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ABOUT DOMINICA

The term Commonwealth Caribbean is used to refer to the independent English-speaking countries of the Caribbean region.

 

Upon a country's full independence from the United Kingdom, Anglophone Caribbean or Commonwealth Caribbean traditionally becomes the preferred sub-regional term as a replacement to British West Indies.[1]

 

TERRITORIES

The independent island-nations that are considered as Commonwealth Caribbean include:

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda.svg/23px-Flag_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda.svg.png Antigua and Barbuda

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/93/Flag_of_the_Bahamas.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_Bahamas.svg.png The Bahamas

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Flag_of_Barbados.svg/23px-Flag_of_Barbados.svg.png Barbados

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/Flag_of_Dominica.svg/23px-Flag_of_Dominica.svg.png Dominica

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/Flag_of_Grenada.svg/23px-Flag_of_Grenada.svg.png Grenada

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/Flag_of_Jamaica.svg/23px-Flag_of_Jamaica.svg.png Jamaica

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fe/Flag_of_Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis.svg.png Saint Kitts and Nevis

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9f/Flag_of_Saint_Lucia.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Lucia.svg.png Saint Lucia

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6d/Flag_of_Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines.svg/23px-Flag_of_Saint_Vincent_and_the_Grenadines.svg.png Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago.svg/23px-Flag_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago.svg.png Trinidad and Tobago

 

Anglophone Caribbean also refers to the independent English-speaking countries known as the "Mainland Caribbean". These include:

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e7/Flag_of_Belize.svg/23px-Flag_of_Belize.svg.png Belize, once known as British Honduras.

·        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/99/Flag_of_Guyana.svg/23px-Flag_of_Guyana.svg.png Guyana, once known as British Guiana.

 

 

The Anglophone Caribbean makes up a composite cricket team. The West Indies cricket team also includes Guyana, as another former British colony. Bermuda, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the English-speaking Dutch West Indies also participate in Anglophone Caribbean-related sports activities such as 20/20 Cricket.

 

1 CURRENCY

East Caribbean dollars (XCD) per US dollar -

2.7 (2015 est.)

2.7 (2014 est.)

2.7 (2013 est.)

2.7 (2012 est.)

2.7 (2011 est.)

 

2 ECONOMY & GOVERNMENT

Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which colonized the island in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

The Dominican economy has been dependent on agriculture - primarily bananas - in years past, but increasingly has been driven by tourism as the government seeks to promote Dominica as an "ecotourism" destination. Moreover, Dominica has an offshore medical education sector.

 

In order to diversify the island's economy, the government is also attempting to foster an offshore financial industry and plans to sign agreements with the private sector to develop geothermal energy resources.

In 2003, the government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy - including the elimination of price controls, privatization of the state banana company, and tax increases - to address an economic and financial crisis and to meet IMF requirements. In 2009 and 2013, the economy contracted as a result of the global recession; growth remains anemic.

Although public debt levels continue to exceed pre-recession levels, the debt burden declined from 78% of GDP in 2011 to approximately 70% in 2012.

Prime Minister

Honourable Roosevelt SkerritHonourable Roosevelt Skerrit

Roosevelt Skerrit (born 8 June 1972) is a Dominican politician who has been Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency since 2000. Regionally, he has served as the Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and most recently as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 2010.

Early Life

Skerrit was born in the village of Vieille Case. He began his studies at the University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. He later transferred to the University of Mississippi, Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi, where in 1997, he acquired a Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Psychology (B.Sc.) and English (BA).

Career

Member of Parliament for Vieille Case

Skerrit was elected to the House of Assembly (legislature) as Member of Parliament for Vieille Case in 2000 before being appointed Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports by Prime Minister Rosie Douglas. He was Minister for Education.

Prime Minister

Skerrit was first sworn into office on January 8, 2004 after the untimely passing of his predecessor. Aged 31 at his swearing in, he became the world’s youngest Prime Minister, leading a two-party coalition government. The following month, February, Skerrit was elected Political Leader of the Dominica Labour Party.

