Dominican Republic

Geography:

  • Location:
    • Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti
  • Area:
    • Total: 48,730 sq km
    • Land: 48,380 sq km
    • Water: 350 sq km
  • Coastline:
    • 1,288 km
  • Maritime Claims:
    • Contiguous Zone: 24 NM
    • Territorial Sea: 6 NM
    • Continental Shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the Continental Margin
    • Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 NM
  • Natural Resources:
    • Nickel, bauxite, gold, silver

People:

  • Population: 8,715,602 (July 2003 est.)
  • Nationality: Noun: Dominican(s); Adjective: Dominican
  • Ethnic groups: white 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Languages: Spanish

Government:

  • Country name: Conventional long form: Dominican Republic
  • Government type: representative democracy
  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Administrative divisions: 29 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 district* (distrito); Azua, Baoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Distrito Nacional*, Duarte, Elias Pina, El Seibo, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Samana, Sanchez Ramirez, San Cristobal, San Juan, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Valverde
  • International organization participation:
    ACP, Caricom (observer), ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (subscriber), ITU, LAES, LAIA (observer), NAM (observer), OAS, OPANAL, OPCW (signatory), PCA, RG, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

Economy:

  • Inflation rate (consumer prices): 5.3% (2002 est.)
  • Industries: tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
  • Agriculture - products: sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs
  • Exports: $5.3 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
  • Exports - commodities: ferronickel, sugar, gold, silver, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, meats, consumer goods
  • Imports: $8.7 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
  • Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, petroleum, cotton and fabrics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • Currency: Dominican peso (DOP)

National Policy:

  • Política en Asuntos Marinos
  • Política en Investigación y Ciencia Marina
  • Política en Areas Costeras
  • Política en Medio Ambiente

Institutional Structure:

    Centro de Investigaciones de Biología Marina (CIBIMA)
    Aristides F Cabral, Esquina Ortega Frier, Antiguo Hospital El Marion. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.
    Teléfono: (809) 686-3250
    Fax: (809) 687-0721
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    Departamento de Recursos Pesqueros. Secretaria de Estado de Agricultura.
    Kilometro 6 ½ Autopista Duarte, Los Jardines del Norte.
    Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

    Secretaria de Estado de Relaciones Exteriores.
    Avenida Independencia No. 7-52, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.
    Teléfono: (809) 535-6280
    Fax: (809) 535-5752

    National Focal Point for IOCARIBE
    Ms. Ydalia Acevedo Monegro
    Viceministerio de Recursos Costeros y Marinos
    Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales
    Av. John F. Kennedy. Edificio Secretaria de Agricultura. 1er Piso
    Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
    Tel: (809) 732 4988 / (809) 547 2585
    Cel: (809) 501 2692
    Fax: (809) 547 3057
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