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New York – Dominican Republic Strategic Alliance Project Presented by: Dr. Leonel Fern ández President of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development March 10, 2003. Objectives.

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New York – Dominican Republic Strategic Alliance ProjectPresented by:Dr. Leonel FernándezPresident of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development March 10, 2003


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Objectives

  • Construct a two-way bridge between the Dominican Community in New York and the Dominican Republic, with a permanent and sustainable flow of exchange in the areas of education, culture, scientific, trade and investment, and professional services.

  • Reproduce the success of the Florida-DR Task Force


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Goals

  • A more dynamic and cohesive Dominican Community.

  • A greater flow of exchange in education, technology and trade and investment.

  • Maximize competitive advantages between DR-NY . . . Identify these.


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Topics

  • Immigration and Labor Force

  • Health

  • Education and Cultural Development

  • Sociopolitical Development

  • Economic Development

    • Trade and Investment

    • Remittances


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Immigration and Labor Force

  • How many are we? How many are citizens? Residents? Undocumented?

  • Assess the effects of repatriation on the Dominican Society

  • Analysis of the Dominican labor participation in the U.S.


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How many are we?

Source: Information facilitated by Marilyn Ramirez, CUNY-Dominican Studies Institute, City College, March 2002.


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Where are we found? . . .

Source: Beveridge, Andrew A., Immigrant Advances in Metropolitan New York, Queens College and Graduate Center- CUNY, November 21, 2002.


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Health

  • Exchange through:

    • Volunteer Programs

    • HIV Prevention Programs

    • Study-abroad Programs

  • Telemedicine Services

  • Increase Technology Transfer

  • Promote donations to the DR


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Education and Cultural Development

  • Strengthen academic links between universities in the DR and NY

    • Promote research on Dominican issues

    • Establish Scholarship office

  • Create Exchange Programs for students and professors, i.e. internships and fellowships

  • Strengthen and expand the Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at City College

  • Develop Summer Program/Summer Camp in the DR and NY – with emphasis on Dominican history, language and culture

  • Promote cultural activities


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Economic Development:Trade and Investment

  • Assess current Trade and Investment flows

  • Create Incentives

  • Carry-out benchmarking to know niche markets

  • Increase exports from the DR to NY- with the help of supermarkets and Hunts Point Market

  • Promote Dominican products and franchises

  • Identify obstacles and how to overcome them


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Exports from NY to RD . . .

Source: Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA), Trade Development, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


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What does NY export to the DR? . . .

  • Furniture

  • Professional and scientific equipment

  • Automobiles

  • Shoes

  • Clothing and Textiles

  • Electrical equipment


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NY imports from the DR . . .

Source: Unites States International Trade Commission Website: http://www.dataweb.usitc.gov


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What does NY import from the DR?

  • Professional and Scientific Equipment

  • Clothing and Textiles (sweaters, pants, bras)

  • Jewelry and others

  • Tobacco and derivatives (Cigars)

  • Electronic Equipment

  • Shoes

  • Sugar and byproducts


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Exports vs. Imports . . .

Source: Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (OTEA), Trade Development, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Unites States International Trade Commission Website: http://www.dataweb.usitc.gov


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Economic Development:Remittances

  • Assess volume, tendencies and future

  • How to use them in favor of development

  • Reduce costs and facilitate transaction

  • Evaluate its socioeconomic impact on the DR and NY

  • Identify obstacles and how to overcome these


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The numbers in remittances . . .

Average money transfer: US$199.00

Average cost of transfer: US$17.40

Percent of average cost of transfer: 8.74%

Percent of GDP: 10%

Percent of Exports: 27%

Growth Rate (2001-2002): 16.9%

Total money transfers (2002): US$2,111 Millones

Source: Orozco, Manuel. 2002. Statistical Profile of Remittances. Inter-American Dialogue.

Multilateral Investment Fund, IADB. “Sending Money Home: An International Comparison of Remittance Markets,” February 2003.


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Average money transfers in Latin America :

Source: Orozco, Manuel. 2002. Statistical Profile of Remittances. Inter-American Dialogue.


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Costs of transferring money to Latin America:

Source: Orozco, Manuel. 2002. Statistical Profile of Remittances. Inter-American Dialogue.


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Sociopolitical Development

  • Assess the political empowerment of the Dominicans in the U.S. . . . How to strengthen the Dominican Community through the electoral system

  • Offer leadership workshops for young potential leaders in NY and the DR

  • Create offices in the DR and NY responsible for facilitating and channeling donations through financial support and reduction of red tape/bureaucracy.

  • Create the “Dominicorp”- (similar to Americorp/Peacecorp)

  • Reactivate “Sister City” Program from the Mayor’s Office


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Research Areas

  • Immigration and Labor Force

  • Education

  • Trade and Investment

  • Remittances

  • Socioeconomic and political effects of the Dominican dispersion within the U.S.

  • The Dominican Constituency (voters)


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Calendar

  • Feasible within one year period

PHASE 1

PHASE 2

PHASE 3

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dic


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Next steps . . . ACTION PLAN

PHASE I:

  • Create Work Groups:

    • Identify work areas, i.e. strengths of each institution

  • Assess needs and realistic possibilities in each area

  • Establish tangible and measurable goals

    PHASE II:

  • Conduct research and elaborate structure of programs

    PHASE III:

  • Publish conclusions

  • Create follow-up commission


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