Successful Official Visit


      February 15, 2006

      Foreign Minister of Dominican Republic, Mr. Carlos Morales Troncoso, will be on official visit to India from 16 to 23 February, 2006. This is the first-ever high-level visit from Dominican Republic.


      The Foreign Minister will be accompanied by a delegation of 25 members, which includes the Minister of Education and the Minister of Information Technology as well as a 10-member business delegation.


      Following this visit, Dominican Republic plans to open its Embassy in New Delhi in the next few months.


      Foreign Minister Troncoso will have discussions with the Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri Anand Sharma, on strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation. An Agreement on bilateral cooperation will be signed between the two Ministers.


      The delegation will visit Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi for meetings with the Indian private sector. Dominican Republic is interested in attracting Indian IT companies and Indian film producers. There is scope for significant increase in the bilateral trade. Exports of India to Dominican Republic in 2004-2005 were 20 million US dollars and imports 2 million dollars.

      India considers Dominican Republic as an important country bridging the Caribbean and Central American regions. It has a population of 9 million, GDP of 22 billion dollars and trade of 14 billion dollars.


      February 09, 2007

      Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri Anand Sharma will co-chair the Indo-Cuban Joint Commission Meeting in Havana on 12 – 13 February. The Joint Commission will review and expand cooperation in areas such as Information Technology, Biotechnology, Energy, Sports and Science and Technology. Cuba has recently awarded two off-shore oil blocs to ONGC Videsh Ltd. Besides this, OVL has got 30 % share in six more off-shore blocs in a Consortium led by the Spanish oil company, Repsol. Indian biotech companies, Biocon and Panacea, have established joint ventures to produce vaccines using Cuban technology.


      The Minister will hold talks with the Foreign Minister of Cuba and other Cabinet Ministers. They will exchange views on regional and global issues in the context of Cuba being the Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement since September, 2006.


      During his stay in Dominican Republic on 14-16 February, the Minister will meet the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic and call on the President. Dominican Republic has recently opened an Embassy in New Delhi. The Government of Dominican Republic is keen to attract Indian companies in IT and other areas.


      During his visit to Jamaica from 17 to 19 February, the Minister will meet the Foreign Minister of Jamaica and call on the Prime Minister. Jamaica is the largest country in the Caribbean region and has a leadership role in the 15-Member Caribbean Community, which is integrating as a single market. There is business opportunity for Indian companies in the sugar and mining sectors in Jamaica.


      January 25, 2010

      Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs, visited the Dominican Republic on an official visit at the invitation of its President, H.E. Dr Leonel Fernandez Reyna, during 23-25 January 2010. During the visit, wide-ranging talks were held by Dr Tharoor with both President Fernandez and H.E Mr Carlos Morales, Foreign Minister. Both sides discussed the situation in the regiom, and in particular in Haiti, in great detail and President Fernandez conveyed his pleasure at Dr Tharoor visiting Haiti to get an on the spot assessment of the situation on the ground, in the midst of his official visit to the Dominican Republic. During the discussion President Fernandez spelt out the major role being played by his country in the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Haiti and he took the opportunity to invite India to participate in the Haiti Reconstruction Conference to be held in Santo Domingo in April 2010. Dr Tharoor applauded the role being played by Dominican Republic in bring succour to the people of Haiti.


      During the discussion, both sides expressed satisfaction at the growing ties between the countries which has seen the Dominican Republic opening its Embassy in New Delhi in 2006. President Fernandez reiterated his request for India to open its diplomatic mission in Santo Domingo. Dr Tharoor conveyed that a decision in principle had been taken to send the proposal for opening an Embassy in Santo Domingo at the earliest to the Indian Cabinet.


      Dr Tharoor also held talks with H. E Mr Eddy Martinez Manzueta, Foreign Trade Minister, and visited along with him the CyberPark being developed in Santo Domingo. The Dominican Foreign Trade Minister invited Indian IT companies to participate in the IT Park and cited the example of one Indian company which had already started operations from the IT Park. The Dominican side conveyed that their country could become a hub for Indian exports to Central America and the US as they had free trade agreements with both parties. During the visit, Mr Martinez and Dr Tharoor signed an MoU to set up an IT Center of Excellence in Dominican Republic with Indian assistance. Dr Tharoor also addressed the India- Dominican Republic Business Chamber on ways and means augment the India-Dominican Republic engagement. He also met with captains of industry and commerce of Dominican Republic and urged them to enter into business and investment relationships with India. In his discussions with the Foreign Trade Minister and businesspersons Dr Tharoor invited them to participate in the forthcoming India-LAC Business Summit (30-31 March 2010) and India–LAC Business Conclave (29 -30 April 2010) being organized by FICCI and CII respectively. The Dominican side responded positively to the suggestion and to his request that their delegation be led at the ministerial level.


      During the visit Dr Tharoor delivered a well-attended talk at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE, Spanish abbreviation) on India's recent transformation. FUNGLODE is a think tank established by the President of Dominican Republic to foster studies and research on international relation.


