Hon. Melissa Poponne-Skerrit: statement on Memorandum of Understanding on Friendly Relations and Exchanges between Yiwu, the People’s Republic of China, and Roseau, the Commonwealth of Dominica

I am honored to announce today that an important agreement has been reached between Roseau, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Yiwu, the People’s Republic of China. This Memorandum of Understanding on friendly relations and exchanges marks a significant milestone in strengthening the bonds between our two cities and promoting mutual prosperity and development.

Through this twinning of cities agreement, both parties have committed to establishing friendly cooperation based on mutual trust and friendship. We believe that building strong relationships with our international counterparts is essential for the growth and progress of our constituency, Roseau city, and the wider Dominica.

The agreement also outlines the areas in which we will conduct practical and diversified cooperation and exchanges. These areas include economy & trade, education, culture, tourism, and sports. By exploring opportunities for collaboration in these fields, we aim to maximize the benefits that can be derived from this twinning of cities agreement.

It is important to note that this agreement came into effect on the date of signing by representatives between myself and the Mayor Mr. Ye Bangrui in Yiwu on November 15, 2023.

As the Parliamentary Representative of Roseau Central constituency, I am particularly excited about the benefits and opportunities that this agreement will bring to our city, Roseau. The increased cooperation in economy & trade can lead to new business partnerships and investment opportunities for our local entrepreneurs. The exchange of knowledge and expertise in education will provide our students with enhanced learning experiences. Cultural and tourism exchanges will contribute to the promotion of our rich heritage and attractions, attracting more visitors to our constituency and the country as a whole.

We are grateful to the Mayor of Yiwu Mr. Ye Bangrui and the People’s Republic of China for accepting my request to twin the city of Roseau with the thriving city of Yiwu.

I want to reiterate that this Memorandum of Understanding signifies the beginning of a new chapter of cooperation and friendship between Roseau and Yiwu. We are excited about the prospects that lie ahead and are confident that this partnership will bring long-term benefits to the Roseau constituents and the people of Dominica.

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  1. BRidge
    November 23, 2023

    You know, I would like to know what’s honourable about this woman. Have I missed something?

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  2. We the People
    November 20, 2023

    Eh beh nou fini bat!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Charlie
    November 20, 2023

    Yiwu – a Chinese city that mass produces tat – is probably where Melissa sources the products for her business. Makes sense if you don’t care about abusing your power/excluding others from the discussion.

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  4. Lawyer
    November 20, 2023

    This woman doesn’t only make a foul of herself every time she steps in front of a camera but she is also a huge embarrassment to our country. In a real country, this woman would never progress beyond a glorified shop assistant or a barmaid with special duties. But as her ‘husband’ once upon a time said, Dominica is not a real country. He knew exactly what he was was talking about.

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  5. All Ears
    November 19, 2023

    It is high time that developing nations and their political representatives realize that China’s diplomatic agenda is purely selfish.

    The Chinese are not in habit of giving something for nothing. Their WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) approach has allowed them to reel in “friends and partners” across Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America in droves in exchange for UN solidarity.

    Excited and foolish wannabe Chinese partners usually wind up lamenting when they find out that they have been given a 6 for a 9.

    I don’t blame the Chinese for peddling their three card monty diplomacy to the “sucker” countries of the world who fail to discern that all that glitters is not gold.

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  6. November 18, 2023

    “Star girl of Stupidity” so what happen to the Mayor of Roseau nah!!! you see the nonsense you and that jack—–s star boy of stupidity have brewing with these Chinese violators of human rights; my only advise to you is “take your steel beams and go” these so called “memorandum of understanding” are nothing more than “jab en sac” we don’t want it.

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  7. weh
    November 18, 2023

    What about the MOU signed with China in 2004? How come they dont want to release that to the public?

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  8. Ibo France
    November 18, 2023

    Melissa should sign on behalf of her husband a MOU to leave the $74K monthly taxpayers’ funded castle that she and her nuclear family occupy for the last four consecutive years.

    That money could have been invested in projects around Roseau. Starboy of Stupidity and his his high-tech wife are hemorrhaging the treasury.

    The sycophantic media outlets in Dominica have steadfastly refused to highlight this anomaly where the wealthiest ruler in the Caribbean region lives in a taxpayers’ funded multi-million palace. Only in Dominica!

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  9. Roger Burnett
    November 18, 2023

    This article in the Architectural Review indicates that there are similarities between Yiwu and Roseau. https://www.architectural-review.com/essays/yiwu-chinas-trinket-town

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  10. Marie
    November 18, 2023

    Once again this dunce individual has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that she is in the wrong job. Does she even know what a MOU is?

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    • November 19, 2023

      What is the difference between calling her a dunce and calling Miss Sanford a drumstick? Where are your so-called Women Groups to object to your calling other women dunce? When next will we hit the streets for name-calling? When do we stop playing double standards? I believe that the Attorney General of Dominica is in his right mind to ignore you and not resign his post. I honestly believe that you are no smarter and more intelligent than the First Lady is. Stop pandering to the music of your UWP boom boom flies and Ibo France and Telemakak.

