Dominica on Monday celebrated its 36 years of political independence from Great Britain with a gala ceremony at the Washington, D.C.-headquartered Organization of American States (OAS).
The OAS said the event was hosted by the Permanent Representative of the country, Amb. Hubert Charles.
This year’s celebration was focused on the theme, “Our nation, our responsibility,” promoted by the government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as a call to deepen the contribution that each citizen can make to the country’s development.
During the event, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza highlighted the broad historical and cultural legacy that characterizes the Caribbean country and the leadership it has shown in the context of its participation in the OAS through Amb. Charles, as well as the role the country plays within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Charles alluded to the political, economic and cultural developments that have taken place in the country in recent decades, underscoring the cooperation forged with countries in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia.
He noted the importance that Dominica assigns to the OAS as a multilateral institution, stating that the principles that guide the priorities of his country are aligned with the organization’s work and mission.
Charles also took the opportunity to express appreciation for the work of Insulza and Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin for their 10 years in office, adding that, under their leadership, the OAS “has been able to forge the kind of viability that the countries of the region need.”