Secretary of state, governor to lead trade mission to Dominican Republic
By John McPhaul
Puerto Rico Secretary of State Omar Marrero Díaz announced Wednesday that he will lead his first trade mission to the Dominican Republic to strengthen trade and investment ties, as well as identify new opportunities that benefit the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
“Among the commitments of Gov. Pedro Pierluisi is to promote economic, commercial and business exchange between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in order to establish an agenda for the future, in which relations with the sister country are part of our comprehensive strategy for the socioeconomic development of our island,” the secretary of state said in a written statement. “Along with Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, who will accompany us on this commercial journey, we will strengthen the ties that unite us, strengthening efforts to work in the search for common objectives and face the challenges of the new economic realities.”
Marrero Díaz said the agenda in the Dominican Republic includes a visit to the presidential palace with President Luis Abidaner, as well as formal visits with Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and other officials, including the neighboring nation’s director of immigration.
Another part of the agenda includes exchanges with a delegation of 20 Puerto Rican companies from various economic sectors, led by Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Cidre Miranda.
Marrero Díaz pointed out that the initiative is strategic in nature and they will be open to listening to proposals, ideas and needs to achieve initiatives and projects that benefit Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.