Santo Domingo.- The head of the National Export Free Zones Council on Tuesday announced a 4% growth in exports in the first half, on the recovery of its key economic indicators.
Luis Fernández said exports of medical and surgical instruments to the U.S. jumped 13% in that period, with around US$384.8 million income.
She said footwear exports grew 9.8%, cigarettes 6%, garments 5%, and cocoa beans 22.1%.
The official, who spoke after a mass to mark National Free Zones Day, said the sector counts with 55 parks housing 610 businesses, which exported US$5.03 billion worth last year, with 150,000 direct jobs.
Fernández added that several of those companies are providing more than 4,000 new jobs including industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, electricians, production supervisors among others.