The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada launched a dialogue that seeks to promote the Elimination of Violence against Women from an inter-institutional framework by coordinating a First Reflection Meeting, held at the Senate of Canada Building, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The opening remarks were given by the Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés Ciman, the Ambassadors of Paraguay and Ecuador, Inés Martínez Valinotti and Diego Stacey, respectively, and the Canadian Senator Rosa Gálvez, who also participated as a speaker during the seminar.
Ambassador Vergés reminded that just 20 years ago the General Assembly of the United Nations, at its meeting on December 17, 1999, decided to designate November 25 (the day the Mirabal sisters were murdered) as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, “taking as a precedent the project presented on October 28, 1999, by the Dominican Republic, with the co-sponsorship of 96 countries, including Canada, Ecuador and Paraguay, present here”.
In the communication sent to the media, the Dominican diplomat reaffirmed the commitment of President Danilo Medina in relation to this problem, which is being addressed through various programs such as the workshops “Formadores en buen trato familiar y de género” (Trainers in good behavior towards family and women) of the Office of the First Lady, the empowerment of women through “Banca Solidaria” (Credit for low income citizens), the democratization of public purchases and more equitable laws regarding property titling, in addition to the initiatives carried out by the Attorney General Office through the National Plan against Gender Violence.
The Seminar on Eliminating Violence against Women, First Reflection Meeting, was moderated by Lisane Thirsk, Deputy Director for Gender Equality and Communications at ParlAmericas, and had a team of speakers composed by the Honourable Rosa Gálvez, Senator of Canada; Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament; Alejandra Mora Mora, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM); Julia Maciel González, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and Monique Forster, community leader on gender, social integration and women's empowerment issues.
Montreal, Canada.- The Dominican embassy in Canada and the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) held a business meeting with important entrepreneurs from the province of Quebec, in order to encourage foreign investment to the country and promote Dominican products among Canadian importers.
During the meeting, a business dialogue was held having as speakers the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman, the Deputy Director of CEI-RD, Tamara Vásquez, and the Canadian businessman Gérard Trudeau.
Ambassador Vergés, who was in charge of the opening words, made reference to the excellent relations that the country has with Canada in both economic and political and cultural aspects, in addition to emphasizing the remarkable growth of the Dominican economy, which “has turned the country into a true regional leader”. Tamara Vásquez spoke about the business opportunities in the Dominican Republic and how to make their ideas and projects viable through the different policies that the government carries out to encourage foreign investment and promote Dominican exports.
Gérard Trudeau talked about his positive experience with the country from a businessman point of view. While addressing his fellow Canadian citizens, Trudeau listed the elements that, according to his case, have made the Dominican Republic an ideal partner for the benefit and expansion of his companies.
The meeting was intended for companies in the province of Quebec, especially those located in the city of Montreal due to its business profile, whose economy is one of the most vibrant in Canada with a gross domestic product that exceeds 190 billions Canadian dollars, according to Statistics Canada, and it is the home of prestigious companies in a wide range of industries: transportation, construction, agribusiness, and finance, among others.
The Trade Mission was well-received by Canadian businessmen, who applauded the vision of the Executive Director of CEI-RD, Marius De León, regarding this type of edifying and interactive activities, where concerns are elucidated and opportunities are created. De León has repeatedly stressed that Canada has been a country that has demonstrated its confidence in the Dominican Republic for more than six decades. For their part, the Canadian participants agreed to start preparations for a delegation of businessmen that will visit the Dominican Republic in 2020.
Among the participants, there were the following companies: Royal Bank, Tourmed, Aqua Fuchsia, Vatne, OCEAN Group Inc., National Bank, LOC Corporation Inc., Terracam Equipement, Drone Tours, Cacaoteca, l'Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA), Udam, Décor Hernandez, National Bank, People of the Island, Cacaoteca, Les Aliments Morales, the Trade Commissionerof Global Affairs Canada, and Dominican businessmen based in Montreal.
As part of the visit to this province, Ambassador Vergés, embassy officials and the CEI-RD delegation took the opportunity to tour the facilities of the company Fermes Trudeau, and held a meeting with the 45 Dominican workers hired by that company under the Temporary Workers Program of Canada.
