Embassy of Spain
The ‘bonds’ joining Spain with the Dominican Republic. The history of the Dominican Republic talks about an island that became the first city of the New World.
This country, whose political history is very different from the surrounding islands, has been dominated by different states and turned into an independent Republic in 1844.
Colonized by the Spaniards, the country gained independence in a friendly way in 1821. It has gone through hard times, domination and dictatorship, in which the Spaniards have always been present. In that way, the Spanish government promoted its status of diplomatic mission to Embassy in Santo Domingo in 1948, whose fi rst representative was Zubigaray Manuel Aznar (1948-1951). Today, Jaime Lacadena Higuera is the ambassador of Spain in the island.
Since 1948 the country has had 22 ambassadors and only two of them have been women: Maria Jesus Figa Lopez-Palop (2002-2005) and Maria de la Almudena Mazarrasa Alvear (2005- 2008). For his part, Manuel Valdés Larrañaga held this position twice, the fi rst time in 1951-1954 and second, in 1959-1963.
The residence of the Head of Diplomatic Mission, the Chancery and the Consulate General occupied an area of 2.7 hectares. The property was acquired in 1950 by the Spanish government in exchange for providing a residence in Madrid and a sum of money to ambassador of the Dominican Republic. The residence, known as Villa Rosalía was built in 1942 by architect Jose Antonio Caro for Rosalía Martínez de Rodríguez, hence its name. The edifice is built according to the American colonial style and has been remodeled several times, but having concerned for original design. In 1992, the Spanish decorator, Pascua Ortega directed the last reform in which a later part was added to the main building, the courts were closed and some areas were redesigned. Meanwhile, the offices of the Chancery and Consulate were built between 1995 and 1998.
To promote bilateral relations between Spain and Dominican Republic, maintain contacts between governments and provide protection and assistance to Spaniards in accordance with the laws and regulations in force are some of the roles of the Embassy of Spain in the island.
In short, the main roles of bilateral nature performing by the Spanish Embassy are to represent Spain; protect the interests of Spaniards and the relationship with the Spanish community resident in Dominican Republic; encourage bilateral relations between Spain and the island and the dialogue with the authorities; explain and defend in specific cases the positions and point of views of Spaniards to Dominican authorities; follow up political, economic, social, cultural, defense, and any other issues of interest to Spain affairs; inform the authorities of Spain relevant issues in all areas.
It is also responsible for organizing visits of Spanish and Dominican Republic authorities to provide the necessary support for their development; negotiate treaties and bilateral agreements; it is in charge of relations with the media in the country by providing information on issues related to Spain; it promotes Spanish language and culture (through the Cultural Center of Spain). In addition, the Embassy makes a special monitoring of European affairs in all areas, coordinates regularly positions with the member representation in the Dominican Republic and prepares reports which refer to the Spanish authorities.
In all this work the Embassy counts on the support of sectoral offi - ces which are at this moment: the Consulate General; the Economic and Commercial Offi ce; the Technical Cooperation Offi ce (OTC); the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo (CCESD) that is part of the Network of Cultural Centers of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation; Attaché of Interior and Employment and Social Security Department. The Embassy’s main goal is to strengthen the permanent ties between Spain and the Dominican Republic, an issue it works for it every day.