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In Dominica, the government has made strides towards increasing the access to early childhood education and primary school.1 On the island, primary and secondary school are mandatory and the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to education has been achieved.2 Additionally, the government has sponsored several programs to increase child enrollment at the primary school level.3 Some of these programs include providing uniforms for students and a textbook program that provided textbooks for free.4

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1http://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/document/dominica/session_19_-_april_2014/a_hrc_wg.6_19_l.7.pdf
2 Ibid
3http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/CSW/59/National_reviews/Dominica_review_Beijing20.pdf
4 Ibid
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Dominica News

Antigua Observer 
ROSEAU, Dominica — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday met with stakeholders in Dominica at the national consultation on development prospects, ... See more..
Vogue.com 
Tucked away between Guadeloupe and Martinique is unadulterated Dominica (pronounced dom-ah-nee-ka). Because it's often confused with the Dominican Republic and lacks direct long-haul flights, the destination has predominantly remained under the ... See more..
ThinkGeoEnergy 
In a passionate talk, the Ambassador of Dominica to the U.S. describes the challenges of his country to find the right partner to develop its geothermal project. See more..
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Caribbean News Now (press release) (blog) 
Douglas is a native of Dominica and the owner of an entertainment business in that island. He claims that Dominica breached the RTC when it denied Tommy Lee and his entourage entry into that country. The denial of entry caused a concert organized by ... See more..
Huffington Post 
Upon receiving an invitation to explore Dominica, my first thought was “Oh nice, I'd love to visit the DR!” Like many, I confused this island with the more popular Dominican Republic. But to my surprise, Google quickly confirmed that the DR was ... See more..
Caribbean News Now (press release) (blog) 
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of justice, immigration and national security in Dominica has denied published allegations that up to 10,000 blank Dominican passports were supplied to Moroccan ambassador, Mohamed Benjilany, during one or more ... See more..
The Island Connection 
Located in the Lesser Antilles (and not the Dominican Republic), Dominica is an independent country lovingly called the Nature Island where people live close to the land, eat what they grow, drink from the streams, catch fish and spear lobster. Two ... See more..
Daily Mail 
It was party time in Dominica. The narrow streets of the capital, Roseau, were festooned with bunting and teeming with locals and tourists alike. Reggae blasted out from the speakers as I watched dancers dressed in brilliantly coloured, skimpy costumes ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton said the police are in “combat mode” with the Dominican population after the party was denied permission to stage a march on Thursday. But Linton said ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has ridiculed calls by the opposition for his removal from office saying that statements such as “Skerrit must go” really meant he must go on continuing with policies to ensure the future ... See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 751 sq km
Land 751 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months
Current Environmental Issues

NA

Demographics

Nationality
Dominican
Population
73,286 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The Dominican economy has been dependent on agriculture - primarily bananas - in years past, but increasingly has been driven by tourism as the government seeks to promote Dominica as an "ecotourism" destination. Moreover, Dominica has successfully developed an offshore medical education sector. In order to diversify the island's economy, the government is also attempting to develop an offshore financial sector and plans to sign agreements with the private sector to develop geothermal energy resources. In 2003, the government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy - including elimination of price controls, privatization of the state banana company, and tax ...See More increases - to address an economic and financial crisis and to meet IMF requirements. Hurricane Dean struck the island in August 2007 causing damages equivalent to 20% of GDP. In 2009, the economy contracted as a result of the global recession and growth remains anemic. Economic growth in 2010-11 was about 1%. Although debt levels in 2012 continued to exceed pre-recession levels, the debt burden notably declined from 80% to approximately 70% of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.018 billion (2012 est.); $1.014 billion (2011 est.); $995.4 million (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

9.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 7.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, citrus, mangos, root crops, coconuts, cocoa
Industries

soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes