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Launching of the 3rd Industrial Congress


During April, ADOZONA and AIRD met to celebrate the inauguration of the 3rd Industrial Congress, whose objective is to update the proposals for the creation of a Dominican Industrial Development Strategy, with the consensus of the main actors and political forces around this plan.

A group of eight institutions from both the public and private sector organized the Third Industrial Congress to update the country´s Industrial Development Plan and increase the sector´s competitiveness and productivity.

Under the slogan of “Productivity, Inclusion, and Sustainability,” next June they will inaugurate the process called for by the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), the Dominican Free Zone Association (ADOZONA), the Ministry for Industry, Commerce, and MIPYMES (MICM), the Ministry of the Presidency (MINPRE), the Center for Industrial Development and Competitiveness (Proindustria), the National Export Free Zone Council (CNZFE), the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (PRODOMINICANA), and the National Competitiveness Council.

The Congress is a process of multiple work sessions intended to draft proposals and bills of law that seek to improve and increase the competitiveness of industries and free zones in the Dominican Republic. The process culminates in an event where they announce the main conclusions or policy proposals.

From our point of view there´s still a long way to go to strengthen the value chain in the Dominican Republic, which is fundamental in the efforts made to preserve the existing foreign investment, as well as promote the capturing of new manufacturing investments.” José Tomás Contreras, past president of ADOZONA

Contreras also underscored the importance that within the framework of the Third Industrial Congress they develop the theme of human capital, since although Dominican labor has proven to be efficient, committed and quick-learning, with the incorporation of ever more sophisticated manufacturing processes in the free zone they will require more and better prepared human talent with the ability to address new technologies.

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