The objectives of the proposed knowledge exchange visit are to: Gather information on Hot Water Treatment Facility (HWTF) suppliers and the procurement process adopted by meeting with officials from the Agriculture Ministry; Identify and better understand the procurement method used, criteria for selection of suppliers and cost associated with the various components of establishing HWTF; Learn and understand the process requirements to obtain and maintain USDA-APHIS certification by meeting with relevant representatives of the USA Embassy in the Dominican Republic; Examine the HWTF from an engineering perspective, and observe the actual operation of the facility; Identify, appreciate and learn the challenges and opportunities of exporting mangoes for the USA and Europe Meet from representatives of the Mango Farmer Association; Visit select mango farms to observe cultivation, pest trappings and best practices.
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF IADB
The Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) or Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)-funded project. If you submit a complaint to MICI, they may assist you in addressing the problems you raised through a dispute-resolution process with those implementing the project and/or through an investigation to assess whether the IDB or IIC is following its own policies for preventing or mitigating harm to people or the environment. You can submit a complaint by sending an email to MICI@iadb.org. You can learn more about the MICI and how to file a complaint at http://www.iadb.org/en/mici/mici,1752.html (in English) or http://www.iadb.org/es/mici/mici,1752.html (Spanish).