January 2020, Santo Domingo.- The National Competitiveness Council presented the 2019-2021 Citizen Commitment Letter, a document that collect the institution's effort to ensure that citizens clearly and simply identify the services it offers, as well as the appropriate ways to acquire them.
Through the 2019-2021 Citizen Commitment Letter, citizens will know the catalog of services offered by COMPETITIVENESS, the several ways of communicating with the addresses and administrative entities, rights and duties of the citizen regarding services, regulatory regulations for services, the results of the strategies, the 109 impact measures and inter-institutional agreements of these last two years of management.
With the presentation of the Letter of Commitment to the Citizen, COMPETITIVENESS reinforces its mission of fulfilling the role of being the body responsible for articulating, managing and promoting public-private policies and strategies that improve the competitiveness of the Dominican Republic, contributing to increase the quality and productivity of the sectors involved.
COMPETITIVENESS has as one of its institutional purposes to be a model of service and modernity in the public sector, meet high quality standards and contribute to the right of all citizens to know, discern, feedback and promote the culture of transparency, implementing and developing the competitive strategies of the productive sectors of the economy of the country, in order to structure a national policy with a view to facing the challenges of globalization and commercial opening.
The entity exhibits an open door policy, which ensures that any citizen can approach to express complaints or concerns through the suggestion box placed in the lobby of the institution. In addition, a modern technological platform allows citizen to safely and adequately manage all the information you are working with.
The National Competitiveness Council is an organ of the Dominican government in which the public and private sectors participate (it has mixed essence), created on November 3, 2001 by Decree No. 1091-01, which was ratified on January 10, 2006 through Law No.1-06.
This body maintains a vision of work and leadership with which it is sought, through the design of specific policy instruments and investment plans, to diversify and strengthen the main productive sectors within the framework of the Dominican Competitive Strategy and the National Strategy of Development (Law 01-12).
December 30, 2019 Santo Domingo. - For 2019 declared by his Excellency the President of the Republic, licensed Danilo Medina Sánchez, in the “Year of Innovation and Competitiveness”, Competitiveness presented important institutional milestones, after promoting more than 110 high impact initiatives for the citizen and for strengthening the Competitiveness of our productive sectors, the measures have been monitored through the Presidential Goals System, to ensure compliance.
In the first quarter of the year, the first National Productivity Index, INP, was published, a tool that measures the total productivity disaggregated by sectors of the Dominican Republic.
Additionally, in march has been made available for the citizen, the cost of the procedures they carry out in their daily lives, through the launch of the RD + SIMPLE Initiative and the Simplification Study of Procedures in the Dominican Republic. Prepared with the support of the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) of Mexico. In this study, it has been estimated the total cost of 1,873 procedures and services corresponding to 53 institutions (including their dependencies), finding that they generate a Social Economic Cost (CES) equivalent to 5.46% of GDP.
The agreement was signed with the specialists of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for star the tasks of analysis and gathering of information with public-private institutions for the Development of the Analysis of Productive Transformation Policies (PTPR , for its acronym in English) of the Dominican Republic that had 2 work missions, in the months of July and December, with international specialists in the field.
Regarding the Strengthening of Regulatory Policy in the country, assistance was provided for the preparation of thirty-seven (37) Integral Plans for the Improvement of Procedures and Prioritized Services; Public Consultation implementation was promoted through the WWW.RDMASSIMPLE.GOB.DO portal, reaching a total of 1,186 consultations during 2019.
This year, COMPETITIVENESS presented the initiative “Transparency is Competitiveness”, an innovative method that will serve to obtain the results of the administrative management of the institution. Its creation and the appointment of the members of the Accompaniment Commission of the National Competitiveness Council, is established by Resolution No. 0002-2019, signed on May 6 (6) of this year, allowing the integration and access of sectors of society in the public policy process, which guarantees the strengthening of institutionality and citizen participation.
In another order, the Mercado Magazine presented in its thirteenth year the 80 Best Companies to Work in Dominican Republic and for the first time the National Competitiveness Council was selected for its outstanding inclusive and participatory management. In the position 38 of the ranking. among the three only State entities, together with the Attorney General's Office of the Republic, in position 27, and the he General Direction of Internal Taxes (DGII), in position 29. This recognition measures at national level the institutions that promote and stimulate talent and Professional development of its employees as part of its corporate philosophy.
For its work in favor of Dominican exports, COMPETITIVENESS was awarded in the category “Excellence in Service to the Exporting Sector”, Public Sector, in the thirty-third edition of the Awards for Exporting Excellence 2019 that took place, in the framework of the Grand Dinner of the Dominican Exporter, organized by the Dominican Association of Exporters, ADOEXPO.
