PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Thursday October 30, 2014, CMC – Haiti will begin to export beer and rum to the neighbouring Dominican Republic as part of an effort by government and business leaders to ensure trade reciprocity.
This was announced by Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamonthe on Wednesday during a live council of government meeting here.
He said the new development stems from high-level bilateral talks between Haitian and Dominican counterparts, instituted in the aftermath of the adoption, by the Dominican Republic’s constitutional Tribunal, of a ruling that stripped thousands of Dominicans of Haitian decent of their nationality.
“Our Prestige beer and our Barbancourt rum, and all other products made in Haiti will be able to be exported to the Dominican Republic,” said Lamothe.
During a working session last week between government and business leaders from both countries, relevant authorities from the Dominican Republic promised to make sure that all barriers, if any, to the import of Prestige and other Haitian products, are lifted.
Officials in the Dominican Republic have repeatedly denied any will or measure on the part of the Dominican government to block certain Haitian products from crossing the border.
However, Haitian businessmen often report informal obstacles making it difficult for several Haitian products, such as the Haitian beer or rum, to enter the neighboring market.