Pro Consumidor Director affirms DR is the only country in Latin America that does not suffer food shortages

The Dominican Republic is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that, in the midst of the world economic situation, does not suffer shortages of basic products of the family basket or of the most useful basic medicines in the country.

The affirmation was made by the executive director of the National Institute for the Protection of Consumer Rights (Pro Consumidor), Dr. Eddy Alcántara, who emphasized that this is due to the correct economic and preventive policy implemented by the government of President Luis Abinader.

He said that despite the global crisis, affected by the shortage of products, the increase in raw materials and the high cost of transporting goods, “in our country we have not suffered the situation that other countries have experienced”.

Alcántara explained that in the weekly price and product comparison surveys carried out by Pro Consumidor, it has been possible to verify that the country “has an abundance of the 110 products of the basic food basket, as well as the 227 most useful basic medicines, the 95 hardware products and the 85 market products.

“We are the only nation where there is a zero shortage of all the aforementioned products, unlike other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that do register shortages of these products,” he added.

He maintained that regardless of the fact that the great powers have concentrated their wealth in trying to capture the greatest amount of raw material from the universal market affecting the most vulnerable countries, “the countries of the region have received the effects of that behavior of those great nations and have generated shortages of basic products, except for the Dominican Republic”.

“The fact that our nation has not suffered this situation in the midst of this global crisis has to do with the adequate economic and preventive policy implemented by the Head of State”, he said.

The official said that the Dominican Republic is the only country “where it is guaranteed for the next 12 months, without shortages, all consumer products and major commercialization”.

The executive director of Pro Consumidor indicated that inflation, according to the studies and market comparisons that the institution he directs has been carrying out with other nations in the Latin American and Caribbean region, “the Dominican Republic is the second country with the second lowest inflation rate due to the effects of the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, in comparison with those with similar economies and with the same economic behavior as ours”.

Which means – he went on to say – that we Dominicans must all recognize that the timely intervention of President Abinader’s government and the constant monitoring of the prices of the basic food basket and the products of greatest commercialization, guaranteed that the Republic will not lack a single consumer product for the next 12 months.

“I believe that this is a success for President Abinader and his government, and all Dominicans must support the approaches and measures that the authorities have been taking so that the Dominican people can live without major shocks,” he said finally.

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