Dominicans have been told that they should show more appreciation towards the assistance given to Dominica by the government of Cuba.
On Friday night, a special ceremony was held at the Red Cross Headquarters by the Dominica Friendship Association of Cuba to observe Cuba CARICOM Day.
Environment Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, who is also a Cuban graduate, said Dominicans have not been taking advantage of some provisions made by the government of Cuba.
“For a number of years Cuba have been opening its doors to us and invited the young ambitious folks to pursue further studies there but sadly, for reasons still unexplained to me, we have not been accepting that invitation and one can only imagine the lost opportunities during the bygone era,” he said.
Dr. Darroux said not enough time is being spent on appreciating the efforts made by Dominica’s government in continuing to foster relations with Cuba.
President of the Dominican Cuban Friendship Association, Frankie Lowe, expressed similar sentiments as Dr. Darroux pointing out that Cuba has shared many of its resources with Dominica and the island should be grateful.
“We are thankful and grateful to Cuba for the assistance given to us. It has been done without any restraints and it continues. In the field of health and others such as engineering, Cuba has collaborated to make Dominica and CARICOM what it is. Sometimes I ask myself, if it wasn’t for Cuba, what we would have been like,” he said.
Several other Dominicans who are Cuban graduates, were also present at the function.
A moment of silence was also observed for Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, who is recuperating from another round of cancer surgery.