Álvaro Sousa appointed chairman of ADOEXPO’s new Board of Directors

April 03, 2016

The Dominican Association of Exporters (ADOEXPO) elected the members of its new Board of Directors for 2016-2018, chaired by Álvaro Sousa Sevilla, who promised to make great efforts to increase exports in terms of both sales volume and the number of companies enabled to place their products and services abroad.

ADOEXPO’s outgoing chairman, Sadala Khoury, swore in the incoming chairman upon his election at a general meeting held in the Meeting Room of the business entity located in Ensanche Julieta, attended by the majority of members, and where the outgoing management submitted its reports.

In addition to Sousa Sevilla, from Diesco Group, ADOEXPO's new Board of Directors for the 2016-2018 period include José Miguel Vega, from Gerdau Metaldom, as first chairman; Gabriel Roig, from Roig Agrocacao, second vice-chairman, and Franklin León, from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana (CND), third vice-chairman.

Also, William Read Ortiz, from Banco de Reservas, treasurer; Eduardo Barceló, from Barceló Export & Import (BEICA), vice-treasurer; Luis Espinola, from Banco Popular Dominicano, secretary. Other members of the Board of Directors are Gabriel Rodríguez, from FALCONDO; Carlos Singer, from Termo Envases; Méjico Ángeles, from Barrick Gold; Samuel Conde, from Zona Franca Multimodal Caucedo; Karel Castillo, from Agroindustria Ocoeña; Luis Concepción, from Brugal & Compañía; Carlos González, from CEMEX Dominicana; and Mario José García, from Nagua Agro Industrial.

Serving as advisors are KaiSchoenhals, from INICIA; Ricardo Koenig, from Materias Primas, CxA; José Mella, from Agencia Maritima y Comercial; Celso Juan Marranzini, from Multiquímica Dominicana, and Fernando González from, Consorcio Comercial del Caribe.

"It is always in our interest to support entrepreneurs and all those companies interested in exporting. That is why ADOEXPO will support and assist small and medium enterprises by providing counseling and advice, and statistical information in order to enable them to develop feasible export plans", said the new chairman of ADOEXPO.

He said that their plans include the provision of professional services to construction companies, law firms or consultants, which relocate to other countries to provide their services, in order to expand their customer portfolio.

"It is essential for our country to have a National Export Strategy in place that aims to create the necessary foundation allowing us to improve competitiveness and promote innovation," he stated.

He called for continuing to promote meetings of the Presidential Committee on Exports, the proper functioning of the Single Window for Exports and to ensure that ADOEXPO members obtain access to competitive financing through the newly created Export Bank.

"It is clear to us that the Dominican Republic has a huge potential for exports and an enviable strategic location. Therefore, we must continue working hand-in-hand with the State in order to create policies that allow us to create a competitive structure within the country's various export sectors."

"We are a rich country, full of quality products, and it is up to us as Dominicans to bring them to international markets in a sustainable and competitive manner," he said.