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 ".
On the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada, which we will be celebrating throughout 2019, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic is pleased to make known the personalities that have rendered a valuable service for the strengthening of the relations between our two nations, with the purpose of contributing, even in a modest way, to an increasing mutual understanding among us.
With this initiative, the Embassy will be honouring both Canadians and Dominicans that have played a relevant role in the strengthening of our bilateral relations within different branches of society, ranging from government and business to social work, arts and even sports.
We believe that their legacy deserves to be recognized by our communities, not only as a way to celebrate their valuable contributions to both nations, but also because they represent a good example of everything that can be achieved through the promotion of a particular value of one society within another.
In this manner, we also seek to encourage current and future generations to follow a similar path, extending their hand and broadening their horizons for the benefit of the ties that unite Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Agroalimentaria 2019, the largest international trade show of the agricultural and agro-industrial sectors of Central America and the Caribbean, will be held from May 8-11, 2019, at the Convention Center of the Hotel Dominican Fiesta, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Over 250 national exporters will exhibit their best products from the agriculture industry, featuring vegetables, spices, bananas, mangoes, pineapple, coffee and the most popular cocoa in the international market of organic chocolate, as well as Dominican cigars and world class beer and rum.
International buyers will enjoy the perfect scenario to establish contact with Dominican companies from the agriculture industry through a wide range of activities that include business roundtables, B2B meetings, conferences, and exhibitions from our best sellers with presence in more than 170 countries.
Based on the evaluation of the applicant profile, this event has incentives available for buyers who meet certain eligibility requirements set by the Export and investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), host of this event. Some of the incentives are: Lodging for three (3) nights, free admissions to the fair, B2B meetings, and transfer airport-hotel-fair, among others.
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The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada deeply regrets the passing of Sor Susan Daly, a Canadian Grey Sister of the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception.
Sister Susan was sent to the Dominican Republic in 1959, specifically to the municipality of Consuelo and later moved to Yamasá, the first mission destination of the Sisters in the country. She received the honorary title of “Adopted Daughter of Yamasá” and in 2002 she received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice decoration for her work in Catechesis.
Throughout her religious life, she served twelve years doing humanitarian work in Asia (China, Japan) and 44 years in the Dominican Republic.
The wake service was held in Pembroke, Canada, where members of this Mission presented their condolences to her family and friends and their deep appreciation for the invaluable work of Sister Susan in favor of the Dominican people.
OTTAWA, Canada.- The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism through its Office of Tourism Promotion of Montreal, held a 5-day Dominican Gastronomic and Cultural Festival in the city of Ottawa, on the occasion of National Independence Day within the framework of the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.
The festival featured a seminar on inclusive trade with executives from the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFO Canada) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA-Canada), as well as a training seminar for tour operators. There were also exhibitions of Dominican artisans and hotel chains, and a special presentation prepared by representatives of CHOCAL (Chocolate de la Cuenca de Altamira).
Dominican cuisine was the protagonist in the three restaurants that were part of the Festival: Bistro Alegría, Soup Guy Plus and the Carleton Grill of the Sheraton Hotel, with the latter offering a lunch-buffet for three days based on the Dominican culinary art and prepared by the renowned Dominican chefs Indhira Peguero and Paulette Tejada.
The main activity of the event consisted in the celebration of a reception to mark the 175th anniversary of the National Independence, which was attended by businessmen and Canadian authorities, ambassadors and other representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Canada, representative figures of the Dominican community residing in this country, and members of the delegation that visited the Canadian capital to participate in the activities.
The Assistant Deputy Minister for the Americas at Global Affairs Canada, Michael Grant, delivered a speech in which he talked about the evolution of the Dominican-Canadian relations, highlighting the appeal of the culture and climate of the Dominican Republic for tourists from Canada.
The reception was also attended by the Speaker of the Senate of Canada, George Furey, and the senator from Quebec, Rosa Galvéz, as well as the Canadian Chief of Protocol, Stewart Wheeler.
The Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés Ciman took over the podium to remind the audience that 2019 marks 65 years of bilateral relations with Canada, and it will be a period to celebrate and bring to memory the achievements made since relations were officially established in 1954, as well as to consolidate the level of cooperation, cultural, commercial affairs between both nations. “That is why today we wanted to have a two-fold celebration; on the one hand, that of our independence and, on the other, that of the 65th anniversary of our relations with Canada, an endearing country to which I wish to attest, on behalf of our country and our government, the deepest respect and the most profound admiration”, said the Ambassador.
