Dominica takes center stage in Lamentin Guadeloupe

Kalinago crafts in Lamentin, Guadeloupe

Dominica is the center of attraction as the French town of Lamentin in Guadeloupe observes Semaine de la Dominique (Dominica Week) which started on Monday.

At a ceremony opening a week of activities, mayor of the town José Toribio, stressed the importance of Caribbean unity saying the creation of a federation of caribbean countries should be considered and the French Antilles, including French Guyana, must be part of it.

Present at the ceremony were Tourism and Legal Affairs Minister, Ian Douglas, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alvin Bernard, Dominica’s Honorary Consul Catarina Cherdieu, Mayor of Roseau, Cecil Joseph, Mayor of Portsmouth Cleve St Jean and economist Mc Carthy Marie.

Also forming part of the Dominica delegation were artists, Earl Etienne, Tiffany Burnett Biscombe, and Petros Meaza, Daphne Vidal of Discover Dominica Authority and belle groups from Grand Bay, Capuchine and Grand Fond.

Representatives from a number of other local companies were also present to promote their products.

President of the Dominica Guadeloupe Association Maymont Paul, who has assisted in organizing the week of activities, said Semaine de la Dominique will be a big boost for Dominica. “It is a big boost to Dominica, for Dominicans living in Guadeloupe and it shows the continuing work of the Association to promote Dominica,” he said.

At a round-table discussion held on Tuesday a number of institutions were invited to speak on the topic: “How can there be more cooperation between Dominica and Guadeloupe.” Among organizations represented at the discussion were, The Regional Council of Guadeloupe, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, INRA (National institute of Research), among others.

Other activities for the week include an exposition of Dominican products on the town’s market square, visits to French schools to  demonstrate Dominica’s traditional dances at schools, and inter-generational encounters with the senior adults in Lamentin.

The week will end on Friday with a grand evening of Dominican Stars, including, Gordon Henderson, Ophelia, and Michele Henderson.

Round table discussion on Dominica


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  1. Proud Domnije
    December 7, 2012

    DNO Get your facts straight…so called “journalists” :twisted:

  2. December 7, 2012

    Laminating craft made in China or Laminating craft made in Bataca or Sununu. Just asking.

  3. Anonymous
    December 7, 2012

    Help me, but was this the reason to travel with a delegation of forty individuals? Disappointing!! Hope we will be able to minimise this diarrhoea of our funds, which we really do not have!!!

  4. Hola
    December 7, 2012

    This is a pre school man. The chairs that Ian and others sitting on look like those chairs at Baby S Rus. The table look like it came righ out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon
    The tent for the, expo look like someone’s little backyard.

  5. gwada man
    December 6, 2012

    This is good for us dominicans, this thing was announced on Guadeloupe state radio and tv, it got lots of publicity, i think we as dominicans must stop with that bashing and critisizing business, its a step in the right direction, and trust me this mayor loves dominica and dominicans very much, hats off to the organizers

  6. cool bear
    December 6, 2012

    There are many 2 pictures and most readers chose to comment on the last one. They say a picture tells a thousand words, well this one surely did that. It would appear that the expo was sited at a pre-school of sorts, thus the presence of the diminutive furnishing. :-D

  7. jjjj
    December 6, 2012

    i want 2 go

  8. jjjj
    December 6, 2012

    hey can u say where is going and be

  9. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012

    Round table that”s a joke look at the table? a cheap one for start sitting at the that table will give you a bad back , just me looking at that table makes my back hurts , that tells you what the french think about us, that table was bougth at a yard sale that no one wanted,.

    let us sit up on a real table, and i know they have real mahogany uprigth table be couse the came to dominica a . i know it”s a metaphore but., allow use to sit up.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 6, 2012

      It is only a metaphor. Actually it does not mean that they are to sit at ‘a round table.’ It is ‘around the table discussion’. The people around the table are having a discussion. They are doing so casually.

    • jjjj
      December 6, 2012

      hey u no where the event gonna b i want to go

  10. sayodityodit
    December 6, 2012

    Sorry but had to comment. Why do the chairs and the table at the round table conference look so much like “child’s play? The people look sooo uncomfortable sitting in those.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 6, 2012

      Based under the circumstances, it is a casual setting, probably better than a formal one. Who knows? Much more could be achieved by this setting. I would not criticize it.

    • cyrique
      December 22, 2012

      I take it you’ve never been involved in a round table discussion. Poor pity!!! :oops:

  11. Very concerned
    December 6, 2012

    At least they could have taken some Loubiere or Trois Piton water.
    An ego trip.

  12. Hola
    December 6, 2012

    DNO let s be frank. Is that the best picture you got or is that what the propagandist provided? Surely if I was going to justify the trip or prove the success of the journey I would send pictures showing a real trade expo where people with buying capabilities particularly French people showing interest in the products? Instead what we are seeing is a few kinder garden kids in blue and A few Dominicans some of whom I recognize are actually looking at the display.

    Messieurs quick quack

    December 6, 2012

    Lets hope that more events like these can spring forth to foster much-needed cooperation between Dominica and her french neighbors. Little by little we will get there. Let’s not look at the past but seize every moment going forward…

  14. Gruel
    December 6, 2012

    What a joke. I have seen the same thing between Anse de Mai and Marigalante. The same Rosie organized exchange that really served as a once a year get together between communities in Dominic nd the French Islands.

  15. Not a herd follower
    December 6, 2012

    I hope this event is broadened and brings much benefits to Dominica and Guadeloupe

  16. Hate ignorance
    December 6, 2012

    IS that the economist he really economizing on clothes wi , polo shirt hmmm, who ever he is that polo shirt girl could dress a little better to compliment the others at the table , just an observation

    • Hate ignorance
      December 6, 2012

      polo shirt guy not girl

    • Hmmmm
      December 6, 2012

      that looks like a buttoned down shirt tome, not a polo….but he could have added a blazer of perhaps worn a long sleeve.

      But on another note – i laughed at the picture when i saw the heading just looked so lackadaisical

  17. December 6, 2012

    Still a waste of money. What I gather is that this moreabout Dominicans in Guadeloupe having their own outreach. I don’t get the feeling that this is a grand expo where efforts
    Between two governments are geared towards building positive trade relations.

    This is yet another one of those exchanges which had been done in the past where we the people from Portsmouth would go over to certain township where there was some established relationship between mayor of Porssie and say a mayor in por louis of Capestere. It was always done during fete. So on At Peters feast the french people would come over; soccer team, Gwo ca band etc. Everything was done on local government level and 100% of the time the sponsorship came from Rosie Douglas compliments Gadaffi
    This is exactly what the government is spending that much money on. To me everytime the festival commission embark on promoting the Creole festival in the French islands they are and should be promoting trade and cooperation. Why are we doing this useless trip with Mac, Cleve and others. The entire trip is a waste. The Dominicans in Lamentin and other areas of Guadeloupe could take care of business maybe with a handful of officials from Dominica.

  18. trute
    December 6, 2012

    They are all speaking French in that pic, n’est-ce-pas?

  19. Peeping Tom
    December 6, 2012

    Well done. Kudos to the initiators of this venture. Let us take Dominica to the world.

  20. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012

    Mark Marie, true Dominican hero.

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