President Irfaan Ali and President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, recently outlined their interest in strengthening diplomatic ties between the two nations.
In fact, President Ali warmly welcomed the establishment of a Dominican Republic Embassy in Georgetown, emphasizing the tangible step towards fostering greater cooperation. It was noted that the accreditation of Ambassador HE Ernesto Torres Pereyra solidified the commitment to deepening bilateral relations, creating a platform for enhanced understanding and expanded opportunities for engagement.
Recognizing the pivotal role of the private sector in driving economic growth, President Ali applauded the growing interest of Dominican Republic businesses in Guyana. Both leaders emphasized the need for increased collaboration and investment between businesses from their respective countries, paving the way for shared prosperity and sustainable development.
He also mentioned the imminent launch of commercial flights by Skycana, which has emerged as a game-changer in strengthening connectivity and boosting tourism between Guyana and the Dominican Republic. This development he said, is set to unlock new opportunities, facilitate cultural exchanges, and streamline travel for individuals and businesses, laying the foundation for a robust people-to-people network.
While focusing on bilateral matters, Presidents Ali and Abinader expressed their commitment to addressing regional challenges. They vowed to champion the cause of Small Island Developing States, advocating for crucial issues such as food security, energy sustainability, and climate change adaptation. Their joint efforts will seek innovative solutions to combat the pressing threat of sargassum, protecting their economies and coastal communities.
Underpinning that their discussions was a firm commitment to upholding the rule of law, protecting sovereignty, and promoting democratic values, Ali noted that by prioritizing sustainable development and inclusive growth, both leaders have embarked on a shared journey towards a future where prosperity is intertwined with social progress and the well-being of their people.
In the wake of the ongoing global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Presidents Ali and Abinader lauded each other’s efforts in navigating the challenges and laying the foundation for resilient economic bounce-backs. They pledged to amplify their collective voice on the global stage, advocating for an enabling environment that supports the sustainable development aspirations of their nations.
As a testament to their solidarity within the Caribbean family, the leaders welcomed the establishment of the CARICOM Eminent Persons Group on Haiti, emphasizing their unwavering support for achieving political stability and socioeconomic progress in Haiti.
The meeting concluded with the signing of three bilateral agreements, paving the way for enhanced political consultation, air services, and energy cooperation between Guyana and the Dominican Republic.