Ottawa, Canada.- The lawyer and diplomat Michelle Cohen de Friedlander presented her letters of credence to the Government of Canada, becoming the first woman to represent the Dominican Republic as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to that North American country.
The event occurred recently in a virtual ceremony, following COVID-19 protocols, headed by the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice and Administrator of the Government of Canada, and with the presence of Stewart Wheeler and Ian McCowan, the Chief of Protocol and the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada, respectively.
On behalf of the Dominican Government, Cohen told Wagner that during the last 67 years of formal diplomatic relations, Canada has been a very special and important friend of the Dominican people.
“It is of the utmost interest, to promptly vaccinate, so our countries can overcome the challenges of this pandemic, and we can continue in the business of trade and favourable investment”, said the Ambassador.
Cohen assured that it is a priority for the Dominican Government to get millions of Canadians back "to the safe and warm spirit of the Dominican Republic”. The Chief of the highest court in Canada welcomed the Dominican diplomat and told her that she arrives at a key moment for bilateral relations between the two countries.
With more than 26 years of professional experience, Cohen has accumulated extensive experience in international relations, law and politics. She was appointed Ambassador to Canada by decree 708-20 of President Luis Abinader.
She has focused her career on multilateralism and international cooperation through different institutions including the United Nations (UN), Organization of American States (OAS) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Cohen is a polyglot and has specialized in Economic Law and Regulatory Regimes, as well as Competition Law, Commercial Law, International Trade, Energy and Industrial Development. She has recently managed bilateral affairs and relations with the United States and Canada from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic.
Ottawa, Canada.– On the occasion of the commemoration of the 177th anniversary of our National Independence, on February 28 the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada held the "Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence", performed by the Dominican harpist and composer Martha Jhoana De Luna. This activity was a joint effort with the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the other representations of the Dominican Government in Canada.
In her opening remarks, the Ambassador-designate Michelle Cohen highlighted the commitment of the Dominican Government, led by President Luis Abinader, “to create an inclusive and prosperous future for those of us who are part of the nation, reclaiming the values and principles that gave rise to the homeland”. She also highlighted the work of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Álvarez, whom she defined as an exponent himself of the prioritization in the preservation of fundamental rights and of embracing a proactive and strategic diplomacy in matters of trade, investment and transfer of knowledge.
Ambassador-designate Cohen emphasized the importance of Canada as a key ally, not only because it is one of the main countries in terms of investment in the Dominican economy, but also because every year a large number of Canadians visit the country as tourists. She also highlighted that “Canada is a transcendent market for our products and our exporters and that we strive to expand the relationship in areas that impact the quality of life of our people.”
“While overcoming the barriers set by the distance, we are now delighted by the Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence; a work from the gifted young woman Martha Jhoana De Luna, a composer, harpist and pianist, native from San Pedro de Macorís, who along with her brothers Johan and Randy, brought us a fine selection of musical pieces, characteristics of our culture, played on piano, harp, clarinet and flute”, said the Ambassador-designate.
The acknowledgements and closing remarks were given by the Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to ICAO, Ambassador Carlos Veras, who congratulated the Dominican community living in Canada, and reiterated his commitment to continue collaborating with the Dominican Embassy in promoting the young talent of our country.
Concert of Instrumental Folklore Music dedicated to the Dominican Independence
New digital form for inbound/outbound travel to the Dominican Republic
In accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Tourism, we would like to inform you that as of November 29, 2020, passengers visiting the Dominican Republic will be able to use, as a registration method to enter the country, the new digital entry/exit form. As of January 1, 2021, the use of the digital form will be mandatory.
The digital form must be completed before going through Migration.
For more information and access to the form, please visit the following links.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX) and ProDominicana, launched the 2021 Commercial Promotion Plan with which both institutions join efforts to optimize the service of promotion of trade and attraction of investments with the support of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps of the country accredited abroad.
This commercial diplomacy plan presented by Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and the Executive Director of ProDominicana, Biviana Riveiro, includes the main actions that our representatives must develop at the international level to promote and strategically position the exportable offer of the Dominican Republic and make it known to the world the high quality products with added value that our country offers, as well as the detection of business opportunities and markets research.
This initiative, which will help to reactivate the economy and improve the well-being of Dominicans, will also make it possible to advance in the generation of the 600 thousand jobs announced within the promises of President Luis Abinader.
In addition, it constitutes a planning and goal setting tool, which outlines the guidelines, concrete actions and activities that the ambassadors and consuls must comply with the support of the representatives of the Commercial Section. With this working instrument, the Dominican Government seeks to achieve the goals of more exportation, attraction of direct foreign investment and positioning of our country brand. It is about “showing the best of us, to attract the best in the world”.
The exportable offer of the Dominican Republic comprises more than 4,200 lines of high-quality products at competitive prices, which are present in more than 200 international markets, with around 4,400 exporting companies. Dominican products enjoy preferential access to more than 1,000 million consumers through 5 trade agreements.
According to what is established in this plan to promote exports, some of the actions that ambassadors and consuls must take are to manage the insertion of at least two new products a year with potential in the host market that can be supplied by the Dominican Republic; identify potential buyer customers according to the identified products; and increase the market share of products already established in the host country.
