Local March 29, 2017 | 12:27 pm

Preview to major fair: Agro exports generate hard currency, jobs

Santo Domingo.-  Exports from the country’s agro sector are an option to generate hard currency and more jobs locally, Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD) director Henry Molina affirmed Tuesday.

“We need more foreign exchange, more jobs, and agriculture is the way we can achieve it. But more foreign exchange and more jobs with Dominican products that are part of a country brand, and I hope this is the last agro fair in which we don’t have a country brand,” the official said to announce the fair, Feria Agroalimentaria 2017.

“Starting with the next agro-food sector fair we will have Dominican products registered with a country brand that will allow us to identify Dominican avocado, cocoa and all Dominican agricultural products,” Molina said.

He said the country brand will allow the internationalization of Dominican products by having a history, a reason for being, a reason for thousands of buyers to purchase the products from the Dominican Republic.

“I want to invite everyone to attend the Fair, which is an opportunity to see what the country produces, but it’s also an opportunity to do business and place Dominican products in international markets,” said Molina of the event, to be held May 18 to 20 at the Jaragua Hotel.

The fair will be attended by 170 buyers from more than 40 countries and around 200 local exporting companies.

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