The EITI Board admits the Dominican Republic as an EITI candidate country on 23 February 2016. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the Dominican Republic is required to publish its first EITI Report within 18 months of becoming a candidate, i.e. by 23 August 2017. The Dominican Republic is required to publish an annual activity report for 2015 by 1 July 2016. Validation will commence within 2.5 years of becoming a candidate (by 23 August 2018).