The government and the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) will be meeting with members of the diaspora on separate occasions this week.
The government’s Annual Diaspora Forum is set for Wednesday morning at the State House, while the UWP will have its meeting on Thursday morning at the Prevo Cinemall.
The annual forum by the government is a yearly matter held during the Independence and is geared at providing visiting Dominicans “with an opportunity to dialogue with members of Cabinet; provide a progress report on ongoing projects and programmes of the Government; and discuss other matters of interest and concern…”
According to a government press release, prime minister and minister for finance, foreign affairs and ICT Roosevelt Skerrit and minister for employment, trade, industry, and diaspora affairs, Dr John Collin McIntyre, will address the forum.
“This year, the work of non-profit/charitable organizations involved in social development, health, and education will be highlighted to encourage collaboration between these organizations Dominican Nationals living overseas,” according to the press release.
Meanwhile, the UWP is describing its meeting with members of the diaspora as ‘important.’
“UWP Team Dominica lead by political leader, Lennox Linton, considers Our Dominican brothers and sisters living overseas as very important partners in Dominica’s development,” MP for Roseau Central, Norris Prevost, said. “They have family here at home, they own properties, and that makes them major stakeholders.”
He said the meeting will give the UWP and opportunity to hear from the members of the diaspora and also for them to meet face to face with the party’s slate of candidates for the upcoming general election.
“With elections right around the corner, it is important for all visiting Dominicans and returned Dominicans, to come and know the members of Team Dominica, and to hear for themselves, the plans which the new UWP Team Dominica,” Prevost stated. “Team Dominica is therefore looking forward to interacting with many of our visiting Dominicans…”
Both meetings are to begin at 10:00 am.