In recognition of this significant milestone, the OECS Commission hosted a virtual flag-raising ceremony to celebrate Dominica's remarkable progress and achievements over the past 45 years. The ceremony featured remarks from Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS.
In his remarks, Dr. Jules lauded the Dominican people for their resilience, unity, cultural heritage, and natural endowments. He also underscored that this year's anniversary theme, "Anou Selebwe," is a testament to the Dominican people's indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to building a brighter future for their nation.
As we celebrate today, let us remember that our independence is not just about the freedom from colonial rule, but also about the freedom to imagine, to innovate, and to inspire. It is about building resilience in our economy, our infrastructure, our social structures. And above all, it is about fortification of the personal, community and national spirit. The theme “Anou Selebwe” compels us to not just celebrate our past, but to also lay the foundation for a future that is even brighter and more promising.
The OECS Commission acknowledges the profound contribution of the Commonwealth of Dominica toward the growth and development of the OECS family and looks forward to continuing in the service of the Government and people of Dominica in the ongoing quest for the realisation of their development aspirations.