In a resounding affirmation of leadership excellence, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica has emerged triumphant as one of the ‘Five Most Influential and Impactful Leaders in 2023’ according to Caribbean Lifestyle by J-irie.
This distinguished recognition celebrates his outstanding governance, unwavering commitment to climate resilience, and tireless pursuit of positioning Dominica as the vanguard in becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation.
Exclusive Episode by Caribbean Lifestyle by J-irie
The prominent Eastern Caribbean regional channel Caribbean Lifestyle by J-irie released an exclusive episode on YouTube.
It shed light on the dynamic and influential leaders who significantly impacted the Caribbean throughout 2023.
5 Most Influential, Impactful Leaders of 2023
The list includes other Eastern Caribbean leaders such as:
- Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Dr Terrance Drew;
- President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali;
- Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honourable Dr Ralph Gonsalves and
- Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Amor Mottley.
Leadership and Achievements of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
Honourable Dr Skerrit received praise for his leadership and accomplishments in driving economic development in Dominica.
Particularly, he was commended for his dedication to promoting climate-resilience in a tropical region frequently affected by climate change.
The recognition from Caribbean Lifestyle by J-irie underscores Honourable Dr Skerrit’s leadership and accomplishments in driving economic development in Dominica.
Acknowledging his consistent role in promoting positive change and instilling hope throughout 2023, the accolade emphasises Honourable Dr Skerrit’s strategic policies and steadfast commitment.
Under Honourable Dr Skerrit’s guidance, Dominica is rapidly emerging as an economic powerhouse. This is both in the Eastern Caribbean and Latin America regions, achieving significant milestones.
Honourable Dr Skerrit’s resilient and resourceful approach has not only revitalised the nation’s economy but also positioned Dominica as a formidable force in the broader geopolitical landscape.
Additionally, solidifying Dominica’s status as a success story of long-term sustainable development.
International Acclaim and Economic Growth in Dominica
There was emphasis on Honourable Dr Skerrit’s international acclaim, especially his advocacy for Small Island Development States (SIDS) globally.
That was displayed during the COP28 event held in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December 2023.
Dominica’s economic growth, particularly after the challenges posed by COVID-19, was highlighted, with a resurgence in tourism numbers and positive outlook from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dominica’s Modernisation Agenda
Dominica is actively pursuing a modernisation agenda under the Honourable Dr Skerrit’s leadership. It prioritises the construction of a geothermal energy plant and a new international airport.
The Government and Omat Technologies signed a contract to develop and construct the geothermal energy plant in Laudat.
Additionally, an agreement has been signed with MMCE Development Limited for the construction of the International Airport, which is likely to be operational in 2025.
Housing Initiative for Climate Resilience
Dominica’s commitment to becoming the world’s first ever climate-resilient nation is evident in the Housing Initiative.
Over 5000 resilient homes are being constructed across the islands, prioritising victims of past hurricanes.
Honourable Dr Skerrit referred to the distribution of 73 homes ahead of Christmas as a meaningful gift for the festive season. This emphasises the importance of climate resilience.
Dominica’s Path to Climate Resilience
The Housing Recovery Programme, launched in response to Honourable Dr Skerrit’s pledge at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2017, aims to make Dominica a world’s first climate-resilient country.
The initiative addresses the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Erika, with a focus on building climate-resilient homes.
Prime Minister’s Personal Appeal for Climate Action
Honourable Dr Skerrit’s commitment to climate action is underscored by his emotional plea to world leaders at the UN General Assembly, just days after Hurricane Maria.
The Prime Minister urged global leaders to take action to address the climate crisis and its devastating impacts.