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Joint Statement on Haiti-Dominican Republic Private Sector Border Initiative
March 19, 2021

On March 17, the State Department met virtually with private sector representatives from Haiti and the Dominican Republic for a review of progress on joint initiatives which aim to contribute to a more prosperous future for both nations. The meeting was convened by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Haiti, Canada, and the Caribbean Laura Lochman; U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison;  and Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic Robert Thomas.  Amid the challenges of the past two years, this continuing dialogue has proved a useful mechanism to undertake collaborative discussions and realize tangible accomplishments.  Participants recommitted to a set of focused priorities to improve the business climate, formalize trade, promote rule of law, and spur development along the Dominican Republic-Haiti border.