Santo Domingo. -The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, Pedro Vergés, paid a visit to the Vice Minister for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Hugo Rivera, to review and evaluate future projects in the bilateral agenda with Canada.
Santo Domingo. - The Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) announced the completion of a work plan that seeks to strengthen the Dominican-Canadian relations. The information was given by Marius De León, Executive Director of the institution, and by Pedro Vergés, Dominican Ambassador to Canada.
65 years of diplomatic relations
The project will be carried out within the framework of the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both nations.
New investment opportunities
It will seek to detect new opportunities, and to strengthen trade and investment relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.
Training for Dominican exporters
The implementation of this work plan will benefit Dominican exporters within the fruit and vegetable industry, who will receive training seminars sponsored by the CEI-RD on the new Canadian norms and regulations.
The first phase was held last May with a workshop on how to export to Canada and a business meeting with the main investors of that country in the Dominican Republic. This program would be a continuation of the work plan designed by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada in conjunction with CEI-RD.
Source: Web portal of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic Link: https://presidencia.gob.do/noticias/cei-rd-realiza-plan-de-fortalecimiento-de-las-relaciones-comerciales-entre-republica
Santo Domingo. - The Senator from the province of Santo Domingo, Cristina Lizardo, in the company of architect Alejandro Montás, Director of the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewer Corporation (CAASD), Pedro Verges, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, and Shauna Hemingway, Ambassador of Canada in the Dominican Republic, walked through the pluvial and sanitary works being done in the “Cañada Guajimía”.
The Dominican counterpart thanked the cooperation of the Canadian Government amounting to 138 million dollars, out of which 50 million will be invested in the second phase of the sanitation project of the “cañada” that is located in Santo Domingo Oeste (SDO).
According to Montás, the project is divided into three parts: the first phase consists in sanitation works; in the second phase, a wastewater treatment plant will be built, and the third stage consists in the installation of a marine outfall. It has been estimated that the project will positively impact the quality of life of 300,000 people.
After four days of screenings of Dominican films in cities of Canada, the first official Dominican Film Showcase concludes with broad acceptance. The event was organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and the Ministry of Tourism, through its Office of Tourism in Montreal, with the sponsorship of the Directorate General of Cinema (DGCINE).
From May 28 to 31, 2019, a selection of renowned Dominican films was presented in Ottawa-Gatineau and in the city of Montreal. The free screenings gave film lovers and Spanish movies enthusiasts the opportunity to immerse themselves in Dominican films. The three films, "Juanita", "Colors" and "Hay un país en el mundo" were selected to show the diversity of the new Dominican cinema and offer members of the audience an idea about Dominican culture and life. Among the prominent figures of the film industry that attended the event were Leticia Tonos, Director and Producer of the film "Juanita" and Mr. José Rafael Sosa, renowned Dominican film critic, who was in charge of introducing the films "Colors" and "There is a country in the world".
As part of the activities, the colloquium "Promoting culture through films" was held, having as panelists Leticia Tonos, film director; Michael Dobbin, Canadian film producer, Peddy García, Director of the Film and Audiovisual Department of the Dominican Culture Commission in the United States; Sylvie Jasen, International Projects Coordinator at Carleton University; Alicia Mayer González, Director of the campus in Canada of the UNAM, and the film critic José Rafael Sosa, who, during his speech, affirmed that the relationship between films and culture is reciprocal since they transfer back and forth values, knowledge, attitudes, and other standards of behavior.
This was illustrated during the screening of the three Dominican films, which caused a wave of emotions in the audience, among both nationals and foreigners, who on multiple occasions applauded the productions and in the particular case of the Dominican viewers, many could not contain their tears of nostalgia and the feeling of pride that such productions woke up in them.
The Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, thanked the audience for embracing with such a great enthusiasm the three Dominican films, which are a sign of the sense of commitment that many Dominican filmmakers have with providing high-quality productions, said the head of Mission.
With the participation of a diverse group of panelists made up of representatives of the Dominican film industry, as well as Canadian cinema, journalism and the Dominican Government, as well as scholars from Canada and Mexico, was held in Canada the Colloquium "Promoting culture through films". An initiative of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada with the collaboration of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism and the Dominican Republic Film Commission (DGCine).
Among the panelists were the Dominican film director Leticia Tonos; Michael Dobbin, Canadian movie producer (Quiet Revolution Pictures Inc.); José Rafael Sosa, Dominican journalist and film critic; Sylvie Jasen, professor at Carleton University, Alicia Mayer González, Director of the Canadian campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM-Canada); and Peddy García, Director of the Film and Audiovisual Department of the Dominican Commission of Culture in the United States.
The colloquium was held at the facilities of UNAM-Canada, where attendees had the opportunity to listen to the perceptions and reflections of the members of the panel regarding the role of films in relation to the promotion of culture, especially in the case of the Dominican Republic.
According to Leticia Tonos, the country's Film Law has not only helped to increase the quality of Dominican productions, but it has also helped to position the image of women above the usual perception that derives from “machismo”. José Rafael Sosa, for his part, affirmed that the relationship between film and culture is reciprocal since values, knowledge, attitudes, and norms of behavior are transferred back and forth between each other.
While film producer Michael Dobbin stressed that, in the case of Canada, in order to preserve the cultural identity of that country it is important that when foreign companies carry out projects in Canada, they should do so through a co-production between both countries to ensure that the national brand of the country receives the corresponding recognition.
The Dominican community residing in Ottawa celebrated Mother's Day with its popular "Dominican Mother's Day" event at Stanley Park in the city of Ottawa, an activity organized by the Dominican Mother's Day Committee, under the direction of Paulina Vásquez.
