ArrayDominican Republic

EITI Status Meaningful progress
Joined EITI in 2016
Latest Data From 2018
Latest Validation 2019
Last updated 8 June 2020

Overview

The Dominican Republic continues to be one of the best performing countries in Latin America in economic terms, with an average GDP growth of around 6.3% in the period of 2014-2018. Growth in 2018 was 7 percent. 

The extractive sector contributed 4.5% and 4.2% of total GDP in 2017 and 2018. During the last eight years, the contribution of the extractive sector to the economy has grown from 0.7% to 4.2% in real terms. However, the sector contributed 3.52% of fiscal revenues in 2017 and 1.9% in 2018. Extractive exports represented 39.9% of total exports in 2017 and 37.9% in 2018. The main two commodities are gold and ferronickel. There are two large mining operations in the country, Pueblo Viejo, the country’s largest gold mine and Falcondo. Hydrocarbon exploration is promoted. 19,000 km of 2D geological information is publicly available at the National Hydrocarbons Data Base. The first bidding round was concluded in November 2019. 

The EITI is part of the government’s transparency framework in its effort to develop the extractive resources.

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

  • 1.9 %
    to GDP (2017)
  • 40 %
    to exports (2017)
  • 9 983
    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 and Exports

Extractive sector in Dominican Republic is focused in mining with the main minerals being gold, silver, nickel and bauxite. 

Mining

To view production by commodity, volume and value, visit the visualization tool in the Dominican Republic EITI webportal.

To view exports by commodity, volume and value, visit the visualization tool in the Dominican Republic EITI webportal.

Hydrocarbon

Development of the hydrocarbon sector is high in the government’s agenda. The first National Hydrocarbons Data Base, available in open source, contains 19 000 kms of geological information.  

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Data provided by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic 

Revenue collection

Revenue collection: revenues over time

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Reconciled revenues by top 5 companies

Implementation

The Dominican Republic was admitted as an EITI Candidate country on 23 February 2016 at the 32nd EITI Board Meeting in Lima. The country implements the EITI as per the agreed work plan 2020

On December 2019, the Dominican Republic published its third EITI Report via the EITI-RD portal including the reconciliation of payments and revenues conducted by Deloitte.

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

  • Executive 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

Dominican Republic Implementation 2020

 

Dominican Republic's progress by requirement

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Validation

On 14 February 2020, the EITI Board agreed that Dominican Republic has made meaningful progress overall in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard. 

The Board has determined that the Dominican Republic will have 6 months, i.e. until 14 August 2020 before a second Validation to carry out corrective actions regarding the requirements relating to production data (3.2), subnational transfers (5.2) and the outcomes and impact of EITI implementation (7.4).

Board decision in full.

Documentation: Draft and final assessments 

Country statuses explained