Monday 13 July, 2020

Mottley shuts down critics on Ross University relocation

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has sought to clear the air on the relocation of Ross University School of Medicine to Barbados, saying it "never been a case of poaching or enticing anyone away from Dominica". 

In a statement, PM Mottley said she was disappointed that some Barbadians have fallen prey to the attempts of those to "create confusion and discord" over the decision of Adtalem Global Education to locate the University to Barbados. 

She said government's hands are clean in this matter. 

Mottley explained the government of Barbados was first approached on the relocation on May 31, just a week after the General Elections. 

In a conference call the next day, Mottley said inquires were made of the University's state of recovery in Dominica since the passage of Hurricane Maria.  

She said the Dominican government was hopeful of a January start to the University but that proved unlikely given their circumstances.  

"It was only after Dominica was ruled out for the January start-up of classes and when attention had turned to at least two other potential locations in the region, two sister Caribbean islands, that Barbados then embraced the idea of making itself available as a possible site for relocation. It should also be noted that Adtalem Global Education has extensive operations all over the world and not just in the Caribbean. Hence their choices have always been not just the Caribbean region.  

In all our discussions with Ross, it was stressed, ad nauseam, the impact the move would have on Dominica and the Dominican economy and the clear need to mitigate any fall out. " 

Mottley said her relationship with Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit is "very good" and she in no way intended to harm the relationship between the two countries. 

"For anyone to suggest that I would knowingly or deliberately set out to hurt, harm or undermine the interests of Dominica, Dominicans, their Government or their leader, simply do not know or understand Mia Amor Mottley. For anyone in the region to suggest otherwise is at best, ignorant of the facts and at worst, downright malicious." 

She added consideration is being given to developing a Common Community Investment Policy and Investment Code for the region and Barbados will remain committed to assisting the rebuilding efforts in Dominica.  


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