The executive director of the National Competitiveness Council, Peter Prazmowski, participated in the Public Policy Dialogue organized by the National Confederation of Agricultural Producers (Confenagro) and stated that the Dominican Republic has a great opportunity to increase its exports.
“Our agribusiness has increased its production volume in recent years, but our participation in the world market has remained static. I believe that there is an enormous opportunity to establish and build policies that help the Dominican Republic to insert itself more aggressively in the world export market, with our quality and export culture,” he said. According to Prazmowski, some of the products with the greatest export dynamics are bananas, mangoes, and avocados.
"We have the great opportunity to identify the policies and needs of the sector to promote them within the framework of the National Competitiveness Council," he said.
The president of Confenagro, Wilfredo Cabrera, said the country would compete in the export market with many products in the not too distant future. “We need to know in what part of the process we have deficiencies in pineapple production or in the production of other items that have a great global demand. We must know if we have energy, fumigation, or labor issues to know if we are competitive or not. That's the only way we'll know what we can do to compete,” he stated.
He also said that national producers and the productive sector, in general, competed with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that doesn't have very clear or defined rules. "We are competing with countries that subsidize some products, they have a number of advantages that we don't have."
"We are very good producers and we want to export our overproductions. However, no country in the world can export its overproduction. Exporters must be constant and able to always export the products they are going to take to other markets," he said, adding that they could access the countries located in the Caribbean area.