Acting Minister for Education, Catherine Daniel, has reminded the 12 students who recently received scholarships to study in China that they will be receiving “that most powerful weapon to change the world.”
Daniel told the students at the Chinese scholarship award ceremony last week, that in addition to “that most powerful weapon” of education, the experience of attending university in China, will allow them to gain a better understanding and experience of a diverse culture.
“You are indeed fortunate to benefit from these scholarships because many more people applied. God has really given you your moment and your time. You will not only gain the opportunity to broaden your knowledge but also you will broaden your understanding and experience of a diverse culture. You will be trained to become a global citizen, able to function and excel in a globalized environment,” Daniel asserted.
Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Lu Kun, exhorted the students to be envoys for their country in China.
“All students, you are the future of the country and helper of the nation… I sincerely hope that you will all become the full envoy to introduce Dominica to your Chinese friends during your study in China and introduce a new China to Dominica when you come back,” the ambassador said
He also stated that the Chinese scholarships will provide the opportunity for Dominican students to create more friendships between the two nations.
“People to people exchanges play an important role in deepening our friendship and mutual understanding,” Ambassador Lu Kun said, pointing out that many activities such as Dominica-China Friendship Day and a Taste of China, were held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Dominica.
The 12 new scholarship recipients bring to about 150, the number of Dominican students who have received scholarships to study in China since diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 2004.
Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland
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February 20, 2020
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.