The first bilateral official visit of the head of the Jamaican Government to the Dominican Republic in more than 34 years resulted in a visa waiver agreement.
A report that was submitted from the Office of the Prime Minister stated this is just one of the bilateral agreements emanating from a recent official visit to the Dominican Republic by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a visa waiver agreement that will facilitate holders of diplomatic and official passports to travel without the use of visa.
Both leaders discussed the importance of cooperation in transport links as well as Jamaica’s plans to host the UN World Tourism Organization Conference on Sustainable Tourism during the recently held meeting in the Dominican Republic from May 15-16.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness and President Danilo Medina also came to an agreement to increase trade, bilateral investment, cooperation in tourism, and the training of teachers and students (an initiative to be effective for teachers and students from both nations that aim to promote and develop skills in Spanish and English).
President Danilo Medina conveyed his desire to have a Tourism Multi-destination alliance as soon as possible.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness communicated his interest in garnering information about the Dominican government’s social programmes, particularly the affordable housing through public-private partnerships; namely, the sprawling Ciudad Juan Bosch, which can be applied to similar initiatives in Jamaica.
Written by Stacey Fowler