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Government Commended For “Realistic” Budget Presentation

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When Parliament convened last Thursday, the Dominica Labour Party’s (DLP) youngest senator, Tammy Jean-Jacques rose to pledge her support to the Government’s 2014/2015 National Budget Presentation.

Jean-Jacques, who has been a DLP Senator since the December 18 general elections, says Parliament Budget discussions are “serious business.”

“In this Parliament we debate and discuss serious business. What we witnessed from the Hon Prime Minister [the 201/2015 National Budget] was no child’s play but the presentation of a working Government with real solutions aimed at moving our country forward amidst the global economic recession and the expansion of the economy as indicated in this year’s [Budget] theme.”

The Hon. Senator is confident that the 2014/2015 Budget speaks to delivery in every sector of the economy in a realistic way.

She commended the Dominica Labour Party administration led by the Hon. Prime Minister for what she considers a Budget that touches all nationals.

“It will be remiss of me if I did not compliment the Hon Prime Minister and Minister for Finance for, not only his presentation of a Budget, but the content and character, essence and substance of the Budget in-keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Towards the Expansion of the Economy,” she said.

“This Budget speaks to delivery in every sector and aspect of the economy; delivery to touch of the lives of the people of this country in a meaningful and realistic way; delivery by a Government that was put here to work and will continue to work. This Budget speaks of delivery at a time when we’re faced with a global economic crisis and it presents a sustainable way out for every Dominican both here anmd abroad.”

Jean-Jacques has served in the House of Assembly since 2010 appointed senator by the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and sworn in on February 3rd 2010.

British High Commissioner Describes Geothermal Plant As Game Changer

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Dominica’s move to geothermal energy can be a game changer for the country.

This is according to British High Commissioner, H.E Victoria Dean, who visited Dominica’s geothermal plant in the Roseau Valley during her second visit to the island last week.

“It’s not for the UK or any other country to determine how Dominica should have its energy mix or secure its energy provision but it’s clear that you have a real challenge here. Dominicans, as I understand it, are paying the highest price in the region for electricity and that’s- as well as being difficult for families or individuals- is a huge burden on businesses and therefore the possibility of real economic growth. So tackling that in some form is clearly right that that should be a priority for any Dominican Government. “

She continued, “You have a real possibility here to move to a point where you no longer have to rely on imported diesel if you can make it work. That would make an enormous difference to your economy.”

According to High Commissioner Dean, the venture’s true game-changing qualities will prove themselves if the country is successful in generating geothermal energy in a safe and secure environment, in order to export to other countries.

MP Lists Developments in Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency

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Constituency Representative for the Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Hon. Ivor Stephenson has stated that he is proud of the amount of work that has been done in the area within the past four years.

Hon. Stephenson was addressing the House of Parliament on Monday when he listed the major jobs completed, first in Morne Jaune.

“We saw the rehabilitation of the Morne Jane Primary School. Presently ongoing, we have the rehabilitation of the Morne Jaune main road which takes us from Four Corners to the playing field. An amount of $100,000 is now being spent on this road project.

“Very recently in Morne Jaune we saw the upgrade of the playing field where we spent $35,000.

“A number of residents continue to benefit from a housing project.”

The Constituency Representative says residents of Riviere Cyrique are witness to several projects in that area.

“We saw in the Terre Yam area, road rehabilitation; a section of the road from Touce to the Health Centre has been rehabilitated at a cost of $78,000.

“BNTF funds were made available to the tune of $132, 247 for the continued rehabilitation of that road taking us to the playing field.

“In Morne Fwégaad, in the Dam Road area, presently $41, 345 is now being spent to improve the access into that area of the village. What we see happening in that area is the construction of a footpath with steps to make it much easier for pedestrians.

“Again in sections of the Morne Fwégaad main road, we saw areas rehabilitated to the tune of $34,000. In the Mouchoupié area, we’re talking about farm access improvement; $200,000 has been spent within the last financial year,” the MP listed.

Also in Riviere Cyrique, Government has extended the existing water supply to service more consumers and a lighting project has been completed erecting 35 street lights for the safety and security of commuters.

Additionally, the Riviere Cyrique community hall has been successfully upgraded into a suitable hurricane shelter.

Hon. Stephenson made special mention of a capacity-building programme which taught young people marketable skills to include electricity, plumbing and pastry-making.

Projects were also undertaken in Grand Fond.

Hon. Stephenson reported that currently, 9 students are pursuing higher education, fully-funded by Government and numerous others are being financially assisted, and 25 young constituents are employed through the National Employment Programme.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: re Fees

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The Ministry of National Security Immigration and Labour would like to inform the general public that as of September 1, 2012 fees for the application and processing of various categories of services by the Labour and Immigration are as follows:

 

CATEGORY OF SERVICE

CURRENT FEE

  1. Application for Citizenship

 

-       $250.00 and ($150.00) for citizens by decent born outside of Dominica before or after 1978)

 

-       $2,000.00 for issuance of certificate of registration after approval is granted) does not include Dominican citizens by decent

  1. Application for Work Permit

and Temporary Resident Permits

 

CARICOM Citizens - $250.00

Rest of the world     - $800.00

  1. Permanent Residence Permits

 

CARICOM Citizens - $400.00

Rest of the world     - $800.00

  1. Student visas

$250.00

  1. Domestic or visitor’s visa

$200.00

  1. Caribbean Community Skills Certificate

$100.00

  1. Application for new Passports

-       Child (15 & below)

-       Adults (16 & above)

-       Lost or damaged passport

-       Extension of Stay

$75.00

$150.00

$400.00

(varies depending on period of stay)

  1. Declaration for renunciation of Citizenship

$100.00

(All quotations are in Eastern Caribbean currency)

 

The fees are payable to the Government Treasury. Receipt of payment of fees must be presented to the relevant Government Departments upon application for the aforementioned services. Fees are non-refundable, irrespective of the outcome of applications.

The Ministry of National Security Immigration and Labour wishes to reiterate that there are no other fees required for the various services outlined in the schedule. Any information provided to the contrary is inaccurate and misleading. The Ministry will not be responsible for any other amount paid in this regard  and  urges the general public to be guided accordingly.

Agriculture Minister Says Government Has Taken Agriculture To The Next Level

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Despite the challenges facing the agriculture sector for well over a decade, the Ministry of Agriculture has done well, under the Labour Party Administration, to help this sector regain its prestige.

This is according to the Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Matthew Walter, who was addressing the House of Parliament on Friday 25th July, during the 2014/2015 budget debate.

The Minister said that based on the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s budget report, it is obvious that Government has been taking agriculture to the next level.

He quoted the 2014/205 National Budget Address, “The horticulture programme introduced by Government has been very successful and has been largely responsible for the growth in the agriculture sector in the past five years. The non-banana crop sector is estimated to have grown by 6.4 percent and 13.0 percent in 2011 and 2012 respectively.”

According to the Hon. Minister, his Ministry has also done work in reinstating faith in and lending support to old, new and prospective farmers.

“We held the first Agri-Forest Festival in Dominica and the objective of the festival was to restore confidence in the farmers and educate them on what needs to be done to make farming an enjoyable and profitable profession. [It was also to stimulate the youth to encourage them to actively participate in agriculture and replace the aging farmers.]

The Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated $9.9M in the 2014/2015 National Budget.