The newly-appointed Cabinet of Dominica has been charged with a huge task to build the vision of dynamic Dominica within the next five years.
According to the Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, the team which he has selected is designed for its ability to navigate what he foresees to be difficult times ahead.
When the Cabinet was sworn in earlier this week, Hon Skerrit noted that the challenges ahead will be born from the damage done to Dominica’s reputation recently and concerning the entire region, shrinking foreign investment, EU blacklisting and correspondent banking woes, access to development financing, global trade tensions.
He listed the immediate goals that the new Cabinet will tackle.
“The urgency of ensuring that our economy sustains no long-term harm from the external battering to which we were subjected in the last few weeks; the necessity of building social cohesion given recent fractures; ensuring that there is electoral reform by putting in place a structure and process for its prioritisation.”
He continued, “The reclassification exercise for the members of the public service to ensure that they get a better deal- this includes the general service, nurses, police, teachers and fire officers. “
Those goals also included several other social deliverables for which the Hon Prime Minister is well-known.
“The continuation of our signature social programmes such as Yes, We Care, Rapid Response and the expansion of the National Employment Programme to include mentorship and apprenticeships.
“Enlarging opportunities for public engagement and citizens dialogue with political leaders in person and via social media; the creation of a new social, cultural and economic sphere for young people with new opportunities for training, growth prosperity and upward mobility.”
The list went on, “The protection of our seniors, the poor and vulnerable; the creation of new opportunities and protections for Dominicans living with disabilities; the restructuring and modernisation of the fisheries and agriculture sectors to create new products and new wealth for the country, farmers and fishers; the rebranding of Dominica and the development of a new thrust in tourism and enhancing the existing product with new five-star hotels.”
Hon Skerrit also listed an international airport, a cruise terminal and cargo port, and the revitalisation of the capital city among other targets in each sector.