Economy September 13, 2022 | 3:04 pm

Minister of Economy affirms the country’s improvement in the HDI demonstrates the country’s great resilience

Santo Domingo, DR.

The Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development, Pável Isa Contreras, considered as truly remarkable that the country had shown an advance of up to 10 positions in the Human Development Index (HDI) in such an adverse context where almost all countries had a recoil.

According to the Human Development Report 2021-22: “Uncertain times, unstable lives: Shaping our future in a changing world,” the Dominican Republic is one of the few exceptions to the global trend: the country’s HDI increased slightly ( +0.39%), going from 0.764 in 2020 to 0.767 in 2021.

Isa Contreras affirmed that the improvement in the HDI demonstrates the great resilience of the Dominican Republic, to which a set of public policies has contributed.

The economist and researcher detailed among these policies the successful vaccination program of the Dominican Government and the actions that promoted the development of tourism.

“These elements made it possible for the economy to reactivate quickly and with great force and we achieved progress in the economic sub-index of the Human Development Index,” he emphasized.

He argued that it was also quite remarkable that the Dominican Republic, compared to the rest of the world, made significant progress in educational matters. He stated that in the country, the Government achieved a much more normal school year in 2021 than that of most countries, despite the context, which allowed all education indicators to quickly return to pre-pandemic levels.

Isa Contreras maintained that the country after the pandemic showed an increase in years of schooling from 8.1 to 9.3 while verifying an increase in average national income per capita of more than 2%.

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Peter Harris
September 13, 2022 4:06 pm

If things are so good, why is it that every day I receive requests for help with medicine for the dying who have been sent home from the hospital without pain killers; or people needing building supplies to make a house – on someone else’s land because the Viccini family owns half the island; or requests to buy food ; supplies and shoes for the kids to return to school; dental aid ; money to take an English course; money for rent because otherwise people would be living on the street….etc etc. Why is this happening if things are so good ? So glad that 50% of the population is celebrating while the other 50% struggles day to day to survive !

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luis pena
September 14, 2022 9:52 am
Reply to  Peter Harris

do you want the government to give materials to people to built a house? WTF, the vicini do not owns half the island, actually they are not even the largest land owner in the country. if you want all those things for free move to ….i dont think inven in communist china they give all the goodies you are asking. get a grip.