The Hon. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration on Monday 24 October, 2016 held productive bilateral talks with his Dominican Republic counterpart H.E Miguel Vargas, Minister of External Relations.
The two Ministers agreed on a plan to follow up on important cooperation matters proposed by Prime Minister Brown and President Danilo Medina.
Minister Fernandez indicated that all efforts will be made to finalize a date for the visit of a team of officials from the Dominican Republic to further develop agreements for trade cooperation and to strengthen the role and function of the Consulate of the DR in Antigua and Barbuda.
“I am very confident that the relationship between our two countries will grow from strength to strength and reap benefits for our citizens in the areas of education, business, consular matters and international relations,” Fernandez said.
The two Ministers met in the margins of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States(CELAC) and the European Union(EU) Foreign Ministers meeting held in the Convention Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santo Domingo.
The Summit is an opportunity CELAC members and the European Union to deliberate on issues of pressing concerns to both regions such areas as sustainable development, climate change and financing for development.
CELAC comprises 33 sovereign countries in the Latin American and Caribbean with a total of about 600 million people and a GDP of US$3 trillion.
The members of CELAC are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela.