Earlier this year, the Consulate of the Dominican Republic, here in Curaçao, hosted the signing of an agreement between Asosiashon Di Empresarionan Chiki Di Korsou, (ADECK), the association of small and medium businesses in Curaçao and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic. This agreement facilitates business communities interested in conducting business and investing in both the Dominican Republic and in Curaçao.
TEXT BY HELEN GRIFFITH
The Trade Agreement will serve to promote trade relations between the two countries by coordinating various related studies and activities in order to recommend to governments ways and means of reaching economic, commercial, technological, and cultural benefits to both countries. Another main objective will be to mutually explore tourism development and cooperation between the 2 countries. Wilbert Geertruida of ADECK, and Taiana Mora of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, signed the agreement.
ADECK was formed in 1993 in Curaçao, to promote entrepreneurship as the core of Curaçao’s economy and to protect and promote the interests of micro, small and medium sized entrepreneurs in Curaçao. It functions as a counterpart or, when necessary, as an interested party for the benefit of its members in their relationship with third parties e.g. government departments, banks and even marketing firms.
ADECK has helped small enterprises in the following sectors: agriculture, non-food retail, livestock, food, wholesale, construction, renewable energy, IT, financial services, recreation and hospitality sectors, transport, healthcare and automotive establishments. They are the largest association for small business owners in the region.