PM Skerrit meets President of CDB Dr Leon, who is on his first trip to Dominica

President of Caribbean Development Bank Dr Leon assumed and took his chair in the office on May 4, 2021. He has visited the commonwealth of Dominica, which was his first trip to the Caribbean country. President has extended a warm welcome to Nature Island.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit meets Dr Hyginus 'Gene' Leon in Dominica
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit meets Dr Hyginus 'Gene' Leon in Dominica

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit held a meeting with Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon, the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), on the morning of Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 

President of Caribbean Development Bank Dr Leon assumed and took his chair in the office on May 4, 2021. He has visited the commonwealth of Dominica, which was his first trip to the Caribbean country. President has extended a warm welcome to Nature Island. 

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The discussion was focused on various major projects that will be initiated in Dominica. The central topic of the discussion was the CDB’s recent endorsement of two major projects with funding from the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). The Bank will further administer the funds.

The meeting has featured several topics that include the construction of various new projects. Several projects, such as the Rehabilitation of 11km of roadway between the Loubiere Bridge and Grand Bay, will be financed with grant funding of US$32.9 million (EC$88. 8 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom; a Government of Dominica contribution of US$10.7 million (EC$28.8 million); and a CDB loan of US$5.5 million (EC$14.8 ) million to cover the construction of the Mitchum Bridge.

Further, Prime Minister Skerrit outlined that the government of the United Kingdom has granted US$30.3 (EC$81.8 million), and the Government of Dominica and DOWASCO’s contribution of US$9.2 million (EC$24.8 million) will finance the Water Sector Strategic Development Project to improve water supply and distribution infrastructure and upgrade the Jimmie wastewater system.

In addition to that, PM Skerrit noted, “The water project will benefit communities along the West Coast (Coulibistrie Intake), the Roseau Valley, Calibishie, and East Coast communities from Castle Bruce to Morne Jaune.”

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A meeting between Roosevelt Skerrit and President of Caribbean Development Bank
A meeting between Roosevelt Skerrit and President of Caribbean Development Bank

While extending gratitude to the UK government, PM Skerrit expressed, “We extend sincere thanks to the United Kingdom Government for this very generous contribution to our national development.”