To increase foreign investment in our country, our representatives will have to carry out investment missions to visit the Dominican Republic and/or business meetings (virtual and / or face-to-face); hold regular meetings with trade unions and business associations and chambers of commerce to promote the country as an attractive investment destination; capture at least one potential investor for the realization of the investment portfolio projects.
Thanks to the dynamism of our economy, legal certainty, competitive incentives and an attractive business climate, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounted to US$3,012.8 million during 2019, for a growth of 18.8% compared to the previous year, as a result of increased investments in the tourism, real estate, energy and telecommunications sectors.
With the strategies outlined in this 2021 Commercial Promotion Plan, the Government seeks to increase these indicators in a positive way to achieve the economic development of our country.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF MIREX
The Commercial Promotion Plan may be downloaded at the following link:
National Protocol for Health Risk Management against COVID-19 for the Tourism Sector
As part of the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan of the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Tourism has launched a new National Protocol for Health Risk Management against COVID-19 for the Tourism Sector, certified by Bureau Veritas and featuring the best international practices according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.
You may download the protocol in the following links:
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic is pleased to congratulate the young Dominican María José Hermida Lied, 18 years old, chosen to present a painting of her authorship in the exhibition “ARTiculate our Rights”, for the contribution of her work to the promotion of human rights.
The art exhibit is organized by the Manitoba Museum for Human Rights to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Manitoba's founding as a province of Canada.
More than 100 youths between the ages of 13 and 18 participated in the selection process of the works to be exhibited, of which 26 pieces were selected. The exhibition is on display until October 31 in The Forks, Winnipeg.
Maria Josè came to Canada with her parents in 2014. She is currently a Business Administration student at the University of Manitoba.
Ambassador Pedro Vergés received a special recognition from the Canadian association Hispanic Heritage Quebec for his contributions, collaboration and commitment to that institution during his tenure. In 2019, the Dominican Republic was chosen as the guest of honor of the commemorative celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, during which they carried out: the First Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada, a series of seminars on Dominican literature, the screening of the movie “Flor de Azúcar” and donations of books written by Dominican authors to the libraries of McGill University and Concordia University, among other activities.
The recognition was delivered by its president, Mirta Yepez, in the presence of Daniel Regalado, Vice President; Alexandra Regalado, General Director; Edwin Serna, Finance Director, Paula Marín, Head of Communications, and officials from the diplomatic mission in Canada.
Hispanic Heritage Québec is a non-profit organization based in the city of Montreal, which looks after the well-being of the Hispanic and Latino community in the province of Quebec. They were the precursors of the 1904 law that since 2018 proclaims, in the Honorable National Assembly of Quebec, the month of October as the month of Hispanic Heritage in that Canadian province.
August 17, 2020 Source: Newsletter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic
During the recent electoral campaign, he served as Director of International Policy in the Cabinet of the now constitutional president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona.
Álvarez Gil has a doctorate in law from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and completed master's degrees in International Relations and Comparative Legislation at Johns Hopkins University, United States.
Afterward, he completed Master's degrees in International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and in Comparative Law at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
He served in the Dominican foreign service, working on roles such as attorney for the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), first as Deputy Director of Protocol, then in the legal department and then in the Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
As the Commission's main specialist, he prepared the draft reports on human rights in Chile, Paraguay, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, and also organized the IACHR's on-site visits to Panama, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
He is a renowned international policy analyst and author of various publications on human rights and international law. He was coordinator of the civic movement Participación Ciudadana.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Álvarez Gil was one of the specialists who in 1979 visited Argentina as part of the IACHR that was investigating the regime established in that country in 1976, characterized by the kidnapping and disappearance of the victims of the political the repression, their detention in clandestine centers of torture and murder.
He has served on the Subcommittee on Cooperation for Development Policies of the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) and on the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council (CAJP).
From 2008 to 2010, he was a member of the Advisory Commission of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs with the rank of Honorary Ambassador. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In addition, he has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Coordinator of the First Forum on Private Investment in the Americas, Washington, DC., USA; of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (ILANUD).
At the Ford Foundation, he participated in matters related to the promotion of business, the strengthening of the administration of justice and the rule of law, and the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as an official delegate of Amnesty International in missions to Nicaragua and Sri Lanka.
He is the author of several books, monographs and articles on human rights and international affairs. He has been a columnist for several Dominican newspapers and magazines.
The high official promised that in his role as Chancellor of the Republic he will fight for the renewal and strengthening of institutions and democracy in the country.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and the Exports and Investment Center (CEI-RD), with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, successfully concluded the "Series of Webinars: Business Opportunities in the Canadian Market", held on July 24, 28 and 30, 2020 and aimed at Dominican exporters interested in this important market, as well as Dominican institutions involved in trade.
The series of virtual seminars, carried out through Zoom and Youtube Live, featured keynote presentations by Alma Farias, Managing Partner of Business Development at the international trade consulting firm Trade Partners; Jaime Bustamante, Trading Assistance Manager at the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC), and Daniel Burgoyne, National Manager for Food Imports at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, who explained to the participants the opportunities in the fresh produce market, ways to establish direct relationships with Canadian entrepreneurs and the main trade regulations for exporting to that country, among other topics.
