The Government of Dominica continues to hold discussions with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco on new areas of cooperation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said.
PM Skerrit, who has just returned from a visit to the Kingdom which he undertook in mid February, said discussions held there were fruitful.
“We had an excellent meeting in Morocco. During my meetings there, I had an opportunity to review our relationship with Morocco,” PM Skerrit told the Government Information Service (GIS).
Dominica established diplomatic relations with Morocco in 2010 and as part of a Technical Cooperation Agreement, a fifty-eight room hotel in Portsmouth is being constructed jointly by both countries.
Prime Minister Skerrit said discussions with the Moroccan Government centered on the need to develop a marina to complement the Moroccan hotel.
“One of the projects I discussed with them was the Marina. We said to them that the Marina has to complement the hotel because this is the overall master plan,” he said.
He also said the Government of Morocco has also agreed to increase the number of scholarships and training opportunities for Dominican citizens.
The Prime Minister specifically highlighted training in the area of diplomatic studies.
“During my discussions it was agreed that the Moroccan Government would provide increased scholarships and training for our diplomatic staff not only within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he noted.
The Prime Minister said it’s his intention to extend these training opportunities to other people who may have interest in diplomacy and protocol, whether they work in the private or public sector.
“If you have an interest then we can arrange for one to attend the school of diplomacy in Morocco. It will be fully funded, the airfare will be paid for by the Moroccan Government, housing will be provided and tuition fees will be met by the Moroccan Government,” PM Skerrit said.
Dominica now has thirty- one students undertaking programmes of study in a number of disciplines as part of a Scholarship programme offered by the Government of Morocco.