The Government has invested RD$11 thousand million in surprise visits
Santo Domingo. The government has invested more than 11 thousand million pesos in the surprise visits carried out every Sunday by President Danilo Medina. The Administrative Minister of the Presidency, Jose Ramon Peralta made the announcement yesterday whilst signing an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in which the Dominican government and the international organization promise to follow up on this type of initiatives made by the government visits in a rigorous scientific manner.
Peralta said that since the surprise visits began, there have been 70 in 31 provinces, with 451 commitments made, of which 251 were to do with production, investments for production, and another 200 community based.
He explained that the UNDP would carry out a study, which would follow up to on the visits to ascertain the real impact ‘of each and every project’. The Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo said that with this evaluation “many variables and institutions would be looked at, and each of the projects would be checked in a thorough way and the government would be given a detailed analysis of each one”.
Montalvo explained that they had identified 50 projects which they would begin to examine and which had been running for sufficient time. The Minister of the Presidency revealed that as part of the process, “there will been a questionnaire handed out to the beneficiaries of the initiatives and also to those who have not benefitted. This will enable us to obtain information about their living conditions and the changes which have taken place”.
The agreement was signed by the resident coordinator of the United Nations in the country, Lorenzo Jimenez de Luis, who said that the results of the study would be available in March 2015.
Responding to the Inter American Development Bank
The Administrative Minister responded to the order by the Inter American Development Bank (BID) that the country needed to change its economic model due to unemployment, predominantly among the many young people.
“This work we are carrying out will help us to overcome deficiencies such as unemployment. This government is focused on the creation of jobs, by going to the sectors with the most needs in the country. We are focused on that,” said Peralta having signed the agreement with the UNDP at the Presidential Palace.
Nevertheless, he asked for time to achieve the objectives: “This will not be achieved overnight. It is a process. Never before has so much money been given to small and medium sized businesses (Mypime), the Solidarity Bank. The capitalization of the Agriculture Bank, which today, can lend to all of the national producers, and is working with hundreds of thousands of people, who were previously excluded. And, this government has only been operational for two years,” he declared.
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