Economy November 30, 2022 | 1:00 pm

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Foreign investment in the Dominican Republic rises 21%, but Guyana displaces it in the Caribbean

According to a recent ECLAC report, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the Dominican Republic increased by 21% in 2021, totaling 3.1 billion dollars, the highest level since 2017. However, Guyana was the Caribbean country with the highest amount of growth last year, surpassing Quisqueya, which had previously led the subregion in investment receipts. The report “Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean,” released yesterday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal), shows that FDI inflows into the Caribbean increased by 19.4% in 2021, owing primarily to capital inflows into the Guyana hydrocarbons sector and an increase in FDI in the Dominican Republic.

According to the document, Guyana is now the main destination for FDI in the subregion, accounting for 50% of inflows, followed by the Dominican Republic (35%). “The COVID-19 crisis severely impacted the Caribbean economies with a tourism vocation, but they have already achieved levels of foreign investment that are 24% higher than those of 2019,” notes ECLAC.

While investment in the tourism and hotel sectors has begun to pick up in the Dominican Republic, he notes that other countries, such as Jamaica and Barbados, have demonstrated their potential in the business process outsourcing sector, attracting investment from companies in the industry.

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Jay Will
November 30, 2022 1:51 pm

Because too much bureaucracy in the DR and weak institutions when it comes to processing permits, titles , etc! And of course corruption! Pay to play!!

November 30, 2022 2:12 pm
Reply to  Jay Will

I completely agree with your comment above. Too much bureaucracy combined with overzealous tax laws and arcane bank laws make it very difficult to achieve a decent return on investments other than the large hotel complexes. All other foreign based investors get scammed and never come back. Eventually, if nothing is done about this, the myth of RD being a paradise for investors will end.

December 4, 2022 1:53 am
Reply to  Jay Will

It’s because of recent oil discoveries in Guayana. The DR has less bureaucracy and corruption than Guayana.

Jo josh
December 1, 2022 11:34 am

All u can say is that when I was in the DR to open a bank account because I plan in doing business there, I had to wait 3 days to get the account opened… Why the wait? I am used to walking out with the bank account already ooened