Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called for unity of purpose as Dominicans continue to rebuild following the ravages of Hurricane Maria.
Mr. Skerrit addressed a concert of praise and thanksgiving at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Thursday to mark two years since the passage of the category 5 storm.
He said Hurricane Maria forced us “to rebuild and to build back better”, and told citizens to prepare “for the next phase of our National Development: A stronger, more resilient, more developed, more dynamic Dominica”.
The Prime Minister also called on citizens to put aside political divisiveness in the interest of national development. Mr. Skerrit stressed that investment in Dominica’s future calls for collective effort, and asked persons to put aside what he termed “dangerous, divisive political tribalism and polarization”.
Head of the Clinton Global Initiative, former US President Bill Clinton also praised the Government of Dominica for its admirable efforts to bounce back following the devastation of the hurricane. Clinton said Dominica serves as a model for other nations impacted by climate change
Meanwhile, Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland has committed commonwealth support to small island states like Dominica in the fight against climate change.
Scotland, who is Dominican born, said via a video address, extreme weather events underscored the importance of the Commonwealth’s work to address climate change.