Fees & Donations
Terms of Reference
Return Policy Guide
Survey of Returnees
Survey of Diaspora
Draft Policy Paper
Policy Paper Review
Introduction, Objective, Process
The Present Situation
Overseas Representation & Relationships with Nationals Abroad
Diaspora Promotional and Investment Roles
A. Letter of Endorsement from the Prime Minister
B. Terms of Reference
C. Draft Work Programme
D. Survey of Nationals Abroad (Questionnaire)
E. Survey of Returned Nationals (Questionnaire)
F. Copy of Letter to Overseas Missions
G. Response to Survey of Nationals Abroad (Tabulations)
H. Response to Survey of Returned Nationals (Tabulations)
I. Verbatim Comments from Nationals Abroad
J. Verbatim Comments from Returned Nationals
K. Submission from Dominica Association - Vancouver, B.C.
L. Draft Development Programming Concept
M. Comparison of OECS Overseas Representation(Tourism Offices)
N. Tabular Summary of Diaspora Report Recommendations
Related Reference Papers
Diaspora Committee Site
Notes on DAAS Meeting with Diaspora Representative
Notes of meeting held on Tuesday September 05, 2006 between the President of the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences Inc [DAAS], Dr. Clayton Shillingford and Ms Mandra Fagan - appointed by the Honourable Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica as the representative/coordinator of Diaspora Affairs.
In attendance – Mr. Thomas Dorsett accompanying the DAAS President to record notes of the meeting. Mr Dorsett is a key member of the DAAS local chapter.
The meeting scheduled for 11.00 a.m. was formally called to order at 11.05 a.m.
On completion of introductory and welcome formalities – Dr. Shillingford requested Ms Fagan to explain the role of her office and more specifically to define her job description.
Noted: Ms Fagan reports directly to the Honourable Prime Minister.
Ms Fagan stated that the Prime Minister had not yet defined a job description for the post. Ms Fagan however continued by stating she was told that Dr. Shillingford as the DAAS President would provide information on the function of the DAAS in particular to representation and purpose.
Dr. Shillingford explained the functions and general purpose of the DAAS as relates to general support to the Commonwealth of Dominica and more specifically coordinating support in case of emergencies or disasters. He cited the latest case of the fire at the Government Central Medical Stores where the DAAS was able to secure two container loads of medical supplies as replacement.
Dr. Shillingford stated that there needed to be more coordination and higher spirit of understanding between the DAAS and Government. He cited as an example, the lack of coordination, as that said container of medical supplies, with the need to keep some of those supplies refrigerated but remained at the port for over three weeks before it could be cleared locally despite best efforts of the DAAS representatives. He ended by noting that a thank you note from the Government in regard to the receipt of the medical supplies had been sent to only one of the donors, AmeriCares (by Ambassador Gregoire and not by the Ministry)) and without copy to DAAS.
The Dominica/Diaspora Draft Policy document
Dr. Shillingford said this policy document was presented to Government but an acknowledgement of receipt or action had not yet been received by the DAAS. This policy document he concluded was the key on the way forward for general cooperation and understanding between the Diaspora and the Government. He therefore requested urgent implementation of this policy document. Noted letter dated June – 28 – 2004 from the Hon. Prime Minister requesting presentation of said Draft Policy document.
Dr Shillingford noted that the appointment of Ms Fagan was a step in the right direction and we would commit to work with her to move things forward.
Outstanding or unresolved issues needing urgent attention
Dr. Shillingford noted the following:
Policy on Grant Proposals
Noted the need to establish policy proposals as relates to:-
Ms Fagan in recognizing the importance of maintaining positive communication between the DAAS and Government undertook to provide her official email address to the DAAS President. The DAAS President undertook to send official communication to Ms Fagan about DAAS initiatives on receipt of the new email address. Arrangement was made to meet with Ms Fagan again to follow up and to assess progress.
In conclusion, Dr. Shillingford noted the following matters to be ratified or acted on with some urgency:-
Recording Secretary – for the Dominica Chapter of the DAAS
Dr Clayton A. Shillingford,
Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences (www.da-academy.org)