The National Council for the Private Sector, CONEP was founded in 1963 as the result of the First Great Business Convention. Throughout its history it has represented a business sector that has significantly contributed to boosting the development process of the Dominican Republic. It has aided in job creation, channeling investments, promoting reforms and decisively supporting social initiatives of great public and institutional impact. The collective action of the entrepreneurship has contributed to the advances of our democracy, having played starring roles in important moments and processes of the democratic history.
CONEP´s labor is marked by an entrepreneurial path resulting from empowerment and participation of generations of entrepreneurs who have faithfully followed the purposes of those who began this journey in 1963. Throughout its over 53 years, to date, it has succeeded in attaining agreements and pacts among the productive sectors, civil society and the state, namely with the main leaders of our national life, seeking to define the path to achieve a clear horizon for the development of the country.
The main challenge assumed by CONEP is to create the conditions so the present and future generations are able to develop new initiatives for entrepreneurship and innovation that contribute to improve productivity and national competitiveness. Their efforts have been permanently aimed at creating a new social paradigm that is transparent and cooperative, founded on the basis of a democratic and participative society.
The half-century of the life of CONEP is a reflection of the struggles, challenges and conquests of the main Dominicans economic sectors. This association was conceived as a need of the main companies around the country that understood the importance of organizing as a sector in a body that brings together the agricultural, industrial, commercial producers and the private financial sector to participate actively in the new born democracy of Dominican Republic.
Over time, the business community has developed a communication and a modern and open democratic practice. This understanding that to ensure their investment, an organized society with a clear respect for the Constitution and laws is needed.
In 2013 the National Council for the Private Sector, CONEP, celebrated its 50th anniversary of foundation and since its beginning it has formed an essential part of the economic and political life of the country.
Throughout this time, the entrepreneurship has shown clear signs of unique activism; and today this business association looks ahead to a number of challenges for the future of the Dominican society.
One of the most important events for CONEP throughout these 50 years has been the Business Convention, because besides analyzing current problems, fundamental principles that have given purpose to the institution in its role as the largest and most important representation of the Dominican business are restated.
CONEP´s response to situational demands has always sought agreement, dialogue and cooperative participation of all social sectors. CONEP is committed to a labor reform, a law on social security and immigration, work training and orientation to national development objectives. Furthermore, it has made a clear commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, SMEs and business growth.
CONEP is dedicated to the simplification of the taxation system, analysis of the monetary and financial system, pensions and capital market, land management and review of energy policies that go beyond the electrical pact. In addition, engaged to the environment and sustainability, creating active policies for productive development and infrastructure, making the Dominican Republic a transport, logistics connectivity and fair attraction Hub, and finally, reinforcing the country brand.