Month: September 2009

VICINI Delivers New Housing Project to Workers

With the inauguration of the first phase of the Nuevo Cayacoa Housing Complex, designed to benefit 120 families employed by the Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (Sugar Consortium of Industrial Enterprises) (CAEI), VICINI proves once more the great sensitivity and social responsibility that has historically characterized this family.

With this inauguration, the professional local and foreign snipers are left jobless, because this great family continues to demonstrate that they generate thousands of decent jobs, worthy of Dominican society.

Another demonstration of their policy for their workers wellbeing, the Complejo Metalúrgico Dominicano C.por A. (METALDOM), which served recently as venue for the recent signing of with the Metaldom Workers Union – SiTraCoMeDo (*Sindicato de Trabajadores del Complejo Metalúrgico Dominicano), C. por A., the best collective accord to ever take place in the history of this company. It is worth to mention that this agreement is being signed amid the worst economic crisis to take place worldwide and nationwide, which has affected great part of the Dominican economy.

About CAEI:

CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

SOURCE: Listin Diario

VICINI: Ingenio Colón Will Increase Sugar Production

Vicini Group: Ingenio Colón Will Increase Sugar Production

Act. Felipe Vicini stage raw inaugurates “New El Portillo”.

Los Llanos, San Pedro de Macorís.  This year, VICINI aims to increase sugar production capacity of Ingenio Colón from 70 thousand to 90 thousand tons, to thus seize the increase in product pricing on the international markets, so announced by VICINI Chairman, Felipe Vicini.

The impresario considered that the current set prices (USD$0.23-0.24/lb.), could be a conjuncture, but still represent an opportunity to the national producers.

“I wouldn’t count with prices remaining high, because we have seen this before. We saw it in 1974 when prices reached a record, to over USD$0.60 per pound. It also happened in 1981”, he advised.

Vicini said that the Colón Sugar Mill is preparing also to meet with the local market demands, the first duty of the mill.

The price of sugar in US markets as well as European has skyrocketed due to the low production rates in India, main sugar exporter worldwide. Also some African countries have begun to dedicate sugar cane terrains to planting other food products as well as to the fabrication of biofuels, a transfer that is already altering the supply and demand market-wise.

Currently, the Dominican Republic exports 30,000 tonnes of sugar to Europe and 195 to the USA. This amount could increase in conjunction to the food prices which constitute one of main carbohydrate sources for mankind.

Ethanol

VICINI has a long-term project to begin producing ethanol, but till this moment, they have not contemplated the replacement of sugar for the biofuel. Felipe Vicini explained that the production of ethanol can be seen as an added value to the Dominican sugar industry, however not as the main derivative from sugar cane.

“Prices tend to be very volatile. We cannot play Fast and Furious, chasing after a target that is constantly in motion”, he emphasized after making a tour all throughout the Nuevo Cayacoa facilities, designed to benefit 127 workers families, within the Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (CAEI).

During the act, the Vicini family assured to maintain a commitment towards the wellbeing of each and every employee, regardless of their origin. The construction of the housing facilities forms part of the corporate social responsibility policy of CAEI.

THE CAMPAIGN LED BY FATHER HARTLEY

Last August, the Dominican Federation of Sugar Settlers (Fedoca) (*Federación Dominicana de Colonos Azucareros) denounced the alleged discrediting campaign lef by Father Christopher Hartley, in several European Countries.

Before the situation, the Bishop of San Pedro de Macorís, Monsignor Francisco Ozoria, considered that Hartley, who headed the Parrish of San José de los Llanos from 1997-2006, presented signs of dementia. “He from abroad is carrying out work against the nation, the church and against the Vicini family. I disagree with his position and to me is an ill person”, declared the Catholic priest. Monsignor Ozoria was present at the inauguration act of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, built by VICINI, within the premises of the Nuevo Cayacoa compound.

