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Living and vacationing in Casa de Campo is undeniably heavenly, however, what exactly is going on beyond our little piece of paradise? For those of you interested in a little bit of news from around the Dominican Republic, welcome to our new weekly column “this week in the Dominican Republic”, bringing you a summary of the most important and interesting DR news.
Talks held between Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Earlier this week high level talks between Haiti and the Dominican Republic took place, with the aim to find solutions to shared problems such as trade, immigration and security.
During these talks, the Haitian government requested that 55 of 59 border crossings be closed to enable stricter tariff controls on good entering Haiti from the Dominican Republic.
Another important topic also discussed was the status of undocumented citizens living in the Dominican Republic – something which both countries hope to find a solution to soon.
Dominican Central Bank reserves top US$4.3 billion
The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic closed 2013 with net international reserves of US$4.3 billion. Announced figures place net international reserves at US$4.3 billion and gross at US$4.6 billion gross.
Here come the hump-back whales
The Dominican Republic’s whale watching season in the country’s northeast peninsula, Samaná starts next week! Year after year, thousands of international tourists and residents from the Dominican Republic travel to Samaná to enjoy this fabulous spectacle, this year is taking place between January 15th and the 31st of March.
Banana exports reach US$250 million
As a result of phytosanitary programs to contain the effects of Black Sigatoka disease, bananas are now the Dominican Republic’s top agricultural export.
Tourism to the Dominican Republic up by 3% in 2013
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, is celebrating the continued growth of tourism to the country, with the number of visitors having increased by 3% last year. Predictions are that these figures will increase in 2014.
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