The delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez, concluded its official visit to the Republic of Cuba, where it held meetings and work visits that served for both countries to identify bilateral cooperation projects, commercial exchange and other types of collaboration for the benefit of both peoples.
During a meeting with the Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, the Dominican official delegation expressed to the President the interest of strengthening the exchange with Cuba in the areas of biotechnology, science, agriculture, education, pharmaceutical industry, health and other fundamental sectors to advance the development of their peoples. For his part, the head of state expressed his government’s willingness to take advantage of existing potentialities to continue deepening bilateral ties.
The agenda in Cuba, which is part of the country’s strategy of rapprochement with the Caribbean, included separately, a bilateral meeting with the Cuban Foreign Ministry, headed by Deputy Minister Josefina Vidal, representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla; and with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of that country, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, with whom, among other issues, they discussed the steps to follow to implement the Framework Cooperation Agreement between the Dominican Republic and Cuba signed in 2019, which came into force in 2022. On this aspect they talked about the conformation of the different work tables that, being a broad agreement, establishes topics such as trade, investment, education, research, among others.
They also discussed the project for the construction of border hospitals in Haiti to improve hospital care in that country and reduce the demand in Dominican health centers due to Haitian migration.
The Dominican delegation also held a meeting with the First Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines of Cuba, Argelio Jesús Abad Vigoa, where they discussed various energy issues.
The official delegation also visited Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), where they analyzed the opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, especially with high-cost medicines for catastrophic diseases that are produced in this scientific center.
They also visited the Dominican embassy in Cuba, where the minister and the officials who accompanied him spoke with the diplomats of this mission and with the staff of the Dominican consulate in Havana.
On the other hand, within the framework of this official visit, the Vice Minister for Consular and Migratory Affairs, Opinio Díaz, and the Director General of Migration, Venancio Alcántara, participated in the XII Round of Conversations on Migratory Issues between both countries, resuming the dialogue on this important issue.
As part of the agenda, Minister Roberto Álvarez laid a wreath at the monument to José Martí, where he spoke about the links between Martí and General Máximo Gómez in the struggle for Cuba’s independence. He also visited the Fidel Castro Ruz Center, where various pieces of the life and work of the Cuban commander are displayed.
In addition to Foreign Minister Álvarez, the Dominican delegation was composed of Deputy Ministers José Julio Gómez, of Bilateral Foreign Policy; Hugo Francisco Rivera, of Economic Affairs and International Cooperation; and Opinio Díaz Vargas, of Consular and Migratory Affairs. The Dominican ambassador to Cuba, Flavio Rondón; the general director of Migration, Venancio Alcántara Valdez; and the MIREX directors of Cabinet, Juan José Portorreal; of Studies and Strategic Analysis, Anselmo Muñiz; of Consular Affairs, Cándido Omar Mercedes; and of Migratory Affairs, Jadhel Herrera, completed the meeting.