Santo Domingo, DR.- President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, exhausted a busy schedule this Monday in Ciudad Colonia, where they began the rehabilitation works of the priority streets of this destination, they launched the support program for micro and small enterprises (PAM) and the “Turizonando” programme.
In the long program of activities this Monday in the colonial city, President Abinader and Minister Collado gave the first boost to leave, officially launched the rehabilitation works of the priority streets of the colonial city, within the framework works that include the Integral Tourism and Urban Development Program of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo (PIDTUCCSD), which will have an investment of almost 5 billion pesos and will initially cover 11 streets, with the intervention of their sidewalks and sidewalks , burying of cables, replacement of drinking water, among other rehabilitation works.
Prior to this activity, both led the launch of the “Turizoneando” program, in an act held in the historic Parque Colón.
The President and the Minister of Tourism also launched the Support Program for Micro and Small Enterprises (PAM), in order to promote the development and improvement of the supply of goods and services in the Colonial City, to contribute to the growth in tourism activity and local commerce, optimizing opportunities for micro and small enterprises (MyPES).
As part of the support that the MyPES selected in this PAM call will receive, there is support, with experts, to carry out diagnoses and prepare action plans; training and technical assistance in tourism, business and related areas, as well as assistance in the physical adaptation of business premises, according to various criteria, among other important benefits.
During the development of the various activities, President Abinader reiterated his attachment to the Colonial City, the main historical, tourist and cultural epicenter of the Dominican Republic.
In his speech, Minister Collado recalled that since he was mayor of the National District, he has given his full support to the work that has been carried out in the colonial city, “which is part of my life”.
“It is of great national and social interest, to make our colonial city a model in our country and in the region, in the tourist and cultural aspect, of which its inhabitants and all Dominicans feel proud and for tourists it’s an unforgettable experience.”
He reiterated that “one of the main reasons why we are promoting these projects is to seek to strengthen tourism in the colonial city, through a competitive offer, so that the companies and citizens of this historic center perceive the benefits derived increase in tourist activity”.
The PIDTUCCSD is executed by the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), through the Program Coordination Unit (UCP), and in coordination with the Ministry of Culture (MINC) and the Municipality of the National District (ADN), in the aim of revitalizing the Colonial City in its urban, economic and cultural tourist aspects.
President Abinader and Minister Collado were accompanied by the Minister of Culture, Milagros Germán; National District Mayor Carolina Mejía; IDB Group Country Representative, Katharina Falkner-Olmedo, and UCP General Coordinator, Amín Abel Santos.
The program is carried out within the framework of a loan contract of 90 million dollars, signed between the Dominican State and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), whose representative, Falkner-Olmedo, has ratified its support for all initiatives that promote social development, as is the case of Ciudad Colonial.
Street rehabilitation project in the colonial city
The program’s street project will cover 4.7 kilometers, prioritizing the following eleven: Las Damas, El Conde, Hostos, Luperón, Salomé Ureña, Duarte, 19 de Marzo, José Reyes, Las Mercedes, Archbishop Nouel and Father Billini.
In addition to rehabilitating the paving of streets and sidewalks, the works include the rehabilitation of the hydro-sanitary network, the burial of the electrical and telecommunications networks and the replacement of the drinking water network, an environmental plan, as well as a pilot plan for electrobuses o electromobility and a program to improve solid waste management and collection, with the delivery of four electric collection trucks.
The street project includes the implementation of a mobility management plan, which describes the alternative routes that will be available, so as not to hinder access and circulation in the historic center, in addition to the fact that the work will be carried out in sections, first intervening on the road and once it is finished, the sidewalks will be interposed, to impact social and commercial activity as little as possible.