Dominica and Vietnam agree to expand bilateral cooperation  

Henderson, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son

Dominica and the Asian country of Vietnam have agreed to expand cooperation in many areas as the two countries observe ten years of diplomatic relations.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business, Trade and Energy, Dr Vince Henderson, is in Vietnam on a five-day official visit at the invitation of Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.

The two held talks in the country’s capital, Hanoi, on Monday, March 20 and agreed to work closely, not only between the two countries but also to expand cooperation between Vietnam and CARICOM.

On his Twitter page, Bui Thanh Son said he was pleased to host Henderson on the occassion of the years of diplomatic relations.

“There remains much potential for cooperation in trade, agriculture, fishery, tourism, etc. We also agree to work closely in the UN and boosting Vietnam- CARICOM relations,” he wrote.

Online news portal, Voice of Vietnam (VoV), reported that Son welcomed Henderson’s visit to his country, saying the guest is the first cabinet member of the Commonwealth of Dominica to visit Vietnam.

He said Vietnam places great emphasis on the importance of strengthening relations with Dominica and hopes that the two sides will continue to explore cooperation possibilities to match the potential and strengths of each country.

Son also suggested the leaders of the two countries meet on the sidelines of international conferences and foster cooperation at the United Nations and other multilateral agencies.

According to VoV, for his part Dr. Henderson expressed Dominica’s admiration for Vietnam’s achievements in foreign affairs and socio-economic development Vietnam and affirmed that Dominica always wishes to strengthen relations with Vietnam.

He agreed with Son’s proposals for cooperation in the fields of trade, agriculture, fishery and tourism and asked Vietnam to share its development experience with Dominica.  He also said he expects the two sides promote cooperation in the fields of agriculture, fishing, as well as in response to climate change and sea level rise.

During his stay in Vietnam, Dr Henderson is expected to meet leaders of a number of private enterprises including Vietnam’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer Vinfast, and visit several tourism and cultural sites in Hanoi.

Vietnam, officially known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is located in Southeast Asia.

It has a population of 96 million and is the 16th most populous country in the world.

The country has one of the fastest growing economies of the 21 century with the World Bank describing it as a “development success story.”

However, according to Human Rights Watch, Vietnam has a poor human rights record and it has ranked among the lowest in international measurements of civil liberties, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion and ethnic minorities.

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  1. Mc Carthy MARIE
    March 22, 2023

    Actually, Vietnam produces excellent coconut oil; our merchants should step up and import sufficient quantities of coconut oil from Vietnam so we can get rid of the inferior seed oils on our store shelves. The consumption of these so-called vegetable oils contributes to our epidemic of CNCD and the sooner we get rid of them the healthier we shall be.

  2. Lin clown
    March 22, 2023

    The Arabs and Syrians arrived in Dominica with nothing.Because of their lack of jealousy for each other,their togetherness and their willingness to help each other they are where they are today.The black Dominican is ungrateful,greedy,lying,lazy a crook,gossiper and a traitor he will betray his country and people to get crumbs form another race table.Typical UWP.Take a look at Dominica,Dominicans gave their lands to Haitians,today the Haitians have built houses and open businesses.Where are the children of the big land owners,on drugs,homeless,and unemployed,living on food stamps and section 8 in the USA.The Chinese came with nothing,they rented all delapidated buildings and opened businesses in Roseau.The black Dominican will wait for the first opportunity to criticize his country.Read their comments they criticize everything in favour and in the interest of Dominica.China,Russia and Vietnam all communists have embassies in the USA. The idiots want us to believe otherwise.

  3. Anthony P Ismael
    March 22, 2023

    Article should be titled: Vince on yet another tax payer funded jolly with no results. Lots of big mouth chat and nothing substantial to advance Isle of Beauty.

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  4. Lin clown
    March 22, 2023

    Here we go again foolishness coming from fools.During the Vietnam war the USA fought on the side of South Vietnam(Saigon) against the North(Hanoi).The USA wanted to prevent the North communists from taking over the South so called democracy.In the process the USA lost 58,220 soldiers,after which they put their tails between their legs and left Vietnam.Today the USA has very close diplomocratic relations with Vietnam.

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  5. AA
    March 22, 2023

    Any country which supports China supports russia. See how China and russia strengthening their bonds.
    Dominica should be on the look out

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    • Hmmmmmm
      March 22, 2023

      What’s wrong with supporting China and Russia? So should i support America?
      America and its allies have done a million times more harm to mankind than those two countries ( China and Russia) combined.
      Stop bringing your westen crap to my attention. You are ill informed. Maybe you should stop listening to BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and do your own research.After all we are in 2023.

    • MEME
      March 22, 2023

      China and Russia are strengthening bonds because of America’s dumb and dangerous foreign policy. When you have a foreign policy predicated upon wars, regime change and geopolitics, eventually countries will gang up against you. That’s what you must understand. None of Americas wars has been about democracy. You can’t export democracy. Democracy is not a bunch of bananas or a cigarette. Its like we (the USA) are the sole super power, so we do what we want, and you do what we say. That’s why i love the way the world is gravitating now, into a multipolar world, with strong blocks like BRICS….I also love the rise of China.
      America is no angel brother. America has proven to be worse than Russia and China combined.

