Spokesperson for the private sector, church and civil society group, Severin McKenzie said they have been working very hard over the last six months trying to do the work of the electoral commission
President of the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association and spokesperson for the private sector, church and civil society group, Severin McKenzie said he has been working very hard over the last six months trying to do the work of the electoral commission.
McKenzie revealed the group is in the final stages of publishing a report of its findings and recommendation.
Severin McKenzie was speaking on the ‘Hot Seat’ program with Matt Peltier this morning.
McKenzie invited the general public to a panel discussion to be held this evening at 7pm, at the DPSU building.
The panel of three will feature the attorney general, Honorable Levi Peter, a member of the electoral commission and a member of the private sector, church and civil society group.
The panel discussion will be mostly focused on the use indelible ink.
Spokesperson for the private sector, church and civil society group, Severin McKenzie.
A 2-day Planning and work plan formulation program Kicks off today under the theme “Strengthening the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries competences in planning and monitoring of programs”
A two-day Planning and work plan formulation underneath the theme “Strengthening the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries (MOAF) competences in planning and monitoring of programs.” Kicks off today.
Representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Diane Francis says that this strategic plan isn’t the end all solution but rather it has to be living document because things change, and therefore when that does, we ought to have plan to guide us through that transition.
Mrs Francis added that often, there tends to be difficulty moving from the pages of the strategic plan into the action working manifestation of those ideas.This is where the institutions’ strategic planning formation comes into effect, and is being recognized through two stages.
The first one, being able to recognize the role of the division of agriculture in pursuing & implementing & executing that strategic plan, or an institutional angle.
The second being more of an individualistic angle, where one would then identify their role within the over-all plan.
She says, if the roles of the institution and the individual are not identified then, it will be more difficult to see positive and effective results.
With these results, she says media & communication plays an important role in ensuring that persons get access to this important information.
Representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Diane Francis.
DFP Leader Kent Vital exposes the truth behind ECLAC’s projected 9% GDP expansion report for Dominica in 2019/2020
Based on a report published on 31st December 2018 from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Dominica will lead regional growth in 2019, with a 9% expansion, mainly due to the increase in construction for rebuilding damage structures, post Hurricane Maria in 2017, and the influx of grant funding and donations from international countries for reconstruction.
Next in line are the Dominican Republic with a (5.7 per cent), Panama with (5.6 per cent), Antigua and Barbuda with (4.7 per cent) and Guyana with (4.6 per cent).
Speaking to Q95 news on Monday, Economist and Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party, Kent Vital, expressed that based on his vast experience in economics, this is expected statistically, however, this figure of 9% growth will not reflect in society as they are not new jobs or businesses being created, instead, the monies given and investments made are to resuscitate already existing businesses, homes and public buildings which were just destroyed by a natural disaster.
Additionally, the DFP Political Leader singled out the fact, that majority of the reconstruction efforts have not been spearheaded by the government of Dominica, but by international aid agencies.
Economist and Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party, Kent Vital.
The Skerrit-led DLP Administration could have done much more to advance Dominica’s economy, says former IMF Economist and UWP Member, Dr. Thompson Fontaine
Economist and UWP Member, Dr. Thompson Fontaine has sought to expose the weakness of Dominica’s economy under the leadership of the Skerrit-led-DLP government, post Hurricane Maria.
Dr. Fontaine lamented the manner in which the DLP administration ran the country, post Hurricane Maria. He said the fact that many of the donations received were politicized by DLP Officials and ministers in time of a disaster, illustrates the negative mentality of the executive of the Party. Dr. Fontaine says more could have been done by the administration to significantly advance the economy even after such a disaster in September 2017.
Economist and UWP Executive Member, Dr. Thompson Fontaine, he spoke to Q95 news on Tuesday
Education Minister Petter St Jean says Government plans to establish satellite campuses at various secondary schools around the island to provide greater access to Dominican learners
Education Minister Petter St Jean says the Dominica State College has sought to provide diverse offerings to its clients. He says plans are being put in place at the DSC, to explore learning in a setting that supports a comprehensive, progressive curriculum.
For the Prime Minister and Government of Dominica he says this means the establishment of satellite campuses at various secondary schools around the island to provide greater access to Dominican learners.
