Hillary Clinton Will Visit Dominican Republic

Leonel Fernández and Hillary Clinton As part of the meeting “Pathways to Prosperity”

Hillary Clinton, the United State Secretary of State will visit Dominican Republic for one day on October 5 to participate in the fourth ministerial meeting in the initiative “Pathways to Prosperity” and meet with Dominican president Leonel Fernández.

During her visit Clinton will be accompanied by Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernández and Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson.

They’ll meet with Pathways country ministers, Dominican President Leonel Fernández, and other Dominican government officials and private sector representatives attending the ministerial.

Secretary Clinton will speak to participants in the Pathways Access Initiative and the Pathways Women Entrepreneurs’ Network and participate in a high-level panel with representatives of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The initiative, whose last gathering was held in Costa Rica in March 2010, aims to strengthen United States relations with the countries of the Americas with which it maintains trade treaties.

Nuland said representatives from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Canada will also be present in the meeting. Also from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean that collaborate in the initiative.

Accompanying Clinton will be interim the Deputy secretaries for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson’ for Political affairs Wendy Sherman, and for Economic affairs, Trade and Energy, Jose W. Fernandez.

The three will remain a few more days in Santo Domingo to attend the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), “Platform for dialogue to bolster competitiveness and learn of investment opportunities in the continent”, Nuland added.

The State Department also announced the start of construction of the new embassy complex in Santo Domingo today, at a cost of 194 million dollars and it expects to finish it in July 2013, and which can accommodate around 700 workers.

Dominican Republic Live, 29.09.11, 5.40pm

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