New York rejects changes to consular operations

Coalition of Dominican Organizations AbroadCodex) this week presented his rejection of what he considers the privatization of consular services that he announced Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Merx).

Codex considers this to undermine national security and raise questions about the capacity of the country’s officials. “Among the services that are supposed to be privatized are visa application and passport renewal, alleging alleged irregularities in the aforementioned institutions.”

The alliance also mentioned that “privatization” Of these services is an insult to the country, because it “will put confidential information in the hands of individuals, including data on those who enter and leave the country on a tourist visa or residence.”

In the document that free magazine The group called on President Louis Abenader to reflect on this decision, stressing that it leaves government officials the ability and responsibility to run in a poor way.

They add, “This also puts our country in an insecure situation, as the state will have no control over who enters the country, while the private information of citizens using the consulate will be compromised.”

“What we will do is standardize consular services so that any user can see on the Internet where their operations are. And obviously, standardize costs”Robert Alvarez Dominican Foreign Minister

The alliance, headed by Eligio Peña, founder of the American Supermarket Association, and Bladimir Flores, includes Dominican members residing in the United States, Canada and Spain.


The Dominican Foreign Minister reiterated that the outsourcing of Dominican consular services does not respond to privatization, but rather to technical processes that are mediated through improvements and cost consolidation.

“These services don’t issue any passport, visa, certification or anything. That’s what they do Consulates “This will remain the same,” Roberto Alvarez said in a telephone conversation with Diario Lieber on Sunday.

Alvarez gave the example of countries such as the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, Guatemala and El Salvador, which he confirmed maintain fingerprint collection, photo-taking, etc. in an outsourced fashion.

He said it was absurd to think that the data of Dominican citizens or that of another country was at risk. He stressed that “all information related to travel is always in the hands of the state.”

Deputy Minister for Consular Affairs, Gazel Roman, explained that the pilot plan for this outsourcing of services will begin in Consulates The Dominicans in Boston, United States; Caracas, Venezuela and Barcelona in Spain and the embassies of Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Beijing, China.

Boston has been taken into account, given the importance of the Dominican community residing there, while responding with Caracas to changing service standards, due to the low population of the Dominicans, but there are greater requirements for Venezuelans who want to enter the Dominican Republic.

In Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, he noted the growth of the Dominican population in these South American countries. He pointed out that with Barcelona, ​​he is one of the main centers in Dominican diaspora In Spain. In the case of Beijing (Beijing), he noted the commercial importance that the Asian country has taken on the People’s Republic of China in recent years.

BA in Social Communication and MA in Journalism from the University of Puerto Rico. She currently coordinates the Diario Libre USA division, and is an expert on Dominican and United States diaspora issues.

A journalist with extensive experience was awarded the Young Journalism Award, Literary and Books, in 2016. In 2019, he won the first competition for journalists “Freedom of Expression and Information”, the print press. She is a writer and poet.

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