ProConsumidor and trade seek to lower prices

The director of ProConsumidor, Eddy Alcántara, revealed that about 12 to 14 leaders of confederations and federations have been convened for Monday or Tuesday of next week of merchants to work on the first stage of the project that led to the signing of the agreement on fair prices with the Government.

The official indicated that the first thing that will be discussed in this first meeting is to find a way to eliminate the participation of intermediaries (links) in the distribution chain of the articles of the basic basket.

In this first stage, it will also try to keep prices stabilized. The mechanisms to be implemented will be discussed and a survey was carried out to eliminate the links in 26 basic productsthat are marketed in the urban area and 17 in the rural area, which if the brands are taken into account become 110. He indicated that during this week the merchants will do a price survey.

ProConsumidor, he said, sent the call on Tuesday of this week to business leaders, “so that we can see ourselves with those uprisings that they have on Monday or Tuesday.

Later, with the project finished, another meeting will be convened with the Ministers of Agriculture and of Industry and Commerce and Mipymes (ICM); with the General Directorate of Customs, with Inespre and with the director of the Agricultural Bank and analyze the immediate measures and carry them out.

remembered that it was done an agreement that includes monitoring every 15 days, although from the very moment of the signing, the merchants have been monitoring it so that the prices of the products are not as high as those that have been denounced.

He stressed that next week ProConsumidor, as a signatory of the pact, will receive from the hands of the merchants the uprising and the proposal that they have made to stop the links in the distribution chain.

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Alcantara maintained that success will be able to keep prices stabilizedthat the rise can be controlled to create mechanisms that can contribute to the decrease in prices of items in the basic basket.

The director of ProConsumidor indicated that Prior to the signing of the pact, the price of chicken was analyzed and it is now worth between RD$62 and RD$63 per pound in the markets.; In Inespre it is available for RD$40 in supermarkets between RD$59 and RD$62.

He also said that work was done on the Central American and Caribbean Price Observatory and, in the case of chicken, the conversion of the dollar was made with the cost of the product.

Alcántara, director of ProConsumidor, affirmed that a uprising in 26 products of the basic basket in the urban area and 17 in the rural area, and they have already finished with 22 of those 26 downtown items that reach 110 for the brands. These include meat, milk, eggs, pasta, rice, beans, bread, bananas, cassava, among others.

In addition, he reiterated that mechanisms have been created so that the products reach the final consumer more cheaply.

On the 10th of this month, the Government signed the “Pact for Fair Prices” with several associations of retailers and merchants, with which it seeks to eliminate links in the distribution chain and lower the costs of different products of the basic basket. .

After signing the pact with the merchants, it was established to follow up after 15 days. The signing ceremony was led by President Luis Abinader.

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