Economy April 12, 2018 | 12:20 pm

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UK special envoy’s visit boosts Dominican Republic trade ties

Maxwell Irving, Angela Whelan, Chris Campbell, Simon Hart, Danilo Medina, Gustavo Montalvo, Miriam Stern, Gerson Pérez

Santo Domingo.-  President Danilo Medina met Wednesday with United Kingdom trade envoy, Simon Hart, who stated his country’s interest to continue bolstering ties with the Caribbean nation, its main trading partner in the region.

The British official “also held meetings with other important representatives of the public and private sector in the country,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

It said that in 2017, the United Kingdom exported more than US$140.0 million dollars to the Dominican Republic, led by Scotch Whiskey. “In effect, 17 bottles of whiskey are exported to the Dominican Republic every minute.”

The Dominican Republic exported US$234.0 million to the UK in 2016, falling to 180 million dollars in 2017 as a result of natural disasters that devastated banana plantations and other crops.

Both countries have signed two MPUs on trade, the first in London in June 2012 and the second in 2017 in Santo Domingo, which allocates 750 million pounds sterling (around US$1.1 billion) in export credits to the Dominican Republic to finance infrastructure using goods and services of at least 20% of British origin.

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