This project will have an impact on the development of all the actors that interact in the historic center,” said Amín Abel Santos, general coordinator of the Program Coordinating Unit (UCP).
The Integral Program for the Tourist and Urban Development of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo (PIDTUCCSD), which is implemented through the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur), is calling micro and small businesses located in the Colonial City to participate in the second call of the Program to Support Micro and Small Businesses (PAM), which will be in effect until August 15.
The PAM seeks to increase economic opportunities for micro and small businesses (mypes) in the historic center, in order to generate greater added value that allows the development of the local economy, benefiting local commerce, with an offer of quality goods and services and, therefore, contribute to the welfare of residents and provide a better experience for visitors.
In addition to offering tools to make the MSMEs of Ciudad Colonial more sustainable, profitable and competitive; also generating the possibility of integrating them into collaborative networks that encourage associativity and productive linkages.
Amín Abel Santos, general coordinator of the Program Coordinating Unit (UCP), explained “this is a project of great importance for us, since it constitutes a mechanism to strengthen the commercial establishments that influence the economic dynamism of Colonial City and, in turn, has an impact on the development of all the actors that interact in the historic center”, he said.
Jaime Read, coordinator of the projects of Development of Local Economies, Management and Institutional Strengthening of the Program, within which the PAM is developed, explained that micro-enterprises with up to 10 workers can participate, as well as small companies with between 11 and 50 workers, as established by the legislation on small and medium-sized enterprises in the Dominican Republic, he added.
Among the benefits offered by the PAM to the commercial establishments that, complying with the established requirements, are selected, are receiving training and technical assistance from experts, the creation of an action plan and accompaniment in its execution, according to the needs of each business.
A group of participating MSMEs, selected according to predetermined criteria, will also be supported with the adaptation and/or equipping of their commercial premises, among other benefits.
The types of businesses to be supported are food and beverage establishments; small commercial entertainment and theater establishments; craft and souvenir stores and establishments selling information materials; traditional bookstores selling cultural, historical and didactic material; hotels and other lodging services; grocery stores, traditional stores, mini-markets and the like.
To participate and have more information about the PAM, business representatives should access the Program’s rules, which can be found at: https://www.mitur.gob.do/publicaciones/ and must complete and submit the application form at the PIDTUCCSD headquarters, in the Saviñón building, 3rd floor, on the corner of El Conde and José Reyes Street, or digitally by August 15 until 5:00 pm.
Interested parties may write to the following e-mail address: [email protected]
The Integral Program for the Tourist and Urban Development of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo (PIDTUCCSD) or Program aims to revitalize the historic center in its urban, economic and cultural tourism aspects, for which it is currently developing more than 25 projects. Its specific objectives are the following:
- The recovery of public spaces and historical monuments.
- The improvement of the living conditions of the residents.
- The development of the local economy.
- Strengthening the management of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo.
This Program is carried out within the framework of a loan agreement for US$90 million, signed between the Dominican State and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is executed by the Ministry of Tourism, through the Program Coordinating Unit (UCP), and in coordination with the Ministry of Culture (MINC) and the Mayor’s Office of the National District (ADN).