SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (sentinel.ht) – The Dominican Republic recalled its ambassador to Haiti on Wednesday in protest of the overland entry ban of 23 Dominican products into Haiti.
The Dominican Foreign Ministry announced the recall of Ambassador Ruben Silié for consultation and said that the restrictions that will go in effect on October 1, 2015, would violate binational commitments between the two countries. Dominicans say the ban violates agreements between both countries and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
“This action involves a limitation to land trade between the two countries, the same resulting discriminatory to the Dominican Republic, as the only country which borders with the Republic of Haiti, so we would be the only country in the WTO, which will be affected by the prohibition, ” the Foreign Ministry said.
If the measure materializes the economic cost to Dominican Republic would be as high as US$100 million, according to Dominican Exporters Association (Adoexpo) president Sadala Khoury.
In Haiti, economists have long said that the Dominican Republic restricts unfairly the import of Haitian goods and movement of its people.
This ban on these 23 products adds to a list that includes a total ban on eggs and chickens from the Dominican Republic.