During the webinars, also participated the Dominican ambassador to Canada, Pedro Vergés, who highlighted the important role of the Canadian market in the Dominican economy making emphasis on the need to give continuity to the essential aspects of bilateral relations in which the Embassy has been working with special dedication, as well as the Director of Assitance and Service of the CEI-RD, Lissette Henríquez, and the Counsellor Wendy Goico Campagna, in charge of the Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy, who were responsible for organizing this event, on behalf of both institutions, and Mr. Marconis Nerio, Manager of Training in International Trade of the CEI-RD, moderator of the seminars. All this was possible thanks to the invaluable help of the Embassy's Communications and Press Section, made up of Counsellors Orly Pérez and Melvin Paredes.
During the closing of the virtual seminars, Mr. Hugo Rivera, Vice Minister for Economic Affairs and Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, welcomed the initiative for the celebration of this event and highlighted the importance of the Canadian market for the Dominican Republic.
Ottawa, Canada. - On the occasion of the commemoration of National Day of Canada, on July 1 the virtual event “Latin American Concert in Celebration of Canada Day” was held, carried out under the coordination of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in a joint effort of 19 diplomatic missions accredited to the country.
This activity, an initiative of the Embassies of Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Colombia, comes as an expression of solidarity towards Canada within the framework of the celebrations of the anniversary of the Constitutional Law of 1867 that united three different colonies to establish Canada as country. With this gesture of unity and celebration of the values that unite us, the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela brought forth their music, dance and folklore to offer Canadians the best of our cultures.
The Dominican Republic featured the young talent Manny Cruz, who was presented by the Minister of Culture Eduardo Selman. The event also featured the dance group Tango Fire, Celina Charlier, Ana Veydó y el Grupo Cimarrón, Buena Fe Group (Cuba), among others.
The event was broadcast through YouTube Streaming and so far the video of the concert has been seen by more than 1,800 people, many of whom have praised the initiative and its quality. It should also be noted that the production of the concert was done by the Dominican producer Misael Rincón, under the coordination of officials from our Embassy in Canada.
On behalf of the Canadian authorities, the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas of Global Affairs Canada, Michael Grant, thanked and welcomed the initiative of the Latin American embassies, which he said inspired the embassies of his country abroad to carry out similar virtual activities in commemoration of Canada Day.
Ottawa, Canada. - A group of 28 Dominicans who were stranded in Canada arrived in the Dominican Republic on flight 3934 of WestJet, coming from Toronto, this Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 12:45 pm, through the International Airport Gregorio Luperón of Puerto Plata.
These Dominicans were stranded in Canada as a result of the suspension of commercial flights due to the closure of borders that both nations implemented in the middle of March as a measure to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic and Canada, and with the collaboration of the Consulates General of Montreal and Toronto, carried out a series of actions that made possible the return to their country of seven students and 21 nationals who were in Canada as tourists when the pandemic outbreak emerged. The group was made up of Dominicans who were in the cities of Edmonton, Montreal, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Regina, Saint Leonard, Sarnia, Saskatchewa, Sudbury, Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver.
The Embassy also made the necessary arrangements for the 28 passengers to undergo rigorous examinations by Canadian doctors from the cities of Montreal and Toronto. Once in our country, they were received by personnel from the Ministry of Public Health and transferred to designated places to comply with the isolation protocol.
Ottawa, Canada. – Considering the epidemiological situation caused by the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region of Latin America and the world, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada organized a virtual discussion entitled COVID-19 in the Americas: current situation, progress and challenges.
The Conversation chaired by Mr. Pedro Vergés, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, had the participation of Dr. Adrián Puello, Vice Minister of Collective Health of the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic, representing the Minister of Public Health, and had as the main speaker Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), who is one of the official spokespersons for Executive Director Dr. Carissa Etiene, on the subject of COVID-19 (Coranavirus). The Minister Counselor Erika Alvarez served as the moderator.
Virtual participants included Dr. Alba María Antonia Cabral, Vice Minister of Bilateral Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic; Mrs. Albanela Pérez Suárez, Senior Desk Officer for the Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic Division of Global Affairs Canada, as well as the heads of missions and diplomatic officials of the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala , El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Paraguay. The seminar had an audience consisting of officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dominican diplomats accredited in Washington and Uruguay, and staff from the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada.
During his presentation, Dr. Espinal presented a regional overview of the evolution and impact of the pandemic, the measures recommended by PAHO in order to prepare the conditions and avoid the continued spread and contagion. He also indicated that so far there are eight vaccines under clinical evaluation, three of which are in phase II of the procedure. He listed the main challenges presented by many of the affected countries, among which he cited: increasing the number of screening tests, finding a balance between economy and health, care of patients with other diseases, easing of current measures, increasing the budget that governments designate for the health sector, the development of continuing education programs at the social level, and resuming economic and social activities in stages.
Participants had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Espinal on the prevention measures and effects of the pandemic in their respective countries, while also praising the initiative carried out by the Embassy for the organization of the event and the expertise of the main speaker.