Dominica: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit assembled a virtual Bilateral Meeting with HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy King and Deputy Supreme Commander of Bahrain, on Monday( 20,04,21).
The meeting includes:
In this virtual meeting, PM Skerrit and HRH Prince Salman discussed finalising Diplomatic Relations between Dominica and Bahrain. They explored topics of mutual interest such as Climate Change, Infrastructural Development, Tourism and Information and Technology.
Prime Minister Skerrit told HRH Prince Salman that with “Dominica as a Bilateral Partner, Bahrain is reassured of a true friend and a friendship based on mutual trust and respect.”
As the current Chair of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), PM Skerrit also stated, “Bahrain is a new partner to the Caribbean, Dominica would be willing to take on the role of introducing that country to the broader Caribbean region.”
To initiate this relationship, PM Skerrit encouraged the PM of Bahrain to consider the appointment of a “Non-Resident Ambassador to CARICOM.”
HRH Salman confirmed that this meeting was the first such formal engagement Bahrain has had with any leader from the Caribbean region.
He reemphasised the benefits of such collaboration between small states on global platforms championing affairs of mutual interest and pledged his delegation to partner with Dominica.
Foreign Minister-Dr. Kenneth Darroux and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Mrs. Barbara Dailey performed Dominica’s Delegation, While HRH Prince Salman’s gathering included the Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and other senior staff members.
Where is Bahrain?
The capital of Manama, Bahrain, formally Known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a nation in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain is an accumulation of 33 small islands situated in the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The population of Bahrain is approximately 1.3 million, with over two- thirds of the people living on the main island Manama.
Bahrain is considered the freest economy in the Middle East and North Africa region. Refined petroleum remains Bahrain’s top export, representing 44% of its total exports.
Bahrain is now renowned for its banking, finance, and tourism sectors active since the late 20th century. 79% percent of the workforce is in industry, commerce, and services; 20 percent is in the government; and 1 percent in agriculture.