Cabinet meets with overseas based nationals at Dominica Diaspora Dialogue

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Share Sharecenter_img 105 Views   no discussions Share Audience at this morning’s Dominica Diaspora DialogueMembers of the Cabinet this morning met with several overseas based nationals at a Dominica Diaspora Dialogue under the theme “Enhancing Partnership for Sustainable Development” at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.This dialogue organized by the Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit of the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs is an avenue for members of the Cabinet to meet with overseas based nationals with a view to discussing pertinent issues affecting them, development ideas for the country which they may have as well as areas in which they can invest in the country.Monsignor Eustace Thomas prayed that members of the general public find ways to build the nation instead of destroying it.“Father may this dialogue be sober, cordial, uplifting and devoid of any form of acrimony, false accusations and hate. May our statements and questions be respectful, impartial and non-partisan so that while this function will come to a close, this year’s independence theme “Celebrating 33; Joining Hands In Unity” will have fulfilled its purpose.”Monsignor Thomas also prayed that nationals would “get rid of the bitterness, passion and anger no more shouting or insults no more hateful feelings of any sort” and instead “be kind and tender hearted to one another and forgive one another as God has forgiven you through Christ.” Monsignor Eustace ThomasThe minster with responsibility for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs Regional, Dr John Collin McIntyre while highlighting the importance of this dialogue, stated that it is an example of the benefits of working together.“This yearly event is perhaps the most important meeting organized by the Regional Integration and Diaspora Affairs Unit of my ministry. It provides and important bridge between the Dominicans resident abroad, recent returnees and the Government of Dominica. Many influential ideas are generated from these events and they assist us in developing policy solutions. They have long been a fruitful partnership between our overseas based nationals and the government and this is a great example of the benefit of working together towards a common goal,” he said.Dr McIntyre further thanked the overseas based nationals for their contributions to the development and policy making of Dominica through their many ideas.“We look forward to an open and enthusiastic exchange of ideas, as the ideas we develop here today will contribute to policy decisions of the future. We genuinely appreciate your contributions and look forward to the continued engagements in a productive dialogue. We would like to recognize the contributions of many other returnees; Dominicans who for whatever reason went abroad to live and develop their skills but have since returned to play their part in national development. We truly appreciate your contribution to development of the nature isle. We appreciate the efforts of those of you who despite living in foreign lands continue to keep Dominica in your hearts and are always willing to assist in whatever way possible,” the minister said.Dr. John Collin McIntyre Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit while addressing the Diaspora Dialogue said although countries around the world are faced with very challenging times the government is committed to working with persons who are serious about the development of the island.“We have continued to hold our own in so far as the economic situation confronting Dominica and we will all appreciate that Dominica has been making strides over the last several years and we are committed to this. We’re committed to engaging everybody who is serious about working for the development of Dominica, those who see that they have a constructive role to play, those who love this country and like would like to see this country taken to the next level and see that there can be more progress and prosperity, we want to move to a point where everybody in this country can have a decent home, a decent shelter and we want to ensure that we continue with our objective of ensuring that we have at least one university graduate in every home in this country,” he said.The Prime Minister also told the overseas based nationals that the dialogue is an opportunity for them to identify ways in which they can find areas in which they can make a contribution to Dominica’s development.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit“The purpose of this gathering is to hear from you in large measure as to what can you do from where you are to help in the building of Dominica. You’re a medical doctor, you’re a nurse, teacher, professor at a university, an accountant, you are involved in investment banking; whatever you’re involved in, how can I make a contribution to Dominica’s development.Mr Skerrit also noted that in recent times “a lot more Dominicans are coming to the island to invest in the country and not waiting when they retire”. This year’s dialogue took a slightly different twist in that officials from the various banking institutions, the National Cooperative Credit Union, Customs and Immigration Departments, Dominica Social Security, Invest Dominica Authority and DEXIA were in attendance to assist the overseas based nationals with inquiries and concerns which they may have.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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