2022/23 Budget features major investments in infrastructural projects

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by: July 27, 2022

This year’s Budget presented by the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, features major investments in infrastructural projects.

He says these projects will create jobs in Agriculture, Commerce, Tourism, Renewable Energy, Small Business, and the Digital Economy.

“During this Fiscal Year, Government will continue to invest in building robust and resilient infrastructure to ensure the safety of our people, enhance the aesthetics of the country, improve access and connectivity, increase social interaction across communities, and support the economic development of our country,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.

He added, “Mr. Speaker, we are all aware of Dominica’s challenging terrain which makes it sometimes five times more expensive to construct one mile of road, compared to our neighbors. In addition, we have higher rainfall than most, but no one can deny we have some of the best roads in the region. That notwithstanding we will continue to invest in further improvements to make all of our roads more resilient to disasters.”

The Prime Minister further assured, that this year, citizens will see the completion of the $18 million Layou East Road project with a new and improved road alignment.

“This new road will improve connectivity between the West and East Coasts and expand opportunities in the agriculture and tourism sectors,” Skerrit said.

The $126.7 million rehabilitation of the East Coast Road from Bois Diable through Castle Bruce and the Kalinago Territory and into Hatton Garden is scheduled to be completed by June 2023.

The PM said, “Once completed, Dominicans, and in particular, the people of the east will drive comfortably on a resilient highway that is much wider and safer, with several new bridges and water crossings, and improved lighting, Mr. Speaker.”

Mr. Skerrit said “government will also reconstruct the Wotten Waven/Morne Prosper link road in this Fiscal Year.”

The previously used section of road leading to Wotten Waven was destroyed by Hurricane Maria and the current instability of the high cliffs poses a major challenge for safe and economical rehabilitation of the area. Extensive works have been earmarked for this area with an estimated cost of this project totaling $3 million.

Another area where works are expected to commence in this fiscal year is the Loubiere to Bagatelle Road project. Prime Minister Skerrit says the tender process is nearing completion.

“We are in final discussions with a contractor, and it is expected that a contract will be awarded for the works no later than September 2022. This means that work should begin before the end of this calendar year,” the Finance Minister noted.

The project will include the replacement of all the bridges from Loubiere to Grand Bay, road realignment and widening, and a new drainage system as well as the construction of a new Bridge at Micham.

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