The Dominica Business Forum (DBF) Housing and Construction Symposium got underway today, Wednesday at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.
President of the recently formed organisation, Severin McKenzie noted that the symposium is an avenue for the private sector to contribute to the rebuilding process post Hurricane Maria.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development, Esther Thomas commended the private sector for the initiative and highlighted the need for the construction sector to refine their standards of conducting business.
She articulated the need for a clear action plan following the symposium and encouraged small business contractors to apply for the micro and small enterprise emergency grant ; small business owners have until this Friday, January 26 to apply.
The Housing and Construction Symposium is expected to cover topics including Dominica's Housing Solution, the Importance of Implementation of the Building Code, Supply Chain Challenges for Reconstruction and Mortgages in Post Hurricane Maria.
Several businesses including banks and credit unions, insurance companies, building material supply and real estate agencies have set up display booths for the two-day event.