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It’s tit for tat, Haiti ambassador tells Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.-  “The significant problems that we have to address clearly, and looking into each other’s eyes, are immigration and trade. And we have to sit down and face them and discuss them with an open heart,” said Haiti ambassador Fritz Cineas, who criticized the Dominican-Haitian Bilateral Commission, for in his view, focusing on less significant issues.

The diplomat said during Haiti president Michel Martelly’s visit to the country in March with 2012, three agreements and five letters-of-intent to resolve conflicts were signed, but which he affirms aren’t  being enacted.

The ambassador called the issues of trade and immigration “extremely important” and sensitive, which require open and honest discussion between both parties.

Quoted by elcaribe.com.do, Cineas stressed the unbalanced trade between two nations, in which Dominican Republic exports around US$2.0 billion annually to Haiti, compared with his country’s US$100.0 million to Dominican Republic.

He said Haitian products such as beer, rum and peanut butter are easily marketed in Holland and Florida and yet cannot enter Dominican territory on what he calls obstacles and “inconveniences” at the border. “We don’t aspire to get equal trade. You’re a more developed nation than us, but we want the inconveniences on the entry of our products through normal customs points resolved.”

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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