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Good economic performance for Dominican Republic

Inter American Development Bank stresses IMF praise
The local representative of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), Manuel Labrado said yesterday that the Dominican economic growth figures reflected a very positive performance over several years. Labrado highlighted the International Monetary Fund's recent praise for the country's economic performance as well as the solidarity shown by the Dominican Republic towards neighboring Haiti in the wake of January's earthquake. He said that such praise from the IMF, the "chiefs" of the world economy, was indeed something of which the country could be proud.

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Dominican Republic safe for tourists

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said last week that tourism in the Dominican Republic was at "no risk" after the earthquake of Jan. 12 in Haiti that left about 217,000 dead.

The representative of PAHO in the country, Merlin Fernandez said there was no risk at all for tourists visiting the Dominican Republic, "because all health measures to be taken in such cases have been implemented  by the Government Dominican in an effective way."

Fernandez said in a statement that the Dominican and Haitian authorities, with support from aid agencies, have secured  epidemiological control at the border and affected areas with robust actions to prevent disease outbreaks.

The Dominican Government has implemented diphtheria and tetanus vaccines for the entire population without distinction of any kind along the entire border, and has also taken steps to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases and other transmitted diseases as well as tuberculosis," he said.

The representative of PAHO reported that while the Americas region is considered polio-free territory, a passive surveillance is maintained.

With regard to malaria, Fernandez was satisfied that appropriate measures were in place at the border to protect everyone, including the aid workers, traveling to and from Haiti.

He said that it will take significant efforts to rehabilitate the victims, while he also stressed the need to provide mental health support due to the impact of the tragedy on the earthquake survivors.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic new Cultural Capital 2010

Dominican Republic General Interest - Culture

New honour for Dominican Republic

President Leonel Fernandez proclaimed Santo Domingo as the Cultural Capital  2010 during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace recently.

Last year the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals in Barcelona chose Santo Domingo to become the first Caribbean and Central American nation to receive this title.

Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Bureau of Cultural Capitals President, Xavier Tudela, said that the Dominican Republic has cultural values for all of the world to see, and that the title will ensure that they will be further projected overseas. 

Along with the well-recognised areas of culture, the Dominican Republic also has some more unusual cultural sights to offer its visitors, such as dancing on rum or beer bottles, as shown in the photo above.  This event regularly takes place at a restaurant in Santo Domingo and was watched recently by West Indies Real Estate's Judith Fox-Hogg and Paul Hogg.  The Dominican Republic has something for everyone!
 

 

 

 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic new shopping capital of the Caribbean

Dominican Republic - Ikea opens to delight of West Indies Real Estate

Ikea opens tomorrow

President Leonel Fernandez and First Lady Margarita Cedeno are expected to attend the opening of Ikea in Santo Domingo tomorrow. The new store will be the first Ikea in Latin America. The Swedish furniture and home decoration store is expected to set new standards for shopping in Santo Domingo and strengthen the city's positioning as the new shopping capital of the Caribbean.

West Indies Real Estate welcomes this development....we will shop until we drop!

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Dominican Republic part of development plan for Hispaniola

Dominican Republic General Interest - Development with Haiti

Reconstruction of Haiti should involve Dominican Republic

The Herrera Industrial Association (AEIH) is suggesting that the international community and the Dominican and Haitian authorities propose the creation of an agreement for a long-term development plan involving both countries. According to El Nuevo Diario, the rebuilding of Haiti has to go beyond short-term assistance in order for the country to achieve long-term economic independence. The AEIH, headed by Miguel Cabrera, warned that no matter how much money is spent or how much international aid is channeled into Haiti, the effects will not be sustainable in the long term unless a plan is developed that involves both countries in a strategy that raises production, strengthens commerce and creates jobs on both sides of the island.
The AEIH has expressed its support for the stance taken by Andres Vanderhorst Alvarez, the head of the National Competitiveness Council, who suggested the creation of a development plan that includes elements of production as a complement to the Dominican Republic’s Competitiveness Plan. He proposed the creation of a Hispaniola Cluster so that the two countries could insert themselves into the international marketplace.

The AEIH emphasized that the plan would in no way affect the sovereignty of either country.

West Indies Real Estate has been very impressed by the efforts of the Dominican population, both Dominicans and ex-pats, to provide help following the Haitian earthquake, which occurred on 12th February.

 

 

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Dominican Republic praised as tourist destination

Dominican Republic Tourism

Tourist services have "improved markedly" in Dominican Republic

A large delegation from the Dominican hotel industry attended the XXX International Tourism Fair (FITUR) that was held in Madrid, Spain. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia hosted a luncheon for the presidents of Spanish hotel chains that operate in the Dominican Republic and a dinner for the Dominican delegation. During the luncheon, the Spanish guests said that tourist services in the country had improved markedly over the years and they said that they appreciated the fact that the Dominican government had taken an interest in protecting the industry. They also commented that the Dominican Republic had increased in quality as a destination over the past 2 or 3 years.

