The Dominican Embassy in Washington held a reception to promote Dominican rum and cigars, held in the gardens of the residence of diplomatic representative Sonia Guzmán Klang.
The activity was carried out in coordination with members of the Association of Cigar Producers of the Dominican Republic (Procigar) and the Dominican Association of Rum Producers (Adopron), who entertained the guests with samples of their exquisite products.
The event was attended by U.S. congressmen, U.S. federal government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, specialized agents and businessmen involved in the sale and distribution of cigars and rum in Washington, Virginia and Maryland, and throughout the United States.
“The quality of our cigars has transcended borders and has contributed to making the Caribbean country the largest exporter of Premium cigars in the world, with exports that in 2020 reached US$1 billion or 10% of total exports,” said Sonia Guzmán Klang.
She stressed that Dominican rum also plays an important role in the Dominican Republic with high international recognition, making the country proud and promoting its expansion into new markets.
Present at the event were Hendrik Kelner, president of Procigar; Vinicio Subero, vice-president of the Board of Adopron; Roberto Herrera, president of the American Chamber of Commerce; as well as official delegations composed of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes, Víctor Bisonó Haza; and the executive director of ProDominicana, Biviana Riveiro, executives of the Brugal and Barceló companies.
Also present were Adriano Espaillat, congressman of the House of Representatives; Sabina Matos, lieutenant governor of Rhode Island; Senator Gary Peters, from Michigan; John Wobensmith and Luis Borunda, assistant secretaries of the State of Maryland; and Alejandro Carrasco, communicator and owner of Radio America.
Those attending the reception enjoyed a tasting of Procigar Premium cigars and special editions of Brugal and Barceló, as well as a sampling of Dominican coffee and chocolates. They also enjoyed a tasty roast suckling pig, prepared by Aris and Raymond Comprés, owners of the Dominican restaurant Los Hermanos, accompanied by the delicious “Casabi” cassava, courtesy of the Alimentos Fortuna company.