In the May 2005 General Election, Skerrit successfully lead his Party to win an outright majority in the legislature, a feat last achieved by the DLP in 1975. In addition to being Prime Minister, Skerrit served as Minister of during that term.

In the December 18, 2009 General Election, Skerrit lead his Dominica Labour Party to win a second consecutive outright majority in the legislature, strengthening his Party’s share to 18 of 21 possible seats. On the December 21, 2009, Skerrit was appointed by President of Dominica, His Excellency Nicholas J. O. Liverpool, to be the Prime Minister of Dominica marking his the beginning of his own second term in Office. On January 4, 2010, Prime Minister Skerrit was appointed by the President, to be Minister for Information Technology, Finance, and Foreign Affairs.

As Prime Minister, Skerrit is responsible for the Cabinet Secretariat; Elections; the Legislature; National Awards; the Government Printery and; Service Commissions and Board of Appeal. As Minister of Information Technology, he is responsible for Information Technology. As Minister of Finance, Skerrit is responsible for the Office of the Accountant General; the Audit Department; Banking and Banking Organizations; Boards of Surveys; Budget; Capital Repayments; Central Purchasing; Consolidated Fund; Currency; Customs and Excise; Enemy Property; Exchange Control; Finance and Financial Services; International Business; Inland Revenue; Lotteries; Pensions and Gratuities; Public Debt; Regional and International Financial Organizations and; Saving Banks. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Skerrit is responsible for External Affairs; Contributions to Regional and International Organizations; Consular Affairs; Diplomatic Representation and; Protocol.

Regional and International Profile

Skerrit has earned an international reputation for his national and regional leadership along with his hands-on and sincere approach to international affairs. He is now a frequent lecturer at all levels. Lectures include The David Thompson Memorial Lecture: Future of CARICOM and Regional Integration at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados in 2011. More recently, he was Keynote speaker at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Eco-Forum Global in the People’s Republic of China.

Skerrit, as Prime Minister, has graduated to the forefront of Caribbean leadership, serving as Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) during periods of historic fiscal and economic challenges faced by the region and the world: high debt, high unemployment, low growth, and high deficits. He has contributed to the formulation of the eight-point stabilization programme of the OECS. As leader of the first English-speaking and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to join the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), in 2008, Skerrit is recognized for making a significant contribution towards building bridges between the predominantly English-speaking Caribbean region and the predominantly Spanish-speaking Latin American region. He is an ardent advocate of wider regional cooperation and has worked towards the deepening of cooperation with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CLAS).

Personal Life

Skerrit is married to Melissa Skerrit; the couple recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Dmitry together. Skerrit previously had a son, Malik. He was raised as a Christian and possesses a strong sense of family and community Service. He has developed personal discipline and a passion for getting things done. Skerrit has empowered Dominican citizens and residents by involving them as partners in governance and development, especially the Youth through education and the poor, women, and the elderly through innovative social programmes in housing and settlement.

 

Deputy Prime Minister

 

 

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Education Minister:

 

Honorable Minister for Education & Human Resource Development

Mr. Petter Saint Jean

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Assistant Chief Education Officer

Dr. Jeffrey Blaize

 


3 POPULATION

73,607 (July 2015 est.)

Capital City: Roseau

the island was named by explorer Christopher COLUMBUS for the day of the week on which he spotted it, Sunday ("Domingo" in Latin), 3 November 1493

4 OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English (official), French patois

5 POLITICS & GOVT (Cabinet)

·       Commonwealth of Dominica

GOVERNMENT:

·       parliamentary republic

INDEPENDENCE:

·    3 November 1978 (from the UK)

CONSTITUTION:

·    previous 1967 (preindependence); latest presented 25 July 1978, entered into force 3 November 1978; amended several times, last in 2015 (2016)

LEGAL SYSTEM:

·    common law based on the English model

INTERNATIONAL LAW ORGANIZATION PARTICIPATION:

·    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction; accepts ICCt jurisdiction

EXECUTIVE BRANCH:

chief of state: 

·       President Charles A. SAVARIN (since 2 October 2013)

head of government: 

 

