Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica Appointed
Venezuela’s new ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Hayden Pirela, presented his credentials during a ceremony at the President’s Office in Morne Bruce, to the President of Dominica, His Excellency Eluid Williams on Monday February 2th 2013.
Ambassador Pirela replaces Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, who ended her 12 year tour of duty in Dominica earlier this month.
During the presentation of his credentials, His Excellency Hayden Pirela stated, he is pleased to be here to continue to deepen the relations between Dominica and Venezuela, especially as Venezuela views Dominica as a great country full of potential.
Ambassador Pierla ended by saying long live Venezuela and long live Dominica.
His Excellency Eluid Williams stated that, it is with great pleasure to receive the letter of credence issued by His Excellency President Hugo Chavez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela accrediting His Excellency Pirela to the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Commonwealth of Dominica.
President Williams also noted the receipt of the letter of recall of His Excellency Pirela’s predecessor, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva.
He continued, your Excellency, the re-election of President Hugo Chavez implies a continuation of the policies and programmes put in place to support developing countries with which Venezuela has strong diplomatic ties.
Further, all indications are that the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean will remain at the cornerstone of Venezuela‘s foreign policy.
He noted Venezuela continues to be a major source of developmental assistance for the Commonwealth of Dominica and therefore relations remain a priority in Dominica’s foreign policy.
President Williams also mentioned that Dominica has actively supported Venezuela’s candidates at the elections for filling vacancies in the United Nations agencies, the Organization of American States, the Association of Caribbean States and other regional and international organizations.
He said therefore we look forward to providing continued support for the candidacy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in appropriate circumstances.
He said the Tourism Cooperation Agreement between the Governments of Dominica and Venezuela is geared at executing specific programmes aimed at the integral development of the two countries.
Five major developmental projects have been completed or currently underway in Dominica.
These are; the Melville Hall Airport Remodeling and Expansion Project, the Construction of a Sports Facility at the Portsmouth Secondary School, the Scotts Head/Soufriere Marine Defence Phases 1 and 2, the Developmental Programme for the Kalinago Territory; and the Petrocaribe Petrol Filling Stations for fisherfolk.