European Union on its 30 years of cooperation in the Dominican Republic

The European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Economy launched a compendium on social, economic and public policy achievements in the Dominican Republic with the EU’s support throughout the past 30 years. The book, “In the Footsteps of European Cooperation in the Dominican Republic: 30 Years of European Union-Dominican Republic Development Cooperation” was launched on Monday, 22 June 2020 in a ceremony led by Economy Minister Juan Ariel Jiménez and the head of the European Union Delegation, Ambassador Gianluca Grippa.

In his presentation of the book, Ambassador Grippa highlighted that the past prepares for the future. “The conditions are in place for the country to continue to move forward in the coming years, together with European cooperation, as a valuable complement to national efforts to achieve a better insertion in the international context. Everything indicates that the footprints will continue to forge history in the direction of sustainable and equitable development,” reaffirmed Ambassador Grippa.

In his presentation of the book, Ambassador Gianluca Grippa said: “Together we have implemented more than 200 programs and projects for more than a billion euros in support in areas as diverse as education, health, state reform, environment and biodiversity, binational relations with Haiti, productive sectors and competitiveness, in addition to support for human rights and civil society, with very diverse projects for the protection of children and vulnerable sectors of the population, among others.”

The book is a chronology on the cooperation projects of the past 30 years that have focused on state reform, education, productive sectors, trade and binational programs. There is also information on programs related to health, the environment, adaptation to climate change, combating crime, strengthening security, support for the development of the border and bi-national relations with Haiti. Also covered are EU programs that have contributed to improvements in governance, institutional strengthening, social and sustainable development, economic competitiveness, peace and security, and many more.

“These projects are in addition to the more than four hundred and sixty million euros in loans provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB) since 1992; as well as the positive impact that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Dominican Republic has had in 12 years,” added Ambassador Grippa.

On the other hand, Economy Minister Juan Ariel Jiménez explained the book shares the lessons learned, the sum of wills and the European Union’s commitment to development cooperation as an effective instrument to support the efforts of the Dominican government, the private sector and civil society to achieve sustainable development.

The director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO-RD), Iván Ogando, made the book presentation.

The event was also attended by the Deputy Minister of International Cooperation and National Authorizing Officer of the European Development Funds, Marcel Mejía; the Representative of the European Investment Bank, Yves Ferreira; the director of FLACSO-RD, Iván Ogando; officials from the Ministry of Economy, the European Union and the wife, children and brothers of the late Ambassador Antonio Vargas Hernández.

24 June 2020