Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate, Edward Registe, has announced his plans for major development in a new fish landing facility, agriculture and education in the Grandbay constituency.
Registe, who was launched a few days ago, said he intends to speak, work and lead the process of positive transformation of his community.
“I invite you to join me on a journey to the new south city of the future. I propose the development of a new fish landing facility at Stowe which will eventually evolve into a port of entry. It will not only serve as a trading precinct but also as an escape route by sea in times of disaster when roads leading to the south from this community becomes compromised,” he stated
Registe envisions enabling farmers in his agriculture-based constituency to invest in new technologies such as aquaculture and greenhouses and proposes the development of an irrigation system to provide water for irrigation in those areas where production has been impacted by prolonged drought which he attributes to climate change.
He said the constituency will also benefit from repairs to, and construction of, over 20 community roads under the road repair program.
In the area of education, the DLP government senator plans to undertake repairs to the Grandbay Primary School and construction of the Tete Morne Primary School and intends to introduce vocational and skills training for adults.
Registe has undertaken to do major works to improve the Geneva playing field He said discussions have been held with the Dominica Football Association (DFA) in order to secure the funds to the tune of USD$50,000 from International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) towards the proper drainage of the playing field and to construct a wall on the eastern side of the field to mitigate against flooding from the river.
“Following these works, I foresee further development of this venue, to realize the development of a mini stadium which could host various sporting and cultural events,” the DLP candidate envisioned.
Registe’s ideas for the development of Grand Bay also includes the transformation of the Pierre Charles Boulevard into a leisure and entertainment area with bars and restaurants to promote Dominica’s creole cuisine and showcase the country’s cultural heritage.
Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland
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February 20, 2020
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said heads of government of CARICOM have expressed their “overwhelming” support for the renewal of the term of office for Secretary General Baroness Scotland.
Scotland, a Dominican by birth is under pressure from the international community to resign from her position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
But Skerrit who spoke on the sidelines of the Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, said the grouping is standing behind Scotland.
He said at the meeting, heads of governments also expressed their gratitude for her achievement during her tenure.
“Heads of governments expressed our gratitude for the range of activities undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat whose added value redounded to the benefit of small island and low lying coastal developing states,” he said.
According to Skerrit who has been one of Scotland’s main supporters, the heads of government also expressed support for the renewal of the term of office of the secretary general.
“We do hope that when we meet in Rwanda, the current holder of the post of secretary general will receive a second term in that very important office,” he said.
Skerrit said heads of CARICOM also engaged Scotland “directly and frankly” on the issues leveled against her in the media.
But he said CARICOM remained satisfied and accepted the responses given by her as “legitimate”.
The questions about Scotland’s future leadership of the Commonwealth came after she was criticized by internal auditors last November for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by her friend.
The audit committee report also found that the Secretariat had no register of either tender waivers or conflicts of interest and was unable to explain why not.
That committee also identified 50 occasions between July 2015 and June 2018 when the usual procurement tenders had been waited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Baroness Scotland has always denied any wrongdoing
Scotland’s four-year term of office as secretary general comes to an end next month.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be backing moves to persuade Amina Mohamed, a 58-year-old Kenyan politician, to challenge Baroness Scotland if she refuses to stand down.