in May 2007, an agreement was signed on military cooperation
and coordination between the United States Coast Guard in
Florida and the Regional Security System in the Caribbean.
Established in the mid-1980's following the US invasion and
occupation of Grenada in 1983, the security system consists
of 7 states in the Caribbean.
In August 2007, Dominica was ravaged by Hurricane Dean,
which destroyed much of the island's banana plantations and
infrastructure. At the same time as the country lost the
EU's trade preferences, it implemented a diversification of
its agricultural production and exports. It began to produce
coffee, aloe vera, flowers, mangoes, guava and papaya.
In January 2008, Dominica joined Venezuela's Bolivarian
System of America (ALBA).