Mexico Supports Funding for New Hospital in Dominica

In continuing friendly relations with the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Mexican Government has pledged US$5million (EC$13.5 million) towards the construction of the island’s Marigot Hospital.

The commitment was made public after a meeting on Friday, 24 March 2017 between Dominica’s Prime Minister, Dr the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, and Mexico’s Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Luis Manuel Moreno. The meeting was also attended by the Honourable Francine Baron, Dominica’s Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, and the Honourable Dr John Collin McIntyre, Dominica’s Minister of Planning, Economic Development, and Investment.

Prime Minister Skerrit expressed his gratitude at the enduring support of the Mexican Government, and its “continued interest in the welfare of Dominica.” He noted that Mexican friendship and solidarity could always be relied upon, and that, a “very good relationship” had developed between the two nations.

The Prime Minister also underlined Mexico’s dedication to the Caribbean as a whole. “We have great regard for the leadership of Mexico and the Mexican people and the efforts which they are playing whether it is at the Pan-American Health Organization or whether it is at the Organization of American States, or whether it is the joint commission of Mexico and CARICOM. Mexico has been very instrumental,” said Dr Skerrit.

Finally, the Prime Minister emphasised Mexico’s active participation in Dominica’s recovery and development during times of national adversity – something that it has done since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1991. “After Tropical Storm Erika, you were one of the first to reach out to us; [the] very first to reach out to us and expressing concern and also offering assistance. We really appreciate the efforts of the Mexican people and the Mexican Government. We know you are doing all of this notwithstanding your own domestic challenges; many challenges, but it speaks to the genuine desire of Mexico to embrace countries like Dominica and others,” he remarked.