The Ministry of Economy & Planning launched the National Border Observatory (Observatorio de la Zona Fronteriza – OZF) on Friday, 30 November 2018. Upon making the announcement, Economy & Planning Minister Isidoro Santana called the platform a mechanism to monitor the economic, social and environmental situation at the border. The platform focuses on the border provinces of Pedernales, Independencia, Elías Piña and Dajabón, the poorest provinces in the country. He said the information gathered by the platform confirms these provinces have the highest rates of interprovincial migration. He said these provinces also have high incidences of environmental degradation, such the manufacture of illegal charcoal.
Santana says that a close relationship with Haiti is vital as the latter is a major destination for farm exports and light industry.
3 December 2018