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China’s friendship with Dominica will remain no matter the ruling party, say Chinese diplomats – Dominica News Online

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Former Chinese ambassador to Suriname Zhang Jinxiong (left) with Chinese ambassador to Dominica Lu Kun

Former Chinese Ambassador to Suriname, H.E. Zhang Jinxiong, has affirmed that the peoples Republic of China will remain a friend to Dominica no matter which party governs the country.

Responding to questions asked at a media briefing earlier this month on statements made by the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit  that if his party was not re-elected the Chinese government will not be a friend to Dominica, H.E. Zhang Jinxiong responded that this is not the case.

“We always say we respect the choices of the people here. Elections are your internal affairs but between country to country relations, we are very happy to be friends with the government and people of Dominica,” the ambassador explained. “We always believed that we are friends with the government and ordinary people of Dominica. For example, our people in the agricultural field have been here so many years and have many friends, so people to people exchanges are very important.”

H.E. Lu Kun, Chinese Ambassador to Dominica  who was also in attendance stated, “We never separate the government of the people…any government, as it is your internal affairs..We are friends for the people and government [and] respect the choices of the people here…this is our policy.”

He declared, “Whether the Labour or UWP Party is in government, we would have good relations with both.”

Dominica and China first began diplomatic relations in 2004.





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Savahnn James is Miss Dominica 2020

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James is crowned by Miss Dominica 2019, Marisol John

Dominica has a new Carnival Queen. She is 20-year-old Savahnn James who beat six other contestants to clinch the title at the Miss Dominica 2020 pageant which was held last night.

James won the awards for Best Talent and Best Response to Question on her way to the crown.

Shannon Connor St Hilaire secured the 2nd runner-up spot. She won the awards for Miss Photogenic, Best Costume, Best in Costume, and Best Evening Wear

The first runner-up position went to Primrose Angel David. She won the awards for Best Swimwear, Best in Swimwear and Best in Evening Wear.

Melanie Charles took the award for Miss Amity.

The other contestants were Kadisha Joseph of Fond Cole, Kimra Charles also representing Fond Cole and Elnarrah Emmanuel representing Kingshill and Grandbay.

The pageant took place at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: Dominica Manufacturer’s Association Symposium

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The Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) Invites the public, specifically ALL manufacturers to a National Symposium on Manufacturing as we seek to charter the way forward for the sector.

The public is encouraged to stop by our POP-UP SHOP where local products will be available at discounted prices, coupons will be available, prizes and surprises!

DON’T YOU MISS IT!





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Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit – File Photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said heads of government of CARICOM have expressed their “overwhelming” support for the renewal of the term of office for Secretary General Baroness Scotland.

Scotland, a Dominican by birth is under pressure from the international community to resign from her position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

But Skerrit who spoke on the sidelines of the Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, said the grouping is standing behind Scotland.

He said at the meeting, heads of governments also expressed their gratitude for her achievement during her tenure.

“Heads of governments expressed our gratitude for the range of activities undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat whose added value redounded to the benefit of small island and low lying coastal developing states,” he said.

According to Skerrit who has been one of Scotland’s main supporters, the heads of government also expressed support for the renewal of the term of office of the secretary general.

“We do hope that when we meet in Rwanda, the current holder of the post of secretary general will receive a second term in that very important office,” he said.

Skerrit said heads of CARICOM also engaged Scotland “directly and frankly” on the issues leveled against her in the media.

But he said CARICOM remained satisfied and accepted the responses given by her as “legitimate”.

The questions about Scotland’s future leadership of the Commonwealth came after she was criticized by internal auditors last November for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by her friend.

The audit committee report also found that the Secretariat had no register of either tender waivers or conflicts of interest and was unable to explain why not.

That committee also identified 50 occasions between July 2015 and June 2018 when the usual procurement tenders had been waited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Baroness Scotland has always denied any wrongdoing

Scotland’s four-year term of office as secretary general comes to an end next month.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be backing moves to persuade Amina Mohamed, a 58-year-old Kenyan politician, to challenge Baroness Scotland if she refuses to stand down.





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