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What is the National Competitiveness Council?
The National Competitiveness Council (CNC) is an entity of the Dominican State created on November 3, 2001 by Presidential Decree and ratified on January 10, 2006 by Law No. 1-06. Its main objective is to agree, formulate and implement policies and strategies that promote business competitiveness in the country's productive sectors. For this, it uses the National Development Strategy (END) and the National Systemic Competitiveness Plan (PNCS) as a reference.

 

What is its Nature?
It is a decentralized public law entity, of mixed composition, made up of representatives of the public and private sectors, which has the legal personality and the functional and organizational autonomy necessary for the fulfillment of the functions assigned by the law and its complementary regulations.

 

To which Board of Directors does the CNC belong?
By provision of various laws and decrees, the National Competitiveness Council is a member of several directive councils that deal with issues related to national competitiveness. To see the complete list, please go to the page http://competitividad.gob.do/index.php/en/about-us/general-councils 

 

Who are the members of the Competitiveness Council?
The Competitiveness Council is made up of nine entrepreneurs in the plenary session of the National Competitiveness Council and 29 more in a new Advisory Council.

Of recognized experience and knowledge in the areas of tourism, free zones, manufacturing, agribusiness, small and medium-sized companies, and services; The group of 38 business leaders has built a track record with a business vision related to the objectives and functions of the Board.

The plenary session is a space of the public ↔ private alliance chaired by the President of the Republic, Danilo Medina, and with the participation of the ministers of the Presidency, Finance, Administrative of the Presidency, Economy, Planning and Development, Tourism, Agriculture, Industry, Commerce and Mipymes, Public Works, Labor and the director of CEI-RD.

To see the complete list of members, you can go to the following link http://competitividad.gob.do/index.php/en/board-of-directors/members 

 

What are the functions performed by the National Competitiveness Council?
In article 9, Law No. 1-06 assigns the following functions to the CNC:

  • Recommend national and sectoral policies, strategies and priorities to the Executive Power to improve the business environment in the country.
  • Recommend competitive policies, strategies and priorities to the Executive Branch so that the productive sectors achieve the technological advances necessary to increase productivity and promote exports.
  • Carry out studies and diagnoses to identify the economic, political, social factors and of any nature that limit the possibilities of developing the competitive capacity of the country and of the productive sectors and of the companies integrated to a competitiveness strategy.
  • Facilitate the implementation processes of competitiveness strategy policies at the national, regional and sectoral levels.
  • Support the Productive Sets within the framework of the global trade opening and within the free trade agreements of which the Dominican Republic is part.
  • Prepare and propose to the Executive Power a National Competitiveness Program that incorporates proposals for reforms and investments and sources of financing.
  • Determine the factors that can affect the competitive capacity of the Dominican Republic, affecting the productive sectors within the framework of the agreements, conventions, programs signed by the Dominican State.
  • Resolve or settle intersectoral conflicts in the field of competitiveness strategies in order to make recommendations to the Executive Power in this regard.
  • To render an account to the Senate of the Republic or the Chamber of Deputies or both together or to any public or private body that requests it on the effects or impacts of the legal or regulatory provisions applied in the country or object of knowledge in the National Congress, as well as well as competitiveness policies and strategies and public practices at the national, regional or sectoral level that may have an effect on the competitiveness of the productive sectors of the Dominican economy.
  • Approve the budget of the CNC prepared by the Executive Director to submit it to the consideration of the Executive Power, to be included in the Public Expenditure Law of each year.

 

What is the National Systemic Competitiveness Plan?
The National Systemic Competitiveness Plan (PNCS) is a public management tool that establishes the guidelines of the competitive policy of the Dominican Republic. It encompasses initiatives to improve the business climate; support for business associativity and cluster formation; the promotion of the SME sector; as well as the implementation of policies to promote traditional and non-traditional exports.


Why boost competitiveness in the Dominican Republic?
Competitiveness encompasses the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the productivity levels of a country. How competitive an economy actually is is what gives us an idea about its productive capacities.

Those economies with higher productivity can offer higher levels of sustainable prosperity to their inhabitants, thanks to their ability to better insert themselves into the world economy. Faced with the global integration process, it is vital not only a continuous improvement in terms of competitiveness, but on a par with the rest of the world in order not to lose ground.

 

What is a Cluster?
Clusters represent a geographical concentration of companies and institutions that interact with each other and, by doing so, create a business climate in which all of them can improve their performance, competitiveness and long-term profitability.

 

Why does the CNC support the cluster model?
Clusters is a model of industrial organization that offers companies to obtain the benefits of collective efficiency and higher productivity. Among its benefits are:

  • It allows companies, especially the smallest ones, to intervene in the market as if they had greater economies of scale.
  • Greater operational efficiency and savings by establishing joint actions aimed at reducing external costs that affect the productivity of companies within the production and value chain.
  • It promotes a more focused vision and a higher return on investments, both public, joint or corporate.
  • It enables a more visionary and cost-effective individual business development process to be carried out.
  • It is an effective way to establish a platform for export development.

What services does the National Competitiveness Council offer?

  • Supply of current Administrative Regulations
  • Regulatory Burden Simplification Program
  • Technical Assistance and / or Technical Accompaniment
  • Cluster Registration
  • Strategic Competitive Information
  • Competitiveness Policy Proposals



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