The Dominican Embassy in Washington held a reception in the gardens of the residence of the diplomatic representative Sonia Guzmán Klang, to promote Dominican rum and cigars.
The activity was carried out in coordination with members of the Association of Producers of Cigars of the Dominican Republic (Procigar) and the Dominican Association of Producers of Rum (Adopron), who entertained the guests with samples of their exquisite products.
The event was attended by US congressmen, officials of the US federal government, representatives of the diplomatic corps, specialized agents, and businessmen related to the sale and distribution of cigars and rum in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland, and throughout the territory of the USA.
The Dominican ambassador in Washington, Sonia Guzmán Klang, indicated that “the quality of our cigars has transcended borders and has contributed to turning the Caribbean country into the largest exporter of premium cigars in the world, with exports that in 2020 reached one billion dollars or 10% of the total exported”.
Guzmán Klang stressed that “Dominican rum also plays an important role in our country. Legendary brands of high international recognition, such as Barceló and Brugal, are found in all corners of the world from the vibrant streets of New York to the Spanish terraces and the beaches of Southeast Asia, which makes us proud and motivates us to continue promoting their expansion. in new markets”.
Present at the event were Hendrik Kelner, president of Procigar; Vinicio Subero, vice president of the Adopron Council; Roberto Herrera, president of the American Chamber of Commerce; as well as official delegations made up of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and MSMEs, Víctor Bisonó Haza; and the executive director of ProDominicana, Biviana Riveiro, executives of the Brugal and Barceló companies.
Also, Adriano Espaillat, congressman of the House of Representatives; Sabina Matos, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island; Senator Gary Peters of Michigan; John Wobensmith and Luis Borunda, Assistant Secretaries of the State of Maryland; and Alejandro Carrasco, communicator and owner of the radio station Radio América.
Those attending the reception enjoyed a tasting of Procigar’s Premium cigars and special editions of Brugal and Barceló, as well as a sample of Dominican coffee and chocolates. In addition, they tasted a tasty roast suckling pig, prepared by Aris and Raymond Comprés, owners of the Dominican restaurant Los Hermanos, accompanied by the delicious Casabi cassava, courtesy of the Alimentos Fortuna company.