The Dominican ambassador in Washington, Sonia Guzmán, during the traditional celebration of Tob
“Cigars are also art and culture, for this reason President Luis Abinader presented a bill to declare tobacco and cigars in particular as Dominican Cultural Heritage, a bill that has already been approved by the Chamber of Commerce. Deputies”, reported the diplomat.
In addition, she specified that last year a sum of 1.2 billion dollars was achieved in global exports of Dominican cigars, the first market being the United States.
Likewise, Guzmán added that in 2021 the Dominican Republic was the main exporting country of rum to the United States, for which the industry achieved an important milestone with the approval by the Dominican Government of the appellation of origin, in order to provide consumers with consumers around the world greater guarantees of quality and traceability.
The event took place at the ambassador’s residence in New York, where the Association of Cigar Producers of the Dominican Republic (Procigar) and the Dominican Association of Rum Producers (Adopron) entertained members of Congress of the US, federal government officials, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, specialized agents and entrepreneurs involved in the sale and distribution of cigars and rum in Washington, Virginia and Maryland, and throughout the United States.
According to the State agency, the president of Procigar, Hendrik Kelner, and other representatives, made a courtesy visit to the US Congress, where they met with the president of the cigar ‘Caucus’, the congressman from Pennsylvania, Dan Meuser.
For her part, the representative of Adopron, Aguie Lendor, held meetings with different institutions of the United States corresponding to the importation, labeling and designation of the geographical indication in this country.
Representatives of several organizations attended the reception from the Dominican Republic, including the Ministries of the Presidency, Public Health, Higher Education, as well as ProDominicana and the American Chamber of Commerce.