Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is pledging stronger bilateral relations with the Dominican Republic especially in the areas of tourism and climate change.

He gave the commitment today after bilateral discussions with President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, at Jamaica House.
Mr. Medina arrived on the island today for a one-day official state visit.

Both Prime Minister Holness and President Medina agreed that there’s more that unites Jamaica and the Dominican Republic than what separates the two countries.

To that end, Prime Minister Holness says both countries will pursue improved bilateral relations.

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Prime Minister Holness says the time has come for the two nations to join forces in tourism.

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A bilateral commission is also to be set up to enable broad cooperation in sports, culture, education and other matters of mutual interest.

Prime Minister Holness also says both countries agree that a single voice on climate change is needed due to the threat faced by the Region.

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Today President Medina was also conferred with the Order of Excellence by the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen during a ceremony at King’s House.

President Medina in turn, conferred the State Honour of the Dominican Republic on Prime Minister Holness. President Medina is also scheduled to receive a courtesy call from Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.