Economy February 22, 2016 | 10:23 am

Top Brit publisher to produce publication marking the country’s CELAC presidency(Correct)

Santo Domingo.- FIRST Magazine Limited of the United Kingdom (“FIRST”) hasbeen commissioned by the Government of the Dominican Republic (DR) and itsEmbassy in London to produce the Official Publication to mark the DominicanPresidency Pro Tempore (PPT) of the Community of Latin American and CaribbeanStates – CELAC – which was officially received by Dominican Minister of ForeignAffairs Andres Navarro at the United Nations in New York last Thursday, 18thFebruary.

The Dominican PPT of CELAC – the major international groupingcomprising all 33 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean – marks animportant milestone in the Dominican Republic’s international relations,offering the country a valuable opportunity to make its voice heard on theworld stage and to play an important role in shaping the region’s collectiveresponse to major international social and economic challenges.

The Official DR-CELAC Publication, produced by FIRST, inco-operation with the Ministry of External Relations, CEI-RD, CONEP, theDominican Embassy in London and the British Embassy and Chamber of Commerce inSanto Domingo, will constitute a unique source of information on the DominicanRepublic, its economy and key productive sectors, including the most up-to-datestatistics and exclusive interviews with key government officials and businessleaders, and will be distributed to participants at the many official eventsbeing held in the DR over the course ofthe Dominican PPT, including the V Summit of CELAC Heads of State and itsaccompanying Business Forum, the General Assembly of the Organization ofAmerican States (OAS), the 3rd World Cocoa Conference, and the EU-CELACMinisterial Summit. It will also be circulated internationally via DominicanEmbassies and commercial missions, and to the global readership of FIRST, whosereaders 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 theinternational spotlight offers an unprecedented platform to highlight the manytrade and investment opportunities which our country offers, as well as ourunique historical, cultural and geographical attributes, our world-class agricultural andgastronomic offerings, our position as one of the world’s leading tourismdestinations, and our key role in the political and economic integration of theCentral American and Caribbean region to potential investors, trading partnersand visitors from around the world. In order to maximize the benefit of thisunique opportunity, it is therefore important to send a clear message to thisprestigious and influential audience.”

The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic,Chris Campbell, said: "Like the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic isseeking to put trade and investment at the heart of its foreign policy. Inlight of this, I would see the Dominican Presidency of CELAC as offering anunprecedented opportunity for companies in the Dominican Republic to build newcommercial relationships and access new markets, not just in Central Americaand the Caribbean, but across the whole of Latin America. This special reportby FIRST Magazine is therefore both timely and important, and the BritishEmbassy in Santo Domingo is delighted to support it."

President of the Roundtable of Commonwealth Countries inthe Dominican Republic, Fernando González Nicolás, said: “There is a highdegree of interest among British and Commonwealth companies in the DominicanRepublic as a springboard to Latin America, and the Dominican Presidency ofCELAC offers the perfect opportunity for the DR to capitalise on this. FIRST iswell-known in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth for its commitment topromoting business and political dialogue between the English speaking worldand Latin America, and I hope that Dominican companies, and those from the UKand Commonwealth with interests in the DR, will take advantage of this uniqueopportunity.”

Executive Publisher and Editor of FIRST, Alastair Harris,who has spent much of the past two months in the DR interviewing Dominicanbusiness leaders and government officials for the publication, said: “TheDominican Republic enjoys a privileged position at the crossroads of North,Central and South America, and has successfully leveraged this to strengthenits economic and diplomatic links with the UK and Europe. I believe that theDR’s Presidency of CELAC will enable the country to take this process to thenext level, and we at FIRST are delighted to be part of it.”

FIRST was established in London in 1984 with the remit “toenhance communication between industry, finance and government at the strategiclevel.” This is achieved in three ways: through publishing, event managementand awards.

FIRST Magazine, the company’s flagship title, comprisesexclusive interviews with business and government leaders, with a focus onlong-term strategic issues. Contributors to the magazine regularly includeheads of state, premiers and cabinet ministers, distinguished public figuresand business leaders responsible for the strategic direction of the world’s leadingcommercial enterprises.

FIRST was the winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award forEnterprise in both 2010 and 2013 and the recipient of a 1993 PeriodicalPublishers Association (PPA) award for publishing excellence.

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