Ja­maica and Do­mini­can Repub­lic to forge closer ties

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

( 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.

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