Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in the Dominican Republic

The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Sunday, October 9—Monday, October 10, 2016

Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Joined by Catherine M. Russell, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Dr. Biden will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls.

Tonight, Dr. Biden will attend a reception at the U.S. Chief of Mission’s Residence. This event is closed press.

Tomorrow morning, Dr. Biden will meet with President Danilo Medina at the Presidential Palace. This event will be pooled press.

In the afternoon, Dr. Biden will visit the Fundacion Pediatrica por un Mañana, a USAID supported program that helps young mothers pursue their education. This visit will be open press.

Afterwards, Dr. Biden will tour classroom facilities and deliver remarks to students, faculty members, and staff at San Luis Community College. This event will be open press.

In the evening, Dr. Biden will depart the Dominican Republic en route to Washington, DC.


Destacan avance de República Dominicana en materia penitenciaria



Los expertos Andrew Coyle y Vivien Stern coincidieron en señalar que República Dominicana tiene uno de los menores índices de reincidencia delictual, gracias a la aplicación del nuevo modelo carcelario que trata a los internos como seres humanos, los cuales tienen derecho a una segunda oportunidad

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Foto: Los expertos Andrew Coyle y Vivien Stern coincidieron en señalar que República Dominicana tiene uno de los menores índices de reincidencia delictual, gracias a la aplicación del nuevo modelo carcelario que trata a los internos como seres humanos, los cuales tienen derecho a una segunda oportunidad.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador.- Expertos en materia penitenciaria reconocieron el avance de la República Dominicana en el tema penitenciario, resaltando que es el país con el mayor progreso en la región en cuanto a la aplicación de un nuevo sistema carcelario moderno e integral.

Los expertos Andrew Coyle y Vivien Stern coincidieron en señalar que República Dominicana tiene uno de los menores índices de reincidencia delictual, gracias a la aplicación del nuevo modelo carcelario que trata a los internos como seres humanos, los cuales tienen derecho a una segunda oportunidad.

El seminario sobre el papel de los centros penitenciarios en el siglo XXI, tuvo como sede la ciudad de San Salvador, capital de El Salvador, contó con la participación de los expertos británicos, y de República Dominicana, Roberto Santana e Ysmael Paniagua, así como delegados de diversos países, como Inglaterra, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala y la Embajada británica y dominicana.

Roberto Santana, excoordinador del Nuevo Modelo Penitenciario, valoró como positivo el aporte que ha hecho ese sistema carcelario a favor de las personas privadas de libertad, porque, según dijo, el nivel de reincidencia en los liberados “es mínima”.

Explicó que, contrario a los reclusos que guardan prisión en las cárceles tradicionales, los privados de libertad del Nuevo Modelo Penitenciario reciben enseñanzas educativas desde las 6:00 de la mañana hasta las 6:00 de la tarde, lo cual contribuye a su regeneración mientras cumplan las penas.

Resaltó que, el modelo penitenciario de República Dominicana certificado tres veces por las Naciones Unidas tiene menos del 5 %, específicamente el 3 %, medido por las Naciones Unidas y por eso fue declarado el Modelo Penitenciario de la región, mientras, en el mundo tenemos niveles de reincidencias que oscilan entre el 80 % y el 25 %.

En cambio el coordinador de la institución, Ysmael Paniagua Guerrero, destacó que, “El Nuevo Modelo Penitenciario Dominicano no es un proyecto solo del Gobierno Dominicano y de la Procuraduría General de la República, sino del pueblo dominicano”, Paniagua Guerrero manifestó que los principales requisitos para poder ser miembro del Nuevo Modelo Penitenciario son los valores y los principios éticos. Dijo que sin valores y principios ningún esfuerzo sirve de nada.

De su lado el embajador dominicano, José Manuel Castillo Betances, dirigente del Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, saludó la iniciativa del seminario que procura fortalecer las políticas públicas en el marco regional, en un área altamente sensible para la paz y la tranquilidad ciudadana.

