President of Dominica, His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool (left) receives credentials from His Excellency, Stefan Schueleter

Credentials by His Excellency Stefan Schueleter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Commonwealth of Dominica were presented to the President, His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool, on Wednesday, on April 13.

Dominica and Germany formalized diplomatic relations in 1980. His Excellency, Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool welcomed the new ambassador to Dominica.

“Your Excellency, I am pleased to welcome you to our country and receive your letter of credence issued by His Excellency Christian Woolf accrediting you as Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Commonwealth of Dominica. I have every expectation that during your term of office, you will do your utmost to continue those friendly relations and strengthen the existing bonds of co-operation of friendship which exists between our countries,” he said.

President Liverpool, during his address says there are many benefits to be derived as a result of the friendly relations between Germany and Dominica.

The new ambassador said that he looks forward to further deepening the ties between Germany and Dominica.

“The German Embassy, through his Excellency Dr. H. Martin, expressed the willingness of the German Government to actively assist in improving Dominica Tourism Industry to increase German visitors. We also note that there is a very good possibility for close co-operation in respect of environmental protection and assistance for the development of wind and solar energy in Dominica,” he stated.

He also pointed out that he looks forward to further deepening the ties between Germany and Dominica.

“Your Excellency, it is a great honour today, for me to present to you the letters recalling my predecessor as well as the letters of credence that appoint me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth of Dominica. Being stationed in Port of Spain, this is actually my first official visit that I am paying to this beautiful island and I am looking forward to contributing in the coming years to the further deepening of our bilateral relations as well as our regional co-operation,” he said.

Ambassador Schueleter said that with regard to reducing climate changes within the region, his hope is that Dominica can benefit from many regional initiatives.

“Now Dominica has been a close partner in the implementation of several programmes Germany has developed with CARICOM in the area of renewable energies. German experts, working with the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme out of St. Lucia, have visited the island repeatedly as Dominica is developing a remarkable potential in this field. Hydroelectric as well as geothermal power from the future, not only meets domestic demands here but will be a source of income as plans to export energy to Guadeloupe and Martinique are rapidly taking shape,” he pointed out.