SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican President Danilo Medina, who was sworn-in Tuesday to his second and final term in office, promised that in the next four years he will create 400,000 new jobs and rescue some 830,000 people from poverty.
“Jobs will again be our fundamental concern. In the next four years we will create, at a minimum, another 400,000,” Medina said during his inauguration speech.
Sworn-in together with Vice President Margarita Cedeño, Medina said that during his first term 900,000 people emerged from below the poverty line and that in addition, “at least another 830,000 Dominicans will leave poverty behind them” over the next four years.
In a ceremony at the bicameral National Congress attended by seven Latin American presidents and King Emeritus Juan Carlos of Spain, the president announced the creation of an Integral Plan for Overcoming Extreme Poverty.
“Today begin four years of expanding and accelerating change. Four years of reducing poverty, of strengthening the middle class and of creating decent jobs on a massive scale,” he said.
At the same time, he announced new measures for combating citizens’ insecurity that include community police and boosting law enforcement in the most vulnerable areas.
He also said he will improve the network of surveillance cameras and the capability of tactical and investigative units while incorporating the use of drones.
As for education, one of the chief concerns of Medina’s administration, the reelected president announced that after concentrating during the past four years on building new schools, the time has come to invest in teacher training.
With regard to the economic achievements of his first term, Danilo Medina noted that for the first time in 41 years the Caribbean country has settled its debt with the International Monetary Fund, or FMI.
He said that in the last three years, the nation’s economy grew an average of 7 percent, and if the country continues along that line, “our average growth for 2013-2016 will be eight times the average growth of Latin America as estimated by the ECLAC.”
On hand for Medina’s inauguration were Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, and Jocelerme Privert of Haiti.
The United States was represented by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.