With the theme – Anou Selebwe – meaning Let us Celebrate, Dominicans have launched their full independence celebration for 2023. The independence theme is considered to be significant in that In the most difficult times the indomitable spirit of Dominicans is still there and will take the country through the tough times ahead right now. As the country faces challenges, the Dominican people, known for their determination, will not only survive, but will flourish and prosper. And so we welcome the spirit of Dominica as they celebrate their 45th anniversary.
Dominica, officially known as the Commonwealth of Dominica, is a small country in the Caribbean with a population of 72,000 but a country with a vibrant culture and a very interesting history. Known to be a strong and resilient people, In the struggle for freedom they were one of the first colonies to have a black controlled legislature back in 1838, and has continued, through different colonial powers to show the resistance and to emphasize their own personal courage as a people, and they in the small island assert themselves and assert themselves with pride.
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The current Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, who has been Prime Minister since 2004, is the longest serving Prime Minister in Dominica, and he has charted a very strong course for the country, keeping it safe and stable and as he put it now, the people of Dominica are secured and the country is still moving forward, even with the winds of a global environment. Prime Minister Skerrit is very strong on the future of the country of Dominica and he has great plans for this country’s development. He is looking to tourism as a great area for more job creation for the people. He wants to enhance fisheries and the farming sector which he sees as a natural fit, and can provide a decent living for people through expansion within the national capacity. The Prime Minister is very big on security for the people, physical security and the dignity of the citizens, and he has promised to do everything in his grasp that this be so for the future of the country. In looking to the future, he’s looking at digital Dominica, as he says, to accelerate the transition to digital economy in Dominica.
So, there are great plans for this small country as they celebrate their 45th anniversary.
We wish to commend and congratulate the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. A culturally rich country maintaining their strong tradition to the culture and to nature as they in their own way, celebrate through their village festivals and cultural activities a special way of embracing their independence. Throughout their celebration is a mix of European, African heritage and Indian flavor, all mixed together.
Happy Anniversary to the country and people of Dominica!