JICA Dominican Republic Office

Message from the Chief Representative

Thank you for visiting the Web page for JICA Dominican Republic Office.

Known as the first location in the New World where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, the Dominican Republic maintains the old-style Ciudad Colonial, a World Heritage Site, which reminds of the streets at the time. Some 3.4 million tourists from around the world visit the Dominican Republic each year.

JICA Dominican Republic Office has built a history here as well, working with Japanese immigrants for more than 50 years. Recently, we have been focusing on technical cooperation.

While Japanese people tend to think of the Dominican Republic as a Caribbean paradise, the nation faces an array of internal and external issues including a large economic disparity, increasingly violent hurricanes due to global warming, and social influences from neighboring Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Nearly one hundred JICA volunteers and experts work night and day to solve these problems for this nation, which land area is merely less than Kyushu and Okinawa combined.

At JICA Dominican Republic Office, we work with the local people, aiming to alleviate poverty, ensure a bright future for children and make the Dominican Republic truly be a Caribbean paradise.

February 22, 2013
Ms, Akiko Oda, Chief Representative
JICA Dominican Republic Office

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