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PRIME MINISTER SKERRIT IN BAHAMAS FOR CARICOM 19th INTER-SESSIONAL MEETING

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Roseau, Dominica – March 05, 2008…….Dominica’s Prime prime_minister_skerrit_at_reunion_wive.jpgMinister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit left the State yesterday for The Bahamas to attend the  Nineteenth(19) Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the  CARICOM Community,(CARICOM).

 

Prior to the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting on March 7 and 8, 2008, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, who is also the Minister for Finance, will attend a meeting of the Council of Finance and Planning (COFAP).

 

The major issues to be discussed by the CARICOM Heads include the rising cost of living, security issues and the status of external trade negotiations including the establishment of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Commission.

GRAND BAY VILLAGE COUNCIL RECEIVES $300,000 FROM DOMINICA GOVERNMENT FOR HOME REPAIRS

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Roseau, Dominica – March 05, 2008……….As its housing revolution pm_skerrit_talks_to_villager_in_grand_bay_feb_2008.jpgcontinues to impact the lives of more Dominicans across the country, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit last week presented a  cheque for $300,000 to the Grand Bay village council  for home repairs and renovation in the community.

 

In an address at the handing-over of the cheque last Tuesday, the Prime Minister also pledged an additional amount of $700,000 to the council once the first tranche of $300,000 has been spent.

 

The Prime Minister emphasised that never in the history of Dominica that “Government has sought to address the housing problem in Dominica in the way that this Government has done”.

DOMINICA’S PRIME MINISTER JOINS HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS AS DOMINICAN LOUISA JOSEPH 108 IS LAID TO REST

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Roseau, Dominica – March 04, 2008……….Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit was among hundreds of mourners who gathered in Vieille Case on Saturday afternoon for the funeral of  one hundred and eight year old (108) Louisa Joseph of Vieille Case affectionately known as ‘Awo’.   According to media personality Alex Bruno who read the…

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

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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.

Dominica’s Prime Minister Address to the Dominican People

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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.

pmskrt.jpgSince 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.

PROGRESS ON THE WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL PROJECT

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

 

acting_agriculture_minister_timothy_walks_part_of_the_trail.jpgLast 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.

REDEVELOPMENT OF NEW MODERN DOMINICA GRAMMAR SCHOOL PROGRESSING WELL

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

 

phase_ii_dgs_feb_2008.jpgWork 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.  

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

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Roseau, Dominica – February 18, 2008……Hundreds of primary school children in c-cett_mou_with_dhl_feb_2008.jpgDominica 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.

PANEL DISCUSSION ON VILLAGE FEASTS AND CULTURAL RENEWAL SET FOR FEBRUARY 28TH AS ACTIVITIES FOR REUN

Roseau, Dominica – February 15, 2008……As part of activities for Reunion Year, a panel discussion on Village Feasts and Cultural Renewal is carded for the community of Paix Bouche on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at the Primary School from 7pm.   The goal of the activity is to evaluate the state of village-based culture and…