Dominica and the People’s Republic of China will celebrate ten years of what has been described as a “fruitful relationship” of mutual cooperation.
Dominica established diplomatic relations with China on March 23, 2004.
A release from the ministry of foreign affairs said that the relationship has been significantly beneficial to Dominica in a variety of sectors as the island continues to support the One China Policy.
As part of the celebrations, the Nanjing National Orchestra will stage a public cultural performance on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 8:00 pm at the Arawak House of Culture.
On Saturday March 22, the Government of Dominica and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China will host a cocktail reception at the Conference Center of the State House to officially celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dominica-China relationship.
A year of joint activities is planned to commemorate the first decade of Dominica–China diplomatic relations throughout 2014.
According to the release from the ministry of foreign affairs between 800 and 900 Dominicans have benefited from Chinese sponsored training opportunities and have visited China between 2005 and 2013.
An additional group of ten Dominican students began university studies in China in 2013, bringing the total to about 130 full government scholarships awarded to the Government of Dominica since 2004.
A number of Technical and Economic Cooperation Projects aided by the Government of the People’s Republic of China are underway in Dominica, according to the ministry.
Among these are: Dominica State House and Dominica State College, New Town Primary School, Fourth Phase Windsor Park Sports Stadium Technical Cooperation Maintenance Project as well as the Supplementary Engineering Works on E O Leblanc Highway, including Bus Shelters.
Additionally: The installation of Chinese Agricultural Cooperation at One Mile Agricultural Station at Portsmouth and the reconstruction of the Agricultural Demonstration Centre in that area, including the Carib Territory Housing Project which is in its final phase, as well as the 3rd Phase of Chinese Medical Cooperation at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
The ministry of foreign affairs said the Chinese Government responded positively to Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) request for financial support for sewing groups in rural communities, and provided funding to cover acquisition of sewing machines, in testimony of strengthening cooperation with the Government of Dominica in job creation and community empowerment.
The Dominica Police Force has also been supported with material and equipment, including motorcycles as well as formal communication language skills in Mandarin Chinese.
The foreign affairs ministry further said “in respect to regional development, China is one of 5 non-borrowing members of the Caribbean Development bank (CDB) whose purpose is ‘to contribute to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and to promote economic cooperation among them, having special and urgent regard for the needs of the less developed members of the region.’ China is also a contributor to The Disaster Mitigation Facility for the Caribbean (DMFC), an initiative of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to promote sustainable development through reduction of natural hazard risk in CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs).”