This year, the President of the Republic, Mr. Danilo Medina Sánchez, headed the seventh and eighth sessions of the Plenary Session of the National Competitiveness Council, thus giving continuity and follow-up to the work framed in the Dominican Competitive Agenda, for the strengthening of the productive sectors and the business climate.
During the last session of the Plenary, he took the opportunity to welcome the 13 new members of the National Competitiveness Council and the Advisory Council. Through Article 1 of Decree No. 348-19, the Minister of Public Works and Communications, Ramón Antonio Pepín, and the Minister of Labor, Winston Santos, both representing the public sector, were appointed. Article 2 of the aforementioned decree also establishes the incorporation of eleven new members to the Advisory Council, they are Celso Juan Marranzini, Lina García, Isaachart Burgos, Eduardo Lima, Juan José Attias, María Waleska Álvarez, Rogelio Viesca, José Luís Magadan, Lucille Houellemont, Claudia Pellerano and Sandy Filpo, representing the private sector.
In this year, the development of the Support to Strengthen Municipal Competitiveness project, which has been socialize with more than 40 organizations from the public sector, private sector, civil society and international organizations, also began. Within the framework of this project, an information survey was carried out, through online surveys and visits to 10 municipalities, for the formulation of a diagnosis on business climate at the municipal level, for which support was provided of the Inter-American Development Bank and for the next year, the development of the first Municipal Competitiveness Index is contemplated.
In addition, several interinstitutional agreements were signed with various public-private entities to boost the creative economy, innovation, education and productive strengthening of different sectors. agreements Including, the Ministry of Culture, the Directorate General for Special Programs of the Presidency (DIGEPEP), the General Directorate of Multilateral Cooperation (DIGECOOM), INDOTEL, Design Week ES, the National Statistical Office (ONE) and the Specialized Corps in Civil Aviation Airport Security (CESAC). Also, noteworthy is the strategic alliance in innovation, technology and education with the Intellisys technology company and the Cincinnatus Institute of Craftsmanship.
Looking forward into 2020
For 2020, COMPETITIVENESS propose follow the strengthen the Dominican Competitiveness Strategy, for the reason to implement all approved initiatives, as part of plenary of the Council, for strengthen the productivity and competitiveness of our productive sectors as like invest climate in the country.
We will continue the policy of regulatory improvement promoted by the Dominican government through COMPETITIVENESS, with the lifting of the second stage of RD + Simple , which seeks to improve the efficiency of public institutions by streamline processes, identifying and evaluating regulations and the participation of citizens and productive sectors in public policies processes.
We will conclude, together with the OECD, the Analysis of Productive Transformation Policies for the Dominican Republic, a document that will yield important recommendations for the implementation of public policies in the areas of agrofood, productive chains and innovation necessary to continue inserting the country into the chains Global value.
In another side, as part of the project of support to the strength of the municipal competitiveness, we development the first Municipal Competitiveness Index, tool to measure as referent at competitiveness and the invest climate in the municipal level, to be use to support all the public policies processes for impulse local development.
In the legislative field, we bet for that the law projects of the Movable Guarantees, Public-Private Partnership and Urban Planning Offices Law achieve approval in the National Congress, since the three initiatives are vital for national competitiveness. As well as the decree on the regulatory activity of the State.
December 12, 2019, Santo Domingo. For the second time the National Competitiveness Council is visited by representatives of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to complete the gathering of information for the study on Production Transformation Policies (PTPR) in In addition, the country socialized the progress of the preliminary results and pointed out the areas of improvement in both structural and governance issues.
The OECD mission in the country was composed of executives from the organization: Annalisa Primi, head of the Structural Policy and Innovation Unit; Keith Nurse, advisory leader of the Structural Policies and Innovation Unit and Manuel Toselli, economist, Structural Policies and Innovation Unit, of the Development Center. In addition, Rosemary Coates, executive director of the Reshoring Institute representing the United States as a couple for the Nearshoring issue; Piergiuseppe Fortunato, economist of the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Nicolo Gligo, economist of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Several dominican Government authorities also participated in the meeting: Rafael Paz, executive director and Laura del Castillo, technical director of COMPETITIVENESS; Juan Tomás Monegro, viceminister of Industrial development and Yahaira Sosa, viceminister of Foreign Trade of the Industry and Commerce ministry; Marcelo Puello Avalo, viceminister of Free Zones and Special Regimes and as well as representatives of ONAPI, CEIRD, ADOZONA, AMCHAMDR, PROINDUSTRIA, CNZFE, CONEP, JAD, among other national associations.
By 2020, the OECD mission will be presenting the results of the study. After knowing the results, those involved will foster a strategy focused on three fundamental elements: productivity, chain and innovation, which represent opportunities for improvement to boost productive development.
