Canada Opens Office of the Embassy of Canada in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

No. 130 - May 14, 2009 (2:35 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement marking the inauguration of the Office of the Embassy of Canada in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

“The new office will strengthen our consular services to the many Canadians who travel to the Dominican Republic each year. It also highlights the role Canadian tourism plays in strengthening our ties with the Dominican Republic: tourism promotes people-to-people connections, commercial activity, investment and security cooperation.

“Since 1954, when official diplomatic relations were established between Canada and the Dominican Republic, ties between the two countries have grown stronger, and we look forward to continuing opportunities to work together.

“Canada is actively working to increase collaboration on regional security challenges. Opening this new office will increase our ability to assist Canadians in the Dominican Republic, as well as enable closer cooperation with local institutions and officials on consular and security issues.

“Canada and the Dominican Republic share many personal connections, commercial activities, investments and a love for baseball. Approximately 450,000 Canadians visit the Punta Cana-Bavaro region each year. There are also a number of Canadians who have settled in Punta Cana.”

For more information on relations between Canada and the Dominican Republic, please consult the following Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada websites:

Dominican Republic

Embassy of Canada to Dominican Republic

Travel Report Dominican Republic

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Eleanor Johnston
Senior Special Assistant (Communications)
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas)
613-947-8981

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874