      President Leonel Fernandez arrived Sunday January 30 at 5:45 am to the Indian city of Mumbai, the first destination on his journey through India. The President, who was accompanied by his wife, Dra. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, and by the following delegation which was:


      » Miguel Lama,
      » Manuel Estrella,
      » Juan Ramón Gómez Díaz,
      » Eduardo Bogaert,
      » Claudia Defilló,
      » Aquiles Bermudez
      » Juan Oliver Mota.

      He visited Crescent Animation Studios and Reliance Media Work Studios, and Film City "Film City", one of the study's most important film, with a million employees and where over 1000 films are produced each year, where he held meetings and exchanges with businessmen and film producers. That night, Mr. Milind Murli Deora, MP, hosted a dinner at the residence of Mr. Mukesh Ambani, an Indian prominent, attended by directors, actors and producers in Bollywood, politicians and businessmen in the city of Bombay.


      On day 31, President Fernandez attended a business meeting organized by the Chamber of Commerce of India (CII), where he spoke about the business opportunities offered by the Dominican Republic to foreign investment, and the progress of the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement signed in 2004 with Central America and the US (DR-CAFTA, for its acronym in English).


      That same day, they visited the company TATA and then met with executives of the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim bank), technicians and entrepreneurs, with whom he discussed the possibilities of financing in several productive areas of the Dominican Republic and announced that in the coming days a commission of entrepreneurs and technicians from India will visit the DR to learn about the facilities, advantages and potential offered Dominicans for foreign investment. In the meeting, held at the headquarters of Exim bank, the Chairman explained that the bank executives, world-class quality of the Dominican manufacturing sector, which allows you to compete in markets with high standards of excellence.


      On February 1, in the city of Bangalore, after a press conference, the President spoke at the Summit of the Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME) and then visited the headquarters INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGMENT (IIM), educational institution very high level, focusing on technology and communication in the area of trade, noted for its "incubation centers" where outstanding youth studied in many countries. The agenda was continued with a visit to the facilities of INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED, a unit of research and technology application, and finally drive technology parks of India or SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY PARKS OF INDIA (STPI), where he toured its main facilities, and then led him to a flag of a software development company, placed between one of the largest in the world.



      On February 2 in the morning met with members of the Federation of Indian Industry (FICCI), where there was a massive turnout besides the diplomatic corps accredited in India.

      In the afternoon he visited the OP Jindal University, a private university in the neighboring state of Harayana, there is also signed an agreement with an academic institution homologous ours.

      On day 3, the President Fernandez attended the opening of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011, whose keynote address was given by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with special guests, Heads of State of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and the President of Seychelles James Alix Michel each of them gave a speech on the mentioned subject. The event was also attended by former Chilean President Fernando Lagos; Nobel Prizes Lee Yuan-Tseh Sinica, Taiwan Academy; James A Mirrlees at the University of Cambridge and Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University, as special guests.


      After the opening ceremony, President Fernandez met with Dr. Pachauri, organizer of the summit, accompanying Mr. Omar Ramirez, responsible for climate change issues, and the undersigned, where issues related to the Summit watched of interest to both countries.

      The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, received the President Fernández at his residence, where they exchanged ideas and impressions regarding current issues of common interest for about 45 minutes. President Fernandez was accompanied by his wife, Dra. Margarita C. Fernandez, Foreign Minister Ing. Carlos Morales Troncoso and Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Ing. Themistocles Montas.


      The President had a meeting with Mr. Rahul Gandhi, political leader of the governing party, son of the last Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, main leader of the Congress party of an Indian government, and suitable candidate/ face to be the future Prime Minister of India.

      President Fernandez concluded his visit on February 4, after completing a lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs, Internal thinking organism of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, led to the Diplomatic Corps and rather where several government ministers were present, Former Ambassadors of Indian missions in Latin America and representatives of bilateral and multilateral organizations.


      Taking advantage of the visit of Mr. President, on 2 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carlos Morales Troncoso met with his counterpart, Foreign Minister of India, H.E. Mr. SM Krishna and signed on behalf of the Dominican Government, diplomatic relations with the Government of Sri Lanka, which took place at the headquarters of the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi.


      Similarly, on February 3, Mr. Omar Ramirez, accompanied by the Deputy Chief in Embassy in New Delhi, Ms. Lourdes Victoria-Kruse, met with Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Minister for New and Renewable Energy and other technical specialists member of that Ministry.


      In parallel with the presidential visit, the Dominican Embassy in New Delhi was working on the logistics for Mr. Celso Marranzini, Executive Vice President of the CDEEE (part of the Presidential Delegation) and to sign an agreement on behalf of the Dominican State, with the company Sun Group for the installation of a plant generating 500 megawatts of electricity.


      Simultaneously, with the agenda of the President, First Lady, Dra. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, according to her desire met with INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN OF JOBS, SEWA, with whom she could learn experiences and nature of establishment and growth of microenterprises for poor women. He also made a visit to the Gandhi Museum, accompanied by Gandhi's granddaughter Mrs.
      Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee