Jamaica and Dominican Republic to forge closer ties
( JIS) — Jamaica and the Dominican Republic will be increasing collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education, among other areas, with the aim of bringing tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region.
This followed a meeting between Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, when they discussed a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.
Medina arrived in the island on Monday, November 27, for a one-day state visit.
At a joint press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister after the discussions, Holness, said that both countries have similar goals, which could be facilitated through cooperation and strengthening of alliances.
He cited tourism as one area where closer ties will be forged.
“We both agreed that the tourism sector has (grown) considerably in Latin America, and especially in the Caribbean. For this reason, the time has come to join forces, so that the fruits of this growth are distributed more and more in a fair and sustainable way among Ca-
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right); and President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez (left), observe as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (seated right); and her Dominican Republic counterpart, Miguel Vargas, sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at facilitating closer relations between the countries
ribbean people as a whole,” he said.
Holness said that both countries are t o sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote multi-destination tourism.
“We agreed that we will negotiate a new air services agreement, which will complement the MOU,” he noted further.
Holness said the leaders also agreed to establish a joint bilateral commission to enable broader cooperation in the areas of sport, culture, education, and other matters of mutual interest.
“Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have mutual interests in strengthening trade and investment relationships with the aim of creating more opportunities for employment and income generation in both countries,” he added.
Holness and Medina also discussed the need for the Caribbean to have a single voice in fora such as the One Planet Summit on climate change to be held in Paris, France, on December 12.