The executive director of COMPETITIVENESS, Rafael Paz, said that the objective of this second visit of the OECD representatives is to be able to define a strategy that allows us to take advantage of the global economic situation to see what are the possibilities we have to capitalize on the opportunities for nearshoring in the case of the United States, based on success models that have been experienced in other latitudes, for example Singapore.
Likewise, Annalisa Primi, head of the OECD mission in the DR, explained that “the most important thing in this process is to identify what are the great challenges and the great opportunities that DR has in the future, to try to do a review work of the policies that are really useful, especially the revision of the PTPR that is in its final phase”.
Primi also said, “A diagnosis has already been made of the country's economic trajectory, of governance, of the policies and instruments that exist, where strengths have been evidenced as areas where they will be important to improve. Additional, there will be two specific sectoral emphases, the issue of agroindustry and how DR can have a nearshore strategy, with the highest possible impact on the country”
The Analysis of Production Transformation Policies (PTPR) and its results are focused on three main axes: the transformation of the food industry as a development potential, the promotion of productive chains between local industry and free zones, development of a logistics and light manufacturing strategy, taking advantage of the nearshore condition with the United States.
PTPR of Dominican Republic
The OECD carries out the verification of the RD PTPR at the request of the National Competitiveness Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and SMEs (MICM).
The first mission carried out in July of this 2019, began with the participation of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture as peer reviewers in the process. COMPETITIVENESS and the MICM are the institutions of the Dominican government, which were in charge of providing information about the status of the PTPR process at november, during the 13th Plenary Meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in the framework of the Policy Dialogue on Global Value Chains, Transformation and Development of Production, sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The country occupies the 78th position in the ranking above El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Santo Domingo, November 19, 2019.- Social Progress Imperative presented the results of the eighth edition of the Social Progress Index, IPS, where the Dominican Republic showed a recovery from last year, climbing 3 positions in the index and increasing 2.8% its score, going from position 81 to 78 of the ranking.
The index shows an improvement in the Opportunity dimensions with a performance of 9.9%. While the Inclusion indicator climbed 17 positions, growing by 16.2%. Recovering significantly from the score, he obtained in 2018.
Likewise, the Human Basic Needs dimension experienced a growth of 2.4%, due to the good performance in the water and sanitation, housing and nutrition and primary medical care components.
Finally, in the dimension of Structures for Well-being, its score decreased by 1.6%, despite having climbed 6 positions in the ranking. This decline can be associate mainly to the performance of the Environmental Sustainability component, which had a resounding fall, decreasing its score by 10.3%.
From COMPETITIVENESS, we are promoting, within the framework of a large public-private partnership, a series of initiatives to promote a great cultural transformation in the country, based on the values of competitiveness and innovation. In the last session of the Plenary, President Medina ordered the creation of the Innovation Committee, with the aim of articulating a National Innovation Strategy, promoting the values of productivity and useful innovation, focused on solving social problems, addressing the needs of the national productive sectors and improve the business climate, ”said Rafael Paz Familia, executive director of COMPETITIVENESS.
He added, "That in order to transform the Dominican Republic for the good living of the next generations, we must promote paradigm changes that go beyond the creation of public policies and for this, we need the collaboration of all citizens and the private sector."
Similarly, he said, “The National Competitiveness Council develops the Competitive Regions initiative, whose objective is equal to initiatives in the productive field that can be developed so that a territory can be competitive at the regional level. It is desire to emphasize that they are actions to improve the performance of the local economy. This process is in active participation with the economic actors of the territory in question”.
About Social Progress Index
According to the Social Progress Imperative, social progress is define as the ability of a society to meet the fundamental human needs of its citizens, to establish foundations that improve and maintain the quality of life of its citizens and communities, and to create conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.
The Index evaluates several dimensions, the first is Basic Needs, this determines how much countries meet the essential needs of people, measuring access to nutrition and basic medical care, access to drinking water, if they have access to adequate housing with basic services and if society is safe.
The second dimension is Structures for Well-being; it includes citizens' access to basic education, if they can access the information inside and outside the country, and if they have conditions for a healthy life.
The third dimension assesses opportunities, measures the degree to which each citizen has personal rights and freedoms, also measures the degree of access to advanced forms of education to create the potential that generates new opportunities.
For the 2019 edition, it was decide to measure the evolution of social progress, identify the relative movement of each component, and dimension of the index this to measure the improvements in each of these. The Social Progress Index identifies the social and environmental elements of the countries' performance. It considers social progress in a systematic and comprehensive manner, which encompasses three elements: dimensions, components and indicators.