Montreal, Canada.- With a great reception among literature enthusiasts, concluded the “Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada: Literature, History and Film”, an event organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and Concordia University, under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic and the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism, DGCINE, FUNGLODE, INESDYC, the Permanent Commission of National Events, Hispanic Heritage Month Quebec and Air Transat.
From October 15 to 17, Montreal became the venue for the first Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada, which took place as part of the activities carried out to commemorate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations with that country, and on the occasion of the Hispanic Heritage Month in Quebec, whose Administrative Council elected the Dominican Republic as host country for 2019.
The activities were chaired by the Minister of Culture, Eduardo Selman, who during the opening ceremony thanked the authorities of Concordia University for their support in the coordination of the event and stressed the importance of promoting Dominican literature in that country.
For his part, the writer and Dominican Ambassador Pedro Vergés Ciman, also participated as one of the speakers of the seminars on Dominican literature that were held within the framework of the exhibition. The other speakers were the professors Catharina V. Vallejo, Lady Rojas, Brad Nelson, Horacio Jiménez and Magdalena Baeza of Concordia University, and José Ramón Jouve-Martín of McGill University.
The book exhibit also included the screening of the movie “Flor de Azúcar”, directed by Fernando Báez and based on Juan Bosch’s story "La Nochebuena de Encarnación Mendoza", in addition to an extensive sample of books written by Dominican authors. With this initiative, Minister Selman and Ambassador Vergés seek to promote and consolidate Dominican literature and values in Canadian society, while providing a propitious scenario to deepen the national culture in the Dominican community based in Montreal and support the Dominican students in that country.
Within the framework of the exhibition, Minister Selman and Ambassador Vergés delivered donations of books written by Dominican authors to the libraries of the prestigious Canadian universities Concordia and McGill. During the meeting, Dominican officials and academic authorities of both universities discussed future collaboration agreements with the Dominican Republic.
Also, during his visit to Montreal, Minister Selman was received at City Hall by the Vice President of the Executive Committee for Culture and Diversity, Mrs. Magda Popeanu, who invited him to sign the Golden Book of the City of Montreal.
Montreal, Canada.- The Dominican Republic obtains an impressive triumph in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), reaching the fourth most votes to be part of its Council again, with 154 votes from 177 participating countries that are eligible to vote, within the framework of the 40th period of sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations organization, specializing in aviation.
The prestige gained on the basis of teamwork pays off in the field of International civil aviation, with the Dominican Republic becoming part of the permanent ICAO governing body, responsible for promoting a global civil aviation system that operate permanently and uniformly with maximum efficiency and in optimal conditions of safety, protection and sustainability.
The arduous and proactive work done by the Dominican delegation, led by Dr. Alejandro Herrera, General Director of the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation, was based on the projection of the transcendental progress made in the aviation system of our country, which have become a regional reference, being recognized as a Champion State, an ICAO ally, for the provision of technical assistance and advice to other civil aviation authorities.
The fully consolidated Dominican Aeronautical System acted jointly, following the guidelines indicated by the president of the Republic, Danilo Medina, who appointed for this mission a delegation consisting of the institutions of the sector: Dominican Civil Aviation Institute, Civil Aviation Board, Specialized Corps in Airport and Civil Aviation Security, and the Airport Department.
These institutions made their contributions in the technical and strategic aspects, for the promotion of our candidacy, while also counting on the important support of the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the direction of the Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado, who through diplomatic organizations obtained additional support from allied countries.
The Dominican Republic participated in the election process, initially supported by the member states of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (CLAC), under which the application was registered, which subsequently and through agreements between the blocks corresponding to European and African countries was presented for the consideration of the assembly.
The election of the Dominican Republic for the third time as a member of the ICAO council, in addition to signifying a recognition of its development in the field of aviation, allows it to join a select group of only 36 countries, which in the next 3 years will assume the delicate responsibility of governing and regulating civil aviation worldwide.
This session of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization will be ending next Friday.
