Dominica has it first ever trade and investment commissioner in Canada. Long-time resident Frances Del Sol assumed the position on Nov. 1.
“This is a new position and I am very excited to be in it,” said Del Sol who is an associate director of strategic sourcing at Bell Canada where she has been for the past 33 years. “The position is part-time initially, but it’s expected to evolve to a full-time role in the next 12-24 months.”
She will promote and advance Dominica’s trade and economic interests.
“We are open to investors – both Dominican nationals living here and others – who are interested in doing business in Dominica,” said Del Sol. “This appointment will allow important decision makers here to have direct access to someone who can put them in contact with the appropriate authorities in Dominica.”
Del Sol, the founding president of the Council of Caribbean Associations Canada, will step down next March as president of the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association.
“I have held that position since 2011 and I have to step aside and give more time to my new duties,” she said.
It’s the first time that the island will have someone with ties to Dominica represent the Windward Island in Canada.
Previously, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States High Commissioner represented Dominica and the rest of the OECS countries in Ottawa.