Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The president of the Chamber of Production and Commerce, Luis Muñoz Bryan, believes that La Romana has great challenges, noting as the main one the creation of jobs to compensate for the losses caused by the closure of companies in free zones in recent decades.
He said that the closure of many industries caused the reduction of jobs, noting that now only have 10,000 places, when before they had double.
He said that people have been forced to emigrate in search of jobs, resulting in that they work outside the province and live there.
However, he highlighted as positive that the province has been assimilating this problem and entrepreneurs who have established micro-enterprises have emerged.
For her part, the executive director of the Association of Industries of Free Zones, Elizabeth Peña de Mejía, stressed that since 2003 there has been a decline in the textile industries, which used the largest amount.
On the presence of companies in China, said that businessmen have visited the city interested in establishing there, but that nothing has yet materialized. He advocated the creation of museums to promote areas such as sugar and tobacco. Other established companies generate some 150,000 jobs, according to the representative of Central Romana, Jorge Sturla Ferrer.
Representatives of the province spoke about the potential of the area and its needs during the Breakfast of Listín Diario “Voces del Este”, headed by its director Miguel Franjul.
The president of the Council for Strategic Development, Rafael Bienvenido Santana Güilamo, said that the public and private sectors have managed to make a common agenda, trying to implement a strategic plan. He argues that they have great potential to grow with ecotourism, but he said that it has to be organized. Understands that this requires planning and intervention by the State with the private sector.
He indicated that entrepreneurs are challenged to create infrastructures, because they believe that they are needed both in the workplace and in the area of health.
He called on the political leaders and legislators of the province to demand equity in the execution of the national budget, so that investments are not left to the private sector alone.
Senator Amarilis Santana Cedano reported that she submitted a bill for La Romana to be declared an ecotourism province,
He asked the representatives of organized groups to motivate the deputies of the province to support that piece of legislation, which is in the lower house.
He affirmed that La Romana has many needs, so it requires receiving incentives through a law that promotes ecotourism.