According to Countryaah.com, Dominica Independence Day is November 3. In February 2000, Rosie Douglas was appointed prime minister. In the same month, Dominica and Cuba signed an agreement on coordination and bilateral talks – including annual meetings – to improve cultural, social and political cooperation between the two countries. Until then, cooperation had been limited to the field of education, but now it was expected that tourism would also benefit from the cooperation.
The prime minister surprisingly died on October 1 at the age of just 58 and was replaced by Pierre Charles.
In February 2002, a money laundering law was passed that allowed foreign institutions to investigate bank accounts in Dominica. In May, Charles declared the country in economic crisis as a result of the low export revenues and dwindling flow of tourists. An additional tax was adopted to stimulate the economy.
In the October 2003 elections, Nicolás Liverpool was elected president. In January 2004, Prime Minister Pierre Charles died at the age of just 49. Instead, the Labor Party appointed 31-year-old Roosevelt Skerrit as his successor.
In March, Dominica established diplomatic relations with China, thus breaking the relationship with Taiwan, which had existed for 20 years. Skerrit stated that: “Our policy towards Taiwan was based on an interpretation of the wrong story.” He added that China had committed to give Dominica 122 million. US $ in development assistance over the next 5 years. Taiwan’s Education Minister Eugene Chien condemned what he called China’s “dollar diplomacy”. Skerrit defended the government’s new policy as follows: “We assessed Dominica’s foreign policy and considered that it was in the national interest to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, which is today an important player in international diplomacy”.
At the May 2005 parliamentary elections, the ruling Labor Party got 12 of the 21 seats, the United Labor Party got 8, and an independent candidate ran for the last seat.
Skerrit retained the post of prime minister when he won the parliamentary elections in May 2006. He stated that the government’s main goal in its next term was to solve the problems that have hitherto hindered the country’s entry into the Caribbean common market.