The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, with the support of the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), successfully held the Virtual Seminar: Exporting to Canada under its New Food Safety Standard, with the objective of contributing to improving the export capacity of the Dominican Republic to Canada, focusing on the knowledge of the logistic aspects that must be taken into account to carry out exports transactions in the most suitable way.
The speakers were Daniel Burgoyne, National Manager of Food Imports at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Jaime Bustamante, Trading Assistance Manager at the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC), and feature the participation of the Ambassadors of Paraguay and Guatemala, as well as the representation in Canada of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA-Canada) and the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFO Canada), who met virtually with CEI-RD, Dominican exporters and other officials of the public sector that were interested in the Canadian market.
Ottawa, Canada.- In accordance with the mandate of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Vargas, the Institute of Higher Education in Diplomatic and Consular Training (INESDYC) held a Course-Workshop on Virtual Education Methodology and Use of the INESDYC Virtual Campus to train a group of 15 diplomatic and consular officials of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada and the Dominican Consulate in Montreal.
With this training, the aforementioned officials have been enabled to be admitted to the wide range of training that, in its virtual modality, offers the INESDYC in order to keep our foreign service updated and specialized.
This training was taught by the engineer Rafael Marté, Virtual Education Specialist and Head of the Virtual Education Project of INESDYC.
The closing ceremony was chaired by the Dean of INESDYC, Ambassador Manuel Morales Lama and the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, Pedro Vergés Ciman.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Verges Ciman expressed his satisfaction with the fact that this diplomatic mission was chosen by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas for this important project.
Also, Ambassador Morales Lama said he was pleased with the level of performance achieved by the participants in the course, and stated that this initiative will promote efficiency on the work of the diplomatic and consular officials of the Dominican Republic.
Carleton University and the Institute of Higher Education in Diplomatic and Consular Training (INESDYC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic signed a memorandum of understanding to enrich the level of international engagement and capabilities of both institutions.
The MOU seeks to establish academic agreements in addition to promoting the transfer of knowledge and experiences in an exchange framework that will include both teaching staff and students.
In the signing ceremony participated the President and Vice Chancellor of Carleton University, Benoit-Antoine Bacon, and on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas, the Dean of INESDYC, Ambassador Manuel Morales Lama, and the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canadá, Pedro Vergés Ciman. Also present were the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy, and other representatives of the Canadian university, as well as the Advisor, Head of the Virtual Education program of INESDYC, Rafael Marté and the staff of the Dominican embassy, among others.
Around 40 thousand students are enrolled at Carleton University, which in the subject of international studies and politics is among the best in Canada. The prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked this university between 101-150 from a group of more than 20 thousand universities in the field.
With this agreement, the Dominican Republic and Canada will further strengthen their ties in foreign policy and it will become one more tool at the disposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue its mission of training, updating and specializing the Dominican foreign service.
Source: Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic
September 2, 2019
Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Culture, the Dominican Ambassador to Canada, and the President of the Commission of National Events announced the details of the organization of the First Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada.
The announcement of the Dominican participation was made by the architect Minister Eduardo Selman, Ambassador Pedro Vergés, and the historian Juan Daniel Balcácer, during a press conference offered at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture.
The First Dominican Book Exhibit in Canada will be held from October 15-17 of the current year and will be organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada, and the Commission of National Events.
Minister Eduardo Selman highlighted the diplomatic fraternity that exists between the Dominican Republic and Canada, the presence in Canada of a laborious community of Dominicans, and the fact that this exhibit coincides with the celebration, in that nation, of Hispanic Heritage Month 2019.
Referring to the event, the former Minister of Culture, Ambassador Pedro Vergés, explained that the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, to be held in Montreal and Ottawa, was an initiative established by the Canadian Government in 2017. The selection of the Dominican Republic as host country was decided by the Quebec Hispanic Heritage Council, he explained.
He said that, during that activity, the country will present an exhibition of Dominican books: Literature, History and Cinema in Canada, organized jointly with the Concordia University and taking place in Montreal on October 15, 17 and 17 of 2019. The event will be sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic.
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.