Monday, February 20, 2006

Miss Canela from Dominican Republic

Last week was the week of Dominican Republic
A delegation of 25 officials and businessmen lead by the foreign minister was in delhi.

The visit went smoothly and successfully,thanks to a young and charming diplomat called as Gabriela. She came in advance and tied up the arrangements.

I could not resist saying... Clavo y Canela after she mentioned her name
Gabriela, Clavo y Canela is the title of one of the famous books of Jorge Amado of Brazil. I started calling her as Miss Canela.
She has gracefully accepted this.
Gabriela has now become Miss Canela...
Canela means cinnamon.

She is Counsellor in the DR embassy in paris.
super intelligent, efficient, energetic, articulate and hardworking....oops

DR is one of my favourite countries in latin america.three reasons: Julia Alvarez (the novelist), Golf resorts and Merengue.

My favourite novels of Julia are
-In the time of the butterflies
And her story based on real life called as
-A cafecito story.

I had played in the “ Teeth of the Dog” course in la Romana. Later, when I visited the new course “ Dye Fore” I found it equally attractive. They say that “ Playa Grande” is even better than these two.

Merengue music and dance originates from DR.

DR has a BBB rating - Business, Beaches and Beauties

DR is going to open their embassy in delhi by April.
The Ambassador-designate Mr Danenburg is young, dynamic and enthusiastic.
He is going to open up India with "merengue" music,dance and parties.

The Foreign Minister described the DR economy as a " Dessert Economy"
since DR produces sugar, coffee, coco, banana and cigar...

On saturday the diplomatic interaction moved to the Delhi Golf Club.
We played with the Foreign Minister and the IT Minister as well as two other delegates.

India's exports which were 20 million dollars in 2004-5 can easily be taken to 200 million dollars in the next three years if the Indian cos take interest. The business and political leaders of DR are very keen for bz with India.
Pharmaceuticals, engg products, consumer items, IT are areas of opportunity. DR's FTA and proximity to USA are advantageous for those who want access to US mkt.

Imports of DR in 2005 were 9.7 billion dollars !!!

Indian bzmen should not take DR lightly. A DR pharma co has discovered a new drug molecule and has patented it in USA and many other countries.

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