Prime Minister Skerrit Extends Congratulations to China’s New President, Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has congratulated the People’s Republic of China’s newly elected President, Xi Jinping, who not only serves as China’s President but also as general secretary of the Communist Party and commander-in-chief of China’s armed forces.
Mr. Jinping indicated his intention to lead a Chinese renaissance, stating that he is committed to building an even more prosperous and proud future for China.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that he is immensely pleased that the delegates at the National People’s Congress have chosen Xi Jinping to lead one of the most powerful economies in the world, while adding that President Jinping can exert a positive influence on the destiny of hundreds of millions of people, in China and around the world.
In an official congratulatory letter to the new President, Prime Minister Skerrit stated, and I quote, “I have no doubt that, with your profile and qualifications, the PRC and indeed the world has found in you the leadership required to advance on the progress made, including the finding of solutions to the many economic and political challenges of our time, “end quote.
Mr. Skerrit also stated to the new Chinese President that, Dominica has shared a special bond with the PRC since the establishment of diplomatic relations nine years ago, while adding the two countries had progressive success in international fora on a number of areas of mutual interest.
The Prime Minister added that the technical cooperation programme shared between China and Dominica, is second to none and includes projects and programmes that have far reaching impact on improving the quality of life of the Dominican people, particularly the rural and more vulnerable.
He went on to say that he is looking to even greater collaboration under the stewardship of Mr. Jinping.
Mr. Skerrit also congratulated the new Roman Catholic Pope, His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascended to the throne of Saint Peter.
Mr. Skerrit says the Pope serves as a champion of the most vulnerable among us and carries forth Christ’s message of love and compassion, a simple message that has nonetheless served to inspire the world for well over two thousand years.
He pointed out that we Dominicans are delighted with the selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the first pontiff from the Americas, while adding his selection speaks to the strength and vitality of the Latin American and Caribbean region.
The people of Dominica join with other people of faith across the globe in offering our prayers to the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church said Mr. Skerrit.