Dominica’s Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit was among several heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) holding bilateral talks with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The talks which were held in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday were convened as part of the first CARICOM – Japan Summit which featured the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community meeting with their Japanese counterpart.
CARICOM and Japan have enjoyed friendly relations since 1933 and this summit signaled a quantum leap in their engagement as it is the first time that a Japanese Prime Minister is visiting the Region.
The one day summit was held during what has been designated CARICOM –Japan Friendship Year to observe two decades of relationship in diverse fields such as culture, trade and tourism.
As part of its agenda, the Summit discussed such issues as the vulnerabilities of CARICOM and necessary cooperation for its sustainable growth, strengthening exchanges and the bonds of friendship and deepening cooperation in the international arena.
Dominica established diplomatic relations with Japan in 1978. Major areas of cooperation with Dominica include technical training in Japan, Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, grassroots projects with non-governmental organizations, hospitals and schools, Fisheries Grant Aid Programme and the most recently signed Grant Aid Provision of Industrial Products