- Intends to transform the CEI-RD into an information, training, and consulting agency, in order to attract foreign investment and help position Dominican companies internationally.
Tuesday September 20, 2016
Santo Domingo. The executive director of the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican republic (CEI-RD), Henry Molina, presented several new initiatives, on behalf of his new administration to the institution’s Executive Council, during the course of a meeting held on Monday September 19th of this year, in the main board room of the institution. The meeting was headed by the Industry and Commerce minister, Juan Temístocles Montás. During the meeting, the Strategic Institutional plan for the period 2017-2020 was presented.
During his remarks to the Council members, Molina emphasized the need for the nation’s public and private sectors to begin joint collaboration in order to increase economic productivity by stimulating exports and investment attraction.
He stressed that the institution will be focusing on maximizing its ability to impact Foreign Direct Investment, promote exports and the positioning of local products in international markets, thus executing its legal mandate, goals, and plans as outlined by the National Development Strategy and the government objectives as defined by the administration.
In addition, he highlighted that the CEI-RD aims to enhance its abilities and build trust through partnerships with different socio-economic and political sectors and other actors. “With this meeting we are establishing our lines of work, in order that we may jointly prepare and execute the National plans for promoting exports and commercial policies, as well as the National Investment and Country Brand strategies”, he noted.
“I propose that we establish a close partnership among all sectors involved, through a close and willing relationship of constant cooperation: because it is our common goal and it can be reached between all of us”, Henry Molina suggested.
He valued the quality of Dominican products and services and their great potential for competitive placement in international markets. Similarly, he noted the need to continue efforts to improve abilities, attitudes, and productive skills closer to global standards, with improved quality, and a great impact on human resources and the creation of dignified jobs; “what ultimately, ends in the sustainable growth of our economy”.
“With this attitude we assume the commitment and trust that President Danilo Medina has placed on us, and I’m sure that we can help build a more prosperous, sustainable, democratic nation with more equality and well being”.
During the meeting, the appointment of the CEI-RD’S new technical sub-director, Mildred Santos, who previously held the position of Market Intelligence Manager in the institution, was ratified. With over 20years experience in the field of business and investment promotion, Santos has a high academic profile which boasts studies in Foreign Trade, international finance, and economic development, studied locally, as well as in German and Spanish Universities.
The Executive Council is CEI-RD’S directive body which encompasses the role of consulting and support for institutional activities. It is formed by ministries and public institutions as well as private ones linked to CEI-RD’S field of action, and is chaired by the minister of Industry and Commerce (MIC).
It is formed by the ministers of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPYD), Isidoro Santana; from Finance, Donald Guerrero; from agriculture Ángel Estévez and from Foreign Relations (MIREX), Miguel Vargas Maldonado. In addition, the directors of the National Export Free Zones Council (CNZFE), the Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA) and the National competitiveness Council (CNC).
Also included are the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce and Production; the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and Production; the Associations of Foreign Investment Enterprises (ASIEX); the Dominican Exporters Association (ADOEXPO); the National Council of Private Enterprise (CONEP); the National Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CODOPYME); the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) and the Development and Industrial Competitiveness Center (PROINDUSTRIA).