Roseau, Dominica: In the latest edition of the weekly Annou Pale of Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica Dr Roosevelt Skerrit interacted with the people of the country through the phonic conservation. He has listened to the questions of the general public through the calls where the discussion was held on various initiatives of the government on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
Prime Minister also outlined the effect of the Russia and Ukraine war and stated that it had impacted the fuel and food prices and its distributions in Dominica. However, the government is considering the proposal of the 3 percent reductions in the customs duties on the petroleum.
While answering the questions of the caller, PM Skerrit noted, “The prices have gone up in Dominica, and one of the things that we are looking at in concern to gas prices is that we are looking at possibilities of removing the customs service charge, which is about 3% on the petroleum”.
Some years ago, people also witnessed some reduction in the excise tax and the customs duty charge on LPG and Kerosene in Dominica, he added.
“In respect to additional importation in the country, he said the government is also looking at possibilities of removing freight and insurance as part of the consideration for being subjected to customs duties,” said the Prime Minister.
He further added, “I am firm in my convictions to help the less fortunate; I have a commitment and vocation to help people; people who went to school with me can tell you that I wouldn’t have my snack and give it to them and stay without, that’s how I know life.”
Speaking on the various initiatives started through the Citizenship by Investment Programme funds, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stated that the international airport is under construction in Dominica, which would cost around $1 billion, and the People’s Republic of China is also assisting the government.
“We are very confident, and we place our trust in God that he will continue to provide for us, with the successful building of the international airport using our CBI Funds, and not exposing current and future generations to bear the load of a huge debt,” said the Prime Minister.