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Helping to Implement the Central America Free Trade Agreement in the Dominican Republic

The Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement Implementation project helped the Dominican Republic maintain rapid economic growth by diversifying its export products to improve its competitiveness by implementing its agreement with the United States.
Through the Strengthen Institutional Capacity for CAFTA-DR Implementation, Chemonics, with USAID, worked to strengthen key governmental institutions to implement the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. The project helped to increase the benefits of the agreement for the private sector.
The project fostered public-private dialogue and helped build civil society’s awareness and ability to research and analyze the impact of regional trade. The project’s primary objectives were to support the of the Dominican Republic government’s implementation of the agreement, increase the private sector benefit resulting from improved trade and investment policy implementation, and strengthen civil society’s ability to monitor and assess the agreement.
The project strategy relied on strengthening the institutional capacity of the Directorate of Foreign Trade and Trade Agreements Administration, with the systems, tools, and knowledge to provide strategic services beyond administrative functions and promote service mentality, as well as assist in adopting enforceable standards of accountability and service delivery, which transcend the terms of public office bearers.
The project focused on strengthening ownership, leadership, and responsibility in the CAFTA-DR’s implementation agenda by creating more efficient, effective, transparent, and performance-based institutions.
Project Results:
  • With project support, the Directorate of Foreign Trade (DICOEX) became equipped and trained to apply innovative systems such as the Trade Agreements Monitoring and Administration System and coordinated the modification of 32 laws, legal provisions, and procedures.
  • Improved DICOEX and Trade Agreements Administration research and data analysis capabilities and ability to monitor and oversee the agreement’s implementation.
  • Strengthened a foundation of trade-related expertise, skills, and technical know-how in the Dominican Republic through systematic development of human capital in public and private institutions.
  • To strengthen competition in the telecommunications industry, the project provided training to more than 4,000 public employees, regulated the government supplier selection process based on procedures that ensure equal access and open competition, and instituted an automated system for authorization to market medications in the country that enforces intellectual property rights provisions.

Project Duration: 2007-2012


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