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Haiti ban on Dominican Republic products again roils ties

Santo Domingo.- The government of the Dominican Republic recalled its ambassador in Haiti on Wednesday in protest to Port-au-Prince´s announced ban by overland entry of 23 Dominican products, ostensibly to improve quality controls and ensure its population´s safety.

In a press release the Dominican Foreign Ministry announced the recall of Ruben Silié for consultation and warned that if the restriction is enacted – which Haiti has yet to officially notify-, would violate binational commitments between the two countries, such as one on trade signed July 10, 2014.

For the Foreign Ministry the ban also violates international commitments by both countries within the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding, among other issues, the most favored nation treatment, freedom of movement and the elimination of quantitative restrictions.

“This action involves a limitation to land trade between the two countries, the same resulting discriminatory to the Dominican Republic, as the only country which borders with the Republic of Haiti, so we would be the only country in the WTO, which will be affected by the prohibition, ” the Foreign Ministry said.

The Government also cautioned that if materialized the decision announced by Haiti´s government makes it more difficult to reactivate the possibilities of talks and cooperation between the two countries which thus far remain in limbo.

Millions in losses

If the measure materializes the economic cost to Dominican Republic would be as high as US$100 million, according to Dominican Exporters Association (Adoexpo) president Sadala Khoury.

Repeat ban

The latest ban on Dominican products comes just one year after Haiti halted the entry of eggs and chickens, which also led to millions in losses and also led to a jump in their prices across the border.

Source: DT

Sep 17, 2015

Category: DR News |

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