President Luis Abinader inaugurated the first section of the intelligent perimeter fence in the border province of Elías Piña and reiterated that the border will never be the same.
“We have changed and we want to have a more secure, regulated and controlled border relationship. And this is irreversible”, he stated forcefully.
The President described this project as unrenounceable and imperative in view of the worrying situation of political instability and economic and social crisis in Haiti.
At the same time, he emphasized that under no circumstances will the lack of control that exists on the Haitian side be allowed in Dominican territory.
All this seeks to maintain good neighborly relations between the two countries while redoubling efforts to protect our borders and defend our sovereignty.
The section inaugurated this Thursday has a length of 2.7 kilometers with four watchtowers.
Efficient control of bilateral trade and combating organized crime
The construction of this perimeter fence will allow a much more efficient control of bilateral trade, to the benefit of Dominicans who daily exchange products through the border crossings, contributing to the dynamization of the economy and economic growth.
It will also regulate migratory flows to combat human trafficking mafias, combat drug trafficking, illegal arms sales and protect cattle ranchers and agricultural producers from the theft of their livestock and crops.
Another purpose of the wall is to combat the various forms of organized crime that have sought to take over the border between the two countries.
The Minister of Defense, Carlos Luciano Díaz Morfa, pointed out that 24-hour patrol and reconnaissance operations have already begun on both sides of the fence, built entirely on national territory.
He also detailed the technological solutions of the work, integrating in a single system the physical fence with command centers with command, control, communications and C4 computers, in the formal crossings of Dajabón, Elías Piña, Independencia and Pedernales, integrated to the C5i center.
It will also have fiber optics, lighting, motion sensors, video surveillance cameras with night and day vision, land and maritime radars, communication and surveillance towers, unmanned aerial units, among other tools.
Present at the ceremony were the Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ignacio Paliza; the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Víctor -Ito- Bisonó; Governor Mily Johanna Martínez; the Deputy Minister of Defense for Naval and Coastal Affairs, Ramón Gustavo Betances Hernández; the Deputy Minister of Defense for Air and Special Affairs, Leonel Amílcar Muñoz Noboa, and the Inspector General of the Armed Forces, Miguel Rubio Báez.
Also the commanders, Carlos Antonio Fernández Onofre, of the Army; Agustín Morillo Rodríguez, of the Navy; Carlos Ramón Febrillet Rodríguez, of the Air Force; the director of the National Police, Eduardo Alberto Then, the mayor of Comendador, José Núñez, and the director of the work, Luis Alberto Casanova.