On Wednesday, June 14, the country of Dominica will mark the country’s 60th anniversary of independence from the Portuguese crown.
On June 10, it will mark another 60 years of independence, the first since its independence from Britain in 1961.
The country was one of the last colonial possessions of the United Kingdom to break away from the European Union, a move that led to its current status as a non-EU member.
But Dominica has been left out of the current economic recovery, which has seen the country slide into recession and a rise in inflation.
What to know about Dominica’s economy: • Dominica is the poorest country in the Caribbean and the second poorest in the world after Cuba.
• The economy is struggling to recover from the impact of the global economic crisis.
• Dominicans have been living in poverty for more than two decades, as the country has fallen into recession.
• It is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to be ranked among the bottom 15 per cent of the world’s most impoverished countries.
• A new survey found that more than half of Dominicans think that they will lose their jobs in the next five years, up from 50 per cent in 2010.
• More than 80 per cent said they have had to cut back on their spending because of the recession.