January 15, 2013
The Dominican government signed an agreement with the National Supermarket Association (NSA) with the objective of increasing exports to New York and Florida.
The information was released by the director of the Center for Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), Jean Alain Rodriguez, during a press conference in the Orlando Martinez Room of the National Palace, together with the directors of the NSA.
The officer explained that the agreement is part of the plans and projects on the exporting field developed by the CEI-RD.
Rodriguez explained that both the Government, through the CEI-RD, and the NSA commit to making the necessary market research to identify niches, products, producers, purchase volumes and prices.
Also to manage financing for refrigeration equipment, the creation of an information center for farmers, and technical assistance to achieve the required phytosanitary approvals of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States.
He revealed that President Danilo Medina authorized the disbursement of funds for the execution of the market research in the shortest time possible.
The CEI-RD director said that the entity is committed to also identify and bring together local producers that qualify as potential exporters, and facilitate the technical assistance of the Dominican Agricultural-Business Board (JAD), the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA), of the Dominican Association of Rum Producers (ADOPROM), and of the Dominican Association of Brewers, among others.
The NSA gathers 400 supermarkets in the East Coast of the United States, which together make purchases for more than 8 billion dollars annually.
For his part, NSA President, David Corona, said that the association has the platform that is necessary to increase Dominican exports to the U.S.
"We celebrate the beginning of a new phase in which both sides have the firm intention to accelerate Dominican exports to the United States, and strengthen such products in U.S. markets, starting with the tri-state area of New York" , said the Dominican businessman based in U.S. territory.
Besides Rodriguez and Corona, the press conference was attended by Zulema Wiscovitch, Jimmy Rodriguez, William Rodriguez, Nelson Eusebio, Rodolfo Fuertes, Julio Cohen, Alfredo Rodriguez and Ruben Luna, who were accompanied by the Dominican Consul in New York, Felix Antonio Martinez.