Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who will once again chair CARICOM as of 1 July 2016, intends to use this position to strengthen relations with the Republic of India.
Mr Skerrit revealed this plan at the opening ceremony of the Center for Excellence in Information Technology at the Dominica State College on Friday June 3, 2016.
India, Mr. Skerrit said, continues to speak on behalf of and in defense of small island states like Dominica on a number of important issues which they face and that support and solidarity has not gone unnoticed.
“Rest assured that we shall strengthen our bond of friendship, we shall deepen our cooperation and we will stand with you in your time of need. I shall take up the chairmanship of CARICOM on the first of July 2016 and I intend to use that positon to also advance the relationship between India and CARICOM,” the Prime Minister promised Indian High Commissioner to Dominica, Gauri Shankar Gupta.
Mr Skerrit added that Indian, known as the technology hub of the world, has demonstrated its true friendship and concern for Dominica over an extended period of time.
“I say to you we shall always be grateful for the generosity of India and to say to you that India can rely on Dominica to stand with it on many international matters of mutual interests.”
Prime Minister Skerrit thanked the Indian government, who he referred to as a dear partner and friend, for its assistance to Dominica in its upward mobility.
Mr. Skerrit previously served as chairman of CARICOM in 2010.
The Center of Excellence in Information Technology, housed at the upper campus of the Dominica State College was a joint collaboration between the governments of Dominica and India.