Dominican government agrees important investment in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo

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SANTO DOMINGO. – President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, led the signing of an agreement between MITUR and more than six State and private sector institutions for the execution of the Comprehensive Program for Tourism and Urban Development of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, with an investment of 90 million dollars, through financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Among the main institutions that signed the agreement with MITUR are the National District City Council, the Ministry of Culture, through the Monumental Heritage Directorate, EDEESTE, the Santo Domingo Aqueduct and Sewer Corporation (CAASD), INDOTEL, INTRANT and telecommunications service providers; which endorsed their commitment to participate and collaborate in the implementation processes of the Ciudad Colonial revitalization program projects.

The signing of the agreement, headed by President Abinader and Minister Collado, took place this Wednesday in the symbolic Parque Colón in the Colonial City.

The President of the Republic Luis Abinader affirmed that “our Colonial City represents an advantage in terms of development compared to the entire region.”

He recalled that “he has always said that our country has the best conditions to be a world leader in tourism and a cultural and citizenship reference.” Likewise, he thanked the Church, Mayor’s Office, Board of Trustees, neighborhood associations and all sectors that have joined the Government in the same goal.

Within the framework of said Agreement, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado announced the start of bidding projects for a series of works that include the rehabilitation and recovery of five kilometers of streets, between sidewalks, storm drainage and underground cables, in addition to the intervention of 148 houses in the neighborhoods that comprise the area. Also, the recovery of four museums in the Historic Center, as well as the Avenida Mella market, which will go hand in hand with the Mayor’s Office of the National District.

He also informed that with funds from the Central Government, Parque Colón and Calle El Conde will be intervened.

Collado, after stating that “the time has come” for the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, also announced that it was approved by the IDB, that the neighborhood councils that make up the entire Colonial City will be overseers of the Project, as a way of guaranteeing the transparency in the different phases of it.

Miguel Coronado Hunter, IDB representative in the Dominican Republic, stated that this agreement is of the utmost importance, because it puts everyone in a common goal, which is to be able to have those works aimed at the recovery of streets and public spaces.

Coronado announced that in addition to the 90 million dollars, with the support of the European Economic Community, a donation of three million euros was allocated for the recovery of the facades and basic services of the houses.

He indicated that for the IDB the implementation of electromobility is of utmost importance to make the Colonial City a model where the transition to new fuels with less pollutants can be felt to enjoy a city with a future perspective.

The Ministry of Tourism is the Executing Agency of the Program, acting through the Program Coordinating Unit (PCU) and in coordination with the ADN and the Ministry of Culture.

The main objective of the Program is to revitalize the Colonial City of Santo Domingo in its urban, economic and cultural tourism aspects, through the recovery of public spaces and historical monuments; the improvement of living conditions for residents; the development of local economies; and the strengthening of the management of the area.

The program will benefit the residents and merchants of the Colonial City, as well as the national and foreign tourists who visit the area.

To achieve these objectives, the program establishes four components: Consolidation of the offer of cultural tourism; Improvement of the habitability conditions of the residents of the Colonial City; Development of the local economies of the area and the Strengthening of Tourism, Cultural and Urban Management.

As one of the main conditions precedent to the use of financing for the consolidation of the offer of cultural tourism, it is established that the Executing Agency has signed inter-institutional coordination agreements with the entities responsible for public services, water and sewerage systems, energy and telecommunications to establish the obligations of each party in the execution of the program, including the responsibility of these entities in the design, supervision, reception and maintenance of the works.

Within the framework of compliance with this contractual condition, the signing of the Interinstitutional Agreements was coordinated, in a formal act headed by the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, in one of the most emblematic places of the Colonial City, the Colón Park.

For this purpose, the main institutions that are linked to the implementation of the projects were summoned based on the competences conferred by the Law.