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Curacao seeks to import fruit and veg from the Dominican Republic
Curacao, which has been affected by a shortage of fruits and vegetables as a result of cuts to their exports from Venezuela, is looking towards the Dominican Republic to alleviate the crisis due to the lack of such products.
Last month the prime ministers of Curacao and Aruba expressed their concern about the closure of the air and maritime borders and any trade with Venezuela, as well as the apparent silence and lack of interest of the government of Nicolas Maduro to reach an agreement.
The Prime Minister of Curacao, Eugene Rhuggenaath, stated then that it was time to ask why the South American country had decided to close borders with these two islands and Bonaire, which are territories that are linked politically and administratively to the Netherlands.
The Minister of Economic Development of Curacao, Steven Martina, met with representatives of the Dominican government and exporters of Dominican fruit and vegetables to discuss more constant and reliable exports to the Dutch territories.
Martina said that she was looking for long-term cooperation between Curacao and the Dominican Republic.
In addition, the country already has a memorandum of understanding for the delivery and purchase of fruits and vegetables, as well as a letter of intent on the matter, which was signed two weeks ago.
During the talks, the delegation of the Dominican Association of Dominican Exporters promised to reserve some of their best products for Curacao.
The inhabitants of Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire, which are territories that depend on the fruits and vegetables from Venezuela, have been stockpiling food since last month's announcement of a commercial boycott against the islands.
Publication date: 2/5/2018
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