Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit is all set to hold virtual discussions on Tuesday with several colleague Prime Ministers in the Caribbean region to discuss Citizenship by Investment Programme of various nations. This meeting will aim to collaborate and strengthen the CBI programmes, said PM Skerrit during a press conference on Monday.
The PM added that he has decided to convene a meeting on Tuesday through zoom, which will include the leaders of Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and Saint Lucia, along with PM Roosevelt Skerrit. The prime ministers will come together and discuss the CBI programmes and the challenges as well as opportunities surrounding them.
Furthermore, the PM also acknowledged the support provided by the US Government to boost the CBI Programme of Dominica. He stated that the Government is looking at the CBI to see how they could better position the programme to stand the test of any scrutiny from anybody.
During the press release on Monday, PM Skerrit also told that his administration is moving ahead with plans to construct a track and field facility in Pointe Ronde near the town of Portsmouth. The land clearing on the site is already underway, and more information will soon be provided to the public in the coming weeks.
“We intend to share the plans with the public, so everyone knows what the facility will look like and what it will entail. He added that this would be a positive step in sports development and it is a long-awaited project,” said PM Roosevelt Skerrit.
He also took the opportunity to pay condolences to the family and relatives of the Dominican cricketer Irving Shillingford who passed on January 26 2023. PM Skerrit said, “I take this opportunity to express on behalf of the government and people of Dominica to express deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and others around.”
“He made his debut at age 32 against Pakistan in March 1977. Scoring 120 in his second March in Border in Guyana, he played four tests and two ODIs for the West Indies and scored 5449 runs in 92 first-class matches. He holds a distinction as the only Dominican cricketer to have scored a test century; many of us still remember the joy which he brought to the Dominican people via his accomplishments in the sport and his prayers on the field.”
He said that he also spoke with his widow Mrs Elizabeth Shillingford
and informed her of the government’s decision to Accord the late Irving Shillingford an official funeral.
The Government and people of Dominica recognize Shillingford’s outstanding contribution to the development of cricket in Dominica, his several years spent promoting the sport via his involvement in and leadership of the Cavaliers Cricket Club, as well as his years of service as a national selector.
The official funeral is an indication of the high honour and esteem with which the Government as well as people of Dominica hold the late Irving Shillingford. The Official Funeral of the late Irving Shillingford will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023.