Resaltó los esfuerzos que desde casi dos décadas, específicamente desde el 2003 viene realizando República Dominicana a los fines de contar con un sistema penitenciario digno y eficiente en procura de la reinserción a la sociedad de los privados de libertad.

El diplomático también reconoció los encomiables esfuerzos de El Salvador, en procura de mejorar su sistema penitenciario, y explicó que República Dominicana, continuará acompañándole hasta alcanzar un sistema penitenciario noble que contribuya a reformar a los internos en entes de bien y productivos.


All Work, All Play: Dominican Republic’s Making a Name for Itself in Business Travel

World-class facilities located in a tropical paradise, the go-to destination for meetings and events

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With a long-standing reputation as a desirable vacation destination,Dominican Republic is earning its name as the go-to spot for business travel. Whether you’re planning an intimate incentive trip or a 1,000-attendee international getaway, look no further than Dominican Republic. With its stunning and varied natural landscapes, world-class accommodations and modern infrastructure, there are unparalleled settings for business travel from beach towns to cosmopolitan cities.

“We’re recognized for our pristine beaches, warm people and laid-back atmosphere, but Dominican Republic is all business when it comes to quality service and extraordinary accommodations,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our experience hosting large-scale business events and countless group activities make us an exceptional destination for business travel.”

As the second largest Caribbean nation, Dominican Republic constantly ranks among the region’s top meeting destinations. It’s no wonder, with nine different ecosystems in one country, there’s an atmosphere suited for all business environments. Plus, connectivity is king, with daily flights from the U.S. to international airports across the country. Offering an ideal year-round climate, multilingual hotel staff and a variety of meeting venues, the options for business travel are endless.

Punta Cana’s All-Inclusive Amenities
Large groups are easy to coordinate at Punta Cana’s many all-inclusive resorts that are equipped to host groups up to 7,000. Complete with state-of-the-art meeting spaces and technology, you can stay connected while enjoying close proximity to the beautiful turquoise shores of the beach. All-inclusive resorts also help keep travel budgets in check, with a pricing concept that makes it easy to plan and stay on budget.

A wide selection of these resorts are located on the shores of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Macao which consistently rank among the world’s best beaches. This region boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms just steps away from white sand. At these all-in-one resorts, you can also partake in group activities like snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, glass-bottom boating and deep-sea charter fishing. Or groups can relax at the spa, offered at many resorts, with a luxurious massage to unwind before the next meeting.

Hoping to sneak in a round of golf when the meetings end? All of the golf courses in Punta Cana are connected to all-inclusive resorts for easy access to full-service meetings spaces. Don’t worry about breaking too much of a sweat, Punta Cana’s warm temperature, sunny skies and ocean breeze provide ideal golf weather all year long.

City Charm in Santo Domingo
Groups can also find stunning options in the capital city of Santo Domingo—the first city of the new world—offering a unique blend of rich history and modern culture. Attractions including high-end shopping and international cuisine are paired with old-world charm, culture and history. Large groups should take note of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opening in late 2017, that encompasses 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

For after-work exploration, Santo Domingo is a short drive from beautiful beach towns. Located less than an hour away, Juan Dolio is a small seaside community perfect for quiet and relaxation, while remaining close to the modern amenities in Santo Domingo. This day-trip has become so popular, that Juan Dolio was recognized as Dominican Republic’s “Up and Coming Destination” for its ideal location and variety of accommodations. Other nearby beach getaways offer incredible diving experiences, where travelers can explore caves and shipwrecks in the area, and delicious seaside dining.

Puerto Plata’s Playground
Puerto Plata is perfect for medium-sized conferences with majority of the venues accommodating up to 500 people. A popular business space in the area is Playa Dorada, a complex of 10 resorts complete with a shopping center, restaurants, night life and plenty of meeting space found throughout the area’s all-inclusive resorts. In total, Puerto Plata offers capacity for more than 2,500-person events, catering to businesses small and large.

