Dominica

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Island Republic In The West Indies, Lying In The Caribbean Sea, Approximately Midway Between The Islands Of Guadeloupe (On The North) And Martinique (On The South). One Of The Windward Islands.
  • Area:
    • Total: 754 sq km
    • Water: 0 sq km
    • Land: 754 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 148 km
  • Maritime Claims:
    • Contiguous Zone: 24 NM
    • Territorial Sea: 12 NM
    • Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 NM
  • Natural Resources:
    • Timber, hydropower, arable land

People:

  • Population: 69,655 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality: Noun: Dominican(s); Adjective: Dominican
  • Ethnic groups: black, mixed black and European, European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%
  • Languages: English (official), French patois

Government:

  • Country name: Conventional long form: Commonwealth of Dominica; Conventional short form: Dominica
  • Government type: parliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth
  • Capital: Roseau
  • Administrative divisions: 10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter
  • International organization participation:
    ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1% (2001 est.)
  • Industries: soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes
  • Agriculture - products: bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited
  • Exports: $50 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)
  • Exports - commodities: bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges
  • Imports: $135 million f.o.b. (2002 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

National Policy:

  • Marine Affairs Policy
  • Marine Science & Research Policy
  • Coastal Area Policy
  • Environment Policy

Institutional Structure:

    Government Ministries:

    Office of the Prime Minister
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 1 767 448 2401 Fax: 1 767 448 5200

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Marketing
    Government Headquarters
    Kennedy Avenue
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 4219 Fax: 767 448 5200

    Ministry of Finance, Industry and Planning
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 0054

    Ministry of Tourism, Ports and Employment
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 6200

    Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 0080

    Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 7999

    Ministry of Legal Affairs, Labour and Immigration
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 0182

    Ministry of Communications, Works and Housing
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 4807

    Ministry of Health and Social Security
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 448 6086

    Ministry of Community Development and Women's Affairs
    Government Headquarters
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, WI
    Tel: 767 448 2401 Fax: 767 449 8220
    National Focal Point for IOCARIBE
    Mr. Sebasti√°n Riviere
    Fisheries Officer
    Ministry of Agriculture and Environment
    Roseau Fisheries Complex, Bay Front,
    Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
    Roseau, Dominica
    Tel: + 767 266 5291- 2665791
    Fax: +
    767 448 0140
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