In order to promote the productivity of women entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic, the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (ProDominicana) and the Dominican Association of Women Entrepreneurs (ADME), signed a collaboration agreement to develop a portfolio of services for the benefit of women in the Dominican business sector.
In this regard, the executive director of ProDominicana, Biviana Riveiro Disla, indicated that this agreement was made with the purpose of promoting the relationship between trade and gender equality; promote the internationalization of products and services of Dominican origin; establish coordination for the implementation of women empowerment projects that include training, in order to develop processes and procedures for the export of micro, small and medium enterprises led by women.
“We are sure that this alliance will support the productive processes of Dominican women, due to the large number of jobs they generate in the country and also their flexibility to adapt to new technologies, which is why the Government of the President of the Republic Luis Abinader has worked in favor of this important sector,” she said.
Riveiro highlighted the commitment to continue developing policies that promote women entrepreneurs in the Dominican Republic. “From ProDominicana we will work actively to continue positioning women in the business sector,” she added.
The president of ADME, Julissa Jiménez, emphasized her organization’s commitment to continue guaranteeing the necessary mechanisms to position Dominican businesswomen, understanding that this sector represents one of the main pillars of the Dominican economy.
The signing of the agreement was attended by representatives of ADME, businesswomen exporters of goods and services from different provinces of the country.
It should be noted that the results achieved in the area of supporting the promotion and internationalization of women exporters, from August 2020 to June 2023, ProDominicana has organized the National Meeting “Women in Export”. This meeting has three editions, where the study “Exports of companies led by women and their impact on the Dominican economy” will be presented.
Within the framework of this event, a fair has been held with the exhibition of products from more than 23 women-owned companies in each edition from different sectors: beauty and cosmetics, agro-industrial products, jewelry and costume jewelry, clothing, furniture, handicrafts, cocoa, baby products, fashion, handicrafts, edible and frozen products, as well as the recognition of companies led by women with outstanding performance in exports each year.
Likewise, Riveiro highlighted that exports of companies led by women closed 2022 with US 1,773.9 million, which were traded in 84 markets, this in turn shows the increase that women have had in exports. In addition, during the period January-August 2023, this value is positioned at US 998.6 million. It should be noted that these companies led by women had an average of 25,000 formal jobs.
As for the main products exported by women-led companies in 2022 are: gold, jewelry, cocoa beans, soybean oil, bananas and plantains, among others. In addition, the main markets are: Switzerland, India, the United States and Haiti.