The Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Kingston will celebrate “Dominican Week in Jamaica” (SDJ2023), the first in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries and the first in the entire Caribbean.
Ambassador Angie Martinez has described as “historic” the agenda of commercial and cultural activities that begin this Friday, February 17 and will run through Saturday, February 25.
The agenda includes the First Dominican Republic-Jamaica Business Forum, the flagship business event, which will be held from Tuesday, February 21 to Thursday, February 23 at the prestigious AC Kingston Hotel.
At the forum, Dominican companies will be able to make direct contact with their Jamaican counterparts interested in doing business, hold B2B meetings and participate in business rounds and high-level panels on topics such as trade, investment, tourism, connectivity, logistics, orange economy, agriculture, finance, among others; in which prominent players from both the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will participate.
The Business Forum will also be a space for Dominican companies interested in exhibiting their products and services. According to the social networks of the Dominican Embassy in Kingston @rdenjamaica, important economic groups, business associations and prominent personalities have confirmed their presence at the first Dominican Week in Jamaica.
The Dominican Embassy will also hold an awards ceremony in which the “Dominican Republic-Jamaica Business Leadership 2023” award will be presented to recognized companies and personalities who have been pioneers in the establishment of a new era in trade relations between the two countries, contributing significantly to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
During the Dominican Week, there will also be an important cultural agenda, including a gala concert with the renowned Dominican violinist Aisha Syed.
Likewise, the famous Dominican chef Erick Malmstem will offer a gastronomic tasting inspired by the Dominican spirit on the day of the reception celebrating national independence.
Also, dozens of artisans from the National Directorate for the Promotion and Development of National Handicrafts (FODEARTE) will exhibit their works under the direction of Ramón Guillén.
In collaboration with the General Directorate of Cinema of the Dominican Republic (DGCINE), the Embassy will screen the documentary “El naturalista Isleño”, directed by Dominican naturalist and conservationist Eladio Fernández, along with dozens of photographs by the Director of the feature film and the presentation of his book entitled “Jamaica: A Photographic Journey through the Land of Wood and Water”. As if all this were not enough, the Dominican Embassy in Kingston, in collaboration with the Banreservas Cultural Center, will leave the exhibition “The World Turned Upside Down: Photographs of the Dominican Carnival” at the National Gallery of Jamaica.
The Dominican Week in Jamaica will be formally inaugurated on Tuesday, February 21, at the AC Hotel in Kingston, with the presence of the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness; the President of the Senate; the Speaker of the House of Representatives; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; the Mayor of the City of Kingston, the Minister of Tourism; the Minister of Transport and Mines; the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority; the Director of the Port Authority, among others.
“The realization of this event takes place at a historic moment for bilateral relations, characterized by an exceptional dynamism in relations, where the commercial element has gained a special prominence, evidenced by the unprecedented increase in our exports which, during 2021, reached a growth of 39%, as well as by a very significant increase in Jamaican investments in the Dominican Republic, with projection to reach higher levels for the period 2023. Likewise, this important agenda will be developed within the framework of the recent establishment of direct flights between both countries2, explained the embassy.
The Embassy estimates that during the last two years Dominican companies have exported more than 13 billion pesos to Jamaica. Jamaica is the second most commercially important country for the Dominican Republic in the region; and globally, it represents our seventh most important commercial actor.
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