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The Banco Popular Dominicano is sponsoring all-day celebrations in tribute to Our Lady of High Grace Day (Día de la Virgen de la Altagracia) on Thursday, 21 January 2021. The day is a religious holiday honoring the named protector of the Dominican people. This year, a 24-hour celebration will be televised and streamed online. There …

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The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #307 reports 1,532 new PCR cases for the Tuesday, 19 January 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 1,677. The past seven days have been a record week since the start of the new administration in August …

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President Luis Abinader said on his five-month in government wrap up that foreign governments have shown an interest in replicating the Dominican government’s distance learning programs. The Ministry of Education decided to prepare daily lessons for students in public schools and air these on local television channels and online. The programming can also be used …

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The Ministry of Education says that 64% of the RD$13 billion paid to the United Nations for advisory services was used to fund the purchase of laptops, notebooks and tablets, as reported in Diario Libre. The purchase is confusing. Diario Libre has been following the purchase and says the transaction’s full details are not yet …

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The Dominican Electricity Industry Association (ADIE) reports that the Abinader government has reduced arrears with the power generators to the lowest level in the past three years. The debt has declined 56% when December 2020 is compared to December 2018. The power generation debt has declined from US$269 million in August 2020, at the change …

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The Customs Agency (DGA) reports that imports were US$17.28 billion in 2020, for a 16.47% decline compared to January-December 2019. Fuel imports were down 10.59%, accounting for most of the reduction in imports. Of the total, 47.68% were consumer goods, 35.02% raw materials and 17.29% capital goods. Consumer goods were down 18.42%, raw materials 15.56% …

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The Chamber of Deputies has begun interviews to find the replacement for ombudswoman Zoila Violeta Martínez. A special commission at the Chamber of Deputies is interviewing 95 aspiring candidates through 29 January 2021. The interviews are streamed online The candidates have 10 minutes to introduce themselves and talk about why they should be chosen. Then …

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With hours before the end of his Presidency, then US President Donald Trump signed the accreditation papers for Dominican ambassador to the United States, Sonia Guzmán. Guzmán was named to the position from the start of the Abinader administration in August 2020. There was no in person ceremony. She received a personal letter from the …

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The World Bank announced Michel Kerf is the new director for the six Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, effective 18 January 2021. The World Bank says the seven countries represent a portfolio of 43 projects worth US$4.7 billion. Project areas include education, health, disaster risk management, violence prevention, social protection, rural competitiveness, land …

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The BHD León announces remittances sent via their affiliates Ria and Flexienvíos can be withdrawn at bank ATMs. The BHD León is the first financial entity in the Dominican Republic to include ATMs as a channel for receiving remittances in Dominican pesos. Bank vice president Edigarbo García says the new service is part of the …