Two Million Dollars Allocated to assist Tourism Stakeholders

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Two Million Dollars Allocated to assist Tourism Stakeholders by: – June 29, 2011center_img Tweet Share Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt SkerritHair braiders, vendors and taxi operators are set to benefit from two million dollars ($2,000,000) which have been allocated by the Government of Dominica, as part of their economic development thrust.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement while presenting the 2011/2012 Budget at Parliament on Wednesday.This is one of many measures announced by the Prime Minister to fuel income generation for the many stakeholders who depend heavily on the tourism industry.The Dominican leader told parliament that while one of the island main cruises; Carnival have pulled out from the industry, the government will continue to do all in their power to cushion the effects of the crisis.‘I must report that the Employment Agency and Small Business Unit has assisted close to 400 persons in the fiscal year 2010/11 and close to 1000 for the programme to date.  This year, $2.0 million will go towards that programme.  Specifically, some of these resources will be to provide some support to the small businesses such as the vendors, hair braiders and taxi operators whose income is being affected by the pull out of the Carnival Cruise Lines in the off-season, and who wish to get involved in other small business initiatives, to improve their income earning capacity,’ says Skerrit.On Wednesday, the prime minister sought approval of estimates of expenditure for the financial year ending June 30th, 2010, amounting to $432,598,384.Close to eleven million dollars head recurrent went to the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs with one million dollars allocated as head capital.The Prime Minister says funds will also be spent on enhanced training for tourism stakeholders, to further assist them in self-income generation.‘The modality of this specific assistance programme is being finalized and will be articulated by the relevant agencies in due course. Suffice it to say, that we have anticipated the economic fallout from the depressed cruise tourism period and are putting systems in place to cushion the impact on the most vulnerable.’‘One of the options I personally support is the utilization of this period for enhanced training, whereby, though not plying their trade in the traditional way, vendors, hair braiders and the like can be the beneficiaries of enhanced training in new technologies and approaches and at the same time be assured of satisfactory earnings during the down period.  I cannot promise that we will match their total earnings, but at least we will do as much as is possible to ensure they remain current with known and obvious commitments,’ Skerrit told Parliament.Parliament will resume at 10am on Thursday, June 30th and will be carried live by Vibes Radio on www.vibesradio.dm.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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