Dominica MP’s to recite Oath of Allegiance at 11th Parliamentary session


The Commonwealth of Dominica government has declared that Members of Parliament will recite the Oath of Allegiance during the opening of the First Session of the Eleventh Parliament on February 7, 2023 (Tuesday) at 10 AM in the House of Assembly.

The upcoming meeting marks the start of a new parliamentary term, including the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, as a result of the general elections held on December 6, 2022. President Charles A Savarin of Dominica will deliver a speech, while Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will present the proclamations for dissolving parliament and convening the 11th Parliament.


In addition, Dr Irving McIntyre, the Minister of Finance, Economic Development, and Climate Resilience, will table the motion for approval of the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the financial year ending June 30, 2022, which will amount to EC$ 235,717,376.20.

Additionally, other measures aimed at mitigating the effects of global economic trends will also be presented to the house for enactment. These measures will be aimed at providing relief to the country’s citizens. The government stated that one of the bills to be introduced would be a modification to the Value Added Tax. Once the bill becomes law, the amount of VAT-exempt electricity provided by Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) will be raised from 100 Kwh to 150 Kwh.

The Order Paper will also include the Pensions Act, Stamp Act, Vehicles and Road Traffic Act, Title by Registration Act, Highway Maintenance Levy’s repeal, and International Maritime and Civil Aviation Act amendments.

The Dominica Agricultural Industries and Development Bank’s Financial Statements and the 2021 Debt Portfolio Review Report will also be presented at the meeting. The government has said that the Government Information Service (GIS) and the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS) will stream the parliamentary proceedings live.





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