Carrefour announces RD$700 million expansion

Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, announced it would be investing RD$700 million to expand its Plaza Duarte store. Carrefour opened last year with a supermarket, eight stores, two banks and seven food vending shops. The expansion calls for the construction and sale of 65 new shops within the complex located on the outskirts of […]

Dominican travel marketplace takes place in La Romana

The Dominican Resistance Memorial Museum is exhibiting a selection of restored clothing sewn and worn by the Mirabal sisters who were slain in 1960 at the orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. The exhibition of the “The Mirabal Sisters Textile Collection” seeks to give people a closer, more human look at the heroines, who […]

Mejia administration under increasing criticism

The Mejia administration is under much criticism these days for its decisions and subsequent changes of mind, and for issuing decrees that are being disputed for having illegal clauses. The government mishaps have been so frequent since its start that the revoking of decrees has almost become the norm. The El Siglo newspaper editorialist today […]

Foreign doctors need to get their papers in order

The Ministry of Public Health instructed provincial health directors to give final terms to foreign-educated doctors that are working illegally as physicians in the DR. Minister of Health Jose Rodriguez Soldevilla issued the statement in compliance with a request from the Dominican Medical Association. The AMD complained about the growing numbers of foreign doctors who […]

ICDA becomes a university

With Decree 389-01, President Hipolito Mejia turns the Dominican-American Cultural Institute (ICDA) into a full-fledged university. The government has authorized the ICDA to offer university degrees in business administration, tourism and hotel business administration, marketing and advertising. Also authorized are degrees in education in the areas of the arts, English as a second language, pre-school […]

Jeep purchase loans granted individually

Minister of Sports Minister of Sports Cesar Cedeño confirmed that the Banco de Reservas authorized an RD$15.1 million lending package for 28 officers of the sports department. He said that the government commercial bank nevertheless holds each individual responsible for paying back the loan. The terms of the loans were not disclosed. But Hoy newspaper […]

Government enjoys surplus in February

The National Budget for February shows a surplus of RD$126.4 million according to a statement published in the press today. The statement indicates that the government spent RD$4,155.6 million, and received RD$4,282 million. Tax revenues were up at the Dirección General de Impuestos Internos. That department had budgeted RD$4,260.5 million and collected RD$4,630.1 million. But […]