Haiti and DR discuss border trade
Haiti’s Minister of Economy Wilson Laleau and the Dominican Industry and Commerce Minister Jose del Castillo Savinon met at the Santo Domingo Hilton from 9 to 5pm yesterday, Thursday 6 November 2014 and issued a joint statement of intent to work closely to step up border trade and stimulate both countries’ economies. Dominican and Haitian business representatives also attended the meeting together with government officials from both countries. The meeting was aimed at finding measures for speeding up cross-border trade.
Reading the joint statement, Minister Jose del Castillo Savinon said that Dominicans had discussed poultry and plastic exports and contraband cigarettes from Haiti. Haitian representatives expressed an interest in increasing exports of alcoholic beverages, flour, margarine and soap as well as highlighting ground transport concerns. Haiti’s ambassador in the Dominican Republic Fritz Cineas said that Haiti wants to sell Haitian beer and rum in the DR market.
Del Castillo said that they agreed to establish open communications to achieve reciprocal fair trade between the countries over time.
The joint statement also mentions that the European Union agency, Caribbean Export will be conducting a study on the technical obstacles to bi-national trade.
Del Castillo said that Dominican statistics show that the DR exported US$1.43 billion to Haiti in 2013 and had exported US$510 million as of June 2014.
Dominican ambassador in Haiti Jose Silie was also present, as well as representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dominican businesspeople and representatives of the Haiti Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The meeting was in preparation for the next High Level Bilateral Talks session, for which a date and place has yet to be set, but this is expected to take place later this year. It is a follow up to the Quisqueya Business Summit discussions, a forum where Haitian and Dominican businesspeople meet for developing trade and business in both countries.
Nevertheless, Listin Diario reports that Michel Chancy, Haitian secretary for livestock production said that the ban on poultry imports from the DR continues because Dominican producers have not met the imposed conditions. He said that smuggling also continues at a time when the Haitian government seeks to increase its own poultry production to supply the local market. Chancy said that around a dozen Haitian companies are already producing four million eggs in the country.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
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