About CAEI:

CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

SOURCE: Listin Diario

VICINI Consortium Inauguates New Cayacoa Project

Vicini Consortium Inauguates New Cayacoa ProjectVICINI and CAEI inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the project Nuevo Cayacoa, built with an investment of RD$160M and integrated by a multi unit housing compound, an educational centre, recreational centre, a church, and a shopping centre to benefit the Consortium workers. The work, which also features a community centre and is endowed with electricity, potable water, drainage, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gardens, was joyfully received by tens of workers, both Haitian and Dominican.

Los Llanos, San Pedro de Macorís. VICINI and CAEI inaugurated yesterday the first phase of the Nuevo Cayacoa project, built with an investment of RD$160M, and integrated by a multi unit compound, an educational centre, recreational facilities, a church, and a shopping centre to benefit all workers of the Sugar Consortium. The work which also features a community centre, and is endowed with electric services, potable water, drainage and sewage, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gardens was happily received by tens of workers.

According to details disclosed by Felipe Vicini, executive chairman of VICINI, whom headed the inaugural ceremony, the housing units were built under an advanced pre-fabricated panels system composed of fond, steel and high-resistance cement, also hurricane-proof and resistant to any seismic phenomenon and each will feature 63Mts construction, with comfortable and functional design for family life.

“The facilities of the Nuevo Cayacoa that we proudly inaugurate today, feature everything a modern and organized community requires” said Vicini in his speech.

He also stated that the school bears the name “Atabeira” which means “Mother of the Original Stone”,a goddess worshipped by the Taino of the chiefdom in the Cayacoa community, which has a 600 student capacity, regardless of their nationality.

“Our social responsibility towards our workers, surpasses the legal requirements”, Vicini affirmed in order to emphasize that two years prior to the formalization of social security “we hired the services of ARS Universal at our own expense, for the workers regardless of their origin or position, and we included their spouses and children, with a monthly investment which surpassed RD$4M.

On behalf of the community and the workers, Ms. Nieves Rondón and Jaques Dolzuc gave a speech, and cultural groups performed dances and played the drums, declaring the day as a celebration.

Among the attendees were provincial governor Alcibiades Tavárez, mayor of San Pedro, Tony Echavarría, and of San José de los Llanos, Mr. Meregildo Sosa, Director for Inazucar, Faustino Jiménez; the Haitian Ambassador Fritz Cisnea and Rafaela –Lila- Alburquerque.

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Work of the IDDI

Felipe Vicini made remarks on the completed task carried out the Dominican Institute of Integral Development (*Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral –IDDI) which is headed by David Luther, whom partook since the beginning in the mission of guiding and informing the inhabitants on the advantages they would enjoy in their new homes, and the responsibilities they need to assume for the up keeping and sustainability of Nuevo Cayacoa.

Second Phase

Vicini announced that for early 2010, the completion of the second phase, the construction of 50 more housing units and an evangelical church.

Bishop says Father Hartley is crazy

The Bishop of the Dioceses of San Pedro de Macorís, Monsignor Francisco Ozoria issued harsh criticisms to Father Christopher Hartley, whom he accuses of being an enemy to the Dominican Republic, the Catholic Church and the VICINI Corporate Group.

He said it was the position of critiques within the international framework that is carried out by the priest, the reason why he was expelled from the country, because he went out of line and is now “deranged”.

Monsignor Ozoria, whom spoke after receiving the building pertaining to the Temple of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (*Nuestra Senora de la Medalla Milagrosa), which forms part of the Nuevo Cayacoa project, built within the community that bears the same name in the township of Los Llanos, acknowledged the labor, that in defense of the poor, was carried out in the region by Father Hartley, but whom he admitted, overdid it.

“The first thing is that the work done by Father Christopher Hartley has positive significance. His work, his love for the poor, I believe had value, but notwithstanding, shortly thereafter he overstepped his boundaries and that was why we had to expel him”, confirmed the Bishop of the Dioceses of San Pedro de Macorís.

He added that it wasn’t his love for the poor, but because he overdid himself, the reason of his expulsion. Father Hartley was accused of issuing a campaign of anti-Haitian discrimination.

About CAEI:

CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

SOURCE: Hoy