Jamaica | Feb 22, 2023

Strengthening economic and business ties between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic-Angie Martinez

Al Edwards

Al Edwards / Our Today

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Angie Martinez, Dominican Republic ambassador to Jamaica.

The Dominican Republic Ambassador to Jamaica, Angie Martinez held a marvellous reception at her official residence in Norbrook, St Andrew last night (February 21) to usher in the first Dominican Week in Jamaica which coincides with the 179th anniversary of her country’s independence.

As well as honouring both Dominican and Jamaican business leaders who have helped to deepen the bond between the two countries there was much dancing and good fellowship. Meringue dancing was a highlight of a great night.

The chef was delightful, a master with pork.

The Embassy of the Dominican Republic is becoming a major force on the Jamaican ambassadorial scene, putting more established embassies in the shade. Angie Martinez is the new Jesus Silva.

Addressing an audience of well known personages, Martinez said: “It is an honour to celebrate the most important date of our nation with a large Dominican delegation from the Dominican Republic, government authorities, businessmen and friends, media who came specially to broadcast from Kingston what is happening at the First Dominican Week Jamaica as well as the whole Caribbean. This year’s celebration is particularly special, as it brings together two nations that share a common history and a common vision for the future.

“The Dominican Republic and Jamaica have always enjoyed a close relationship and this week’s events serve to strengthen the bonds of friendship, cooperation and business relations between our two nations.

“In this context, the first Business Forum between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica is an important step towards promoting economic growth and sustainable development in both countries. It provides an opportunity for business leaders and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, forge new partnerships, and explore ways to enhance trade and investment between our two nations.”

The Dominica Republic’s economy has caught the eye, being one of the best performing in the Caribbean region. Martinez attributes this to a solid fiscal system, political, social and economic stability which are all positives for businesses looking to invest in the country. Both JMMB and Jamaica Producers have established successful businesses there.

Dominican companies have also planted a flag in Jamaica and have done well. Magna Motors Jamaica has done exceptionally well with Hyundai which is becoming a major vehicle brand here. IMCA (Caterpillar) Jamaica has made strides and then there is Newport Fersan Jamaica. Diesstro Arajet has established flights between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic which takes one less time than it does to get to Miami.

“The Dominican-Republic-Jamaica Business Leadership 2023 Award recognises companies and personalities that have pioneered 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.

“Following the new vision of the government of Luis Abinader and Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez, we are charting a new path and birthing a new era in bilateral relations with Jamaica,” said Martinez. 


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