·       Prime Minister Roosevelt SKERRIT (since 8 January 2004)

 

cabinet: 

 

·    Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister

 

elections/appointments: 

 

·    president nominated by the prime minister and leader of the opposition party and elected by the House of Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 30 September 2013 (next to be held in October 2018); prime minister appointed by the president

 

INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES:

·    Dominica is the only Caribbean state to challenge Venezuela's sovereignty claim over Aves Island and joins the other island nations in challenging whether the feature sustains human habitation, a criterion under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which permits Venezuela to extend its EEZ and continental shelf claims over a large portion of the eastern Caribbean Sea

 

ILLICIT DRUGS:

 

·    transshipment point for narcotics bound for the US and Europe; minor cannabis producer (2008)

 

Diplomatic representation in the US:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       chief of mission: Ambassador Hubert J. CHARLES (since 16 July 2010)

·       chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

·       telephone: [1] (202) 364-6781

·       FAX: [1] (202) 364-6791

·       consulate(s) general: New York

 

Diplomatic representation from the US:

·       the US does not have an embassy in Dominica; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Dominica

 

6 BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

7 SOVEREIGNTY

8 EDUCATION

Expenditures:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

 

country comparison to the world: 

EDUCATION MINISTER:

 

LITERACY/School Life Expectency (primary to tertiary education):

 

total: 

male: 

female: 

 

 

 

 

9 COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Telephones - fixed lines:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total subscriptions: 17,600

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 24 (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 188

Telephones - mobile cellular:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 92,200

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 126 (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 192

Telephone system:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

general assessment: fully automatic network

domestic: fixed-line connections continued to decline slowly with the two active operators providing about 20 fixed-line connections per 100 persons; subscribership among the three mobile-cellular providers continued to increase with teledensity reaching 150 per 100 persons

international: country code - 1-767; landing points for the East Caribbean Fiber Optic System (ECFS) and the Global Caribbean Network (GCN) submarine cables providing connectivity to other islands in the eastern Caribbean extending from the British Virgin Islands to Trinidad; microwave radio relay and SHF radiotelephone links to Martinique and Guadeloupe; VHF and UHF radiotelephone links to Saint Lucia (2010)

Broadcast media:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

no terrestrial TV service available; subscription cable TV provider offers some locally produced programming plus channels from the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean; state-operated radio broadcasts on 6 stations; privately owned radio broadcasts on about 15 stations (2007)

Radio broadcast stations:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

AM 4, FM 18, shortwave 0 (2009)

Television broadcast stations:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

1 (2004)

Internet country code:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

.dm

Internet hosts:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

723 (2012)

country comparison to the world: 175

Internet users:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

total: 43,400

percent of population: 59.1% (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 190

 

 

10 GENERAL

Location:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    15 25 N, 61 20 W

Map references:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    Central America and the Caribbean

Area:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       total: 751 sq km

·       land: 751 sq km

·    water: 0 sq km

 

country comparison to the world: 189

Area - comparative:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    0 km

Coastline:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    148 km

Maritime claims:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       territorial sea: 12 nm

·       contiguous zone: 24 nm

·       exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

Climate:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

Terrain:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    rugged mountains of volcanic origin

Elevation:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       mean elevation: NA

·       elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m

·    highest point: Morne Diablotins 1,447 m

Natural resources:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    timber, hydropower, arable land

Land use:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       agricultural land: 34.7%

·    arable land 8%; permanent crops 24%; permanent pasture 2.7%

·       forest: 59.2%

·       other: 6.1% (2011 est.)

Irrigated land:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    NA

Total renewable water resources:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    NA

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       total: 0.02 cu km/yr

·       per capita: 244.1 cu m/yr (2004)

Natural hazards:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months

Environment - current issues:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    NA

Environment - international agreements:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·       party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling

·       signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/field_listing_on.gif

·    known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system; the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world

11 NATIONAL ANTHEM

·       name: "Isle of Beauty"

·       lyrics/music: Wilfred Oscar Morgan POND/Lemuel McPherson CHRISTIAN

·       note: adopted 1967

 

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