CARICOM congratulates Dominica on ‘impressive strides’ since Independence

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended congratulations to Dominica as the country observes its 41st Anniversary of Independence on 3 November 2019.

“The strides that Dominica has made since that landmark day in 1978 have been impressive,” CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his congratulatory message to Dominica’s Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit.

“…and the people have shown admirable resilience of spirit in maintaining a steady path in the quest to build a viable and prosperous nation,” he added.

Dominica is celebrating this year under the theme “Saluting Resilience and Rejuvenation…Two Years on”, and the Secretary-General said this spoke to the country’s ability to defeat adversity, and the ‘continuing and unwavering determination and commitment of the Government and People to overcome the traumatic devastation of successive natural disasters and seek to build the world’s first climate resilient country’.

Dominica has been recovering from the widespread devastation caused by category-five hurricane Maria in September 2017. Before Maria, it was also impacted by Tropical Storm Matthew in 2016 and Erika in 2015.

“What has been achieved “Two Years on” from Hurricane Maria is nothing short of remarkable,” the Secretary-General said in his statement.

Ambassador LaRocque also noted that CARICOM had benefitted significantly from Dominica’s invaluable contributions to the integration process and looked forward to its continued active engagement in helping to achieve the Community’s objectives.

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