Canada - Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is an important partner for Canada in the Caribbean, sharing a commitment to democracy, the rule of law, human rights and free markets. Canada has significant commercial interests in the country, mostly in the mining, financial and manufacturing sectors, and is the most active foreign investor in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic remains the second most popular destination in the Caribbean for Canadians and the sixth most popular destination worldwide.
Diplomatic relations between Canada and the Dominican Republic were established in 1954. The two countries have a good relationship, enabling them to work together in areas such as security, human rights and governance.
Our countries are members of several continental and international organizations and actively participate in multilateral forums such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS).
From a cultural standpoint, the two countries are members of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Canada as a full-fledged member, and the Dominican Republic as an observer, highlighting the values and interest that our countries share in terms of promotion of diversity, democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
Bilateral trade between Canada and the Dominican Republic surpassed $ 1 billion by 2015. Merchandise exports to the Dominican Republic were $ 177 million in 2015, while imports from the Dominican Republic totaled $ 1.2 billion. Canada's foreign direct investment in the Dominican Republic is significant, particularly in the areas of mining, finance and manufacturing.
Canada does not have a development assistance program in the Dominican Republic, but provides assistance and support through multilateral programs and through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), which is directly managed by the Embassy of Canada in Santo Domingo.
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) offers short-term scholarships to students from Latin America and the Caribbean (including the Dominican Republic) to study in Canada. In 2016, 177 Dominican students received scholarships through this program.
The most recent high-level visit was that of Parliamentary Secretary David Lametti on the occasion of the inauguration of President Danilo Medina in August 2016.
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