Projects for women entrepreneurs in Pedernales

MICM presents projects aimed at women entrepreneurs of the border and small hotels in Pedernales for cleaner production.

The projects are “Implementation of the National Women Entrepreneurship Program in the Border Zone” and “Implementation of Cleaner Production Processes in Small Hotels in Pedernales”.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes (MICM) presented the executive summary of the project “Implementation of cleaner production processes in small hotels in Pedernales” executed by the MICM with funds donated by the Andalusian Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AACID), with an investment of 237,000 euros.

Minister Víctor -Ito- Bisonó Haza explained that the Cleaner Production Implementation project is part of the development strategy of Pedernales, to create a more efficient, safe and attractive hotel business offer.

“With the donation of 237,000 euros, more than 80 MSMEs were trained in cleaner production, digital economy, safe food handling, finance, and standardization of services; and some 15 companies received technical assistance in the management of social networks, digital agencies and occupational safety,” said Bisonó.

He indicated that the initiatives respond to the priorities of the government of President Luis Abinader; first, to support Dominican women through public policies with a gender focus that have a transversal impact on the economy; and second, to strengthen the hotel business offering by promoting sustainable and resilient economic development.

She explained that the implementation of the Female Entrepreneurship project impacted MSMEs led by women residing in the provinces of Pedernales, Independencia, Elías Piña, Montecristi and Dajabón.

The project aims to strengthen women’s entrepreneurship in the contribution of MSMEs.

“With a budget of more than 206,000 euros, 1,646 women were strengthened in business development topics such as “entrepreneurial mentality and culture”, “financial education”, “digital tools”, “accounting and coaching for women”, and more than 700 business consultancies were also carried out”, exposed the MICM holder.

He added that 710 business advisories and technical assistance were provided to 13 businesswomen and entrepreneurs, who were assisted in good agricultural practices, storage practices, innovation in marketing, hotel service and safe food handling.

After the above components, the 20 companies that satisfactorily completed their participation, each beneficiary received a RD$64,000 donation as seed capital to strengthen their businesses and enterprises, with the purchase of inputs for their businesses.

Minister Bisonó thanked the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and AACID for believing in and sharing the vision of economic development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

The activity was held in the Presidential Hall of the Radisson Hotel, where a video was presented of several MSMEs and entrepreneurs who, proceeding to the components of consulting and technical assistance to the 15 companies, were assisted in the management of social networks, digital agencies and occupational safety.

Jorge Morales Paulino, Vice-Minister for the Promotion of MSMEs, said that the initiative is part of the National Development Strategy, because it contributes to the development of the tourism sector of Pedernales, and the adoption of cleaner production practices and consumption of goods and services generated under sustainable production.

The project implemented by the MICM seeks to achieve a more efficient, safe and attractive hotel business offer aimed at hotels and restaurants in Pedernales, which are part of the MSMEs.

Manuel Alba Cano, who represented Antonio Pérez Hernández y Torra, Spanish ambassador in the country, pointed out that female entrepreneurship arises from the need to create capacities in border women for the management of their businesses and entrepreneurship, and innovative business plans that face difficulties.

“There is a training of about two thousand people, a thousand are women of the project, and others of the tourism movement in Pedernales that allows new opportunities with its value and natural sustainability, but respecting the heritage, the community, therefore, we will continue to support other projects within the brotherhood between Spain and the Dominican Republic,” he stressed.

In addition to Minister Bisonó, the event was attended by Deputy Minister Morales Paulino; Manuel Alba Cano, from the Spanish Embassy; Carlos Peguero, Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Tourism; Olaya Dotel, Deputy Minister of Economy, and via connection from Spain, Eric Milló Rocher, Secretary General of External Action of the Ministry of the Presidency of the Junta de Andalucía, among others.

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