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Tourism sector to get boost with aid from Colombia

by: Dominica Vibes News - March 28, 2018
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Minister for Foreign & CARICOM Affairs, Francine Baron (file photo)

The Republic of Colombia has pledged their continued support to Dominica as the country works to brand its tourism product as well as include more rural communities.

This was announced by Minister responsible for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Francine Baron, who was speaking at a press conference held to welcome the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Colombia on Friday March 23, 2018.

“Discussions with our Colombian partners have confirmed that our unique tourism product should be suitable branded and that more should be done to increase the involvement of rural families in the tourism industry,” Baron stated.

She noted that officials from Colombia have shared ideas with the Government of Dominica, and they are looking forward to working with Colombia as they move toward enhancing Dominica’s tourism.

“In this regard, support from the Colombian Tourism Agency, Pro-Colombia, has been sought, and its director, Enrique Stellabatti, is here with us and he has shared some very good ideas about how we can work with improving our product. So we look forward to having continued discussions with him and his staff in the future,” she said.

Baron added that discussions surrounding the conservation of the island’s forests and its resources have also been held, and Dominica is hoping for further assistance from Colombia under the framework of the Climate Resilient Program.

“Post Maria, we know that we must pay a lot of attention to the rehabilitation of our forests. We have also had discussions with Minister Cuellar and we hope that within the framework of our Climate Resilient Program, we will be assisted with some Colombian expertise regarding conservation and sustainable exploitation of our forest resources,” Baron explained.