiled bratt who inherited his fathers wealth. Bright minds use their resources add value and exchange with markets for a price. Economic for dummies will teach you that. Once the productive sector gets going we will employ accountants, sales and marketing folks, engineers, designers, drivers, handlers, food scientists, and the engine will roll. You had 20 years and you wasted. I will never work with a thief and a dishonest man. I know…

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