Productive chains active in the Dominican Republic including free zone companies and local industry have become an inspiration for hundreds of Dominican companies who see in these commercial exchanges great opportunities for growth, which encourage competitiveness and support their vision to take their businesses to the next level.

This reality was made apparent during the debate entitled “National and international experience in Productive Chains between local industry and free zone enterprises,” which was held recently in the Hotel Jaragua in Santo Domingo and which was sponsored by both public and private institutions.

This activity, which had the support of the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), was sponsored by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM), the National Export Free Zone Council (NFZC), the Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), the Center for Investment and Exports of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD), and the Center for Industrial Development and Competitiveness (Proindustria).

During the debate, which was moderated by the Executive Director of AIRD, Circe Almánzar, and the Vice President of ADOZONA, José Manuel Torres, high-ranking executives from Dominican companies and free zone parks operating in this country stated the need for a government-country strategy in which the government promises to establish the legal framework, commercial agreements, and free trade agreements that will facilitate productive chains, and companies will assume the responsibility of improving all their productive processes, their costs, and levels of quality.

During the debate they presented some cases of success resulting from the productive chains, as well as the main limitations facing local industry in complying with the levels of demand required by free zones, according to a note from the Director of Communications for the Minsitry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM).

The panel included Edwin Ortega, Logistics and Planning Manager for Creative Lighting Solutions; Francisco Garrido, Purchasing Chief for Rowe Laboratories; Gerardo Coto, General Manager of Baxter; Rodolfo de Los Santos, Manager of Product Assurance, Logistics, and Purchasing for Hanes; and Mirtha Sierra, Plant Mangaer Of Eaton, representing the free zones; and for the local industry it included Hugo Escorce, Plant Manager for Productos Familia; and Eduardo Escalona, President of Editora Padilla.