In what has been described as a “significant milestone” in international relations between Dominica and China, the two countries have strengthened their ties through the twinning of the St. Joseph constituency with Rencheng in China’s Shandong Province. The partnership was celebrated in a ceremony on Sunday, November 19th, reflecting the power of cross-cultural collaboration and the global village concept.
According to a release from the Office of The Prime Minister, unity vision was echoed by all attendees, including Honorable Gretta Roberts, Minister of Culture, Youth Sports, and Community Development, who represented the St. Joseph constituency on behalf of the parliamentary representative Honorable Darron Lloyd.
The newly formed relationship is expected to bring substantial benefits to the people of St. Joseph, including cultural exchange, economic cooperation, and shared knowledge in community development.
Four days earlier, Parliamentary Representative of Roseau Central constituency, Melissa Poponne-Skerrit announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between Roseau, the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Yiwu, the People’s Republic of China.
According to Poponne-Skerrit, this MoU, which came into effect on November 15, 2023, signifies the twinning of the two cities and aims to strengthen their bonds and promote mutual prosperity and development.
The agreement commits both parties to establish friendly cooperation based on mutual trust and friendship. It outlines areas for practical and diversified cooperation and exchanges, including economy & trade, education, culture, tourism, and sports.
The Roseau Central Parliamentary Representative, expressed excitement about the benefits and opportunities this agreement will bring to Roseau. These include new business partnerships and investment opportunities, enhanced learning experiences for students through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in education, and promotion of their rich heritage and attractions through cultural and tourism exchanges.
Poponne-Skerrit expressed gratitude to the Mayor of Yiwu, Mr. Ye Bangrui, and the People’s Republic of China for accepting the request to twin Roseau with Yiwu. It reiterates that this MoU marks the beginning of a new chapter of cooperation and friendship between Roseau and Yiwu, and is expected to bring long-term benefits to the constituents of Roseau and the people of Dominica.
As part of the ongoing twinning of cities agenda, another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the city of Roseau and Jining City in the Shandong province of China. The MOU, signed by Melissa Poponne-Skerrit, who is also the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, focuses on the development of smart cities, modern agriculture and agriculture technologies, and trade.
This MOU is set to greatly benefit Roseau, leading to the creation of more efficient urban infrastructure, increased agricultural output, improved quality of life for residents, and contributing to the city’s advancement and growth. Skerrit will also work closely with the Small Business Unit to bring more local Agro processors’ products up to international standards, having successfully found a market in Shandong for the export and exposure of Dominican products.
The MOU, signed on November 8th by Hon. Poponne-Skerrit and Vice Governor of Shandong Province, Mr Chen Ping, took immediate effect. This marked a significant milestone for both countries, once again highlighting the importance of partnership and collaboration for the benefit of their respective cities.