The Council for Strategic Development (CDES) presented the Updated Santiago Strategic Plan, an initiative that seeks to provide that city with planning, mobility, roads and adaptation to climate change.
This was indicated by the president of the Council, Ricardo Fondeur, who indicated that the 13 projects and 74 products that comprise the strategy require 40% of the entire investment, equivalent to about 35 billion pesos, of the RD $ 88 thousand, 727 million that entails in its entirety to be implemented in 10 years.
The CDES also highlighted the Santiago Salvador de Vidas strategy, whose 14 projects and 80 quick victories in health, education and security require an investment of 13,070 million.
These amounts added are 54% of the total RD $ 88 thousand 727 million that Santiago requests for 10 years, including bypass of Navarrete, Port of Manzanillo and Merca Cibao. Fondeur indicated that this investment is consistent with the contribution that Santiago makes to GDP, and with the great productive activity that, according to studies, consumes 33% of the country’s energy.
The president of the Council for Strategic Development (CDES), indicated that all the United Nations (UN) organizations and the main centers of thought in the world, emphasize that the world is at an unprecedented moment in history.
It indicates that in the last 100 years, the world has grown more than in the past 2,000 years, generating progress, but also pandemics and preventable catastrophes. Those are the main reasons that led to the update of the Santiago 2030 Plan.
The CDES stresses that the Covid-19 pandemic transformed the way of life, economic activity and social management. He highlighted the role of free zone companies, whose sector recovered 100% of jobs and the health sector in Santiago, which contributed to the country having one of the lowest fatalities in the world.
At this juncture, Santiago, as a city, municipality, province and metropolis, decided to strengthen its strategies, projects and actions in Santiago 2030, whose updated plan includes projects approved by the Santiago City Council and the initiative of the Executive Branch (called 2021-2025) , presented in the socio-business space called Compromiso Santiago.
Santiago accumulates as a province a population of 1.2 million inhabitants, residing in 2,806 square kilometers. Given that the Santiago municipality concentrates more than 70% of the population of the province, what happens in the city will favor the province and the region, indicates Ricardo Fondeur.
More than 65% of the proposals were implemented or are in process, such as the construction of the Avenida Circunvalación Norte, Sanitary Landfill and Cienfuegos Aqueduct provided by CORAASAN. Also the Botanical Garden, Central Park and 70 urban municipal parks, built by the Mayor’s Office.
The new plan includes Municipal Districts for the first time in planning history. The authorities of Pedro García, Jacagua, Hato del Yaque, La Canela and Santiago Oeste are responsible for almost twice more square kilometers than those corresponding to the city of Santiago. Likewise, this is the first plan that intelligently relates its four (4) strategies to each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The CDES underlined the need to formulate the Metropolitan Land Use Plan with the integration of the municipalities Tamboril, Licey al Medio, Puñal and Villa González, to protect the expansion of the Cibao International Airport and the Northern mountain range. Definitely, this Initiative emphasized Fondeur Victoria, it must be supported by all, especially by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD).