Wednesday, August 10

Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic will articulate efforts to promote democracy

Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic signed the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) “Declaration of Puerto Plata” It establishes to communicate as soon as possible to strategic partners such as the United States and the European Union, the challenges and concerns facing the region, among which irregular migration, the situation in Haiti and the necessary access to financing for development stand out.

The alliance was signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Costa Rica, Rodolfo Solano; Dominican Republic, Roberto Álvarez; and from Panama, Erika Mouynes, will present at the highest level of political representation, the purposes of the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD), meeting this weekend in Puerto Plata, highlights a press release from the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.

Among other purposes, the document vindicates the democratic values ​​shared by the three nations, calling for the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua and congratulating Xiomara Castro, the first woman elected to the presidency of Honduras.

It also points out the creation of a working table with the governors before the regional development banks, so that they propose innovative mechanisms of financing dedicated to the solid and sustainable economic recovery of the countries of the area, together with the necessary identification of the sectors that require greater attention, such as climate change, education and innovation in science and technology.

This alliance, in addition to providing spaces for dialogue to strengthen our historical ties, gives clear mandates to ministers from different portfolios to work from a common front for the development of our countries, “said Foreign Minister Mouynes during the meeting.

According to the head of Panamanian diplomacy, “The Alliance for Development in Democracy is a strategic link to get closer to partners such as the European Union, the United States and Asia, with which we will promote the generation of employment and new opportunities for the citizens of our three countries ”.

The appointment in the Caribbean city of Puerto Plata was the continuation of a first formal meeting between the heads of state that took place in Panama on October 20 and that culminated in the adoption of the “Declaration of Panama”.

The ADD, which was consolidated during the celebration of the United Nations General Assembly, The Panamanian initiative received the backing of President Joe Biden, host of the Summit for Democracy, who described this tripartite action as “inspiring” and an example among democratic countries.

The next Alliance meeting was announced for the first quarter of 2022, in Costa Rica.