On Thursday, September 24th, Dominica welcomes Japan’s new Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada.
He presented his credentials to Dominica’s President, His Excellency, Charles Savarin.
President Savarin, on the occasion expressed his expectation that Dominica and Japan will continue to build on the good work already established by previous Ambassadors.
He says Dominica over the years has benefitted immensely from Japan including recent interventions for Tropical Storm Erika relief.
“I would like to express the appreciation of the Government and people of Dominica for the tremendous assistance extended to Dominica under the Japan Overseas Development Assistance [Programme], the Grassroots Human Security Project, the Fisheries Grant Aid Programme, and Japan’s Grant Aid for Provisions of Industrial Products including the provision of technical experts and training opportunities for Dominican nationals.
“I note in particular your country’s quick expression of concern and condolences and offer of assistance in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.”
The new Ambassador says he had a chance to witness some of the storm damage on his way from the airport.
He promised Japan’s continued support in Dominica’s recovery and reconstruction efforts.
While here in Dominica, His Excellency Mitsuhiko Okada will present three major projects to the three institutions on the island.
A dormitory for people with disabilities to be grant funded through the Grassroots Human Security Project; a cafeteria renovation and retaining wall construction project for the Christian Union Primary School, and a Community High School renovation project were listed.
President Savarin also stated, “I welcome the news that Government took a decision in February 2014 to launch the Japan/World Bank Risk Management joint programme which aims to improve disaster risk management in developing countries.”
He added his hopes for the two countries to explore other avenues for cooperation and development, especially in geothermal development.
Dominica and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1978. His Excellency Okada replaces his Excellency Yoshimasa Tezuka.