Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica Website
Monday, 23 October 2017

Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General Elect of the Commonwealth will pay an official visit to Dominica from December 11th to 14th, at the invitation of Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

During her four day tour of the island, she will attend a ceremony where the Vieille Case Primary School will be officially renamed in her honour.

The public will be given an opportunity to hear from the Baroness at a Government-hosted event at the State House.

The Baroness will be officially welcomed by the Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Francine Baron.

Meanwhile, the Baroness has dismissed claims that she was a nominee of the UK and not the Caribbean.

On a recent visit to Trinidad, the Baroness said “Frankly if I am not Dominican, I don't know who is.”

The Commonwealth Secretary General Designate says her main aim is to bring the 53 member states closer together during her term.

In the process she will be committed to greater unity within the CARICOM member states.

Dominican-born Baroness Scotland said she decided to contest the post because it was an opportunity to serve the region.

She said “We have formidable people in this region. We have people who hail from every corner of the world and if you look at each of us, I don't know one Caribbean person who is pure anything. We are a little bit of this and a little bit of that and so I think we have a lot to show the world.”

She was nominated by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who stood behind her amidst pressure to recant her candidacy. 

She added, “The UK did not nominate me and at the time when Dominica nominated me, England had its own candidate.”

Baroness Scotland has said that her parents ensured that she never forgot her roots.

She will visit Dominica on Friday December 11th on the invitation of the Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

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