Visitors are often surprised by the lush mountainous landscape throughout Dominican Republic’s north coast. Puerto Plataoffers a serene tropical setting, paired with the backdrop of mountains, perfect for adventurous group outings after a meeting or conference. But before groups escape to go ATVing or exploring the 27 Waterfalls of Damajauga, it’s time for business.

Art History Lessons in La Romana
Located in the Southeast region of the country, and accessible from both Santo Domingo and Punta Cana international airports, La Romana offers both ease of access and historical experiences for visitors. La Romana is famous for its world-class golf courses at Casa de Campo Resort. The resort also has two conference centers with 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Overall, the La Romana and Bayahibe region has meeting space capacity for more than 2,500 people.

After work, visit the artists’ village of Altos de Chavón, a Mediterranean style village, to stop by the local shops and get creative juices flowing at the art gallery, helping to spark your next business idea. You can also learn about Dominican Republic history at the Altos de Chavón Archeology Museum that combines art and culture for an authentic Dominican experience.

With its lush nature, rich history, modern accommodations and friendly people, Dominican Republic has it all. For more information on group-friendly attractions and destinations in the country, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Dominican Republic
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,575 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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Coconut harvest in the Dominican Republic


Published on Sep 23, 2016

The Dominican Republic is home to many tropical fruits. Among them are mango, papaya, lime, banana, passion fruit and avocado (which some actually consider a vegetable). But the Caribbean island’s most widely-known exotic fruit is the coconut. Coconuts are also one of the Dominican Republic’s main exports.Popular vacation destination Punta Cana is sometimes referred to as the “Coconut Coast.”The tropical fruit has a high nutritional value and can be used in multiple ways.Check out these unique images of a coconut harvest in this cool Caribbean country.

A Century of U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic

25 September 2016 – 07:00 AM
A Century of U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic

Latin America has endured indirect intervention and occupation by U.S. forces for the last 100 years. From Mexico all the way down to Argentina, its people have seen how the political and military force of the northern country have determined their present and formed their future.

Dictator Trujillo with Richard Nixon during his visit to the Dominican Republic in 1955.

The Dominican Republic has experienced some of the worst of U.S. invasions and interventions in a century of attempts at domination that have shaped the current state of the country.

First U.S. occupation in 1916

In 1911, the Dominican President Ramon Caceres was assassinated and a civil war ensued. Five years later the political crisis grew, as supporters of president Juan Isidro Jimenez led a fierce battle against those supporting General Desiderio Arias, former minister of war who later became his rival.

With an economic downfall, and the country having troubles paying its debts, the U.S. government cleverly exploited this and invaded the Dominican Republic in 1916 and didn’t leave until 1924.

The invaders wanted to secure their economic interests in the region, collect their debt and assure a steady income by controlling customs offices at major Dominican ports.

With its proximity to the Panama Canal, which was completed in 1914, the Dominican Republic became a key figure for the U.S. to watch and control in the region.

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The U.S. Navy controlled the government and military forces around the country, and even controlled who was appointed president, which had to be a supporter of the invading force.

The 8-year-occupation was highly unpopular within the Dominican Republic as well as in the U.S. for its high economic cost.

By 1922 both countries reached an agreement to move the troops out of the island, which was completed in 1924.

The U.S. would continue to hold customs duties. It was only in 1941 that the Dominican Republic regained its sovereignty over the customs revenues.

Support for a ruthless dictator

The Dominican National Guard was formed by the U.S. military members that were part of the 1916 invasion, and Rafael Trujillo, one of the deadliest dictators in Latin America, was shaped and trained in its premises.

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Trujillo, trained by U.S. marines, became chief of the army after 9 years in the service, and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 60,000 people.

During his more than 30 years as a military dictator, from 1930 to 1961, his enemies and opponents were victims of brutal repression, torture and killing.

In December 1962 the country held its first free elections in almost four decades, and elected Juan Bosch as president, a leading writer and intellectual and a strong supporter of the Cuban revolution, a development that alarmed the U.S.

