Dominica: The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – Roosevelt Skerrit, informed that the government handed over eighteen new homes to the residents of the Cargo Territory and announced that in the upcoming few weeks, fifty new additional homes would be provided to the residents of the region.
He then spoke on the launch of the second work online program and stated, “The work online programme aims to give Dominicans to find lucrative employment online. I look forward to the programme providing more and more of our people with new means of gainful employment in the digital space.”
While talking to PM Skerrit during Annou Pale on 6 June 2021, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community – Ambassador Irwin LaRocque asserted that the CARICOM’s public health agency had been a secret adviser to the nations during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic
He added, “We have introduced certain protocols for the COVID-19 pandemic, but they have worked quite well, and we have not seen our services being diminished. We are not at full staff at the secretary of we are on rotation, but still, the services have not been diminished.”
“We have conducted various meetings to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and are doing fairly well.”
The Ambassador added that “Some nations are suffering from the third wave of the novel coronavirus and have seen spikes in the cases, but I think that the citizens have a responsibility as well to do their role and to observe and follow the COVID-19 health protocols.”
Irwin further cited that the economy that has been affected by the pandemic is a challenge in front of many nations, and according to the International Financial institutions, IMF – International Monetary Fund CARICOM
is the most effective region economically.
He informed that the tourism industry of the Caribbean region has decimated over the period of last year, and now many nations of the region have started to re-open the tourism sector.
He added that the previous year COVID-19 impacted the GDP by almost 20 % among many of the member states, the average being 15 per cent of the region, and the only country that did not suffer as much as Guyana is Dominica.
PM Skerrit further expressed and paid his gratitude to the staff members and CARICOM’s secretariat for their continued service.