ROSEAU, Dominica, Nov 25, CMC – China is providing more than US$21 million in grant aid to Dominica.
The two agreements on economic cooperation provide funds to be to be used for the West Coast road project.
Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, Lu Kun, said the agreements are another symbol of his country’s strong support to the rebuilding of a better Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika last year resulting in millions of dollars in damages..
“This is also another significant symbol of the continuing good cooperation between our two countries as well as the deepening friendship between our two peoples,” the diplomat said.
The signing ceremony follows the earlier signing of Letters of Exchange for the West Coast Road post Erika Rehabilitation Project between the two countries in July.
“It is very impressive to me that the government of Dominica and the visionary leadership of Honourable Prime minister Skerrit made such a great endeavour and again substantial achievement to rebuild Dominica and improve people livelihood after Erika regardless of its limited resources,” said Ambassador Lu.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, praised the relationship with Beijing that began in 2004.
“They have been among the first to come forward to commit assistance to us, so this ceremony is not a new feature with the relationship which exists between our two countries. As a matter of fact, it is the norm of the relationship which exists between our two countries,” he said.
Mr Skerrit also “publicly welcomed” Ambassador Lu to Dominica and assured him that his government will “ensure that your tenure here in Dominica will be very successful”.