Dominica is “making progress” on an international airport for Dominica- this from Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, he affirmed that Dominica has China’s firm commitment to financing the endeavour.
He said further that a feasibility study has been conducted to determine just how practical an international airport is for Dominica.
“This month we finalise the revised feasibility study which is a prerequisite for accessing the funding from the government of China. This is 172-page document on which we utilized the services of a consultant,” according to Hon Skerrit.
He added, “We reviewed it internally and in consultation with other experts…in airport construction.”
Hon Skerrit says that document was forwarded to the Chinese authorities.
He says a team from China was scheduled to arrive in February to finalise the technical requirements for the airport but since China is the centre of a rapidly-spreading corona virus outbreak, Hon Skerrit says that trip may be rescheduled.
A more in-depth geo-technical survey he says is another item on the checklist for which the land must be secured.
He says an International Airport Development Committee will be sanctioned by Cabinet next week to oversee and act as a go-between for the administrators and the population in the interim.
Hon Skerrit announced on his Facebook page that in the coming weeks, payments will be disbursed to some landowners who have concluded negotiations with the government.