Local April 11, 2023 | 8:10 am

Budget for the construction of the border fence was increased by 27%

The controversial “smart fence” between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has received a 27% increase in funding, with an additional 550 million pesos added to the initial budget. The Ministry of Economy’s Border Monitor for March 2023 revealed that the total investment in the perimeter fence project is now 2.5 billion pesos, up from the planned 2 billion pesos allocated in the 2022 budget. However, only 773 million pesos of the budget had been executed by the end of 2022.

The project is the second-largest new public investment in the border area, with the improvement of the Port of Manzanillo taking first place with a budget of 2.8 billion pesos. The Ministry of Economy noted a significant increase in the total amount of projects and new works compared to 2022. Montecristi and Independencia are the two provinces with the highest allocation of public investment, with 13.16% and 26.54% respectively being spent on perimeter security work.

The Dominican-Haitian division will consist of 200 kilometers of the physical fence, including 23 kilometers of fence that were built during the previous government’s administration. It will also have sensors, monitoring systems, cross-border crossings, and binational markets.

Construction on the perimeter fence of El Carrizal began in March 2019 on the southern border between the two countries, and it was inaugurated on June 7, 2019, by then-President Danilo Medina as the fourth unit of the Interagency Coordinated Border Management Post. Another fence, similar to the one in Elías Piña, was constructed at the 17-kilometer border crossing in the Mal Paso community in Jimaní, Independencia province, by the end of that year. Both fences are six feet tall with trench wire at the top.

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Paul Tierney
April 11, 2023 8:18 am

This announcement should have included and explanation why the 27% increase. However, the rest of the story to inform the public is not often published. What happened to transparency?

Should there be an audit of work completed?

Ramon Garcia
April 11, 2023 10:02 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Inflation is making everything more costly. Keeping a military presence in the border, building a wall, paying for healthcare for the undocumented from the other side of the island is a heavy burden for the Dominican tax payer.

Ramon Garcia
April 11, 2023 9:58 am

Imagine a Dominican women going to a hospital to find out that there are no bed available because all the beds all occupied by pregnant Haitian women.

April 11, 2023 2:18 pm

galloping inflation was not taking into consideration when they drew budget for the wall …i wonder who are the “economists” who work in our county ?!…is this a joke or what …level of competency and ineptness is below belief …incredible …what’s wrong with you people ?!

Paul Tierney
April 12, 2023 8:48 am
Reply to  Chupacabra

The economists do not make the final decision. A history of years of internal corruption of leaders and their dubious cohorts created a culture of no questions asked when capital projects are approved and financed against the advice of economists and others. Punta Catalina is the prime example of this offending culture.

April 12, 2023 9:06 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

i was referring to ineptness of those structuring the”deal” no to decision makers …buffoons ..