Luis Abinader: “Within the new Chilly Battle we’d like a strategic relationship with america”

The president of the Dominican Republic assures in an interview with EL PAÍS that he needs to provide the nation “a ‘shock’ of institutionality and modernity”

Shadows are beloved within the Caribbean. Huts, homes, mansions search to get away from the solar and its fires. The Nationwide Palace of Santo Domingo is not any exception. The oblong, cream-colored, neoclassical constructing is lined with shady corridors by way of which the historical past of the Dominican Republic has handed. In them the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo (1891-1961) plotted his numerous abominations and in considered one of his dependencies, President Antonio Guzmán grabbed his revolver at daybreak on July 4, 1982 and shot himself within the temple. He had 43 days left at hand over energy and even at this time there’s hypothesis in regards to the motive for the suicide.

-President, aren’t you anxious about assembly a ghost round right here?

-As my spouse instructed me after spending the primary evening within the palace, the noise that the air con makes is annoying extra.

President Luis Abinader (Santo Domingo, 1967) strolls calmly by way of the shadows of the palace. Elected in the midst of the pandemic, he has been in energy for precisely 4 months and it’s nonetheless extra to return than previous. Champion of the combat towards corruption, in his arms he has the way forward for a republic of 11 million inhabitants that, earlier than the pandemic, skilled one of many greatest financial accelerations in America, however which nonetheless suffers from monumental pockets of poverty (30% inhabitants) and backlogs as excruciating as the full ban on abortion. “Right here, the face of poverty is that of a girl, particularly that of a single mom.”

The interview takes place within the so-called White Room. An area with drawn curtains the place an enormous orchid competes with two chandeliers. It is a quarter to 5 within the afternoon, and Abinader has settled into an armchair. In entrance of him his civil advisers sit solicitously; behind him stands an oil portrait of Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876), one of many Fathers of the Nation. The president responds slowly, barely gesturing and when he touches on a fragile matter he tends to lift his eyebrows.

Query. How is it outlined politically?

Reply. I’m from the middle.

P. And what’s that?

R. In Spanish phrases, I defend a contemporary social democracy, the place the federal government’s sources are invested in those that want them most. However with out forgetting that you need to let the personal sector work in order that it has incentives and creates jobs. The very best social program is job creation.

P. And what’s your financial plan to realize it?

R. The Dominican Republic has a really dynamic enterprise sector and, when it comes to free commerce, we’re a gathering level between America and Europe. We have now social peace and we provide a suitable infrastructure, though it may be improved. What are we lacking? We lack better establishments and better authorized certainty, and that requires independence and the strengthening of the justice system. We additionally want a extra fashionable schooling and overcome the digital divide, that’s the reason our Authorities is at the moment placing out to tender to ship a pc to all public faculty college students. Likewise, we search to enhance competitiveness and we wish to obtain what we’ve got referred to as “Zero forms, environment friendly authorities”, that’s, the permits that took two years to be achieved in 4 months. This requires a authorities whose attribute is transparency, non-impunity and the combat towards corruption.

P. Properly, corruption is a systemic scourge in Latin America. How do you propose to finish it?

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