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The Central Romana company started the construction work that will expand the Zona Franca Romana park, in an act that was attended by President Luis Abinader and the main executives of said agro-industrial group. The investment of the work exceeds RD $ 600 million pesos, as announced during the activity.
The event was held at the facilities of the La Romana industrial park, whose operations began in 1969 as the first free zone complex in the country. The symbolic act of the first palace was led by President Luis Abinader; the engineer Eduardo Martínez Lima, Executive Vice President of Central Romana; Víctor –Ito- Bisonó, Minister of Industry and Commerce; and Regine Wolfgramm, General Manager of Tabacalera de García.
Also participating in the event were Leo Matos García and Eduardo Martínez-Lima Gonzalvo, Vice Presidents of Central Roman Administration, respectively; the Ministers José Ignacio Paliza, Luis Miguel De Camps, and Limber Cruz; Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Director of Operadora Zona Franca Romana; the Director General of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón; Julio López, Administrator of Operadora Zona Franca Romana; Daniel Liranzo, Executive Director of the National Council of Free Zones, among other authorities and government figures.
“More than five decades ago we were the pioneers in this business model for the Dominican Republic, generating new jobs through the establishment of foreign companies that trusted in the future of our country, invigorating the collateral economy, and serving as a stimulus for the improvement of the local workforce. ” expressed Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Director of the Operadora Zona Franca Romana.
Central Romana announced that this investment is the first phase of a set of improvements and transformations that will be carried out in some fifteen thousand square meters of its industrial complex, having the highest standards in terms of safety and industrial hygiene, in compliance with national certifications and international. In addition, the Zona Franca Romana park will be equipped with an infrastructure adapted to the new times, with modern equipment, and also the installation of a wastewater treatment plant, in accordance with the company’s commitment to good environmental practices and policies.
The company reported that these works will allow the expansion and restructuring of Tabacalera de García, one of the most iconic tenant companies in the park, cataloged as the largest producer of cigars in the world, producing more than 33 million handmade cigars per year and more than a billion mechanized cigars annually.