November 15, 2019, Santo Domingo.- As part of the awareness and internal communication activities, the National Competitiveness Council presented the essential information of the Quality Management System (QMS) to its employees, who will support the continuous improvement of the processes and procedures necessary to implement quality management in the institution.
The adoption of a Quality Management System is base on a strategic decision, so that the organization can help improve its overall performance and provide a solid foundation for sustainable development initiatives.
The meeting organized by the Quality Management Unit, explained the principles, concepts, process map, approvals, among other issues related to the quality department.
Desiree Ulerio, in charge of the Unit, stressed that “the implementation and maintenance is under the responsibility of the executive management, with the direct support of the Quality Council, to boost the competitiveness of the Dominican Republic through the implementation of the QMS aimed at meet the requirements of our customers and continuous improvement.
The availability of a Quality Management System in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 9001: 2015 Standard for the internal processes of the institution consists of two essential aspects: Generation of Strategic Information and implementation of Public Competitiveness Policies.
At the end of the event, the officials that make up the Quality Council delivered an informative dossier, which includes information and data of interest to the QMS, easy to read and consult. Similarly, through the institutional portal all information concerning internal and external initiatives published, in order to promote good practices in transparency, quality and public management.
The Competitiveness Council is the national institution that promotes the transformation of production policies, through the pillars of the Dominican Competitive Agenda with support from the OECD.The revision of the Production Transformation Policies (PTPR) of the Dominican Republic is carried out in essential sectors of our economy such as agribusiness, innovation, free zones and national productive logistics.
November 24, 2019, Santo Domingo.- The National Competitiveness Council presented the progress of the Dominican Republic on the revision of Production Transformation Policies (PTPR), at the 13th Plenary Meeting of the Organization for Cooperation and Development Economic (OECD), within the framework of the Policy Dialogue on Global Value Chains, Transformation and Production Development, sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, held from november 20 to 21 in Cairo.
The analysis of the PTPR of the DR is focused on three main axes: the transformation of the food industry as a development potential, the promotion of productive chains between local industry and free zones, the development of a logistics and light manufacturing strategy, taking advantage of the nearshore condition with the United States and support for the implementation of the National Innovation Strategy; taking best practices from developed countries, which 40 or 20 years ago had similar characteristics to ours, and that currently are among the top positions in the Global Innovation Index.
The meeting was attended by officials and representatives of many Latin American countries related to the export sector. COMPETITIVENESS was attended by the technical director, Laura del Castillo; the Minister of Industry and Commerce (MICM), Nelson Toca and the executive director of the National Council of Free Zones of the DR, Luisa Fernández.
Currently, the Dominican Government has been investing about 18 billion pesos in productive development policies, an amount that is disaggregated into different components and from the COMPETITIVENESS Council seeks to align all public actions so that the results are of greater impact on the country.
In the case of the Dominican food industry, it is divided into three key aspects: the first, on the promotion of services for Agricultural extension; the second, on effective public-private cooperation for research, development and technology transfer; and the third, about new market opportunities to take advantage of the potential of our products.
Its reminded that in July of this year, COMPETITIVENESS with an OECD delegation that visited the country, held workshops with technicians, representatives and public-private authorities, with the aim of analyzing the public policies of the national productive sectors , access to public services, changes in business models, access to financing, institutionalist, sustainable growth, environment, among other issues affecting the local economy. The commission was structure in four stages: diagnosis, general analysis, specific analyzes and recommendations-execution accompaniments.
About the 13th Plenary Meeting of the OECD
The OECD initiative on global value chains (GVCs), transformation and development of production is a global platform for peer learning and knowledge sharing. It brings together government and business stakeholders from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the OECD to address emerging economic challenges. The objective is to improve the evidence and identify policy guidelines to promote development through the transformation of production, improvement and better participation in global value chains.
The initiative is part of the implementation of the OECD Development Strategy, adopted by the OECD Council at the ministerial level in May 2012. The plenary meetings are organize twice a year and are organize by the OECD, by country and country. Partner institutions, which follow the rules of Chatham House and provide an opportunity for peer learning and knowledge sharing among participants.
During the day, the report about the Dominican economy and the international context was presented, by the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Héctor Valdez Albizu.
Also, the executive vicepresident of the Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies (CDEEE), Ing, Rubén Jiménez Bichara, exposed a report about the evolution of the electricity sector and its perspectives.
For the first time, opinion leaders and mass media directors were presents.
November 6, 2019, Santo Domingo. - The President of the Republic, Danilo Medina, headed the eighth meeting of the Plenary of the Council in which the work of the agenda of the Plenary of COMPETITIVENESS, which includes Decree 453-18, was continued, to promote the "National Year of Innovation and Competitiveness" and in compliance with the presidential goals along with the Competitive Dominican agenda.
