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It is great that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reassured the people of Dominica that nation will be able to withstand the global economic downturn. However, riding out this crisis will inevitably exert even greater pressures on Dominica’s struggling economy, and the difficult period ahead requires careful handling by the government as well as the people.

Our economy has be in the depression since the beginning of the decade, and at the start of the New Year we find ourselves in the midst of an extreme global economic crisis that will definitely throw even more obstacles in the nation’s course to economic development.

In other for us to overcome these difficulties, there must be a collective effort from the government and the Dominican’s home and abroad. Why? Because we’re still under the microscope of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund with little room to manoeuvre. The island needs to generate overseas investments funds and resources which the government would have little or no direct control. Simply put, Dominica’s economic success depends heavily on highly unpredictable conditions at home and abroad.

If the global economy crisis continues, it’s likely to bring serious lifestyle changes for many Dominicans. Some may have to work harder. Some may lose their jobs and have to find alternative employment. It would put people in strange new situations and the government will have to find new ways to getting them to respond in a cooperative, understanding manner.

One practical approach the Government should consider, is to concentrate pro-actively on the needs of the most impoverished people and try to ensure that they can at least meet their basic needs – food, clothing, housing, education and recreation.

This will not be easy, but for our small island nation it’s necessary. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And if is one thing Dominican’s know is tough times. Someone once said “It’s easier to get where you’re going, if you know where you came from.” Our only hope of surviving in this global financial crisis ought to be towards greater self-reliance and more diversified economy.

Dominican’s are some of the most resourceful and resilient people, this year, government should seek resourceful means of helping them to fully demonstrate these qualities.

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