Dajabón traders urge Government to negotiate with Haiti amid border closure rumors
Dajabon.- Merchants from Dajabón have called on the Dominican government for urgent dialogue with Haiti, amidst growing concerns over potential border closure by Haitian authorities. This call for dialogue follows speculations about Haiti’s plans to shut the border soon, a move that could severely impact cross-border trade.
The request for talks comes alongside appeals from Dajabón market merchants for the Dominican government to ease restrictions imposed on Haiti. These restrictions were a response to Haiti’s unauthorized construction of a canal in Juana Méndez, aimed at diverting water from the Massacre River.
Noel Fernández, president of the Dajabón Market merchants association, highlighted the need for visa flexibility to quell these rumors and restore normalcy in the region. He emphasized the importance of clear communication and cooperation to prevent misunderstandings.
Abigail Bueno, president of the market retailers’ association, expressed her hesitancy to purchase goods, especially perishables, for fear of a sudden border closure. This uncertainty is causing apprehension among traders who rely on the bustling border market for their livelihoods.
The potential closure of the border poses a significant threat to the economic activity between Juana Méndez and Dajabón, potentially leading to substantial financial losses. Merchants like Bueno are keenly awaiting a diplomatic resolution, hoping for a proactive approach from the Dominican government to engage in discussions with Haitian officials and avert any trade disruptions.
This situation underscores the delicate balance of cross-border relations and the vital role of diplomatic dialogue in maintaining regional stability and economic prosperity.