During the ordinary session of the plenary session, the governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Héctor Valdez Albizu, presented the report about of the Dominican economy and the international context, in which he said that the Dominican economy is the only one in Latin America that maintains growth projected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Albizu said that despite the turbulent international environment, the terms of trade of the Dominican Republic have improved due to oil prices and higher gold prices. In addition, he highlighted that the country's budget was prepared correctly: "Our growth and stability are not negotiable”.
Then, the executive vicepresident of the Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies (CDEEE), Ing. Rubén Jiménez Bichara, approached the issue of the evolution of the electricity sector and its perspectives. In another order, the Chancellor of the Republic, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, made the announcement of a ship for trade with Caribbean islands that will benefit exports to and from the country.
Similarly, the committees for Productive Development and Exports, Health Registries, Fiscal Methodology and Innovation were followed up on it. From the Committee on Productive Development and Exports, were presented the advances that today exceed 50% of completed measures. This corresponds to more than 109 measures. Within the framework of the Fiscal Methodology committee, the consensus reached by the Dominican Government regarding benefits to the reactivation and activation of the Law of Proindustry of the Dominican Republic was presented to the Plenary Council. This task is in charge of the Ministry of Finance. As for the innovation committee and its strategy, the pillars that comprise it were presented: Educational Innovation and Talent Development, Business Innovation and Government Innovation. In the coming weeks the draft decree will be socialized between the public, private and academia sectors.
During the session were welcomed the new 13 members of the National Competitiveness Council and the Advisory Council, these designations were established through Decree 348-19, through Art.1 to the Minister of Public Works and Communications, Ramón Antonio Pepín and the Minister of Labor, Winston Santos, representing the public sector. In Art-2, eleven new members joined the Advisory Council, they are Celso Juan Marranzini, Lina García, Isaachart Burgos, Eduardo Lima, Juan José Attias, María Waleska Álvarez, Rogelio Viesca, José Luís Magadan, Lucille Houellemont, Claudia Pellerano and Sandy Filpo, representing the private sector.
In the press conference, Rafael Paz, summarized the results of the Dominican Republic in the recently published Global Competitiveness Index (IGC) and Doing Business. Extending in the latter that, "a series of measures are being developed in favor of the Building Permits and Stock Market pillars." In addition, Paz said that in the indicator opening of companies “there was an improvement of 2.0 points in the score; we went from 83.4 to 85.4 percentage points. This was due to the promulgation of Law 68-19 that modifies Law 479-08, in order to eliminate the minimum capital requirement required for the formation of limited liability companies”.
Also, it was reported that the Municipal Competitiveness Index project will be announced with the objective of Contributing to local sustainable development, focusing municipal management towards attracting investments that generate employment and increase the productive and consumption capacity of the localities. , generating well-being in the municipality and developing its competitive advantages.
The necessary funds has already been authorized for the single window of construction permits so that the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) can expedite the issuance time.
The approach of the top US representative, covered various topics sensitive to the development of the national productive sector and the country response to natural disasters.
April 8, 2019, Santo Domingo.- The ambassador of the United States of America in the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, visited the National Competitiveness Council, attending the invitation of its executive director, Rafael Paz, with the purpose of giving Know in a formal way, the initiatives of the Dominican Government through the “Competitive Dominican” agenda and the opportunities of commercial relations, with a view to boosting the competitiveness of the productive sectors of the country.
Within the framework of the “Year of Innovation and Competitiveness” amendments, a lunch meeting was held that included the participation of important representatives of the private sector and members of the COMPETITIVENESS Council, such as: Pedro Brache, Group President Rica and CONEP; Rafael Blanco Canto, president of Viva Wyndham Resorts; José Class, president of Wind-Telecom; Manuel Diez, president of Grupo Diesco; Pedro Esteva, president of Implements and Machinery (IMCA); Carlos Guillermo León, vice president of Banco BHD León; Celso Marranzini, president of MultiQuimika; Carlos Martí, president of Grupo Martí; José Manuel Ureña, president of Manuel Arsenio Ureña, Bernardo Vega of the Dominican Cultural Foundation, Máximo Vidal, president of Citi Dominican Republic; Monsignor Agripino Núñez Collado, Fernando Capellán of Grupo Codevi and Héctor José Risek of Grupo Risek.
The diplomat valued the public-private work agenda led by COMPETITIVENESS, as well as the more than 109 measures approved by the Council in 2018, which seeks to improve the business climate, facilitate trade, simplify regulations, optimize and transform production processes, increase exports and deepen alliances between all economic sectors involved.
