Over 500 buyers from 30 countries at first Dominican Export Fair
Santo Domingo.- More than 500 buyers from 30 countries have been arriving since Monday to attend the first export fair being held at San Souci port, where some 500 local distributors show just how much the nation has to offer to the world.
Agro, beauty, construction, manufacturing and industrialized products are showcased by producers and traders both local and foreigners at ExportaRD 2016, hosted by the Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD).
CEO CEI-RD director Jean Alain Rodriguez on Tuesday said he’s satisfied with the results of the fair’s second day, when a large number of people attended. He said the high number of business meetings exceeded expectations. “There were 3,500 scheduled and could reach 4,500 because it’s on the increase every moment.”
After participating in the panel “Exports Promotion and Support,” Rodriguez said ExportaRD 2016 will soon bear fruit, citing Puerto Rican business leaders’ revelation of a nearly-signed contract to start exporting coconuts to that US territory.
Federico Padron, of Agroconversion Corporation, said his company wants around 1.6 million coconuts per year from the Northeast, to make vegetable oils in Puerto Rico.
Richard De Cortemanche, of Guadalupe, said they want lemons, passion fruit and other local agro items because they are very scarce and expensive in his country.
Both the Dominican and foreign traders interviewed by Listin hailed the fair as “an excellent opportunity to do business,” for which Rodriguez affirms the intention is to sign the contracts right here.
“Around 100 people came from the Caribbean islands, and from Cuba, France and Panama about 30 of each, among many other countries.”
June 30, 2016
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