Joint Statement by the United States and the Dominican Republic on the Formation of a Technical Working Group to Improve Labor Law Enforcement in the Dominican Sugar Sector

June 10, 2022

The United States and the Dominican Republic today announced the formation of a technical working group to help improve labor law enforcement in the Dominican sugar sector.  The group will be composed of representatives from both countries' responsible trade, labor, and foreign affairs ministries, with other agencies involved as needed.  This joint endeavor takes into account the commitment of the two countries to enforce labor laws, including those regarding forced labor, improve labor conditions under the CAFTA-DR and in accordance with international standards, and continue their long-standing partnership on addressing these issues.