PM Roosevelt Skerrit greets India on 77th Independence Day

Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica conveyed his sincere greetings to the government and people of India on the occasion of their 77th Independence Day.

PM Roosevelt Skerrit greets India on 77th Independence Day
PM Roosevelt Skerrit greets India on 77th Independence Day

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica conveyed his sincere greetings to the government and people of India on the occasion of their 77th Independence Day.

He posted a Tweet later on Tuesday morning, tagging the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Skerrit, in his message, discussed the shared spirit of freedom and sovereignty that both countries share. He added that these shared values bind India and Dominica together.

“On this esteemed occasion of India’s Independence Day, the Government & people of Dominica extend their sincere congratulations & warmest greetings. As our nations celebrate the spirit of freedom and sovereignty, we reflect on the shared values that bind us,” Tweeted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

His Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, quickly replied to his tweet, expressing gratitude for the warm wishes. He replied, “Thank you, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, for your wishes on our Independence Day.”

Notably, the Commonwealth of Dominica has enjoyed traditionally cordial bilateral relations with India since the diplomatic relations were established in 1981. 

The strong relations between the two countries were widely seen during the tough times of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time, when vaccines were rarely available, India sent a consignment of vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. 

This helped Dominica kickstart its vaccination campaign, saving the lives of thousands of people. India always stands with Dominica in the shared commitment to tackling the most pressing challenges to ensure the peace and prosperity of people.

They have created a strong bond, which grows even closer as they work together for an open, prosperous, secure, stable and resilient world. 

Both countries have shared cordial interactions on several matters of concern related to Bilateral Cooperation Assistance, Bilateral Trade, Culture, Business and Investment. This has led to long-standing diplomatic and friendly relations between Dominica and India. 

Historical Perspective

In December 2011, India donated US$100,000 to Dominica to help alleviate problems caused by Hurricane Ophelia. Likewise, India recently provided humanitarian assistance of US$300,000 to Dominica due to damage caused by flash floods in December 2013. 

Notably, nearly 50 persons of Indian Origin and a few Indian business families reside in Dominica.

Bilateral Trade: 

While sharing bilateral trade, India exports mainly pharmaceutical products, jewellery, readymade garments, textiles and home furnishings etc., to Dominica, while Dominica exports mainly scrap metals and plastic articles. 

Bilateral trade between India and Dominica during 2013-14 amounted to US$2.48 million. Given the distance and small size of the Dominica market, the volume of our bilateral trade is comparatively small. 

India’s exports to Dominica were US$2.41 million, and Dominica’s exports were US$0.07 million. Besides this, Gujarat Apollo Industries Company Ltd. has installed an Asphalt Separation plant in Dominica recently.

Other areas of relations

Dominica also shared cordial relations with India from an education perspective. Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme is also providing scholarships to the citizens of the country. 

Apart from that, the Prime Minister of Dominica- Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, also donated US$19,000 to the Pingalwara Charitable Society at Manawala during his visit to India on 22 February 2016.