Seven months later a military coup supported by the U.S. installed a military junta in 1963.

Second occupation in 1965

On April 28, 1965, the U.S. invaded the Dominican Republic once again, with 42,000 troops that led to the death of more than 3,000 Dominicans.

50th Anniversary of the US Invasion of the Dominican Republic

Bosch’s support for Fidel Castro’s socialist Cuba and its leftist ideas for development proved to be big problem for the U.S.

The foreign imperialists supported lawyer Joaquin Balaguer instead, and quickly installed him, leading to a pro-U.S. 28-year rule that succeeding the Trujillo dictatorship.

The people of the Dominican Republic continued to support Bosch and fight for social justice, even though the U.S. ensured that democracy would not reign in the country.



Edesur y Alcaldía Santo Domingo coordinan trabajos de iluminación DN

Por: El Día


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Santo Domingo.-Con la finalidad de estrechar relaciones entre la Alcaldía de Santo Domingo y Edesur Dominicana, el alcalde David Collado, sostuvo una reunión con el administrador de Edesur ingeniero Radhamés Del Carmen y funcionarios del municipio y el sector eléctrico, en donde se comprometieron a realizar un trabajo coordinado para desarrollar y potenciar la iluminación de la ciudad.

En su participación, el Alcalde de Santo Domingo David Collado, reiteró el compromiso de su gestión para iluminar la ciudad, por lo que consideró necesario trabajar hombro con hombro con el sector eléctrico para potenciar la inversión de los proyectos. Según una nota ofrecida por la dirección de Comunicación de Edesur.

Reconoció el conocimiento técnico de la actual gestión de Edesur, lo que será de gran aporte para poder comenzar a trabajar y ver resultados en el menor tiempo posible y expresó su deseo de concretizar un acuerdo entre ambas entidades, que permita trabajar al unísono en beneficio de la ciudad

Asimismo, Del Carmen, aseguró que la empresa que preside dará todo el apoyo técnico para estos proyectos que buscan cambiar positivamente a ciudad y propuso una mesa de trabajo que permita aunar esfuerzos entre ambas entidades.

Al término, se concluyó que las reuniones entre los funcionarios de la Alcaldía y Edesur Dominicana serán habituales y que más que encuentros protocolares, serán reuniones operativas y de seguimiento a los proyectos, a través de la mesa mixta de técnicos de ambas instituciones.





Top story | 2016-09-05

DOMINICAN TOURISM LACKS DIGITAL INNOVATIONA study conducted by the Dominican Political Observatory (OPD) notes that Dominican tourism sector is at a competitive disadvantage compared to other countries due to the lack of digital innovation.

The OPD is an agency attached to the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE). In the study titled “Digital Tourism and the Use of New Technologies in the Dominican Republic,” author Héctor Nicolás Suero, coordinator of OPD-Funglode’s ePolicy Unit explains that 80% of people who plan to travel first consult the Internet.

It also states that over the last three years the main device used to connect to the web is no longer the desktop, but the mobile phone, and 60% of tourists globally are now using travel apps.

In the case of the Dominican Republic, the study shows that there are 45 tour operators authorized by the General Directorate of Internal Revenue (DGII) for the areas of Santo Domingo, National District, and the eastern provinces of the country. They are constituted as a major sales force for package tours for foreign and local tourists. However, digital innovation is the weak spot for them.

According to the ePolicy database of the Dominican Political Observatory (OPD-SocialPol), only 55.5% of these operators are on social interaction platforms and66.7% of Dominican tour operators have no website; in other words, three out of 10 do not have a website and for those that have, in some cases they are out of date and not suitable for mobile devices.

“Only a few meet some of the standards required by the digital tourism industry worldwide which is very oriented towards mobile applications and social networks,” says Suero.

The document stresses that globally 42% of tourists use the TripAdvisor app which generates over 140 reviews of hotels, bars and restaurants every 60 seconds. For example, the hashtag “hotel” was used on Twitter 60 million times and “vacation” 21 million this past year.