JICA funds new cafeteria for Grand Fond Primary School

Takafumi Ura said the project was a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between Dominica and Japan
Takafumi Ura said the project was a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between Dominica and Japan

Roseau, Dominica –October 20, 2014…The Grand Fond Primary School now has a new cafeteria, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Small Grants Grassroots Project.

Principal of the Grand Fond Primary School, Hatty Leslie, said the cafeteria, opened on Friday, would provide students with “a comfortable space to cook and enjoy meals daily.”

Takafumi Ura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, told the opening ceremony the project was a sign of the strong bilateral relationship between Dominica and Japan.

“The relationship between Japan and Caribbean Community has strengthened and matured over the years and this collaboration has been exemplified through aspects such as cooperative projects,” he said.

“We must always strive to ensure that mutual cooperation and respect are maintained in the future. The Embassy of Japan looks forward to continued good relations between both counties in the areas of cooperation, friendship and mutual collaboration,” he added.

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint-Jean, said the new cafeteria reflected his government’s policy to assist in the development of every Dominican child.

“It speaks in a very powerful way to the policies of a government that are geared to addressing the needs of the little man; the needs of the disadvantaged people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Our policy within the Ministry of Education is that no child will be left behind. We seek to ensure that every child succeeds,” Saint-Jean stated.

He expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government of Dominica for the investments Japan had made here.

Parliamentary Representative for the Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Ivor Stpehenson also addressed the ceremony.

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7 Comments

  1. October 21, 2014

    which one will be in control of DA post 2015? Like Hong Kong became after British relinguished it
    Skrit, LL inquiring minds wanna know.

    • derp
      October 21, 2014

      where is Tiwan?

  2. October 21, 2014

    Parliamentary Representative to replace Ivor Stpehenson Dr. Fontaine for the Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Constituency, Ivor Stpehenson was also present at the ceremony in an observer status.

  3. Anonymous555
    October 21, 2014

    Great…!!!…But DNO at least u’ll could say more or post pictures of the new cafeteria…..lets not play politics ner…

  4. Anonymous
    October 21, 2014

    We should still have a JICA office in dominica

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2014

      They operate from St. Lucia now. The offices here closed last year, December.

      • Anonymous
        October 22, 2014

        I know. That’s why I said we should still have one.

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