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Geneva (Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX).- The Dominican Republic has held consultations with Australia in its dispute regarding Australia's measures mandating the plain packaging of tobacco products. The Dominican Republic remains concerned that Australia's measures are not consistent with its WTO obligations regarding intellectual property rights and trade in goods, and it will now carefully consider the next steps in its dispute.

The Dominican Republic was represented by Mr. Cesar R. Dargam Espaillat, Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; HE Luis Manuel Piantini, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic Mission to the WTO; Ms. Katrina Naut, Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry and Trade, which is the institution responsible for coordinating WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

In a separate dispute on the same plain packaging measures brought by Ukraine, the WTO has established a panel to examine the compatibility of Australia's plain packaging measures with its WTO obligations. The Dominican Republic joined Ukraine's case as a third party against Australia. HE Luis Manuel Piantini, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the WTO, explains: "Although we share Australia's health objectives, we remain unconvinced that plain packaging will have any positive effect in reducing consumption of tobacco products. Instead, we believe plain packaging will lead to increased consumption as a result of lower prices for our premium tobacco products, and an increase in illicit trade. We are also concerned that this kind of measures could affect other products, such as spirituous beverages for instance."

Along with the Dominican Republic and Ukraine, Honduras also formally raised Australia's plain packaging measures in the WTO.

While tobacco has been cultivated in the Dominican Republic for more than five centuries, the Dominican tobacco industry is a hundred years old. Tobacco export revenues represent roughly 8% of total exports in merchandise. The Dominican Republic is the largest net exporter of cigars in the world. Tobacco products represent 8.5% of fiscal revenue on merchandise taxation. There are around 5,500 tobacco producers, employing approximately 55,000 agricultural workers. Tobacco manufacturing employs another 63,000 people, of which 60 percent are women. Combined with the entire tobacco production chain, the industry thus generates around direct 118,000 jobs which supports approximately 350,000 people, according to information published by the Tobacco Institute of the Dominican Republic.

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19 comment(s)
Written by: elBuscoon, 1 Oct 2012 11:56 AM
From: Cuba, La Havana, Que Viva La Revolucion

It's ALL Roy Stones fault.

I say we hang him
Written by: JHCL2016, 1 Oct 2012 12:18 PM
From: Dominican Republic, EN PUNTA CANA: Jose H Con Leonel 2016!
News about Dominican cigars but the photo shows Padron from Hondura! Good ones thus....

8-)
Written by: josean, 1 Oct 2012 1:02 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Manito, as Edgar Allan Poe said,

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”

And that’s even before the Narco-Lie-onel and the PLD Mafia came to power!

Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 1 Oct 2012 1:27 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Time to rid the labeling on alcohol and wine too! Why stop at tobacco?
Written by: PuntaCanaMike, 1 Oct 2012 1:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic
in jest of course.....why do we continue to cave in to small percentage special interest groups?
Written by: guillermone, 1 Oct 2012 1:31 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

This sounds like a nascent market for contra band.
Written by: anthonyC, 1 Oct 2012 1:42 PM
From: United States


More left wing fascism.

Who cares about freedom of speech or expression as long as we feel good about ourselves?


Written by: Danilo, 1 Oct 2012 2:02 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
The kids are gonna love getting their hands on originally packaged tobacco products, it's gonna be the next collectors item. Time to work on those limited edition labels before the law goes into effect.
Written by: stillhere, 1 Oct 2012 5:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic
"Tobacco export revenues represent roughly 8% of total exports"

What % of the 8% is sales to Australian?
What weight amount is sold to the wholesalers there and how much in $ does that amount too?
As none of these numbers are present it's may be all about having to just relabel only a very small amount to comply with Australian law....
So in the end the cost of relabelling to revenue return may not be cost effective.....
Written by: lovingit, 1 Oct 2012 5:30 PM
From: United States, Delaware
The world, especially the Anglo world, has allowed a few sensitive individuals to manipulate rights and wrongs for the masses

Really? I WTF!? Labels? Whatever happened to the freedom of speech, expression and creativity? Mandating for labels to be truthful and display the harms of a product, yeah, I am up for that, but limiting designs and creativity? c'mon, aren't there better things out there to look at?

It totally disgust me how in the Anglo world year after year more towns are not having Christmas Fairs and instead are now called "Holiday/Winter Fairs" and how public places avoid putting up Christmas trees to avoid offending someone. If you don't fu$%ing like it, don't go and don't look at it!!!

The problem is, that as these become laws or common, the masses learn to live with them and they themselves are infected by this sensitivity.

STUPID STUPID STUPID SENSITIVITY RUINING IT FOR EVERYBODY ELSE!!!
Written by: dreadlocks, 1 Oct 2012 9:27 PM
From: United States
says Dr anthonyc

Written by: anthonyC, 1 Oct 2012 1:42 PM
From: United States


More left wing fascism.

people, read these insights of anthonyc, very carefully. that should ensure that you will do your very best to send your children to good schools. anthonyc is a lasting reminder of what happens when children drop out at 10 years of age.
Written by: josean, 1 Oct 2012 9:52 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

Plus listening to FOX "News" 24 /7 /365!

Written by: RoyStone, 2 Oct 2012 2:47 AM
From: Australia
" we believe plain packaging will lead to increased consumption"

I am deeply touched by the Dominican Republic's concern about the health of Australians, and this tobacco producer's preparedness to forgo increased sales to this end. I hereby retract all criticism I have made of the Dominican government.
Written by: dreamkiller, 2 Oct 2012 4:58 AM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
The Aussies are just the begining Soon this will be the norm .....it is inevitable...big and little tabaco will fight every country every step of the way ....and they can afford it ....Plain packaging is the future every where
Written by: stillhere, 2 Oct 2012 7:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia killing 50 Australians daily, 350 each week, and around 19,000 every year.

Smoking causes 20% of all cancers, 21% of all heart disease and costs $12.7 billion a year in health care, lost productivity and other costs.

So the small group some are talking about is not so small when it's the entire country that is paying the extra costs of health care of a small group...
Approximately 3.1 million people (19.5%) smoked on a daily basis in Australia.. 2001...
80.5% is now a "small percentage special interest group"
Written by: dreamkiller, 2 Oct 2012 8:33 AM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
You are there you got that right.......Tobaco and Alcohol are very expensive for all......usérs. Or not.
Written by: guillermone, 2 Oct 2012 9:09 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
"You are there you got that right.......Tobaco and Alcohol are very expensive for all uses or not"

I think I gonna drink to that..........and when I am done will have me a cigar....
Written by: RoyStone, 2 Oct 2012 1:44 PM
From: Australia
Most Dominicans don't give a f**k about their own health. Do you think they care about Australian's health?
Written by: dreamkiller, 5 Oct 2012 7:56 PM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
It has Been said Aussies are just English Rednecks ....who knows?
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