Dominica and France

Political relations

  • French Ambassador to Dominica (in residence in Saint Lucia): Mr Philippe Ardanaz
  • Ambassador of Dominica to France (in residence in London): Ms Agnès Adonis, chargée d’affaires.

Political relations are good and France was first to respond locally following tropical storm Erika in 2015 and Hurricane Maria which destroyed the island in September 2017.

Dominica’s delegation, led by its Prime Minister, took part in COP21, held in Le Bourget from 30 November to 12 December 2015. This event helped demonstrate our shared commitment to combating global warming. Like many of its Caribbean neighbours, Dominica was one of the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement worldwide.

A delegation led by Roosevelt Skerrit also took part in the One Planet Summit, held in Paris on 12 December 2017.

Visits

Prime Minister

  • On 12 December 2017, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit took part in the One Planet Summit in Paris.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Like Saint Lucia, another Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) member, Dominica keeps the use of creole alive and cultivates the country’s attachment to French. Cultural and educational exchanges (including the Passport for French Higher Education programme) with France and its overseas communities in the Americas in particular are set to develop. The Roseau Alliance Française branch, which was seriously damaged by Hurricane Maria, had some 100 learners.
As part of projects funded via INTERREG, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) has worked effectively with Dominica’s authorities to reduce the effects of black tsigatoka (a fungus affecting banana plantations). However, cooperation prospects are greatest in the field of geothermal energy:

  • since 2008, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) have committed €4 million to fund exploratory drilling for the creation of a geothermal energy production facility in Dominica.
  • given the success of the exploratory campaign, the AFD granted a soft loan of €6.5 million to Dominica’s government to fund a first production well and test the resource’s behaviour in the operational phase. This loan was accompanied by a grant of €2 million from the EU’s Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF). The project has also received funding from INTERREG and support from the French Guadeloupe and Martinique regions. It could provide Dominica with installed capacity of between 55MW and 60MW, and to export electricity to French communities in the Americas.

Updated: 14 May 2018