Economy Minister Admits to Lack of Assessment on Border Closures’ Impact

Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Economy, Pável Isa Contreras, believes that assessing the monetary impacts of the trade interruption with Haiti is premature. He remains hopeful that a solution to the crisis will soon be found.

Contreras emphasized that they have not yet conducted analyses or studies in this regard since they consider this period as one of transition and adjustment. They anticipate that the difficulties will be resolved soon.

When asked about finding new markets for Dominican Republic exports to Haiti, Contreras stated that it is not the current focus. He mentioned that exploring new markets is always a priority for the Dominican government, with a focus on larger markets like Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados, which have higher income levels and larger populations.

Contreras reiterated the importance of restoring the trade relationship with Haiti and expressed hope for a short-lived interruption. He emphasized the need for dialogue to resolve trade problems.

These comments were made during the opening ceremony of the “First National Meeting on Reform and Modernization of Public Administration: Towards a National Pact for Institutionality in the Dominican Republic,” organized by the Ministry of Public Service and its head, Darío Castillo Lugo.

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