Santo Domingo.- FIRST Magazine Limited of the United Kingdom (“FIRST”) has been commissioned by the Government of the Dominican Republic (DR) and its Embassy in London to produce the Official Publication to mark the Dominican Presidency Pro Tempore (PPT) of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States – CELAC – which was officially received by Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs Andres Navarro at the United Nations in New York last Thursday, 18th February.
The Dominican PPT of CELAC – the major international grouping comprising all 33 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean – marks an important milestone in the Dominican Republic’s international relations, offering the country a valuable opportunity to make its voice heard on the world stage and to play an important role in shaping the region’s collective response to major international social and economic challenges.
The Official DR-CELAC Publication, produced by FIRST, in co-operation with the Ministry of External Relations, CEI-RD, CONEP, the Dominican Embassy in London and the British Embassy and Chamber of Commerce in Santo Domingo, will constitute a unique source of information on the Dominican Republic, its economy and key productive sectors, including the most up-to-date statistics and exclusive interviews with key government officials and business leaders, and will be distributed to participants at the many official events being held in the DR over the course of the Dominican PPT, including the V Summit of CELAC Heads of State and its accompanying Business Forum, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the 3rd World Cocoa Conference, and the EU-CELAC Ministerial Summit. It will also be circulated internationally via Dominican Embassies and commercial missions, and to the global readership of FIRST, whose readers comprise business leaders and policy makers worldwide.
The Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr Federico Cuello Camilo, said: “This important 12-month period in the international spotlight offers an unprecedented platform to highlight the many trade and investment opportunities which our country offers, as well as our unique historical, cultural and geographical attributes, our world-class agricultural and gastronomic offerings, our position as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, and our key role in the political and economic integration of the Central American and Caribbean region to potential investors, trading partners and visitors from around the world. In order to maximize the benefit of this unique opportunity, it is therefore important to send a clear message to this prestigious and influential audience.”
The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Chris Campbell, said: "Like the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic is seeking to put trade and investment at the heart of its foreign policy. In light of this, I would see the Dominican Presidency of CELAC as offering an unprecedented opportunity for companies in the Dominican Republic to build new commercial relationships and access new markets, not just in Central America and the Caribbean, but across the whole of Latin America. This special report by FIRST Magazine is therefore both timely and important, and the British Embassy in Santo Domingo is delighted to support it."
President of the Roundtable of Commonwealth Countries in the Dominican Republic, Fernando González Nicolás, said: “There is a high degree of interest among British and Commonwealth companies in the Dominican Republic as a springboard to Latin America, and the Dominican Presidency of CELAC offers the perfect opportunity for the DR to capitalise on this. FIRST is well-known in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth for its commitment to promoting business and political dialogue between the English speaking world and Latin America, and I hope that Dominican companies, and those from the UK and Commonwealth with interests in the DR, will take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
Executive Publisher and Editor of FIRST, Alastair Harris, who has spent much of the past two months in the DR interviewing Dominican business leaders and government officials for the publication, said: “The Dominican Republic enjoys a privileged position at the crossroads of North, Central and South America, and has successfully leveraged this to strengthen its economic and diplomatic links with the UK and Europe. I believe that the DR’s Presidency of CELAC will enable the country to take this process to the next level, and we at FIRST are delighted to be part of it.”
FIRST was established in London in 1984 with the remit “to enhance communication between industry, finance and government at the strategic level.” This is achieved in three ways: through publishing, event management and awards.
FIRST Magazine, the company’s flagship title, comprises exclusive interviews with business and government leaders, with a focus on long-term strategic issues. Contributors to the magazine regularly include heads of state, premiers and cabinet ministers, distinguished public figures and business leaders responsible for the strategic direction of the world’s leading commercial enterprises.
FIRST was the winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2010 and 2013 and the recipient of a 1993 Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) award for publishing excellence.