Godelieve Van Den Bergh is the new Belgian ambassador to Dominica

Godelieve Van Den Bergh is the new Belgian ambassador to Dominica

President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Charles Savarin, expresses hope that negotiations for the Schengen Visa Waiver Agreements for OECS Member States will soon be concluded.

This as he welcomed new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Commonwealth of Dominica, Godelieve Van Den Bergh on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

The president noted the desire to further strengthen and maintain the cordial relations which already exist between the two countries; as well as explore other means to improve and deepen the bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Godelieve Van Den Bergh will also serve as the first Plenipotentiary representative to the Caribbean Community, CARICOM.

Savarin, in highlighting Belgium’s understanding of sub-regional integration as part of the European Union, urged that the new ambassador focuses on regional integration would extend beyond CARICOM to the OECS.

“We expect that Your Excellency will not only focus on the areas of interest for development cooperation as outlined by the CARICOM Secretary General, but that you will also lend your considerable experience to support and strengthen cooperation between Belgium and the OECS Member States as well,” he stated.

Van Den Bergh will replace former ambassador, Frederic Meurice.

In presenting her credentials she praised Dominica as one of the countries in the Caribbean region to achieve true democratic independence as a Republic nation.

She noted Belgium’s role in the pastoral and educational development of Dominica.

She also expressed desire to intensify cooperation with CARICOM and further strengthen relations between Dominica and Belgium.

“Being one of the founding members of the European Union, Belgium relatively small in size is particularly aware of the numerous challenges that the Caribbean States would face. I guess you are aware, Your Excellency, Belgium and the Caricom Member States do maintain excellent relations within the United Nations. My country really hopes that these relations will get more intensive during the coming years,” she said.

She added, “I would like to renew the interest of my country to enhance its relationship with the Government of Dominica, not only at the bilateral level but also in the multiple multilateral fora in which we interact with each other.”

Dominica and Belgium have shared diplomatic relations since 1980. Her Excellency Godelieve will be resident in Jamaica.

Ambassador Van Den Bergh also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Roosevelt Skerrit on Friday.

Below is a video shot during the meeting betweeen the prime minister and the ambassador.