Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron said Dominica remains committed to the development of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK organization.
She made that statement while delivering an address at the launch Ceremony to formally establish the SIDS DOCK held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
“Dominica remains committed to the development of this SIDS organization,” Baron said. “We will continue to serve in the role as chair of the steering committee and see the inaugural assembly of SIDS DOCK to bring the organization into fully operational mode.”
According to her, the historic establishment of SIDS sustainable energy intergovernmental organization is the manifestation of the commitment of small island developing states, “to take action to improve the lives of our people.”
She said also that SIDS DOCK presents new hope for SIDS in the transformation of their energy sector.
“The generation of energy from our local resources will allow us to reduce imports of carbon based fuels and to free up financial resources for economic and social development,” she explained.
On behalf of the government of Dominica she thanked all partners for their contribution to the development of SIDS DOCK, “and to the development of our renewable energy, an energy efficiency development agenda.”
“Now that we have created our organization to address our issues we much commit ourselves to work towards the realization of its full potential,” she added. “Let us work with our partners to make a better life for our people.”
Meantime the minister expressed gratitude to the regional and international countries who assisted Dominica following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.
“I also wish to express our appreciation for the solidarity and the quick response shown by regional and international countries and organization,” she stated. “This storm completely changed the landscape and economic outlook of Dominica in a few short hours and revealed starkly the vulnerabilities faced by us as a small island developing state.”
She continued, “It underscores the need for us to have special measures and special organizations mandated to address issues peculiar to us.”
SIDS DOCK is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to help SIDS transform their energy sectors and address adaptation to climate change.