A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Dominica and the United States Embassy that created the American Corner four years ago at the Public Library, has been reiterated.
US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Dr. Larry L. Palmer, signed the MOU with Education Minister Petter St. Jean on Monday at the Public Library on Victoria Street.
In his brief remarks, US Ambassador Palmer has described the partnership as an exemplary one.
“And what a great model of partnership it has been! Since its grand opening, this wonderful space in this lovely library has attracted many Dominicans to enjoy a wide variety of resources-books, computers, board games, and even kindles,” he said. “The fantastic staff here has planned dozens of successful events and activities-film festivals, books clubs and games for youngsters just to name a few.”
He pointed out that the signing reaffirms the “understanding and continue our great partnership with the government and people of Dominica.”
According to Palmer, the Embassy supports such endeavors because it believes in partnerships.
“We support endeavors like this because we sincerely believe in partnership. In this interconnected world, we interact on a daily basis with people from across the world, we share interests and goals,” Palmer noted. “We are stronger when we work together and make things happen- and the American corner in Dominica is an excellent example of just how true that is.”
The American Corner is a a partnership between Dominica and US Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. The Government of Dominica provides space inside the National Public Library in Roseau and agreed to assist in staffing it.
In 2009, the American Corner received initial funding of $20,000 from the US Embassy. In 2012 the Embassy provided an additional US$10,000.