AMD calls 48-hour nationwide strike

The Dominican Medical Association (AMD) yesterday issued a call for a 48-hour nationwide doctors’ strike beginning next Tuesday, May 4th. The strike will affect all regular services in public hospitals and clinics. It does not affect private clinics and hospitals and emergency services will still be offered in public hospitals. The strike is to press […]

Last foreign firm interested in La Rosario leaves

The last of 17 foreign mining enterprises that had expressed interest in participating in the privatization ("capitalization") of the state-owned La Rosario Dominicana mining firm has left the DR, tired of waiting for a government decision on how best to privatize the firm. The firm, Genel, announced its departure this week after investing some US$14 […]

DR is Latin America's 2nd best insurance market

Speaking at a luncheon yesterday of the Dominican Association of Insurance Brokers (ADOCOSE), Superintendent of Insurance Euclides Gutiérrez Félix said that the DR has become Latin America’s second best insurance market. The premium per capita in the DR was US$32.29 in 1998, up from US$13.23 in 1990 and putting the DR behind only Panama. However, […]

Wastes in Yaque del Norte River threatening health of Santiago barrios

A new study just released by the Technical University of Santiago (UTESA) says that contamination of the Yaque del Norte River is directly affecting the health of the inhabitants of 30 southern and western barrios of Santiago, and that most of the contamination is traceable to only 10 firms. The UTESA says that the river […]

SESPAS might close Baní salt works

The Environmental Health Department of the Public Health Ministry (SESPAS) may close the Sal Dominicana works in the Las Calderas sector of Baní. SESPAS has given the company until 5 May to address a series of environmental contamination problems identified by the Ministry or else face closure. SESPAS’ principal concerns are that the company is […]

National, foreign chains interested in building hotels in Pedernales

During a meeting yesterday with the executives and editorial staff of the news daily El Siglo, Tourism Minister (and presidential candidate) Félix ("Felucho") Jiménez revealed that several national and international chains have formally indicated to the Fernández Administration their interest in building 1,000 hotel room facilities in Cabo Rojo zone of Pedernales. He mentioned by […]

A revival of Dominicana de Aviación?

A press release by the Presidency this week reads that the Fernández Administration is working to revive the moribund state-owned airline, Dominicana de Aviación (CDA), with an eye having it running flights again before year-end. Eduardo Selman, Executive Director of the Dominican Corporation of State Enterprises (CORDE), which holds CDA’s assets, said that his organization […]