Local February 28, 2024 | 11:40 am

Abinader highlighted economic growth with new docks and tourist ports

Santo Domingo.- President Luis Abinader highlighted the economic advancements and positive impact on families resulting from the construction and inauguration of over 8 fishing docks, along with the opening of 3 tourist ports – 2 in Puerto Plata and one in Pedernales. These developments have been facilitated by the Dominican Port Authority under the leadership of Jean Luis Rodríguez.

During the accountability ceremony, President Abinader emphasized the transformation in Pedernales due to the new tourist development, including the inauguration of the Cabo Rojo port, hotel construction, and other projects. He stated, “Pedernales has changed.”

Furthermore, the president underscored the growth and fortification of the Dominican Port System over the past three years. He noted, “Upon our arrival in government, three cruise ship docks were operational. In three and a half years, we have added Taíno Bay in Puerto Plata and Pedernales. This year, we will complete the Barahona tourist pier, and the private sector will finalize the Santa Bárbara de Samaná pier. In the coming days, we will initiate a public-private alliance to construct the Arroyo Barril tourist cruise ship dock and theme park.”

President Abinader celebrated the inauguration of at least 8 tourist and fishing docks, part of the “National Fishing Dock Plan” developed by the Dominican Port Authority. He mentioned the completion of docks in Luperón Bay, Puerto Plata, Samaná, Boca de Yuma, Las Cañitas in Hato Mayor, Cabeza de Toro, Sánchez in the province of Samaná, and Palenque in San Cristóbal during 2023.

He also highlighted the commencement of the Puerto Rico – San Pedro de Macorís ferry route for passenger transportation, set to begin daily operations in November. This initiative is expected to open new horizons for the region, impacting tourism and the local economy.

The Executive Director of the Dominican Port Authority expressed pride and happiness for the sector’s achievements, aligning with President Abinader’s statement that the country is better than four years ago. From Apordom, he acknowledged the positive changes witnessed in the port sector.

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