Local September 30, 2023 | 10:00 am

Zile Foundation says border closure affects island life

Guards at the border. File

The Zile Foundation issued a report yesterday in which it states that the closing of the border by the Dominican Government to paralyze the canal being built by Haiti has hurt various aspects of island life, characterized by its interdependence as a border zone.

The entity affirms that the measure generates a tense atmosphere between the States, disturbs good neighborliness between the border communities, and affects the agricultural, poultry, hotel, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors.

In addition to that, he maintains that the blockade to trade and bi-national economic exchanges prevents Haitian clients of Dominican banks and money transfer houses from carrying out foreign exchange operations and daily transfers at the border.

Significant losses
The Zile Foundation, chaired by former Haitian Consul Edwin Paraison, says the decision causes significant losses to Dominican and Haitian producers and entrepreneurs in various sectors and hurts the smooth running of companies in Haiti’s northeastern free trade zones, Sonapi in Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo and Santiago, which have familiar clients in North America and Europe.

Affects students
It adds that the measure also affects Haitian students in Dominican universities and students of schools in Dajabón, Elías Piña, and Pedernales and causes an increase in the prices of necessities in Haiti, with possible shortages in the coming days.

The entity, which proposes dialogue, assures that neither the Dominican Republic nor Haiti has fully complied with its declaration of May 27, 2021, including the creation of the water table, which should have been done after the signing of this document, together with the request for international assistance.

It argues that the Dominican government has backtracked on its technical position on the canal’s construction without demanding a visit to the disputed site but prioritizing a request for an immediate halt to the work, “which seems to infringe on Haitian sovereignty.”33

Zile Foundation
The Zile Foundation is a bi-national organization that promotes friendship and solidarity between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

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Alberto Gomez
September 30, 2023 10:53 am

It’s amaze me that these people defend Haiti with all their might (words) and heart but I don’t know why they leave and NEVER go back . If I leave a place to never return why would I defend that place . I don’t get these people. They should return to their ancestral lands to stop their destruction of their side island ;if not the whole island will become a waste land in the future, if these people aren’t stop . I’m for sure the original inhabitant wouldn’t be proud of these people called Haitians destroying the island.

Jo josh
September 30, 2023 11:29 am
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Same reason as Dominicans in the US, Spain or Canada defend the DR but none have the intention of going back to the DR… Do you see Cardi B even talking about moving back to the DR? A recent study showed that almost half of youth Dominican wants to leave the country .. sleep on it

Last edited 9 months ago by Jo josh
Alberto Gomez
September 30, 2023 1:04 pm
Reply to  Jo josh

Let’s me explain it to this simpleton, the mostly of Haitians leave and never came back not even for tourism , Cardi B is an American !!! Just like others star like Romeo Santo , but they do invest DR unlike the on the side of island!!!

October 2, 2023 9:51 am
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Have you been to the US? The Haiti diaspora here is very large and active sending money and goods to the people back home. Come visit us some time and see for yourself.

Alberto Gomez
September 30, 2023 1:11 pm
Reply to  Jo josh

And by the way most Dominican do move back to DR or invest back if they don’t move back, I’m for sure on that , Most of family are business men and women !!!My family helped Luis Abinader win the presidency with honest hard cash !!!!!!!

October 2, 2023 9:47 am
Reply to  Jo josh

Truth, Alberto Gomez. More Dominicans migrate to the US than Haitians. So many young people want to leave the DR that there’s a song about it. Once in the US, Dominicans and Haitians seem to get along well. Go figure.

September 30, 2023 7:27 pm

That’s the idea…turn the screw