Petro Caribe the ‘life blood of Caribbean’

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Petro Caribe the ‘life blood of Caribbean’ by: – June 28, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img 57 Views   no discussions Share Petro Caribe which has been supplying gasoline, diesel, liquid petroleum gas and asphalt to Dominica and other Caribbean countries, has been described as the “life blood” of the Caribbean by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.The Petrocaribe Energy Cooperation Agreement which was signed between President Hugo Chavez and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in Venezuela on June 29th, 2005 will mark its 7th year anniversary on Friday.At an anniversary celebration at the Old Mill Cultural Centre on Wednesday evening, the prime minister noted that he could “say without fear of contradiction” that Petro Caribe has been assisting many Caribbean countries to keep afloat financially.“I know of countries today, because of the global crisis, are using the funds from Petro Caribe to pay the salaries of public officers in these countries. I know of countries today that are using the resources to meet their debt payment that they are unable to meet on a monthly basis and if we were to remove the Petro Caribe agreement from the mix of financial considerations, I would say that the challenges which are confronting all of us in the Caribbean would have been fourfold”. Venezuelan Ambassador, Carmen Martinez de Grijalva who explained that the Petro Caribe agreement stands for “unity, solidarity, cooperation, energy security, social and economic development and environmental security,” said the agreement has been a very “fruitful” one. She highlighted the work which the Petro Caribe agreement has completed in Dominica during these seven years.These include, the establishment of a plant in Jimmit which provides employment to thirty-three (33) people, the Petro Cases project, removal of scrap metal from the bay in Portsmouth, the expansion and security work at the Melville Hall Airport, gas stations to fishermen across the island and free liquid petroleum gas to centenarians.PDV Caribe Dominica Ltd’s General Manager, Guillermo Lozza, also complimented Dominica for proving to be the most “effective means of integration between two countries”.He explained, through this agreement Dominica has received “financial and social benefits” and expressed confidence that the agreement “will continue to provide material benefits to the people of Dominica”.Meanwhile, Energy Minister Reginald Austrie told Dominica Vibes News that Petro Caribe has been a “blessing” and this relationship will not be severed anytime soon. “Petro Caribe has been there in every aspect of Dominican life and it is really a God sent and a blessing that we have Petro Caribe. So the issue of getting out of Petro Caribe is not an issue, it’s not on the board and it’s not up for debate or consideration”.There was also a cultural event in which several groups and artistes provided entertainment for the guests.Among them were; the IVCC Cuatro Group, the Cuban Dancers, the NIDRA Dance group, the Pointe Michel Dance group, River Song, Ophelia Marie and Gregory Rabess.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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