Haiti trade row splits Dominican Republic big business

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Dominican Today reports that the latest dispute over trade between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has spurred a rift within the country´s National Council of Private Enterprise [CONEP, Consejo Nacional de la Empresa Privada], where its president Rafael Blanco said that they will not negotiate over imports to that country in exchange for talks over the issue of illegal immigration, while its first vice president, Ligia Bonetti, called for dialogue in order to ease the deadlock.

Conep vice president Ligia Bonetti said she favors a continued dialogue between Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince and urged the Binational Council to talks to end the recent difficulties over trade.

She said the Haiti government´s ban on 23 Dominican-made products transported by land in effect since October last year, significantly harm trade, specifically the sectors which sell those goods.

“We’ve always talked about keeping an open dialogue, respect the agreements that we´ve reached and in this case was an agreement between Haiti and Dominican Republic. We urge the Quisqueya Binational Council, which is composed of business leasers from both countries to again sit to dialogue because they definitely have violated the agreements and we haven’t been informed of this legislation or this new decree. We hope that this is resolved, because (it) ultimately affects the two countries,” Bonetti said.

The business leader spoke during a press conference by CONEP to state its position on Public Notaries Law 140-15, which Bonetti said the business sector expects it will be repealed.

For original post, see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/economy/2015/9/21/56527/Haiti-trade-row-splits-Dominican-Republic-big-business

Also see http://www.conep.org.do/

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