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Dominica to build int’l airport with CBI funds

With plans to enhance the Commonwealth of Dominica’s profile as an upmarket ecotourist destination, the Roosevelt Skerrit Administration recently outlined its vision to construct a new international airport on the island.

“The only missing link for the country now is the international airport, with the hotels under construction and opening, with a resurgence in agriculture, agriculture expansion, with our programme to construct a new cruise village and a new port, improvement in our infrastructure [and] health facilities,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently shared.

Despite not disclosing the estimated cost of the construction, the Government announced that funding for the project will come from monies raised through the country’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme.

“Every bridge that we have fixed, every home that we have assisted, every school we have fixed, funds came from the Government of Dominica utilising the citizenship by investment programme.”

– Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

The Government has also used funds from the programme to bolster the island’s recovery efforts following the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

With new projects underway, the Government says it is ready to welcome high-quality visitors to the island and restore arrival numbers to levels before the storm.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (Photo: Facebook.com)

In addition, the Government is hoping to attract highly reputable and carefully selected foreign investors through the CBI programme, from which it will use funds to build the airport.

“Every bridge that we have fixed, every home that we have assisted, every school we have fixed, funds came from the Government of Dominica utilising the citizenship by investment programme,” Skerritt noted.