Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday called on the regional private sector and other stakeholders to consider purchasing shares in the cash strapped regional airline, LIAT, saying that the company is vital to the continued development of the sub-regional and wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping.
Addressing a news conference following the two-day meeting of leaders of the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Skerrit said it was necessary for regional stakeholders to move beyond mere words regarding the survival of the airline that employs over 600 people and operates 491 flights weekly across 15 destinations.
“I also believe too that my regional colleagues, I have recognised that a couple have played a part, but we need to go beyond that and to consolidate their participation.
“It is not enough to just say well LIAT is this, LIAT is that. Come to the table. If you are not around the table it is going to be very difficult for you to influence the decisions. And so if you are party to the negotiations, if you are party to something then the ideas which you have can very well find themselves turn into decisions”.
Skerrit said the continued complaints about the airline, which has been in existence for the past 38 years, “is not going to solve our problems.