Javier Garcia announced the conclusion of Territorial Zoning of the tourist areas, including the National Signage Plan that will enable overseas visitors to travel around more easily.

West Indies Real Estate lists many properties suitable for purchase as vacation rental invsetments.  Please contact us for further details.

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Orange will provide 3G service in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic General Interest - Orange improves service in Dominican Republic

Better communications on the way

Telecoms company Orange Dominicana has announced an investment of more than US$900 million in telecommunications development in the country, in projects that include the launch of the novel technology known as 3G+, enabling customers to access the internet simply and flexibly.
The access to one of the latest advances in telephone technology will be available to Dominicans beginning next month, as announced by the company yesterday as they hailed the facility that will be offered to the public as one of the decade’s major achievements.

The latest third generation technology Orange Net 3G+, available from February, will provide both data and voice transmission, via phone calls, video downloads, email exchanges and instant messaging, from a laptop, in the home or on a mobile 3G.

Making the announcement, Orange Dominicana president Jean Marc Harion and Orange International president Olaf Swantee stressed that Orange customers would be able to enjoy the Orange 3G+ technology, accompanied by the largest GSM network in the country, and with the greatest value-added options and facilities in the market and resulting in an optimum communication experience. Orange investments in 3G+ are worth more than US$25 million, adding quality to the communications infrastructure in the country. The initial investment made in 2009 with the frequencies in the 900MHz band cover the National District, Santiago and Bavaro. In 2010, the coverage should extend to the main areas of the country and provide service to 50% of the population.

For more on communications in the Dominican Republic, from a West Indies Real Estate perspective, click here.

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Finally, Ikea comes to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic General Interest - Ikea comes to town

West Indies Real Estate welcomes Ikea to the Dominican Republic

Ikea will be opening its first store in Latin America this coming Wednesday, 17 February. The catalogue features prices equal to those offered in Europe, in many cases well below prices in other stores in the Dominican Republic. As of Friday, 29 January, Ikea will be distributing 300,000 copies of its 376-page catalogue to homes in Santo Domingo.  Also, the catalogue can be accessed online.

Marketing director Julissa Taveras said that Santo Domingo was chosen because the company sees the DR as a progressing country that is full of opportunities, as reported in Listin Diario. She said that the company is open to the idea of sourcing goods from Dominican suppliers at some future point.

For the Dominican market, the company has hired a Spanish company to provide furniture and goods assembly services.

West Indies Real Estate has its own in-house Interior Design expertise in the form of Broker/Owner, Judith Fox-Hogg, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Design.  We are happy to advise on your requirements when you are purchasing property from West Indies Real Estate.

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Dominican Republic key part of reconstruction of Haiti

The Herrera Industrial Association (AEIH) is suggesting that the international community and the Dominican and Haitian authorities propose the creation of an agreement for a long-term development plan involving both countries. According to El Nuevo Diario, the rebuilding of Haiti has to go beyond short-term assistance in order for the country to achieve long-term economic independence. The AEIH, headed by Miguel Cabrera, warned that no matter how much money is spent or how much international aid is channeled into Haiti, the effects will not be sustainable in the long term unless a plan is developed that involves both countries in a strategy that raises production, strengthens commerce and creates jobs on both sides of the island.
The AEIH has expressed its support for the stance taken by Andres Vanderhorst Alvarez, the head of the National Competitiveness Council, who suggested the creation of a development plan that includes elements of production as a complement to the Dominican Republic’s Competitiveness Plan. He proposed the creation of a Hispaniola Cluster so that the two countries could insert themselves into the international marketplace. The AEIH emphasized that the plan would in no way affect the sovereignty of either country.

At the same time, President Rafael Correa of Ecuador visited the Dominican Republic for a meeting with President Leonel Fernandez. He said the purpose of their discussion was to coordinate aid to Haiti. He also overnighted at the United Nations Minustah camp in Haiti and praised Dominican aid to Haiti. “I saw the immense number of Dominican trucks with aid for the people of Haiti. I believe that by working together we can give Haiti the definite push that its heroic people need for the destiny they deserve,” he said at a press conference following the 2-hour meeting.

If you would like to help the Haitian earthquake victims, via one of West Indies Real Estate's chosen charities, Island Impact Ministries,  click here.

