The Directorate General of Public-Private Partnerships (DGAPP) introduced members of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, business managers and representatives of international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank. And details of the master plan for the Pedernales tourism development project and the job opportunities it provides for local and foreign investors.
The Executive Director of the DGAPP, Sigmund Freund, thanked the diplomats for their interest in learning about the range of initiatives being organized in the country through the public-private partnership model, above all, Cabo Rojo-Pedernales project, which he confirmed will become a regional standard For its potential as an eco-friendly luxury destination and for being the only tourist destination in the region that has been planned and developed from scratch under a public-private partnership.
After showing the video “Come to Cabo Rogo Pedernales, a call from heaven,” Freund explained with DGAPP Deputy Technical Director Eliardo Cairo and Pro-Pedernales Trust Financial Adviser, Ornella Oberto, detailing the financial model from This project, which will have an estimated investment of US$2,245 million, which is considering in its first phase the construction of 4,700 hotel rooms.
He renewed the commitment of the Dominican State and the President of the Republic personally Luis Abenader to the tourism development of Pedernales, a project that, due to its attractive features, not only promises to be a luxury destination, but calls for a change of life. The economy of people living in the country’s poorest counties, creating nearly 20,000 direct jobs and more than 50,000 indirect jobs.
The following ambassadors participated in this meeting: Annemiki Vergip from the Netherlands; Daniel Beran-Byure from the State of Israel. Volker Pele from Germany. Iris Odeli Acuña, from Nicaragua; Carlos Pinavel of Mexico; Christine Laberge from Canada; Oscar Toledo, from El Salvador.
It was also attended by Ambassadors Cristina Carrion of Uruguay. Katja Avoldt from the European Union. Rita Hammerley Wachke of the Swiss Confederation. Edwin Arias Chinchilla from Costa Rica. Masahiro Takagi of Japan; Santiago Martinez Espinola, from Ecuador; Maria Cecilia Rosas from Peru. Javier Antonio Zepeda, from Guatemala.
It was also attended by the Minister Plenipotentiary and Chargé d’Affairs of the State of Qatar, Yasser Awad Al-Abdullah. OAS representative, Araceli Azwara; Resident Coordinator for the United Nations System, Mauricio Ramirez; Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rodrigo Castañeda Sepulveda, Representative of the World Bank, Alexandria Valerio, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Augustin Rodriguez.
About the project
Pedernales Tourism Development Project, Cabo Rojo, is designed to be implemented in four phases, over an average period of 10 years, and an estimated investment of US$2,245 million.
In the first phase, an investment of US$1,300 million was identified for the construction of 4,700 rooms (which will become 12,000 rooms at the end of the project).
Eight hotels will begin operations during the opening of this first phase, with hotel chains Hilton, Marriott, Sunwing, M Resorts, Iberostar Group and Charisma Hotels and Resorts already signing a letter of commitment to start construction of their hotels in the middle. From this 2022.
In this first phase, an international airport will also be built in Pedernales, and all necessary basic infrastructure works will be completed, such as the construction of a water canal, a water treatment plant and an electric transmission system.