The foreign ministers of Dominican Republic, Carlos Morales, and Brazil’s Antonio Patriota on Thursday agreed to step up efforts for progress in Haiti, with more involvement by both countries’ private sector.
In a news conference, Patriota said Brazil and Dominican Republic are already working within the United Nations framework in various programs to strengthen institutions and security in Haiti, and affirmed he’s convinced it’s possible to "do more and better."
The Brazilian said beyond plans already begun and leading to the construction of infrastructure and to promote Haiti’s agriculture, he spoke with Morales on a possible boost to the impoverished nation’s tourism, with a stronger participation from the Brazilian and Dominican private sectors.
Those initiatives, according to both foreign ministers, would be conducted under the premise of "promoting peace and development" because, as Patriota noted, "peace is linked to economic and social progress."
In addition to Haiti’s situation, the foreign ministers discussed ongoing projects in the Dominican Republic with Brazilian funding and cooperation plans in the areas of agriculture, energy, education and investment.
Morales said this year’s increase of Brazilian tourists visiting Dominican Republic reached a record 83,000. "Brazilians are getting to know the Dominican Republic better, but we also want Dominicans to start knowing Brazil better."
Morales said the goal will be made easier with the direct connection between the two countries, begun this year by the Brazilian airline GOL.