Berstein added, “that competitiveness is not only important because it improves the country's ability to respond to situations that affect its security such as natural disasters, but also, because it covers such key issues as institutionality, transparency, education, justice, energy, health, among other aspects “, who was accompanied by Katherine Beamer, Counselor of the Section of Political and Economic Affairs; Lidia Valdés and David Baker, Economic officer of the United States embassy.
Paz highlighted, the close relationship that the United States has with the Dominican Republic, being the main trading partner of the Caribbean country as well as the demonstrable entrepreneurial and competitive culture they have had so far. In addition, he acknowledged that almost two million Dominicans live in their territory, which creates an even more than special bond between the two peoples.
“We have great opportunities to make a positive synergy in the field of innovation, education, research, entrepreneurship, investments. Building bridges is an essential part of achieving a more competitive country, “said the executive director of COMPETITIVENESS.
Other issues aired during the meeting, where Dominican businessmen from various economic sectors expressed their impressions on exports, is the current scenario of trade with Haiti, specifically at the border, which still presents great challenges to be overcome to prevent smuggling. And strengthen the security of both civil society and the companies that conduct their business with the neighboring country.
Similarly, the ambassador of the United States stressed, the importance of competitiveness and innovation to raise local investment, customs operations, and the opportunity to provide the necessary educational tools, to meet the national demand for professionals trained for Industrial, mining and health sector.
A Regulatory Impact Analysis will have to be presented before emission of new regulations
Monday, May 27th, 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.- The National Competitiveness Council officially starts the process of public consultation of the decree draft on the Regulatory Activity of the Dominican State, which objective is to effectively apply the good regulatory practices on the making of the Public Administration regulations.
This decree draft has the purpose of articulate the fundamentals elements of the regulatory cycle, just as the regulatory planning, the public consultation and the elaboration of the regulatory impact analysis, according to the stablished principles of the Law No. 107-13 on the Rights of Persons in their Relations with the Administration and Administrative Procedure.
The public institutions will have to present every 6 months a list of all regulations they pretend to enact on that time frame, in order to all the possible affected persons know previously any obligation the will have to comply. Additionally, it will be stablished the obligatory elaboration of the regulatory impact analysis previous to the publication of the regulation, as a mechanism to determinate whether the benefits of the regulations exceed the costs, and objectively evaluate if it necessary a regulation, so that the promulgation is as efficient and less taxable as possible.
In addition, it seeks to strengthen public consultation process, increasing the term to 60 days for those regulatory projects with a high economic and social impact, creating also the virtual platform of Regulatory Improvement, as the only official webpage of the Public Administration that will allow the citizens and enterprises to provide information about their proposed regulations in consultation on a fast and transparent way.
The executive director of the National Competitiveness Council, Rafael Paz, expressed this actions seek ¨to build together a Dominican Republic where regulations promote the democratization of the economy, permitting more people access to market; with a clear objective… free the productive forces of our nation, allowing enterprises and entrepreneurs to exploit their productive potential, generating more opportunities for our country and our people ¨.
“A healthy life for all - the future of medical innovation”
The results of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019, prepared by the UN agency in charge of intellectual property (WIPO), evaluates the state of innovation in 129 countries around the world, and showed that the Dominican Republic presents improvements in the Pillars of Human Capital and Research, Infrastructure and Market and Business Sophistication.
The GII report places the Dominican Republic in the 87th place globally and in the 11th position in Latin America and the Caribbean, above Trinidad and Tobago (91), Paraguay (95) and Ecuador (99).
Among the findings shown in the report, it is highlighted that within the infrastructure pillar, the Dominican Republic showed an improvement in sustainable ecology, in telecommunication development, in digital government services, and increased in ISO certifications. The report shows that within the pillar of market sophistication, we have made progress in local competitiveness. With respect to Human Capital, it shows that tertiary education increased.
Regarding these results, Rafael Paz, executive director of the National Competitiveness Council, pointed out that this year is key for the Dominican Republic to reach its own innovation model, since a National Innovation Strategy is being developed among the main public and private entities of the country, to create consensus around the innovation, and also to allow the involvement of other actors with key responsibilities.
“This year we are promoting a plan, as part of the initiatives emanating from the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Innovation and Competitiveness, to transform the country’s public and private innovation policies, and all these implies a change of mentality from the public sector, but as I have already said, also of the private sector, ”said Paz.
Similarly, the representative of COMPETITIVENESS said that it is necessary to create comprehensive strategies that involve state institutions. "Link the private sector to the dialogue, give a useful participation to the academies and that they become a catalytic factor of the innovative process, which allows defining a vision oriented to the production and the solution of particular social issues of the Dominican Republic".
About the Global Innovation Index
This Index is a tool that allows monitoring the factors that influence innovation and provides 80 detailed indicators on the results in this aspect of a universe of 129 economies around the world. The 57 hard data indicators, 18 composite indicators and 5 opinion polls, and of these, seven are included: institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology production and creative production.
