Prime Minister Gaston Browne and President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina Sanchez are discussing the possibility of establishing an embassy of the Dominican Republic here in Antigua.
This comes after a meeting held between both officials on Tuesday following PM Browne’s visit to the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo while on vacation.
The two leaders met for over an hour in intense discussions that explored ways in which both countries could further develop their relations.
The Prime Minister and the President discussed ways to improve trade and business ties between Antigua and Barbuda and the Dominican Republic and agreed that a special mission would visit Antigua soon to seek concrete ways to strengthen trade and investment ties.
PM Browne said that given both counties close historical and family ties; practical steps can be taken to upgrade relations.
‘I made the point that we would welcome the establishment of an embassy of the Dominican Republic in Antigua. The DR authorities currently have this under consideration and we look forward to their response,’ he said.
The double-destination marketing for tourism was also discussed in light of the Dominican Republic having the highest number of visitor arrivals of any Caribbean country.
PM Browne also reviewed both countries’ membership in several regional bodies, including the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, CELAC and Cariforum and pointed out areas where their bilateral cooperation could bring significant benefits.
President Danilo Medina also invited PM Browne to his official inauguration as President for his second term, which will take place on Tuesday 16th August.