Follow up to DR participation in UN General Assembly activities

President Luis Abinader cancelled his participation in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly to attend to disaster relief efforts in the Dominican Republic. President Abinader was scheduled to speak on Wednesday, 21 September in the afternoon during the General Assembly.

Foreign Relations Minister Roberto Alvarez is carrying on with the Dominican commitments during the annual international conclave.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reports on meetings of the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) and the United States participants in the UN meeting in New York. ADD was created last year when the Presidents of Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic met for the 76th UN General Assembly.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reports that the Dominican Republic participated in an important ADD meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The Dominican delegation also participated in a US Agency for International Development activity in New York City.

Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez and his counterparts from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama, countries that make up the Alliance for Democratic Development (ADD), met with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose Fernandez to continue advancing on the common agenda of agreements on trade, cooperation and other issues between these countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reported that during the meeting, US Secretary Blinken spoke of his expectations that the second year of the DDA will be the one with the greatest impact. He said the US government is discussing including the four member countries in the CHIPS Act, which contemplates a total amount of US$54 billion in investment channeled in favor of strategic allies of the United States.

The CHIPS and Science Act was signed in August 2022 and seeks to strengthen American manufacturing, supply chains, and national security, and invest in research and development, science and technology, and the workforce of the future to keep the United States the leader in the industries of tomorrow, including nanotechnology, clean energy, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence.

As reported, Blinken spoke of increasing the involvement of the Alliance for Democratic Development in US strategic issues. Blinken highlighted at the meeting that the four countries have exports that add up to be the third largest trading partner of the United States in the region. Blinken said that the United States Chamber of Commerce has conducted a study to identify business opportunities with countries in the region, including those of the DDA, and based on the findings, the State Department, the Department of Commerce and the US private sector are working to send a trade mission to ADD countries for signing productive agreements.

On Tuesday, 20 September, Foreign Relations Minister Alvarez participated in a meeting convened by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its administrator Samantha Power, with several other countries that promote development in democracy.

Also attending the meetings for the Dominican Republic was Industry & Commerce Minister Víctor (Ito) Bisonó, Industry & Commerce Deputy Minister Carlos Guillermo Flaquer; the MIREX cabinet minister, Miguel Núñez-Herrera; and the president of Caucedo Development Corporation, Samuel Conde.

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21 September 2022