Minister of Economy cites key issues for the development of the Enriquillo region discussed in the Development Dialogues.
Economist and researcher Pável Isa Contreras analyzed the points addressed by the four panelists of this space for the exchange of ideas and proposals, who represented each of the provinces of this region.
Barahona, Dominican Republic (August 2023). The Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Pável Isa Contreras, cited the key factors for the economic and social progress of the Enriquillo region that were discussed by the panelists of the third edition of the Development Dialogues, held in the campus of this city of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), with the presence of Vice President Raquel Peña.
The economist and researcher explained that road infrastructure is fundamental to articulate the entire Enriquillo region with the markets of products and services. He also stressed the importance of modernizing the agricultural sector to develop agro-industries, with equal participation of producers in this process of agricultural transformation.
Regarding education, Minister Isa Contreras recalled the importance of developing this sector in a comprehensive manner, from the primary level to the technical and university levels. He also stated that public safety is essential for the development of any territory.
He added that water infrastructure, which includes drinking water, sanitation and irrigation, is also essential for the development of the southwestern part of the country. He also mentioned the protection and recovery of watersheds as a pending issue for this region.
“These issues are not to be left on paper, but must be worked on together with the sectoral entities to make things happen,” said the economist and researcher.
Led by Minister Isa Contreras, the central panel of this edition of Development Dialogues had as participants Leonardo Mercedes, coordinator of the Enriquillo Coalition, based in Barahona; Minerva Montero Minaya, coordinator of the Pedernales Extension of the Universidad Católica Tecnológica de Barahona (UCATEBA); Nelina Trinidad, technician of Educational District 18-04 and president of the Neighborhood Board of Los Espartillos, in Jimaní, Independencia; and Faustino Reyes Díaz, coordinator of the Coffee Growers and Farmers Nucleus of the Sierra de Neiba, Bahoruco.