Each year the index is based on a specific motto, for this 2019, it focused on the health sector: “A healthy life for all - the future of medical innovation”, analyzing the medical innovation landscape of the next decade, studying how technological and non-technological medical innovation will transform healthcare in the world.
Santo Domingo - In this regional report made by the Competitiveness Institute of ADEN International Business School, the Dominican Republic showed an average growth of 4.31% during the period 2012-2019.
The report highlights the country's sustained growth during the years measured (2012-2019), escalating from 60.2 in 2013 to 62.1 in 2019, surpassing Central American countries such as El Salvador ( 61.2), Honduras (58.9), Guatemala (57.6) and Nicaragua (55.8).
Rafael Paz, executive director of COMPETITIVENESS explains that “compared to similar economies, the Dominican Republic has been the big winner, displacing peer countries that previously had better positioning than the Dominican Republic in the ADEN Regional Index. In 2015, our country displaced Honduras from position 13, in 2017 it displaced Paraguay from position 12 and in 2019 El Salvador from position 11 ”.
In this position, the country is placed above Uruguay and Costa Rica, which occupy higher places in the ranking, given its economic structure, but which had a lower score jump than in the Dominican Republic.
The regional study highlights several improvement opportunities in the country, especially in the areas of Access to Technology and Market Competition, aspects that are part of the agenda developed by COMPETITIVENESS with the aim of improving the country’s position in the different regional and global rankings.
These results are consistent with information on economic growth and market efficiency generated by other national and international organizations in the Dominican Republic.
Since 2010 ADEN has carried out competitiveness measurements in Latin America with the 18 countries that total 99% of the regional GDP. From these estimates, a Competitiveness Ranking is constructed, using the information collected and systematized from national and international sources.
For this study, a total of 125 variables are taken into account, grouped into ten aspects to assess country competitiveness: coverage of basic needs, institutional aspects, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, health, education, population expectations, market competition, efficiency in labor relations and access to technology.
The most outstanding classifications for our country are: Property Registration, Construction Permit Management and Cross-Border Trade.
The indicators shows the greatest progress in this report: Opening of a business, Registration of ownership and Compliance with Contracts.
October 25, 2019, Santo Domingo.- The results of the Doing Business 2020 were released, a report that makes the World Bank Group each year, in which the Dominican Republic obtained improvements in three of the ten indicators evaluated, where the facilities that countries have when doing business.
The country occupies the 115th position of 190 economies in the Ranking between Countries, showing progress in the areas of Opening a business, Property Registration and Contract Compliance.
In the indicator Opening of a business, there was an increase of 2.0 in the score, going from 83.4 to 85.4 percentage points, which puts us at position 112 with respect to the rest of the economies, with an improvement of five positions compared to 2019. This progress was due to the enactment of Law No. 68-19, which modifies Law No. 479-08 on Commercial Companies, reducing the minimum capital requirement.
Meanwhile, in the area of Property Registry, the country obtained a score of 67.2 percentage points and climbed 3 positions in the General Ranking, going from place 77 to 74, thanks to a reduction in the time required for real estate transfers and registration of properties in the country, going from 45 to 33 days, for a decrease of 12 days.
This year the World Bank Group recognized our Window Express, launched in 2017, by the Real Estate Jurisdiction, through which you can obtain the “Certificate of the Legal Status of the Property” between 3 and 5 days, reducing this procedure from 18 to 4 days.
In compliance with contracts, the country improved 16 positions, climbing from position 149 to 133 and advancing in the score 3.7 percentage points, from 46.9 to 50.6 points. This improvement was due to the implementation of two reforms that influenced the index on the quality of judicial proceedings, which are Establishment of exclusive rooms to hear Commercial Cases, in the Court of First Instance of the National District. In addition, the approval of Resolution No. 2142-2018 of the Council of the Judiciary, approving the General Regulation on Alternative Mechanisms for Conflict Resolution, including commercial cases.
The most outstanding classifications for our country, in addition to the Land Registry, continue to be management of construction permits and cross-border trade, the latter is located well above the regional average and among the best performing economies.
In obtaining electricity, the country ranked 116, with a score of 68 points. This year the report registered a variation in the score of the reliability index of electricity supply and transparency of tariffs, going from four to 5 points (8 being the highest score).
This change was due to a correction of data recorded in this report, in relation to data published in previous years.
In the area of obtaining credit, in the DB 2020, the Dominican Republic ranked 119 with a score of 45 percentage points, as in the previous year, because it measures in its index of strength of legal rights. If the economy has a regulatory framework for Transferable Guarantees and the existence of a Unified Registry of Transferable Guarantees, which we lack, despite the efforts made by the Government to approve the Draft Law on Guarantees in the National Congress Furniture
In the indicator on Protection of minority investors, this year the country ranked in position 143, down 60 positions compared to the previous year in the General Ranking, with a Score of 34.0 points.