Education Minister, Petter St Jean
DHTA hosted stakeholder consultations with key Tourism & Agriculture players, along with consultants and developers of GURU’s integrated Agriculture Management Platform & Farm Operating system
The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) hosted stakeholder consultations with players in the tourism & agriculture sectors on Island, in collaboration with Agro Tourism stakeholders, consultants and developers of GURU’s integrated Agriculture Management Platform and Farm Operating system. Guru is focused on revolutionizing agriculture. Its goal is to increase the sustainability of farm operations, while minimizing their environmental impact and building resilience against climate change. The app takes a holistic view of the challenges facing farmers to deliver solutions that make their operations more productive, more efficient and increases traceability of their business parameters.
DHTA’s Executive vice president Kevin A. Francis, remarked “To put it simply, the platform is a simple intuitive user interface that automates seller & buyer activities, tracks supply and demand of produce, helps develop better farming practices in data collection and storage and produce records necessary for business success.”He says “We have articulated this initiative in our last AGM and in the beginning of this year, so naturally we are excited to see this activated. Now, almost 2 years after the passage of Hurricane Maria, the DHTA is happy to work along with Mr. Jade Hutchinson and his GURU team to help strengthen these linkages and help grow our economy and increase food security.
Mrs. Marvlyn Alexander – James, President of the DHTA remarked that the timeliness of this initiative and the potential impact on both the tourism and agricultural industries is tremendous. James stated that in order to create and maintain sustainable and beneficial linkages between tourism and agriculture all factors need to be taken into account to include matching demand with supply, quality requirements and support structures which this platform is set out to do.She envisions this initiative will assist in getting agriculture fully integrated into the value chain of tourism, with farmers taking advantage of the many opportunities that exist within the sector and that the platform will a more efficient way for hotels and restaurants to connect and purchase produce that meets the requirements and expectations of guests and visitors
President Charles Savarin says Dominica believes in non-intervention in the internal affairs of countries in the region
President Charles Savarin says Dominica and the rest of CARICOM are committed to peace, democracy and the rule of law, and non-intervention in the internal affairs of countries in the region.
Caricom he says has made this position clear by numerous declarations regarding the situation in Venezuela.
Savarin made the comments during a presentation of credentials from the Dominica's new ambassador from the Kingdom of Spain last week.
President Charles Savarin.
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang says the upcoming 2019/2020 budget should make provisions for Public Officers’ salary increase
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang says in the upcoming 2019/2020 budget, provisions should be made to give public officers a salary increase.
He says provisions should also be made for implementation of the recommendations made by the job classification review committee. He believes these issues have been pending for some time, and are in fact long overdue.
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union, Thomas Letang.
Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence contends that Dominicans should continue to promote both the traditional and the contemporary dimensions of the Creole culture
Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence says Dominicans should continue to promote both dimensions of the Creole culture. That is the traditional and the contemporary. Lawrence says so far, he thinks this has been done successfully. He was speaking at the media launch of the Dominica 2019 media country conference.
Meantime Lawrence says there is always room for improvement, calling for greater support and encouragement to the various aspects of cultural expression.
Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence
Meanwhile, Local Historian Dr Lennox Honeychurch has called on Dominican builders and contractors to revert to architectural patterns of times past, that is which existed before Hurricane David.Honeychurch says the architecture of the indigenous people then, transferred with the materials that were used to the African traditions of architecture, and then to mainly French European concepts. He is among presenters for the August 2019 Dominica Country Conference.
Local Historian, Dr Lennox Honeychurch
The 3rd conference of the Dominica Country Conference will be held under the theme "Creole as Cultural Heritage- framing, strengthening and advocating."Head of UWI Open Campus Dominica - Kimone Joseph says there is no disputing that Creole culture has been a pillar of who Dominicans are as Caribbean People.She says heritage must be seen as critical in all efforts at national development.
Head of the Dominica UWI Open Campus Kimone Joseph.
Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) President Loftus Durand accuses the DLP Government of being hell bent on not producing, being stuck on selling passports, and Dominica is unable to export
Our Government is bent on not producing anything, but rather stuck on selling passport ports, therefore we cannot export in Dominica, says leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), Loftus Durand.
Durand says when compared to other Caribbean countries which do not engage in selling their citizenship, Dominica cannot compete.
He says these countries focus on innovative ideas and investments that best serve the citizens of their country, and they succeed.
He says, whilst referencing Dominican music legend “Chubby” from the “Midnight Groover’s”, we need to bring back the milk and honey days of exports back into Dominica, when the average person can earn money and be comfortable once again.
Leader of the CCM, Loftus Durand.
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