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Friday, April 14, 2006 

Local communities in Dominica to benefit from US$1m from China
Thursday, April 13, 2006

ROSEAU, Dominica: A number of local communities in Dominica are expected to benefit from a US$1 million donation from the government of China.

This US$1 million cash donation is in keeping with a commitment given by the Chinese government when the two countries established diplomatic relations on March 23, 2004.

Apart from the four pillar projects to be undertaken over a six year period, the Chinese government also agreed to the provision of a grant of US$1 million per year over a five year period from 2005 to 2009 for technical cooperation or project support as agreed by the two governments.

Dominica’s Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Planning, Roosevelt Skerrit has confirmed that the money will be used to fund a number of infrastructure projects in several communities around the island.

The Dominica State College, established in 2002, will receive $200,000. Dominicans studying locally and overseas are also expected to benefit from the Chinese cash injection.

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