Textile manufacturers say they had to lay off more than 3,000 employees due to the pandemic

The president of the Dominican Textile Manufacturers Federation (Fedotex), Fernando Pinales, said on Tuesday that due to the pandemic the textile sector was saw the obligation to lay off more than 3,000 employees of their ships.

At the same time, they denounced the National Institute of the Needle (Inaguja) for allegedly acquiring contracts illegally without resorting to any tender for an amount greater than RD $ 150 million.

They indicated that the institutions that have made contracts are the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC), for the sum of RD $ 67,378,295; the Dominican Postal Institute (Inposdom) for an amount of RD $ 57,156; the City Hall of the National District (ADN), with RD $ 950,068,022; among other.

"This institution is a dependency of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Minister Bisonó must put letters in the matter"said the president of Fedotex, Fernando Pinales, during a press conference.

The members of Fedotex warned that they will take legal action in this regard because this is a violation of Law 340-06 on purchases and public contracts and Law 488-08 on the promotion of MSMEs.

They emphasized that Inaguja’s original role is to support female entrepreneurs and prepare them for the textile job market.

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