Ministers sign “Manzanillo Pact” to guarantee development in the Northwest

The signature of Manzanillo Pact constitutes a systematized, coordinated process of change with effective guarantees so that the sustainable development materialize and conclude decades of oblivion in this strategic territory of the border area from the country.

The Ministers of Economy, Planning and Development, Pável Isa Contreras; of the Presidency, Joel Santos Echavarría, and of Environment and Natural Resources, Miguel Ceara Hatton agree promote comprehensive and sustainable development of the Cibao Northwest Region that improves the quality of life, with respect for the environment and protected areas, based on the project to improve the Port of Manzanillo and the growth of port, energy and industrial activities.

The Manzanillo Pact specifies that “development will be locally driven, supported by government and private sector investments, selected in a competitive and transparent manner, with the participation of local authorities, civil society and other stakeholders.”

The agreement commits the three ministries to “join efforts, at the highest level of technical expertise; to coordinate, collaborate and exchange information between ministries and with the public in an open and transparent manner, taking the necessary actions to order the territory and execute the identified projects.

The strategy of the Ministry of Economy, MiFronteraRDhas identified the impact of the modernization of the Port of Manzanillo for the Cibao-Noroeste Region, which is the closest in the country to the east coast of the United States.

The future is promising, but the challenge is great. This is a significant expansion of the Port of Manzanillo that must be done with sustainability for development; also, with order, because what has happened with other port cities cannot be repeated; with inclusion and empowerment of the mayor’s office”, said the Minister of Economy, Pavel Isa Contreras in a note.

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