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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

objectives
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
goals
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.
topics
Topics
  • Immigration and Labor Force
  • Health
  • Education and Cultural Development
  • Sociopolitical Development
  • Economic Development
    • Trade and Investment
    • Remittances
immigration and labor force
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.
how many are we
How many are we?

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

where are we found
Where are we found? . . .

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

health
Health
  • Exchange through:
    • Volunteer Programs
    • HIV Prevention Programs
    • Study-abroad Programs
  • Telemedicine Services
  • Increase Technology Transfer
  • Promote donations to the DR
education and cultural development
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
economic development trade and investment
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
exports from ny to rd
Exports from NY to RD . . .

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

what does ny export to the dr
What does NY export to the DR? . . .
  • Furniture
  • Professional and scientific equipment
  • Automobiles
  • Shoes
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Electrical equipment
ny imports from the dr
NY imports from the DR . . .

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

what does ny import from the dr
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
exports vs imports
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

economic development remittances
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
the numbers in remittances
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.

average money transfers in latin america
Average money transfers in Latin America :

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

costs of transferring money to latin america
Costs of transferring money to Latin America:

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

sociopolitical development
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
research areas
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)
calendar
Calendar
  • Feasible within one year period

PHASE 1

PHASE 2

PHASE 3

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dic

next steps action plan
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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