Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade Minister, E.P Chet Greene has traveled to the Dominican Republic where he will sign a several agreements that will strengthen the ties between the two countries.
Greene, who leads a delegation that includes, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anthony Mamba Liverpool and Chief Immigration Officer, Katrina Yearwood, is visiting the DR two months after a high-level delegation from the Spanish speaking country paid a courtesy visit to St John’s.
Greene said the purpose of his trip is to initial several agreements with the government of the D.R including one dealing with healthcare. “My trip today is to sign an agreement on health care where we will get benefits from the D.R in healthcare sector. It will pave the way for us to get their doctors and other health professionals who will visit St. John’s to offer their services,” he disclosed.
The minister also stated that another component of the proposed agreement is for the training of local health professionals in the D.R.
According to Greene the aim is to build on the already close relations between the Dominican Republic and Antigua and Barbuda.
The foreign minister made the disclosure as he addressed students taking part in the annual summer camp organized by the Gracehill, Moravian Church in Liberta.
As part of the camp’s activities, the participants took part in a tour of the parliament building and then the Office of the Prime Minister where they received a lesson on the workings of the government.
Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel Max Hurst presented insights on the operations of the office as well as the Cabinet following which the young people, several of whom will begin their secondary school education in September, were invited to ask questions.
During their visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Greene personally greeted the young people, who all reside in the St. Paul constituency, where he spoke with them about the role and function of his ministry. He explained that the main job of the ministry of foreign affairs is to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with all nations.