Celebrating Dominican-Swiss relations
The Embassy of Switzerland celebrated the 725 years of the Helvetic Confederation with a reception at the JW Marriot in Santo Domingo last week. Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro attended the event.
A Swiss Embassy press release highlights that Ambassador Line Marie Leon-Pernet commented on the 80 years of harmonious bilateral relations between the Dominican Republic and Switzerland. She recalled that the first Swiss families to migrate to the country had arrived in the 19th Century. “Throughout these two centuries, the Swiss community resident in this lovely Caribbean country has grown and today there are more than 2,000 Swiss nationals registered at the Embassy, mostly retirees who have chosen the Dominican Republic as their second home. She also pointed out that more than 24,000 Swiss tourists visit every year. During the event, Leon-Pernet mentioned families of Swiss origin like Schad, Bucher, Arostegui and Swiss companies Nestle and Davidoff, which have left their social and economic imprints on the country.
She added that bilateral relations were strengthened during the Second World War when Switzerland represented Dominican diplomatic interests in several countries, such as Germany, France and Italy. The Swiss ambassador said that several years later, thanks to significant Dominican investments in construction and tourism a favorable climate has been created for Swiss investment and exports.
She had words of praise for the Dominican-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Tourism under Gaetan Bucher, who is promoting the development of green technologies in the country.
Leon-Pernet said that to mark the 80 years of bilateral links, a special commemorative postage stamp would be issued in the Dominican Republic and Switzerland, thanks to the support of the director of Imposdom, Modesto Guzman.
Aug 9, 2016
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