This decrease was due to methodological corrections that the World Bank Group made this year, so that if an economy does not have an active stock, exchange with at least 10 listed companies, which are not state owned and are not issuing bonds exclusively, such as in the case of the Dominican Republic, no points are awarded in the corporate governance index.
This refocusing in the area of Protection of minority investors, not only affects our position in the Ranking of this indicator, but also in the Global Ranking. The same has happened with other economies such as Uruguay, Paraguay, Nicaragua, among others.
For the Tax Payment indicator, a score of 57.4 percentage points was register, with a General Ranking of 150. In Resolution of insolvency, the country maintains its position in position 124, as well as an increase of 0.46 in the score according to the ease of doing business, standing at 38.0 p
The country is positioned above Uruguay, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Honduras
September 25, 2019, Santo Domingo.- The World Economic Forum presented the results of the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (ICVT) 2019, which the Dominican Republic improved its score with respect to 2017, moving from ranking position 76 global to number 73, of 140 economies globally.
The country obtained a positive performance in the 4 sub-indices that make up the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, thus obtaining a score of 3.87.
Among the indicators in which the Dominican Republic performed better were those related to Health and Hygiene, which increased in the ranking due to the decrease in malaria cases by 3.9 percentage points compared to 2017.
As for the policies and factors that allow travel and tourism, international openness improved by 7 positions despite keeping its score constant. For its part, in Sustainability and Environment, the country climbed 23 positions in the world rankings thanks to the restriction and application of environmental regulations, the sustainability of the development of the travel and tourism industry and the environmental-related treaties that are currently in force.
In the sub-index of Natural and Cultural Resources, the country stood out for the good performance of the indicator of natural resources and business trips, increasing by 7.1% and to which was added the sub-indicator oral and intangible cultural heritage that is measured by the number of cultural expressions.
The subscript that measures the Infrastructure had an improvement of 5.6% this year, due to the good performance of indicators such as Land transport infrastructure and ports, thanks to the improvement of the infrastructure of the ports and efficiency of land transport; and Tourism Service Infrastructure, which reported an improvement of 3.7% due to the installation of ATMs and the improvement of the quality of tourist infrastructure.
This index is composed of 4 subscripts and 14 pillars that contain 90 individual indicators, to which a score between 1 and 7 is assigned, and from there an average is obtained which is the score reached by the country. The data is compiled through hard data, standardized to be comparable with the results of the Executive Opinion Survey of the World Economic Forum.
Tourism is one of the five sectors prioritized by the Committee for the Coordination of Productive Development and Export Policies of the full Council along with the Dominican Competitive agenda promoted by the National Competitiveness Council. "Competitiveness is a constant challenge, so we must continue working and innovating in this regard," said Rafael Paz, executive director of COMPETITIVENESS.
The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index is an initiative of the World Economic Forum, which has been conducting biennially since 2006, in order to measure the factors and policies that make sustainable development of the tourism sector possible and that contribute directly to development and competitiveness of the countries.
October 1.- The National Competitiveness Council and the Civil Aviation Specialized Corps in Airport Security (CESAC) signed an inter-institutional agreement that will allow the formulation of a technical template of procedures to streamline the cold chain process in perishable products exportable by air.
The signing of the agreement was headed by Rafael Paz, executive director of COMPETITIVENESS and the general director of CESAC, General Aracenis Castillo De la Cruz, FARD.
Both institutions established a cooperation framework to implement and promote reforms in the field of airport security, which simplify the processes and maintenance of guarantee levels, allowing the improvement of the Dominican Republic's position in international export evaluations.
Paz thanked CESAC for the initiative to formalize this interinstitutional agreement on competitiveness and said that "Civil aviation security have a strategic importance in our country, especially with regard to the management of perishable products for export to strategic markets, as well as for importation”.
The General Director of CESAC, Castillo De la Cruz said he was satisfied with his signature, aware of the valuable contributions that such a pact will bring to the field of exports and competitiveness in the nation. "CESAC is in the best disposition alongside COMPETITIVENESS and its executives, we achieve good inter-institutional results and that this agreement is maintained over time," concluded General Castillo De la Cruz.
CESAC and COMPETITIVENESS will work hand in hand to strengthen control, inspection and safety techniques, so the products that are exported arrive in optimal conditions for consumption.
The cold chain in logistics refers to the set of procedures for transporting perishable products, through which environmental conditions of temperature and safety are maintained at all times that guarantee the quality of these products until their final destination.