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Haiti - FLASH : Haiti keeps its door closed, the Dominican Government will not give in
Business leader Dimary Sosa said he had received information from representatives of the Ouanaminthe Chamber of Commerce that the gate will remain closed until the Dominican Government orders the full opening of the border, with the entry of personnel with visas, that the price of visas be lowered and that equality be applied in the transport, sale and loading of goods on the market.
Let's remember that the day before hundreds of Haitian merchants had crossed the border accompanied by the Mayor of Ounaminthe, to load their products and goods which were blocked in warehouses (more than 40% of which belong to Haitian merchants... https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-40744-haiti-flash-haiti-has-reopened-its-border-gate-and-allowed-haitians-to-enter-dajabon.html and bring them back to Haiti.
Furthermore, following the suspicious fire at the Dajabón market last week https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-40719-haiti-news-zapping.html where 36 Haitian stands were destroyed, the owners are demanding compensations.
President Luis Abinader, during his weekly meeting with the media at the National Palace, declared Monday afternoon that the Haitians "are free to decide to keep the doors of their border closed," specifying that the Dominican Government will continue the plan that he established, affirming "[...] we are not going to give in [...] If they want to buy, that's there, otherwise it's their decision" while explaining that the Dominican Government was working on the opening of other alternative markets for products consumed by Haiti.
Abinader returned to the biometric identification measure after Haitians at the border on the Elías Piña side claimed that the recording of biometric data by the Dominican authorities was illegal. Abinader affirmed "We will not give in on this measure, anyone crossing this border must do their biometric identification [...] We will follow the plan that we have established since we said that the border will no longer be the same [...] The disorder that there was previously on the markets, cannot start again. We have to give it order and that involves measures that may disturb some..."
President Abinader insisted that "the objectives set during the closure of the border have been achieved" and declared that even if the Haitians stopped the construction of the canal on the Massacre River tomorrow, his plan would be continued by the executive branch, to apply border protection policies and we will implement new protection policies as we have already done, affirming that the border area between the two countries "will never be the same again."
Concerning the repatriations of foreigners in an irregular migratory situation on Dominican territory, "they will continue" and Abinader indicated that he would present within two to three weeks a plan for mechanization of the labor market aimed at eradicating the recruitment of labor of Haitian labor in different sectors "We are allocating approximately 3 billion pesos to the Development and Export Bank for mechanization in the agricultural sector and in the construction sector, where the Haitian workforce is the most used" adding "mechanization will make the country more efficient and the sectors concerned can count on the Government which will support them in terms of regulations and for financing the acquisition of this equipment.
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