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    DR is the second most likely place in Latin America where you pay bribes according to a report just out from Transparency International:

    https://www.diariolibre.com/mundo/la...n-ti-LF8337085

    https://www.transparency.org/_view/publication/7983

    I suppose when you read the stories posted in DR1 News today this will not surprise you:

    Quirinito case shows lack of controls in local judiciary

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    El Dia: Have we gone mad?

    Seems that the government is currently paralyzed dealing with it's own internal party debates and the ongoing Odebrecht scandal.

    All this and add that the country is slipping way down when it comes to efficiency (DR slides 12 places in Global Competitiveness Index) and a new budget will do nothing to address a growing public debt (2017 National Budget keeps scheme of increasing debt) .

    Can we have some good news! Well I suppose this was some good news....Big traffic fines not being applied

    .......for some!

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    I must admit, I'm shocked!
    I thought for sure we would be number one

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    Trigger happy

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    The obvious question to ask.

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    I suppose if we knew the basis of the comparison and the quality of the research we could judge better . For me, I have absolutely no problem in paying for services rendered or to be rendered ..I do it throughout Latin America as it is the long standing way of doing business . The rest is just opinions..I can make one, anyone can make one including a newspaper desperately trying to sell a rag . Finally everyone knows that there are wonderful laws being made every week here but that compliance is quite another matter. Here the people want personal liberty to do exactly what they wish and to a large extent, they do this very well .

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    I must admit, I'm shocked!
    I thought for sure we would be number one
    I have worked and spent time in Central and South America . Nicaragua, Hondruas, Guatemala are way more corrupt. Peru and Colombia were similar. Surprisingly El Salvador and Ecuador seemed to have their act together in terms of corruption and governmental compliance

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfp View Post
    I have worked and spent time in Central and South America . Nicaragua, Hondruas, Guatemala are way more corrupt.
    How long ago was it you worked there? They might have more corrupt in the past but according to
    Transparency International, they are not as corrupt as the DR now a days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    How long ago was it you worked there? They might have more corrupt in the past but according to
    Transparency International, they are not as corrupt as the DR now a days.
    It was between 11-13 while working in Guatemala and El Salvador. I traveled in the other countries as a tourist in the mid 2000's and Colombia in 2014.

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    Default Punta Catalina Generator damaged already

    https://www.diariolibre.com/economia...raso-CM8358343

    If it isn't bad enough agreeing a contract to build coal fired generation plants for 2 billion dollars, and then being told there are variations for 700 million dollars plus sought, we now hear that a generator has been damaged to the tune of 13 million dollars even before it has even spun once with potential delays to the project as a result. Lets hope that guarantee covers all.

    All this comes after neighboring Puerto Rico was badly damaged after Maria and much of the country is still without power and will be so for many weeks to come and there they question the sense of centralized generation plant.

    To go for two coal fired plants producing 600MW plus in one location raised eyebrows and after Maria it just makes no sense.

    Smaller more quickly built and environmentally more friendly gas powered and solar plus wind plants surely were the correct answers especially in hindsight.

    Just imagine how long DR will be without power if a Maria ever hits with it's current and to be expanded grid.

    The idea of smaller localized generation throughout the country as is the case on the East Coast and was the case in Las Terrenas makes more sense nowadays.

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    No politician these days seems to be able to look further ahead and make a plan past the next general election. Any project that spans the term of a single Govt before completion is going to be a mess and will be revised countless times for additional costs.

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