Month: February 2008

PRIME MINISTER SKERRIT PLEDGES $2 MILLION AS CABRITS HERITAGE AND ECOLOGY CENTRE IS LAUNCHED

Roseau, Dominica – February 25, 2008……… Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has chec_cheque_by_pm_skerrit_feb_2008.jpgpledged Government’s commitment to the completion of the restoration work at the Cabrits National Park in Portsmouth by making a financial contribution towards the establishment of The Cabrits Heritage and Ecology Centre (CHEC).

 

At a brief ceremony at the Cabrits recently, the Prime Minister presented a cheque for $250,000 to Dr. Lennox Honychurch, representing the first instalment of an amount of $2 million needed to establish the Centre at the Cabrits designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

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Dominica’s Prime Minister Address to the Dominican People

Prime Minister’s Address to the Nation
28th February 2008
My fellow Dominicans,

The brilliant statesman, Otto von Bismarck, once said “man cannot create the current of events; he can only float with it and steer”. When in May 2005 you reaffirmed your confidence in the Dominica Labour Party to continue to steer our country to a brighter future, I promised you leadership that would be responsible and would always act in your best interests.

Since then, there has been a gathering current of challenges, imposed by developments at the global and regional levels and even by nature itself. Small vulnerable states like ours are being challenged to be bold, adaptive and innovative in order to survive, and to provide their citizens with the opportunity for a reasonable standard of living.

In my Budget Address last year, I shared with you some elements of our Growth and Social Protection Strategy. This strategy provides the frame for going forward with economic growth and poverty reduction programmes, while ensuring respect for economic fundamentals. I emphasized that ignoring these fundamentals would lead us back along the slippery slope to crisis and chaos. In my concluding remarks, I re-affirmed Government’s commitment to striving in concrete ways towards making our country a better place – a place where our people can have the opportunity to contribute to improving the quality of their lives.

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PROGRESS ON THE WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL PROJECT

Roseau, Dominica – February 21, 2008………Progress is being made in the implementation of the $14 Million ECD Waitukubuli National Trail Project (WNTP).

 

Last Friday, a group led by the then acting Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Hon. Julius Timothy,  visited one of the 14 segments that will form part of the Waitukubuil National Trail.

 

A series of training programmes in Trail Construction and Maintenance and Vegetation Management have taken place in recent weeks. The group was able to witness one of the training sessions which took place in the vicinity of the Emerald Pool Eco-Tourist site and ran from Tuesday, February 12, 2008 to Saturday February 16, 2008.

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REDEVELOPMENT OF NEW MODERN DOMINICA GRAMMAR SCHOOL PROGRESSING WELL

Roseau, Dominica – February 18, 2008……… Work on the redevelopment of the new modern Dominica Grammar School is progressing satisfactorily.

 

Work is now ongoing on Phase II of the redevelopment of the Dominica Grammar School. The cost of this phase is $3.5 million ECD.

 

On Wednesday, February 13, 2008, Hon. Vince Henderson and technical staff from the Ministries of Education, Human Resource Development, Sports and Youth Affairs and Public Works and Infrastructural Development conducted a site visit to the Dominica Grammar School Development Project.  

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USAID –FINANCED CARIBBEAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN TEACHER TRAINING PROJECT(C-CETT) RECEIVES BOOST AS

Roseau, Dominica – February 18, 2008……Hundreds of primary school children in Dominica are set to benefit immensely from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last week between the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Teacher Training ( C-CETT) and DHL.  

 

The Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Teacher Training (C-CETT) project is an initiative of United States President, Mr. George W. Bush designed to address high rates of illiteracy and school underachievement in the region.

 

Established in 2002, the C-CETT project was launched last year in sixty-one primary schools here from  grades 1-3.

 

As a result of the signing of the MOU at a ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel last week, DHL will provide the Caribbean CETT project with discounted rates in the shipment of various project materials to Caribbean countries. DHL will also adopt a school in each of the Caribbean CETT countries in which DHL has branches, including Dominica.

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HIGH LEVEL DELEGATION FROM VENEZUELA TO VISIT DOMINICA

Roseau, Dominica – February 13, 2008………A high level delegation from the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is expected in Dominica today on a one- day visit.

 

The eighteen (18) member delegation is led by Titina Azuaje, People’s Power Minister for Tourism and liaison of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on ALBA related matters. The delegation comprises four Ministers, one Vice Minister, Director of Radio Nacional (National Radio) and other government officials.

 

The visit is intended to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Representatives from both sides are also expected to discuss the plethora of projects and initiatives currently being financed by the Venezuelan government in Dominica.

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PRESIDENT DR. NICHOLAS LIVERPOOL EXPRESSES GRATITUDE FOR DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FROM THE EUROPEAN CO

Roseau, Dominica – February 11, 2008……………………President of Dominica, His Excellency, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, DAH  has expressed the  gratitude of the Government and people of Dominica,  to the Commission of the European Communities for the level of development assistance Dominica has received and continues to receive from the Commission.

 

The President made the remarks on Monday on the occasion of the Presentation of Credentials by His Excellency, Valeriano Diaz, new Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

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