The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, Pedro Vergés, visited the authorities of Carleton Place in the province of Ontario, in order to develop a twinning program between that city and the municipal district Verón Punta Cana. The Dominican representation was received by the Mayor of Carleton Place, Doug Black, who after holding a meeting with the Dominican Ambassador, personally accompanied the visiting delegation on an illustrative tour of the Town Hall facilities.
As part of the agenda, the delegation headed by Ambassador Vergés was invited to a guided tour of the facilities of the baseball bats manufacturing company Sam Bat, whose operations are located in Carleton Place since 2011. The Canadian company was the first to manufacture bats made with maple wood for professional use and is one of the 32 companies certified to supply the Major Leagues. During the visit, the founder of Sam Bat, Sam Holman, presented a bat that was manufactured exclusively for the delegation, with the representative symbols of the Dominican Republic.
The encounter was also attended by Diane Smithson, Chief Administrative Officer of Carleton Place, Jeffrey Maguire, Chair of the Sister City Committee, and Paul Knowles, member of the same Committee. While the Dominican Ambassador was accompanied by Minister Counsellor Érika Álvarez and Counselor Orly Pérez.
With the implementation of a Sister City Program between Carleton Place and Verón Punta Cana, the Embassy seeks to promote cultural, educational, and professional ties between both communities, taking as a starting point the attractiveness of that Dominican municipal district, which with a population of approximately 43 thousand inhabitants, in addition to being home of the busiest airport in the Caribbean (Punta Cana International Airport), represents an area of economic expansion with a community characterized by its cultural diversity which results from the flow of foreign tourists, among which are Canadians citizens who repeatedly choose the area as their vacation destination or use it as a retirement home.