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It’s the last day of July, and the last day of the working week… time to welcome the weekend, people! Finish off your week with our weekly summary of the country’s most relevant news, This Week in the Dominican Republic.
This week the Dominican Republic obtained another olympic gold medal, just like last week in the Pan Am games held in Toronto, and it was just announced that the country’s exports grew 67% over the last 10 years!
Dominican exports grow 67% to US$9.9B
Dominican exports have increased 67% in the last 10 years. From US$5.9 billion in 2004 to US$9.9 billion in 2014, including a 11% increase (that’s US$8.9 billion) from 2013 to 2014 alone.
Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD) director, Jean Alain Rodriguez, stressed that the numerous initiatives to promote exports and investment in the country will “create thousands of jobs and contribute to a higher growth of the Dominican economy”.
Customs destroys RD$476.3M in bootleg booze and goods
Last Thursday, July 30th, the Customs Agency (DGA), now in its sixth year of operation, destroyed bootleg alcohol and goods worth around RD$476.3MM.
Customs adviser, Gregorio Lora, said the operation aims to protect the legal businesses and representatives of certified brands.
Among the destroyed booze there was 315,196 cases of wine and vodka worth around RD$759.7 million; 16,000 bottles of perfume estimated at RD$131.8 million.
Also destroyed were two boxes of belt buckles worth around RD$131.2 million and various other goods with an estimated value of RD$305.8 million.
Teen scores Dominican Republic’s first Special Olympics gold
Daniella Fortuna, a twelve year old girl from the Dominican Republic won the country’s first Gold Medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last Wednesday, July 29th.
The Santo Domingo native not only stood atop the podium in the 200M Freestyle, but she also won Silver in the 4x100M.
The Special Olympic World Games is one of the largest sporting events in the world, and is held every four years. This year the World Games were held in Los Angeles from last Saturday, July 25th to next Sunday, August 2nd.
Senior Colombia official’s secretary nabbed with US$1M upon arriving from Dominican Republic
Last Thursday, July 30th, Colombian police arrested the secretary of a senior official of the Attorney General and four others allegedly linked to a smuggling network when they entered the country with more than US$1 million hidden in her luggage, said officials in Bogotá quoted by EFE.
Carmen Sofia Carreño, secretary of Attorney General Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) director, Julian Quintana, was arrested in Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport and with her a man who accompanied her and her daughter as they returned from Dominican Republic.
Two other people were also arrested in the operation according to the Presidency in Bogotá.
Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, said US$1.08 million was seized from the travelers, adding that two of the detainees belonged to the Administrative Security Department (DAS), an agency disbanded several years ago after an illegal wiretapping scandal.