Dominican Republic and Colombia strengthen bilateral relations

An agreement will boost the bilateral development of air transport

After two days of arduous negotiations between local Civil Aviation Board president Luis Paulino Rodriguez and Colombia par Santiago Castro, Dominican and Colombian aeronautical authorities agreed to strengthen business aviation relations.

The agreement will allow airlines from both countries to operate in direct or connecting passenger, cargo or combined flights, with limits in frequency and aircraft capacity, and which can make stops in Latin America countries.

The two officials said the agreement boosts both countries’ efforts to develop their air transport, and stated their confidence that the industry will know how to take advantage of the pact’s benefits.

Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister visit in Dominican Republic

Maria Angela Holguin Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister was in the Dominican Republic last week to push for the start of talks aimed at reaching a fully-fledged free trade agreement with the DR. In the short term, Colombia aspires to a partial scope trade agreement with the Dominican Republic, which maintains a similar agreement with Panama.

During a press conference, Holguin said that while Colombian exports and investments in the DR were up, Colombian companies are at a disadvantage compared to companies from countries with which the Dominican Republic has a free trade agreement n namely the Central American and Caribbean nations, the European Union and the United States.

We Colombians believe in this country, we want to be here and improve, continue improving our trade relationship, she told the newspaper.

Moreover, she said that the Dominican Republic could receive many more tourists from Colombia and she stressed the support of her country to fight drug trafficking and organized crime and that this is a priority of her government. She spoke after the decoration of outgoing Ambassador Montoya at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Holguin delivered an invitation from President Juan Manuel Santos for President Fernández to visit before the end of the year. During her short visit, she was accompanied by her vice minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Duque, director of Colombia ProExport Carlos Gonzalez, and Colombian ambassador in the DR Mario Montoya Uribe.

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