Dominica will be among nine countries from across the Caribbean to benefit from concessionary loans totaling some US$3 billion from the Chinese government.
The announcement was made by Trinidad’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with various regional leaders in Port of Spain on Sunday.
She said that the loans would be earmarked for infrastructure and development projects in the nine countries.
Xi arrived in Trinidad on Friday for a three-day visit which was the first to the Caribbean by a Chinese president.
He met with prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Sunday and described Dominica as his country’s “good friend and partner.”
He urged the two countries to continue to transfer technologies and share experiences in such areas as agriculture and medical services and cooperate in the fields of economy and technology.
He also said Dominica and China should cooperate in exploring clean energy, jointly cope with climate change, expand people-to-people exchanges and strengthen cooperation in personnel training.
Skerrit, for his part, thanked China for its assistance and expressed willingness to enhance cooperation with China in such fields as transport infrastructure, education and medical services.
During the Trinidad visit Xi said China always views its relationship with the Caribbean “from a strategic perspective and we are committed to the building of a comprehensive and cooperative partnership.”
He left the twin-island republic on Sunday and headed for Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.