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      • Frank N Stein
        November 20, 2023

        The difference is in who calling her a dunce and where. don’t be foolish. the other thing is she IS a dunce of the duncest kind. Prove how Annette is a drumstick

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  11. kubulol
    November 18, 2023

    DA increasingly dependent on the Asian dictatorship which “buys” the world step by step

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  12. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 17, 2023

    “I am honored to announce today that an important agreement has been reached between Roseau, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Yiwu, the People’s Republic of China.”
    I am not a linguistic major, I have not suited linguistics; but I can recognized when someone is not familiar with English grammar!
    ” important agreement has been reached between Roseau, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Yiwu” (Melisa).
    How dumb a statement is that; these are the low life uneducated people Dominicans vote for to run the country.
    Any wonder our country is so far behind the rest of the world, and under developed!
    The point here is Melisa is not capable of dictating and writing anything that can be presented to the public, nevertheless the author; the person who wrote her script, is not better educated then her in any way!
    Well, Roosevelt is a damn ignorant dunce too, so I suspect he is the author of that crap!

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    • Mark
      November 19, 2023

      Common Francisco, we all understand what she’s saying. Loosen up and quit being so picky. We’re not correcting an English paper here.

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      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 20, 2023

        Mark, leaders, and representatives of the people, in government and the country in general; are supposed to be held at a higher standard they are required to function at a higher standard!
        That is not a mes-spell word, that is intended diction, which is simply a lack of command of the English language, and grammar.
        In any event better is not expected of her since she is a low life none-scholastically educated woman.
        None of us humans are perfect, but some of us are expected to be held at a high standard or level!
        She is a dunce!
        People vote for anybody in our country, as long as they can stand on a platform, in front of a podium, or on the side of the street and assassinate the character of a contesting opponent
        They read written scripts, and get elected, but when the time comes to use their intelligence and function, dumb as a goat; they they become lost in the shuffle, hence nothing gets done in the country.

        • Mark
          November 21, 2023

          Francisco, higher standard yes but this is the Islands. We have not progressed to that level therefore the expectation is lower, not that I’m saying I’m okay with that but that’s reality. One can be a bus driver today and a “senior” minister tomorrow. Only in third world countries.

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  13. Alibaba & his forty thieves
    November 17, 2023

    Stupes tan. Mrs Alibaba

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  14. RastarMarn
    November 17, 2023

    DNO can we see a copy of that MOU???

    Hope they publish it in the Gazette but then again who not subscribed to the Gazette won’t see what the deal is really about!!!

    DNO how allyou can say allyou bringing News nuh for people!!!

    Dem Calypsonians doing a better job dan allyou wi butr den again is till carnival we have to wait for the real reports to come out,,,

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 1
  15. Vrai den
    November 17, 2023

    Is this another MOU, that we will never see the full details of, Dominicans will be in the dark, as we have been since the first MOU of 2005?

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 16 Thumb down 2
  16. Country Man
    November 17, 2023

    Something is not right – How does Roseau match up with Yiwu – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiwu. The population, Culture, Industry, human capacity, history, etc. Nothing seems to align. Roseau is literally equavalent to a corner block in Yiwu.
    Yiwu is twinned with the following cities;
    Jaworzno, Poland
    Manisa, Turkey
    Orsha, Belarus
    How does Roseau Dominica compare? It seems DA has been sold to China

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  17. Ibo France
    November 17, 2023

    When you watch Melissa you are not looking at nature, you are looking at technology. The hair is fake; the fingernails are artificial; the eyelashes are unreal; her lips are painted; her face is bleached. The lady is a creature of technology.

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    • November 19, 2023

      So, what is the difference calling Miss Sanford a drumstick? Name- calling cannot only be assigned to you. It is the right of every human being on this earth. Would you rather her show up looking disheveled and unkempt? Only Michael Jackson whose face was bleached for your information. Were her teeth made of wood like the late George Washingtons’ teeth were made of? If technology has not gotten a hold of you yet, well, well, you are pretty much far behind, brother. How about her butt, are they all padded up? Did you forget, ” her essay, her glamour, please pardon my grammar, but she is everything schoolboys dream. Her ageless, timeless, grace and fineness, her beauty, intelligence and elegance. She is every love song ever written.”

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  18. Ibo France
    November 17, 2023

    How many MOUs have being signed by members of this incumbent regime and other countries and diverse organizations before? Many! The preponderance of which has borne no fruits.

    Melissa’s carefully prepared script would meet the same fate as most of the others. It will end up in the dustbin. This is not pessimism, it’s realism. These public exercises are done to bamboozle the ignorant and gullible to think manna is going to fall from heaven for them.

    Dominicans have been fed a steady diet of lies and distortions for the past twenty years by this dishonest, erratic dictatorship. Want to see something tangible before I believe.

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  19. Wilson
    November 17, 2023

    So, what, she just decided this herself? This kind of decision requires public consultation, especially with the residents of Roseau. Megalomania at its worst.

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    • Peeping Tom
      November 20, 2023

      She is the Parl Rep. She has already gone through the consultations with them and based on what she presented, they chose her over the noise of the opposition. She has been voted to speak on behalf of all in Roseau Central. If Parl Reps from any corner of the world had to run to “public consultations” every time they have an idea, nothing would ever get done. Dimwit!!

      She speaks for Roseau Central. If you cannot yet digest this reality, toofay!

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      • Mikey
        November 21, 2023

        Last time I looked, there was more than one parl rep in Roseau. Are you saying she’s more important than the others? Do they know that? Don’t you think that if your capital city is going to be twinned, the population should be informed or asked for input first? It’s called democracy, numbnuts.

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