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No damage from Haitian earthquake in Dominican Republic

 
Despite feeling the strong tremor across the whole country, the Dominican Republic experienced no damage from the earthquake and all transportation systems, communication systems and tourism businesses are operating smoothly.

The major global tourism destinations in the Dominican Republic in the North and East of the island are located at least 400 miles (633 kilometers)  from Haiti's capital, or a 10-12 hour drive, with numerous mountain ranges separating the two countries.
 
Unlike our neighbours in Haiti who suffered devastation, Dominican properties, hotels, resorts, beaches and the natural environment suffered no damage and all tourism businesses are conducting normal operations.
 
Aid initiatives are being organised by the Dominican government, local organisations, churches and the many foreign voluntary workers who are located in this country. 
 
West Indies Real Estate expresses its sympathy to the Haitian people and owners, agents and staff will be joining in the aid efforts of their individual communities etc.
 
 

 

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Santo Domingo Choir caroling the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic General Interest

Christmas Concert

The Santo Domingo Cathedral Choir presents its Christmas Concert on Christmas Day. The caroling begins at 8.00 p.m. sharp because it is a TV production. In order to get seats, be sure to arrive no later than 7.00 p.m. because it is a very popular event.

West Indies Real Estate is doing its own bit to bring culture to the north coast, via North Coast Players, the new theatre group to take the north coast by storm.

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Dominican Latin American Idol, Martha Heredia, comes home

Dominican Republic General Interest - Martha Heredia - Latin American Idol

Martha Heredia loved by all in Dominican Republic

Young singer Martha Heredia was met with a heroine's welcome on her return to the Dominican Republic yesterday. Last week Martha was crowned this season's Latin American Idol contest winner. Heredia was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd at the Las Americas International Airport, and then made her way to the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo where she met President Fernandez and First Lady Margarita Cedeno. Commenting on Heredia's excitement, the President said that the Ambassador's Hall at the Presidential Palace had seen celebrities, sports stars and been the scene of many great events, but never had it been filled with so much energy, until last night. Heredia, who was joined by her parents, gave a positive message to youth, saying that they need to follow their dreams because it's never too late. Speaking on her record, Heredia says she can't give out too many details, but that her first CD will be out soon and will include songs in different genres.

 

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Third West Indies Real Estate charity to receive donation from North Coast Players

Dominican Republic General Interest - Sosua Kids

Sosua Kids receive funds

Finishing off our current series on charities receiving support from North Coast Players, Sosua Kids was the third charity to receive a donation of just under 20,000 pesos (approx. US$555) to further their work in helping some of the poorest Dominican children in Sosua to receive an education.  West Indies Real Estate adopted this charity last year, along with AAAS  and Island Impact Ministries and co-owner, Judith Fox-Hogg, founded North Coast Players with the intention of raising funds for local charities, including those supported by West Indies Real Estate. 

Mary Kay Ballack, Office Manager of West Indies Real Estate, is seen in the photo presenting the donation to Karen Conquergood  (President) and Janet Williams (Treasurer) of Sosua Kids.

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Another West Indies Real Estate Charity benefits from North Coast Players

Dominican Republic General Interest

Island Impact Ministries receives much needed boost from North Coast Players

Island Impact Ministries was the second of three charities  to receive a donation of just under 20,000 pesos (approx. US$555) to further their work in providing medical care to some of the poorest communities on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  West Indies Real Estate adopted this charity last year, along with AAAS (as reported earlier) and Sosua Kids (more to follow) and co-owner, Judith Fox-Hogg, founded North Coast Players with the intention of raising funds for local charities, including those supported by West Indies. 

 

In thanking North Coast Players for their great effort, Island Impact Ministries Co-Founder, Robert Nelson, wrote:

We just want to say thank you so much for your recent gift of Rd$19,650.00 to support our medical clinic ministry in Sosua and Cabarete.  Your gift is a great encouragement to us as the pinch of this bad economy has made it even more difficult for us to provide adequate care for the poor that come to us for help their medical needs each week. 
 
We hope the new theatre venture is the beginning of something big for the North Coast Players and their caring support of the Dominican people as well.  Thank you again and may God bless you!
 
Sincerely,
 
Rob & Kelli Nelson, and the Fundacion Island Impact staff.        

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in the Dominican Republic

It's Christmas time again.

Several companies have begun their Christmas celebrations. Jumbo commercial mall on Santo Domingo's Luperon Avenue has announced Christmas Choir Symphony recitals in its food court area every Saturday, starting 28th November through Saturday, 26th December at 5pm.

Banco Popular has begun its Sunday Christmas Story performances in the parking lot of its John F Kennedy headquarters.

Here, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, West Indies Real Estate's Team will be enjoying their annual Christmas party this Saturday, 12th December.

 

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