Dominica welcomes Summit For Democracy, spearheaded by US President Joe Biden

by: - December 14, 2021
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Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations; Hon. Dr. Kenneth Darroux attending the Summit for Democracy

Dominica has welcomed a virtual Summit for Democracy spearheaded by the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.

The virtual meeting was held over two days on December 9th and 10th. The summit focused on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and provided a platform for leaders to make both individual and collective commitments to defend democracy and human rights around the world.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says Dominica counts this summit as a signal of the recognition that democracy requires constant renewal and protection, as well as engagement at the domestic and international levels.

He also says Dominica’s democracy rests on empowering its citizens, delivering opportunities, jobs, education, and health among others.

‘In our country, we have enlarged the say of citizens in their governance through community-based processes such as village and constituency counsel, with the establishment of WIFI to citizens island-wide and in all public spaces,’ the Prime Minister stated.

He continued by saying, ‘we are ensuring that the democratization that is engendered by access to technology and information, together with the means to express opinion unfettered, is enjoyed by citizens across all socio-economic measures in our country.’

Hon. Skerrit also said that Dominica’s democracy rests on multiple planks, which are constantly being reinforced.

He stated that to modernize and improve the electoral system, Dominica has established an electoral reform commission that is reviewing regional best practices, consulting widely with and obtaining to view of the citizens and stakeholders, and will make appropriate recommendations.

He then said, ‘Dominica has a strong tradition of free and fair elections and the protection of human rights.’

He also said that on the issue of corruption, Dominica is ranked 48 of 180 countries on Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

The Prime Minister ended by saying that being of mixed ethnicity, Dominicans know that no country can boast of being a democracy unless its institutions, policies, legal systems, and practices stamp out racial prejudice and institutionalized racism.