President Leonel Fernandez is going abroad again
DR1.com – President Leonel Fernandez has not yet officially announced the trip scheduled for this Thursday, but sources say he will be going abroad again, this time for a 10-day trip to the Middle East with a stopover in France. The trips have been criticized for their high cost, taking the President away from crucial issues at home, and for their low yield.
On Monday, investigative journalist Alicia Ortega followed up on the difference between the announcements of achievements of the trips and reality.
Journalistic analysis of 25 of the 30 projects announced by President Leonel Fernandez as the result of his frequent trips abroad found that only four have actually been firmed up in little more than seven years. This was the essence of last night’s program El Informe by Alicia Ortega, according to Hoy newspaper.
The journalist reported that the President has travelled numerous times, mostly to invite people to invest in the Dominican Republic, but the results “are not very visible.” The report says that the President averages about ten trips a year and the costs associated with his entourage, hotels, airplane fares and per diems are in the millions of dollars.
The projects that have been announced range from cement factories and pre-stressed concrete to the production of ethanol, bio-diesel, solar energy and the installation of a new oil refinery. There was also talk about investing in buses that run on ethanol, the construction of the second Metro line, and a railroad, as well as the opening of flights to Libya and Sao Paulo, as well as the production of ‘telenovelas” and films for export and the installation of factories to provide natural gas for other countries.
According to Ortega, the supposed investment in a cement factory that was to be made by the Martin Ozinga Bros. Company, has not taken place. She cited the Dominican Association of Cement Producers who told her that they had never heard of the Ozinga Brothers’ company. [The cement factory would have been located in La Isabela, Puerto Plata, and was protested by environmentalists.]
Long story short, most of what was promised never came to fruition and cost the nation millions of dollars. Only the PetroCaribe Agreement, a donation of RD$50 million from Taiwan for the Cybernetic Park, the establishment of flights to and from the United Kingdom and the startup of the modernization of the local television have actually happened.
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