2020News

Apache signs to exploit oil and natural gas in southeastern DR

Energy & Mines Minister Antonio Almonte signed the country’s first oil exploitation contract with Apache Dominican Republic Corporation. The contract had been awarded in November 2019. Almonte announced at the ceremony at the Presidential Palace that the country will receive at least 40% of the profits. The US oil company seeks to exploit oil and …
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After too many tragic road accidents, Public Works takes action and announces repairs of Duarte highway

The Ministry of Public Works announced the start of repairs and expansion works of the Duarte Highway, the main south-north connection. Public Works Minister Deligne Ascención said repairs will start at Km 9 in the National District and will go all the way to Santiago. The decision says the repairs are to reduce traffic accidents …
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Work resumes on Santiago-Puerto Plata secondary road

Contractors have resumed improvements on the Carretera Turistica Gregorio Luperón, the alternate mountain road to eastern Puerto Plata. The mountain road has been under construction for years due to the constant sinking and landslides. Works are 90% finished. The contractors are working in the Yásica district in Puerto Plata province, where new drainage is being …
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New authorities recognize outgoing Infotep directors

More the exception than the rule when management changes in a government agency. The new authorities at the government Institute of Technical Vocational Training (Infotep) recognized the work of past general manager Rafael Ovalles (2014-2020) and its business sector representative Francisco Capellán (2011-2020). The Board of Directors of Infotep on Wednesday, 22 October 2020, honored …
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Brazilian court rules Odebrecht cannot restructure the US$184 million deal with the Dominican Republic

A Brazilian court has ruled that Odebrecht must continue paying a bribery fine to the Dominican Republic. The court did not accept the debt being listed for restructuring due to the Brazilian construction company’s bankruptcy reorganization proceedings. The company had only paid US$60 million of the US$184 million it had agreed to pay when it …
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Foreign Minister says he canceled contracting with company linked to his nephew

Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez says that in September he canceled contracting with the Waterlux Enterprises catering company with ties to his nephew, Marcelo Guzmán. He said the company had been offering its services to the Ministry of Foreign Relations since 2018 and had sold RD$14 million to the ministry in services. He said the company …
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Dominican ambassadors named to Russia, Peru, Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, Egypt, Turkey and El Salvador

President Luis Abinader named Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos as the new Dominican ambassador to Russia. Dannenberg for years had been the Dominican ambassador in India. Other appointments are Alejandro Arias Zarzuela to Peru, Faruk Miguel to Haiti, Sandra Macebo to Honduras, Also Julio César George Encarnación top El Salvador, Manuel Morales Lama to Egypt, and …
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US Ambassador Bernstein shares her experience in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

US Ambassador Robin Bernstein urges all to take breast cancer seriously. In a message on occasion of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, she shared her own experience after being diagnosed this January 2020 and overcoming the disease. She recalled in the message on Facebook that earlier this year she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. …