Economy June 30, 2016 | 10:07 am

Agro, agribusiness, free trade pact’s big winners: Study

Santo Domingo.- The agro and agribusiness sectors have profitedthe most from the US-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA)during the 10 years since it took effect, as went from exports to North Americawent from US$479 million in 2005 to US$917 million in 2014.

The data are in the study "Evaluation of businessperformance and future challenges in the DR-CAFTA at 10 years since its signature,"conducted by the Economy Ministry.

The nearly 100% jump occurred despite the of Dominican the stagnation of exports to the US, from 2005 to 2014.

"Dominican Republic exported US$4.5 billion to theUnited States in 2005. In 2014 it exported US$4.461 billion (or) practicallythe same," the study says.

In contrast garment exports climbed from US$1.9 billion tojust US$851 million and other industrial products from US$2.2 billion to $ 2.3billion.

“There’s a change in the export matrix, more diversifiedand less dependent on textiles and dynamism in a number of specific products,"the report said, adding that in the same period imports from the US rose fromUS$4.2 billion to US$6.2 billion, “but after a US$317 million windfall in 2005,the country sustained a deficit of US$2.215 million.”