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Background

Dominica 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.

The 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 production base.

Holidays

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.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 1 767
Outgoing International Code: 1

Resources

Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - Dominica
This 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, transnational issues.

Government of Dominica
Links to websites of governmental institutions and political parties in Dominica.

Dominica Business Resource Directory
Global 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.

About Dominica
There 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.

Trade Information

Commonwealth Business Council
This Council aims to promote global trade and investment via supplying business opportunities to the foreign investors in Dominica.

Commonwealth Trade Union Council
This 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 organisations.

 
 
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