  6. Sell Me Twice
    March 21, 2023

    A white man is eagerly welcome in a black man’s country; It’s not the other way around. The reason being, the black leaders are greedy, corrupt and
    loves money above his family. This, the white man knows for a fact. So with boldness and money to give away; the black man will sing his redemption song. This is a trade which the white man has learned from way by when. And the black man loves to shake hands with the white man. This isn’t something new. This is how we in Dominica forfeited our land and property to the Arabs and Syrians. Today they are ruling us and even controlling our government. The black man is definitely inferior to all other races. And there are many evidence to prove that fact. However, he isn’t inferior with God. I do believe that Jesus Christ was a black man. But this black man didn’t love money, nor was He corrupt. He suffered much injustice like we experience today. A Samaritan woman refused to give Him a drink of water because He was a Jew. Pay day is coming.

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  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 21, 2023

    “Dominica and the Asian country of Vietnam have agreed to expand cooperation in many areas ”

    So, in what areas are they going to expand this cooperation since none exists?

    What does Dominica have in common with Vietnam socially, or economically? Within the last ten years or more that Roosevelt established diplomatic relation with that Totalitarian, country, (State), what has Dominica benefited from Vietnam?
    We can’t ship any of our agricultural products to Vietnam because all the staples we grow are grown in Vietnam; so this bilateral agreement seems to be only sweet sounding words, bilateral agreement is simple a contract, binding stipulation!
    Bilateral contracts are the most common kind of binding agreement; where each party becomes an obligor which is bound to another; and their own promise.
    So too, there can be an obligee; where one is obligated, or bound on the other persons promise.
    Shall Dominica be bound on Vietnam promise, whereas Roosevelt constantly seeks…

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    • Man bite dogs
      March 22, 2023

      Francisco, you are so clever Mr know it all why the hell you don’t move out of your bolt hole to run things in Dominica, all of you are mouth running idiots with no substance in your dyed up pencils.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 24, 2023

        Very good you know nothing; uneducated brute:


        Let me see you write something from an intellectual point of view, as I always do, let all of us the idiots see how intelligent you are!
        All you can do is be a lap dog for that corrupt thief whose name I will not but I suspect you know who the damn thief is eh!

        The thief went from rags to riches in the second year he became …………, while you dog poor keep lapping up after him.

        You are powerless to write anything such as I an idiot like is capable of writing; you know why?

        Everything that my name is attached to develops, and comes out of my brain, I don’t have a ghost write; I don’t pay people to write rubbish in my name eh!
        I am kid Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque oui!
        Mad man dog eating people is not my name, I am human eh!

        All you can do is curse me, and anybody else who exposes Roosevelt incompetency, and fleecing of the nation, he is a damn confounded corrupted traitor of…

  8. Truth Be Told
    March 21, 2023

    The “Vietnam Crypto Market Report 2022” revealed that 16.6 million Vietnamese own digital currencies, with bitcoin being the most popular asset. Another research conducted by Chainalysis placed the Asian country as the world’s cryptocurrency adoption leader, with a score of 1.000.
    Research in progress with Crypto curriency and Crypto Bank coming soon to Roseau and Portsmouth Dominica.

  9. Not A Herd Follower
    March 21, 2023

    That venal government in Dominica has a propensity to ”befriend” countries with terrible human rights records.

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    • MEME
      March 21, 2023

      @ Not A Heard Follower
      The thing is we can benefit a lot from those diplomatic engagements, but sadly,
      Dominica’s leadership is not forward looking, and the government lacks the vision and capacity to negotiate. Where on earth except in Dominica one man (Skerrit), can be the minister for everything, and spoils everything?
      Only in Dominica.

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      • Man bite dogs
        March 22, 2023

        MEME, Your stupid comments is a joke get the hell out of here!

    • Man bite dogs
      March 22, 2023

      Yeah this is why Pm Skerrit, is tolerating guys such as Edison James, Ugly Lenny, Thompson and their arrogant minded followers on our streets and Q95 propaganda radio talking crap to Matt, or whoever care to listen to them it’s thats what we called human rights? If I had my way the lots of you would be in jail especially Edison James, for creating such blue monsters in Dominica, I will never forgive this man.

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  10. Ibo France
    March 21, 2023

    Anytime the Roosevelt’s administration signs a ‘bilateral agreement’ with another country, Dominica can be referred to as a baby, and that country a lactating mother. Roosevelt goes to his knees in supplication begging for loans, grants and all manner of donations.

    How do I know this? After the passage of Hurricane Maria, it came to light that Dominica was deeply indebted to many countries and organizations all over the globe.

    Vietnam will now become the latest victim of Roosevelt’s obsessive propensity for begging and borrowing.

