September 2021 \ Diaspora News \ COVER STORY—DOMINICA AND MONTSERRAT

On April 30, 2020 Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Dr. Jaishankar ...

Donation of vaccine: Under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative, Government of India donated 70,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine to the Government and for the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The medical supply was handed over by Shri Arun Kumar Sahu. On February 9, 2021, PM Skeritt personally received the consignment at the airport and said “prayers were answered”. Foreign Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux accompanied Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt while receiving the consignment.

On May 7th 2021, India and Commonwealth Dominica signed a bilateral agreement for visa free movement of diplomats and officials further consolidating the close relationship between the two countries. The agreement was signed by His Excellency Mr. Arun Kumar Sahu, High Commissioner of India with residence in Trinidad & Tobago, and Honourable Dr. Kenneth Darroux, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business & Diaspora Relations of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica at Roseau and Port of Spain. These Agreements allow holders of Diplomatic and Official passports to visit those countries without requiring a visa for a specified tenure. In the Latin American & Caribbean region, such Agreements were signed with 20 countries. The two entities met over a virtual platform in a short ceremony.

Mrs. Anupriya Patel, Minister of Health & FW visited Dominica on a bilateral visit from May 11-12, 2018. During the visit she called on the President, Prime Minister, and various Ministers and discussed the issues of importance between the two countries.

The Indian community consists of a few business families, professionals and faculty members of the Ross Medical University.

—Courtesy: Indian High Commission website