With an event full of games, music, Dominican cuisine, and raffles, in a very entertaining way the Dominican community celebrated this special day, which is considered by many of the participants as one of the most important events of the Dominican nationals living in Ottawa.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic is pleased to be part of this celebration; the Mission congratulates the organizers for the successful activity and thanks the entire Dominican community that showed up at Stanley Park to share with their countrymen in an ambient of fellowship where our mothers were recognized with a touch of “Dominicanism”.
Likewise, the representation from the Embassy that was present at the event invited the community leaders to count on the support of the Mission for all their initiatives. During an interview, Minister Counsellor Érika Álvarez stated that one of the priorities of Ambassador Pedro Vergés is to support the Dominican community in Canada and its coordinators “for whom our doors are open”.
Carleton Place, Canada. - The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada participated as the special guest in the 12th edition of the wine and gastronomy festival "Wine'd Around Downtown" that is organized every year by the Sister City Committee of Carleton Place.
Taking as the stage the historic Town Hall Auditorium of Carleton Place, the Mission had the opportunity to promote various brands of Dominican rum through drink tastings, as well as to promote tourism by brining to the event Dominican cuisine, music, traditional dances, and other cultural elements that are attractive to Canadians.
With the participation of the diplomatic Missión in the event and the support of the Mayor of that city, Dough Black, the Dominican Republic became the only country with representation in the popular festival. According to Jeff Maguire, President of the Sister City Committee, Carleton Place plans to develop more activities in collaboration with the Dominican Embassy based on the relationship that was established between the Dominican Embassy and that municipality in 2019.
With an attendance of more than 300 people, the "Wine'd Around Downtown" festival is an ideal platform to consolidate the country brand and foster bilateral relations, especially in 2019 as it is a year in which two events that are relevant for each party coincide. On the one hand, the Dominican Mission is celebrating various activities on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada, while Carleton Place has been holding events as part of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the founding families of that community.
Also participating in the event were restaurants, caterers, pubs, and brewing companies from Carleton Place.
The Center of Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada hold the workshop "How to export to Canada" within the framework of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The objective of the event was to promote the business opportunities of the Canadian market for the Dominican export’s portfolio. The event was attended by Mr. Marius De León, Executive Director of the CEI-RD, and the Dominican Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Pedro Vergés, as well as Mr. Regis Batista, Trade Representative of the Embassy of Canada in the country.
The workshop led by Mr. Jonathan Aragonez, Director of Trade Intelligence at CEI-RD, had as panelists Mr. Gerard Trudeau, a valuable contributor to the Dominican agricultural industry, and the Dominican exporter Eliot Ortiz, CEO of Ely Import Export Srl, who currently maintains trade relations with Canada.
To end this important business event, a cocktail was held in which Ambassadors Pedro Vergés and Shauna Hemingway were recognized for their contributions in the strengthening of the ties that unite both nations.
Embracing the proposal made by the Dominican Embassy in Canada, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MIREX) held a business event with executives of Canadian companies within the framework of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.
The event was held at the MIREX Convention Center and was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Miguel Vargas, who showed his interest in forming a Joint Working Group for the Promotion of Bilateral Trade and Investment. The event also featured speeches by the Ambassador of Canada to the Dominican Republic, Shauna Hemingway, the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, Pedro Vergés, as well as the Executive Director of the Center for Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), Marius De León, and the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at MIREX, Hugo Rivera.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada presented the screening of the film "Tomorrow don’t you forget” as part of the 2019 Latin American Film Festival in Ottawa.
The welcoming remarks were given by Counselor Joseline Pujol, who thanked the audience for their interest in the screening, as well as the "Canadian Film Institute" for providing a space for Canadians to learn more about the Latin American culture through movies and documentaries.
"Tomorrow don’t you forget" is a cinematographic work that seeks to sensitize the audience through the interesting story of a teenager with Down syndrome and his grandfather, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the special relationship that is formed between them to escape of the daily hostilities of life.
The Ottawa Latin American Film Festival is organized every year by the "Canadian Film Institute" with the collaboration of the Latin American embassies accredited in Canada, which, since 1997, have the opportunity to share the richness and creativity of their film industries through this event.
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.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic cordially invite you to the first Dominican Film Showcase in Canada, which will take place in the Ottawa-Gatineau region from May 28 to 30 and in the city of Montreal on May 31.
Ambassador Pedro Vergés was visited by Sister Lenore Gibb and Sister Catherine O'Shea, from the Congregation of the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Pembroke, Ontario, a Canadian religious order that for 68 years has been providing support to communities of the Dominican Republic.
The Grey Sisters came to the country in 1951 invited by the Canadian religious society of the Scarboro Fathers. Since then, the Sisters have committed themselves to improving the standard of living of Dominican communities, especially in the municipalities of Consuelo and Yamasá.
Their works can be seen in various branches of Dominican society: in education, through their efforts to achieve the construction of schools in remote communities, as well as their many years teaching and administering those schools; in health, through the establishment of clinics for people with limited resources; in the care of the elderly with the creation of “Residencia San Lucas”, which provides a most needed service for these people; in the repair of homes and roads, being coordinators in channeling the work of Canadian volunteers who offer their services; in social integration, through their efforts aimed at student orientation, community outreach, and the promotion of moral values.
For all those efforts in favor of communities with limited resources, in 2011 the Chamber of Deputies of the Dominican Republic approved a resolution recognizing the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception "for promoting the values and principles for the development, health, and human advancement of the municipality of Yamasá ".