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  11. Hmmmmmm
    March 21, 2023

    What is mister doing in the South China sea?
    Anyway you will be safe. China is the BIG BOSS there. They drive away any American plane that take a chance to venture close to their fortifications. And trust me, no nation on planet earth, can dare play with with the PLA army.

    • March 21, 2023

      It’s an interesting development. Considering that Vietnam and China are at odds on their maritime boundary and other matters, this shows that Government is pursuing a broader approach to diplomacy than just working with China.

      And it’s true that as a country of 100 million people that is rapidly developing economically, Vietnam has more to offer us than we do them, but that they’re still keen to host our Foreign Minister for several days strikes me as quite positive.

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      • Hmmmmmm
        March 21, 2023

        Let’s see how it works out, but i am not too optimistic. I thought the switch from Taiwan to China was a brilliant idea, and it indeed was. Unfortunately it was badly managed, and Skerrit made a mess out of it. It is still shrouded in secrecy, and has not materialised into what it promised to be..From the outset negotiations must have been terrible. Remember Reggie Austrie returned and told Dominicans that the team nehotiated for 19 hours non stop, and labourites were clapping. No wonder they were fooled in China!!!
        Anyway re the Chinese again, they are like lions in this part of the world. They recently used powerful laser lights to blind Philiphino fishermen whom they thought were fishing in their waters. The Philiphino government had to take this to the UN i think…!

        • March 22, 2023

          I’m no fan of the Chinese government, but I understand PM Skerrit’s decision to recognise them, and I can’t deny they’ve largely done what they said they would do. No one else was going to help rebuild our roads or build a stadium or an airport. I wish the liberal democracies of the world would step up that way, but they haven’t.

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          • Ibo France
            March 22, 2023

            Are you a simpleton? There is always an ulterior motive with the Chinese. Nothing is done in good faith for poor countries.

            Have the Chinese ever try to assimilate into the indigenous population? That speaks volumes.

            I heard the Ghanaian president spoke about the Chinese and their exploitation of both people and resources in his country. He got rid of them.

            I have learnt to beware of Chinese bearing gifts for strings are always attached.

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        • Putin
          March 22, 2023

          Talking from all corners of your mouth and making a real clown of yourself, again. If “it is still shrouded in secrecy,” how do you know what was “promised?” And, if you do not know what was promised, how do you know that “Skerit made a mess out of it” and “they were fooled in China?”

          Say something that we can read and understand. As a start, inform yourself first. Do not be a Matt. Resist this at all cost!

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 21, 2023

        Well, in this case the Chines might be using dumb Vince to carryout some spying on Vietnam!

        Anyway, this travel to Vietnam, serves the purpose of extracting a couple of millions of dollars in United States currency, ut of the treasury; under the pretense of paying for hotel accommodation, and ration (food) and tips, while the loot goes into his pocket.

        That is the tactics they use to get rich off the nation; that is a tactics they use to plunder the nation treasury!

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      • Ibo France
        March 21, 2023

        When a large country engages in close ties to a tiny country the relationship is not mutual. There are ulterior motives. Vietnam may be looking to dump some of its products of inferior quality on Dominica.

        It would be bizarre for a lion to cultivate a close relationship with a rabbit. unless the lion has something to gain.

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        • me
          March 22, 2023

          Reasons why we need shewd negotiators. Sadly, the so called Dominuca Labour Party is bereft of those negotiators.

        • Putin
          March 22, 2023

          “When a large country engages in close ties to a tiny country the relationship is not mutual.”

          Ibo, this comment of yours has to be among one of the most asinine, and we know that you have said some foolish things in this blog. You might want to review and rephrase.

    • Hmmmmmm
      March 21, 2023

      @Vietnam is part of the South China Sea!!!
      With all fairness they i.e, the Chinese, have really modernised their armed forces, and no country on earth can push them to a corner!
      I do agree!!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 22, 2023

      So, what does this crypto currency thing has to do with Dominica?

      Haven’t you heard that one of the largest banks in America which failed two weeks ago was heavily involved into crypto currency?

      Remember such currency cannot be held physically in the hand, its only on paper via an image! The reality is such currencies are not financial assets; they also lack physical substance; therefore they meet the definition of an intangible asset and recorded at acquisition cost.

      Now how many of the labor clowns, and Roosevelt supports heard Roosevelt and (Darreou), name not spell correctl; but anyway once said that Dominica was going to be the first country in the Caribbean, and the world to be using crypto currency as our native currency.

      They talk crap not understanding what they are talking about; Somebody need to asks Roosevelt in what form would it be spent to buy run and food in Dominica?

  12. Lawyer
    March 21, 2023

    Why is Skerrit always looking to link with these communist states?? This might explain it: Corruption among public officials is endemic in Vietnam. Anymore questions? Birds of a feather always flock together. When will Dominicans find the courage to stand up against Skerrit, Henderson and such like?

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  13. Pale face
    March 21, 2023

    I’m awaiting comments so I could put my Toms Down.

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