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Cuba agrees for extended stay of electricity linesmen in Dominica

by: Dominica Vibes News - February 20, 2018
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Crew from Unión Eléctrica de Cuba with DOMLEC officials (Photo Credit: DOMLEC Facebook page)

The Republic of Cuba will extend its assistance program to Dominica in the restoration of the electricity.

Following the destructive effect of the category 5 Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the government and people of Cuba dispatched a team of electrical linesmen to Dominica to aid in the restoration of the electricity. The team arrived equipped with the necessary equipment and has been working alongside local counterparts and others from the region.

Speaking at the National Rebuilding and Economic Partnership Consultation on Monday 19 February 2018, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that given the slow pace of the recovery exercise, he has requested of the Cuban government to extend the stay of the Cuban team of linesmen currently on island.

The team was due to leave Dominica at the end of March 2018; however Mr. Skerrit said the Cuban government has y agreed to extend the stay of these men until the end of April 2018.

The Cuban team of linesmen will continue to work alongside their Dominican counterparts in advancing the restoration of the electricity service. The cost for that extension will be borne by the government of Dominica and the Cuban government, the prime minister said.

Mr. Skerrit also expressed his utter dissatisfaction with the pace of the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the electricity supply to Dominica. According to him, the availability of a reliable and efficient supply of electricity is fundamental to the future development of Dominica.