International Cooperation

1. Cooperation between the Dominican Republic and Canada

Canada and the Dominican Republic share the same values of social inclusion and democracy, but also of free market and fair competition, and on many occasions both nations have joined forces to promote the wellbeing of their people through mutual collaboration on issues ranging from education to corporate social responsibility.

But also it is important to mention the large number of Canadian volunteers from various religious orders and social organizations that have been forging strong bonds of friendship for more than half a century through community work in the most disadvantageous regions of the country. Among the longest-standing Canadian organizations that have been providing community service in the Dominican Republic are the Scarboros Priests; the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, from Pembroke, Ontario; the Hospitallers of St. Joseph, from Kingston, Ontario; the Sisters of Charity-Halifax; as well as the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur and the Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help; but equally important is the help provided by may Canadian students who travel to the Dominican Republic to offer help to poor communities. Their extraordinary example and unconditional friendship fill us with pride.

 

2. Cooperation projects carried out or in force

 

Cooperation agreements on education

  • Letter of Intent between the Secretary of State for Higher Education, Science and Technology (SEESCYT) of the Dominican Republic and HEC Montreal (Business School), signed in 2005.

  • Letter of Intent between Ryerson University (Canada) and the Secretary of State for Higher Education, Science and Technology, signed in 2005.

 

Cooperation agreements on social development

  • Protocol of Understanding between Canada and the Dominican Republic Concerning the Execution of a Project for the Rehabilitation of the Artibonito River Basin; signed in 2006.

  • Treaty between the Dominican Republic and Canada on the Transfer of Prisoners, signed in 2005.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and the Dominican Republic on Climate Change Initiatives, including Clean Development Mechanism projects, signed in 2004.

 

Cooperation agreements on trade

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) and the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), signed in 2014.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between TFO Canada and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (FEDOCAMARAS), signed in 2011.

  • Letter of Intent between the Dominican Republic and Canada to conclude the negotiation of an Air Transport Agreement, signed in 2008.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Dominican Republic and Canada on Agricultural Agreement (Schedule XXIII annexed to the Marrakesh Protocol), signed in 1998.

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Dominican Republic and Canada Concerning the Export from the Dominican Republic of Certain Textile Products to be Imported into Canada, signed in 1990.

  • Agreement between the Dominican Republic and Canada on providing the financing for the purchase of equipment and machinery from Canadian exporters: signed in 1980 between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic (then Secretary of State) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA, now part of Global Affairs).

 

Cooperation agreements on labor

  • Administrative Agreement between the Dominican Republic and Canada on Employment of Relatives of Members of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Posts, signed in 2010.

  • Agreement between Ronald A. Chishom Limited (Chisholm), International Food Merchants and the Secretary of State for Labor of the Dominican Republic: signed in 2005 to establish a temporary worker program for the Canadian company.

  • Declaration of Intent on the Framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Dominican Republic and Canada for the Creation of a Youth Mobility Program: signed in 2005 to facilitate young participants, between the ages of 18 and 35, travel to the corresponding countries with the possibility of working temporarily, or in the case of young graduates or recent graduates, to gain practical experience through internships in the areas related to their specialization.

 

3. Possible Areas of Cooperation

  • Gender parity and women empowerment

  • Environmental protection, sustainability and climate change

  • Corporate social responsibility

  • Promotion of trade and small enterprises

  • Temporary Worker Program

  • Research and development

 





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