Diasporan Representative Response:
Thank you for copy of the IMG media statement. Based on the information that was shared with me so far I concur with the conclusions of the Group.
I will have some further comments later as I receive feedback from selected representatives of our Diasporan Communities.
A member of the Diaspora wrote as follows:
"I agree Clayton Shillingford's role is bigger in IMG and should not be simply that of "guard". Dominica's situation is too critical for one to be so limited. My frank assessment is that the IMF never liberated anybody or country from thralldom. That it mandates fiscal discipline is a course which is prudently self-evident for any country or business. And I guess if its stamp of approval is a prerequisite to accessing commercial and other funds, so be it. However, for a country like ours where the key to our rise resides in a dynamic link with the skills and financial resources of our huge overseas population, more regard needs to be paid to that. For instance some of our high officials will visit Washington and regularly bypass the community of Dominicans resident there and closet themselves with the IMF, perpetuating the fallacy that our salvation as a people rest not upon our shoulders but someone else. Our recent meetings with PM PJ Patterson, Grenada's Mitchell, PM Kenny Anthony, PM Gonsalves etc. is testimony to that, where they pin-point their communities, aside from official business. The efforts of our PM in meeting Dominicans in the Bronx recently is a good endeavor and must be encouraged among other members of the Gov.
There is much that can be done via Dominicans overseas. But that is only successful with respectful and effective partnership premised on attaining specific objectives. The IMG could demand:
We can do the above and Dominica and Dominicans will reap bountiful rewards. Let us continue working together."
Some of the ideas expressed above are aligned with item 5 of the terms of reference of the IMG.//i.e "to identify areas of concern and urgent priority actions for Government compliance as well as the generation of economic activity"
Dr Clayton A. Shillingford
Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences