While addressing a Good Governance forum on Monday, the Real Labour Partyâ€™s representative Washway Douglas highlighted some of the RLPâ€™s strategies to move Dominica forward.
Notwithstanding the clean and green policy and the Renewable Energy Program, Mr Douglas firmly believes the countryâ€™s name should be changed from Dominica to â€˜Waitukubuliâ€™ the name given by the indigenous people of the country.
Douglas says this is in an effort to lessen the inconvenience of being mistaken for the Dominican Republic and also to help reduce the costs of advertisements made in efforts to clarify that Dominica is not the Dominican Republic.
The RLP is also looking to introduce the concept of Natural Resources being linked to Nationalism, and that the countryâ€™s natural resources should be owned by Dominican citizens for the benefit of Dominica and its citizens.
The RLP Coordinator also spoke of building closer relations with the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. He says while the present administration speaks of creating closer links with CARICOM which he fully endorses, greater emphasis needs to be placed on developing tighter links with Guadeloupe and Martinique.
But are these the type of strategies Dominica needs presently to take it forward as a country? Share your thoughts in the comments.
As a non Dominica these ideas that you have presented here sound exciting and positive. Of course it is for Dominicans to decide but I wished to share my two cents worth. In no way is my opinion meant to be political. I just just finished writing an email to a friend in Salisbury and I have Dominica on my mind. 😎
I second that. All sounds good. Now…what are the down sides?
I believe that the name â€˜Waitukubuliâ€™ would definitely serve our Island better. It’s unique, exotic and cultural. Sounds like a place I would want to visit if I were a foreigner.
As an indigenous person from Dominica who lives in the U.S., I love these ideas. Will the government do something, though?
I’m in favor of this change. Dominica is a beautiful island and should be recognized as such by the rest of the world. I found it frustrating having to explain the difference between Dominica and the DR to every one of my friends after I traveled there!