Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is travelling across the region of Punjab, located in northern India, with the goal of discussing Dominica and its promising economy with local entrepreneurs.
On Tuesday 23 February, after chairing the 6th Convocation of Lovely Professional University and receiving a Doctor Honoris Causa from the prestigious institution, the Prime Minister attended a luncheon in his honour at the largest banqueting hall in Jalandhar.
Jalandhar is the oldest city in Punjab, and is rich in history and traditions. It played a significant role in the development of the Indus Valley Civilisation, and was an important Mughal centre. Modern Jalandhar is known as the ‘sports city of India,’ as it produces first-rate sporting goods that are sought after by India’s greatest athletes. It is also renowned for its agricultural produce, and leather and textile merchandise.
The luncheon was attended by over 90 top businesspersons and manufacturers from the city of Jalandhar, who warmly received the Prime Minister’s message of economic growth and opportunity for investment.
Not only did the Honourable Prime Minister deliver an impassioned speech on his increasingly flourishing nation, but he also took the time to speak individually to the attendees – learning about their trades and inviting them to exercise their skills and carry out their activities in the island of Dominica. Because of Jalandhar’s reputation as India’s finest producer of sporting equipment and as the seat of a number of dynamic manufacturing businesses, the luncheon attendees took the opportunity to present the Prime Minister with local goods produced by the city’s leading manufacturing companies.
Prime Minister Skerrit attended a similar event that same evening in Ludhiana.
Ludhiana is one of India’s leading industrial cities, with the BBC referring to it as ‘India’s Manchester City.’ It is the country’s largest city north of the capital, with much of the city’s expansion due to its prolific and profitable light engineering, hosiery, and textile industries.
The Prime Minister was greeted by a hall overflowing with industrialists and businesspersons with interests in a varied range of activities – stretching from import-export, to beauty products, construction, light manufacturing, cycles, machinery, and more.
The Prime Minister addressed the congregation with fervour, speaking enthusiastically about the future of Dominica and the Caribbean region as a whole. He noted that investors must consider all the Caribbean islands when evaluating where to invest, as the region aspires to work in concert for a better future.
Needless to say, the Prime Minister dwelled on Dominica’s unique investment opportunities.