Truce? Perestroika? Haitian beer & rum can be sold in Dominican Republic
Haitian Prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 29th that Haiti will now be able to export its famous beer and rum to the neighboring Dominican Republic’s market as part of an effort by government leaders and business CEO’s on both sides of the border to improve cooperation relations and ensure trade reciprocity on the Caribbean Hispaniola island shared by both countries.
“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 live council of government meeting on Wednesday in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.
“This new development is a result of our bilateral dialogue, but we’ll have to set up the needed structure to make the product available on the Dominican market,” Lamothe explained.
During a working session last week between government and business leaders from both countries, relevant authorities from the DR promised to make sure that all barriers, if any, to the import of Prestige and other Haitian products, are lifted.
Some have also blamed the difficulties on companies in the DR that would hold a position of monopoly and that would fear competition from Haitian-made products. However, relevant entities promised to lift trade barriers where they can be found.