Vergés also pointed out the advances of the Dominican Republic in education, poverty reduction, economic growth, tourism, and foreign policy.
The agenda of five days of activities culminated on February 28 with the celebration of the “Dominican Carnival Night”, an event in which the richness of Dominican culture was displayed in an cheerful atmosphere in which Canadians and Dominicans celebrated together to the rhythm of live Merengue music along with the colorful and exciting traditional "Diablos Cojuelos".
65 years have passed since, in 1954, the Dominican Republic and Canada established diplomatic relations. The year that now begins, therefore, has a special significance for all of us.
If we take into account the political and geopolitical evolution of the world in the 20th century and so far in the 21st century and the manner in which countries of our continent have regrouped within that context, we would agree that it is a period that not only represents an honorable time, but also that it should not be overlooked.
So many things have changed at the international level and communications and exchanges between our two countries have intensified so much over these six decades, that we must spare no effort, neither Canadian nor Dominican, to strengthen what has been achieved so far.
We bear in our minds, in our diplomatic endeavors, the great moments that defined those relations and their promising state of affairs, as well as our basic and shared objectives, which are the democratic and institutional strengthening, and the development of our societies.
We remember with gratitude the many citizens of both countries who, in the journey they already covered, have worked hard for the same purpose. Their example encourages us to continue without hesitation and with pride we see the result of their labor, which is unequivocally reflected in the almost one million Canadians who visit us every year and in the thousands of Dominicans who have made Canada their second homeland.
That is why we are pleased to inform the international community, our Canadian friends, and our fellow citizens (especially if they reside in Canada) regarding the joy that this Embassy feels for those well-accomplished 65 years of bilateral relations and the intention of dedicating 2019 to celebrate those years as they deserve.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, will hold a five-day Dominican gastronomic and cultural Festival in the city of Ottawa to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Dominican Republic and Canada.
With the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, recently chosen for the second consecutive year as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean by the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy and the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy, this event presents the perfect occasion to celebrate the Dominican culinary art.
The festival will take place from February 24-28, 2019, with the main activities at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, located in the downtown of the capital of Canada, and it will feature seminars, daily lunches with a menu prepared by the renowned Dominican chefs Indhira Peguero and Paulette Tejada, cultural exhibitions, business meetings and activities, and more. The organizers of the festival will be accompanied by prominent members from public and private sectors, key areas such as travel and tourism, health, agribusiness and gastronomy, to bring an interesting, educational and productive event to Canada.
The activities will be attended by the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, who along with the Dominican delegation and representatives from the Tourism Promotion Office from Montreal, in representation of the Ministry of Tourism, will welcome a diverse group of Canadians including airline executives, tour operators, the media, business people from various industries, members of parliament, and other Canadian officials.
About the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the country has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than 900,000 Canadian visitors in 2018. Named #1 Golf Destination in the Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the Dominican Republic boasts 26 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The nation features some of the world’s best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and it is a chosen escape destination for celebrities, couples and families alike.
The 4th edition of the multi-sectoral exhibition “HUB Cámara Santo Domingo” will be held from March 5th -8th , 2019, at the Convention Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, having Central America Region as the guest of honor for this year.
HUB Cámara Santo Domingo is the most important multi-sectoral trade fair in the Dominican Republic, country that has been declared as the fastest growing economy in Latin America according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The previous edition of the event brought together more than 170 Dominican exporters and 150 international buyers, with estimated sales of US $215.5 million.
It is a joint effort between the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD), the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), the Dominican Association of Exporters (ADOEXPO), the Dominican Association of Industries (AIRD), and the National Competitiveness Council and brings together both national and international players from large, medium, and small-sized enterprises from the sectors of construction, manufacturing, beauty and personal care, technology, energy, and services. The event features B2B meetings, exhibitions, workshops, discussion panels, and product releases, presenting an ideal opportunity to establish solid business relationships in an environment well-suited to close contracts with confidence.
Based on the evaluation of the applicant profiles, this event has incentives available for buyers who fulfill certain eligibility requirements set by the relevant institutions. The incentives are the following: Lodging for three (3) nights exclusively March 5th, 6th and 7th 2019, air transport fare subsidy of US $300 dollars, airport-hotel-fair transportation, among others.
After registration is complete, we invite you to also contact the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada in order to obtain further recommendations that may enhance your level of participation during your visit.
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