JICA Dominican Republic office (JICA DR), as a regional hub office in the Caribbean, is in charge of the cooperation to the neighboring country Haiti which divides the Hispaniola Island with Dominican Republic, and 11 Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Christopher and Nevis, Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname) in addition to the cooperation to Dominican Republic, in a total of 13 countries.
The Dominican Republic is historically famous for the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 during his first voyage. The very first Spanish settlements were established here. In addition, there is a Japanese society established by migrants who have close tie with Japan.
The Dominican Republic could boast of achieving stable economic growth at the rate of 7.3 per cent in 2014 and 7.0 per cent in 2015 due to the contribution of its tourism industry, the free zones and migrant remittances. On the other hand, the Dominican Republic suffers from social and economic disparities amongst its people: the gap between the lower classes and the middle and upper classes are vast, which have become a major issue.
Based on the Japanese government's Policy for Assistance, JICA DR provides support in the areas of ‘Sustainable Economic Development' and ‘Reduction of Disparities' to allow all people enjoy "Better Tomorrow". In addition, support for Japanese society to strengthen the bridge between the Dominican Republic and Japan also has become an important task for us.
The year 2016 has been scheduled to hold the election of the President, parliament members and mayors ; also, it marks the 60th anniversary to commemorate the Japanese immigrants in the Dominican Republic. This year will be a milestone toward the future of the Dominican Republic. JICA DR is willing to address a cooperation looking at a bright future reviewing the past experience.
Haiti has become the region's poorest countries. Experiencing the earthquake in January 2010, Haiti is now on a transition point from "a period of subsequent reconstruction" to "a period of development". However there are many to face. The country must focus on Infrastructure development, institutional strengthening, human resource development, etc. Sustaining the initiative of the people of Haiti, JICA DR commits itself to continue to support Haiti applying the experiences and the human resources of Japan and the neighboring countries. .
Caribbean Community (Caribbean Community: CARICOM) member countries share vulnerabilities of small island states, such as small scale of economy and climate change. In this context, JICA DR aims regional cooperation targeting the common issues in the region. Priority areas here will include Fisheries Management, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Waste Management, Environmental Protection and Disaster Prevention.
JICA DR deals with wide variety of interests of 13 countries in the region. However, we would like to contribute ourselves toward the regional development, considering the similarities and different needs of the countries while respecting the ownership of the governments and the peoples. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen relations with Japan and the cheerful and bright Caribbean.
JICA Dominican Republic Office