was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due
chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded
possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in
1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes
improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by
that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the
Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years.
Dominican economy depends on agriculture, primarily bananas, and
remains highly vulnerable to climatic conditions. Hurricane Luis
devastated the country's banana crop in 1995 after tropical storms
wiped out a quarter of the 1994 crop. The subsequent recovery has been
fueled by increases in construction, soap production, and tourist
arrivals. Development of the tourism industry remains difficult
however, because of the rugged coastline, lack of beaches, and the
absence of an international airport. Economic growth is sluggish, and
unemployment is greater than 20%. The government has been attempting to
develop an offshore financial sector in order to diversify the island's
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 2 - Merchants' Holiday
Feb 7* - Carnival
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 28* - Easter Monday
1st Monday in May - May Day
May 2* - Bank Holiday
May 16* - Whit Monday
Aug 1* - August Monday
Nov 3 - Independence Day
Nov 4 - Community Service Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day
Ps: These festivals' dates (*) given above are approximations which are subject to change every new year.
Country Code: 1 767
Outgoing International Code: 1
CIA - The World Factbook - Dominica
website indicates a wide range of detail information about Dominica by
introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
Government of Dominica
Links to websites of governmental institutions and political parties in Dominica.
Dominica Business Resource Directory
Tower is a national on-line news which creates a database directory for
new investors seeking for business opportunities in Dominica.
Business Listings of Comonwealth of Dominica
News-Dominica represents an intensive business listings, almost covering all industries existed in Dominica.
is available to find out Dominican general outlook on the issues of its
social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
Commonwealth Business Council
Council aims to promote global trade and investment via supplying
business opportunities to the foreign investors in Dominica.
Commonwealth Trade Union Council
Council links trade union national centres, representing over 30
million trade union members, throughout the Commonwealth. It operates
in close co-operation with other international trade union