(Press Release) Roseau, Dominica – August 8, 2018 – The DAIC is gravely concerned with the socio-economic impact of the departure of Ross University on Dominica.
The DAIC is gathering statistical data through surveys to quantify the loss as much as possible whilst being in a position to work with Government to chart an alternate path forward. It is imperative that the work defined in the 2018/2019 National Budget, including key infrastructure works such as the West Coast highway are completed in order to sustain both activity and to further create conditions for new investment and to upgrade conditions for locals.
It is also critically important that supporting infrastructure across the island continue to be upgraded as a priority including the major hospitals in order for Dominica to further make a compelling offer to new investors.
This is a major blow given the determined recovery of the country, and should steel the resolve of the Government to avoid any complacency given the challenging times ahead in particular for sectors of the business and informal communities who supported Ross University.
The DAIC would like to emphasize that this highlights the increased importance of the Joint Public and Private Sector Committee and the financing of crucial parts of private sector recovery. In addition the engagement with the new hospitality offerings in the North becomes more critical and as such we encourage the Government to support the DAIC advocacy efforts in the North.
The DAIC supports an all inclusive approach to rebuilding Dominica as this is more than ever needed.