ArrayDominican Republic

EITI Status Yet to be assessed against the 2016 Standard
EITI Member Since 2015

Overview

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s largest economy with GDP growth averaging 5.4 percent annually (1992-2014). The EITI is part of the government’s transparency framework in its effort to develop the extractive industries in light of significant reserves. Pueblo Viejo, the country’s largest gold mine was redeveloped in 2012. Hydrocarbon exploration is promoted. 19 000 km of 2D geological information is publicly available at the National Hydrocarbons Data Base. Forthcoming bidding rounds will be based on open contracts. A number of civil society organizations oppose the expansion of the extractives after the legacy of environmental and social erosion of historical mining exploitation.

Extractive industries contribution

  • 35 %
    to GDP (IQ 2016)
  • 13.41 %
    to exports
  • 10 954
    to employment
EITI transparency is good for countries, good for governments, and good for companies because it gives guarantees that ensure the sector is being managed under a global standard.
Maritza Ruiz, Observatory of Public Policy, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo

Production

Traditionally extractive activities in the Dominican Republic have represented a source of income from extraction of gold, silver, nickel, marble, bauxite, gypsum, and semiprecious stones like amber and larimar. Expansion of the sector is expected during the coming decade. The potential value of mining resources and reserves for 2012 was estimated to USD 60 billion and USD 40 billion for metallic and non-metallic mining respectively.

Hydrocarbon

Development of the hydrocarbon sector is high in the government’s agenda. The Presidential Decree 83-16 regulates exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The first National Hydrocarbons Data Base, available in open source, contains 19 000 km of geological information.  

Mining

Mining activities are concentrated in the provinces of Pedernales, Barahona, Monseñor Nouel, Sanchez Ramirez, Samaná and Puerto Plata.  In 2014, mining production reached a peak due to the stabilization of  many companies inlcuding Pueblo Viejo, worldwide top ten silver and gold mine.  In that year the mining sector grew 20.9% and mining exports accounted for USD 1.6 billion. Since 2015 the production has been falling as a consequence of technical adjustments.

The chart below displays gold production for 2014 and 2015.

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Initializing chart.

Data provided by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic 

Implementation

The Dominican Republic was admitted as an EITI Candidate country on 23rd February 2016 at the 32nd EITI Board Meeting in Lima. The country implements the EITI as per the agreed work plan. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the Dominican Republic is required to publish its first EITI Report by 23 August 2017. 

Governance

The Dominican multi-stakeholder group is preceded by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Isa Conde. As per the country's Candidature application, the Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG) agreed the national EITI principles and approved their own Terms of Reference. The MSG was established by the Decree 248-16 and functions as per the structure below.

EITI Champion: Minister of Energy and Mines

Deputy EITI Champion: Deputy Minister of Hydrocarbons

Government representatives

  • Deputy Minister of the Presidency of Follow up and Government Coordination
  • Alt. Responsible for Intergovernmental Coordination
  • Deputy Minister of Finances for Tax Policy
  • Alt. General Director for Policy and Tax Legislation, Minister of Finances
  • Deputy Minister of Planning
  • Alt. Sector Analyst at the General Direction of Economic and Social Development, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development

Industry Representatives

  • Manager for Governmental Relations, Barrick PVDC
  • Alt. Consultant Secretary, Compañía Dominicana de Cales, S.A (DOCALSA)
  • Senior Specialist of Interinstitutional Relations, Falconbridge Dominicana (FALCONDO)
  • Alt. Manager of Environmental Affairs, Compañía de Cemento PANAM (Grupo Estrella)
  • Legal Director, Corporación Minera Dominicana (CORMIDOM)
  • Alt. Excecutive Director, Asociación Dominicana de Productores de Cementos Portland (ADOCEM)
  • President, Cámara Minera-Petrolera de la República Dominicana, Inc. (CAMIPE)
  • Alt. Secretary of the Board, Cámara Minera-Petrolera de la República Dominicana, Inc. (CAMIPE)

Civil Society

  • Excecutive Director, Participación Ciudadana (Transparency International national chapter)
  • Alt. President, Fundación Cuayá
  • Researcher ODPP-Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
  • Alt. Secretary, Colegio Dominicano de Economistas (CODECO)
  • Coordinator, Organización Articulación Nacional Campesina
  • Alt. Spokesperson, Fundación para la Protección del Medio Ambiente Vida y Salud
  • General Coordinator, Fundación Guayacán de Energía y Medio Ambiente, Capítulo GEMA AMBIENTAL
  • Alt. Treasurer, Sociedad Dominicana de Geología (SODOGEO)

The EITI Dominican Republic, as per Decree 248-16, has a national Technical Secretariat and a Technical Committee that provide support and advise to the MSG.

Timeline

Validation

Dominican Republic's Validation against the Standard will commence on 1 January 2019. The country was admitted as EITI candidate in 2016.