Economy October 12, 2023 | 4:56 pm

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In Haiti they are considering formulas to avoid depending on Dominican products

Haiti.- With the border closed for the second consecutive day due to the decisions of neighboring countries, Haiti is actively seeking solutions to reduce its dependence on imports from the Dominican Republic.

The Haitian Secretary of Commerce has organized a series of meetings with business leaders and importers, with the cooperation of Mexico, to explore options for replacing food imports from the Dominican Republic in both the short and long term.

One of the initial measures under consideration is to boost local egg production. Haiti aims to increase its domestic egg production capacity and insists that Dominican poultry exports meet international regulatory standards.

Michel Chancy, former Secretary of State for Animal Production, emphasized the need to revitalize egg production within the country. He believes that with proper infrastructure and government support for local producers, Haiti can recapture a significant share of the egg market within the next two years.

Chancy, who is a veterinarian, acknowledged that the closure of the largest egg-producing company had posed challenges. However, he pointed out that other producers are still in operation and are currently supplying the market following the border closure imposed by the Dominican Republic.

According to Chancy, Haitian producers have the potential to compete with Dominican egg exports, even if the border reopens. He emphasized the importance of enforcing health standards when importing fresh food. Currently, Dominican eggs enter Haiti without proper authorization and packaging that complies with international standards. International food trade regulations require that fresh products, including eggs, adhere to specific health procedures, such as indicating the farm of origin and the laying date on packaging, which Dominican eggs do not currently meet.

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Alberto Gomez
October 12, 2023 5:10 pm

This must be Haitian Today lol

October 12, 2023 8:14 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

It does have some Dominican relevance because the closure of trade to Haiti may mean Haiti finding new suppliers to the detriment of Dominican producers. But I do agree with the sentiment expressed by AG.

joaquin lukoki
October 12, 2023 9:28 pm
Reply to  Richard

You know what that means if Haiti completly replace dominicans produces right…? Concidering the DR has a $200M trade surplus with Haiti, the DR has way way more to lose than Haiti… I do not think Abinader though about that before closing the border… My guess is that he though by being tough, the haitian population will back down and stop the canal… That show how little he knows about geopolitics…

Jo josh
October 12, 2023 8:12 pm

So Abinader might just be fighting for Haiti intersts… He might be the best Haitian president

October 13, 2023 8:24 am
Reply to  Jo josh

You do not have to be a genius to see that closing trade between the two countries was a very poor decision as the Dominican business community has already told the President. It not only damaged many Dominican companies but now it may appear the Haitian market may be lost as that country finds new suppliers. We can only wait and see.

October 13, 2023 7:25 pm

Good for Haiti to diversity their suppliers. Every US company does that, so Haiti should strap up its shoe laces and join the 21st century economy. Join BRICS. I’m sure Haiti will do better under that regime. Worth a try anyway. What’s to lose?

Nigel Baptiste
October 18, 2023 9:32 pm
Reply to  Italman

Haiti can also communicate and trade with the African continent getting raw produces and selling at full retail prices to unfriendly countries, Haiti has the potential but it need the more groundwork…

Dave Lopes
October 13, 2023 9:18 pm

Actually it is the Haitian border which remains close even after DR’s partial opening of its border. This manufactured crisis has really galvanized the Haitian population. It is better for Haiti in the long run to keep the border closed.

Platano Frito
October 15, 2023 8:29 pm

Good for Haiti, Keep it closed until after the next election. I can only imagine the campaign speeches without the old kicking bag to blame. Im sure the torrential downpour of illogic will be a hilarious spectacle. Maybe start blaming tourist, then they can stop coming ­čÖé

Teddy P
October 18, 2023 3:07 pm
Reply to  Platano Frito

LoL, I love your sarcasm. They have/will lose some tourism. There are a large portion of Haitian-American tourists due to Haiti’s destabilization.