Economy September 27, 2023 | 10:13 am

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World Bank cites weaknesses of the Dominican public administration

Santo Domingo.- Alexandria Valerio, the representative of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic, has highlighted several weaknesses within the country’s public administration. She pointed out that historically, the Dominican public administration has been characterized by a bureaucratic culture and a lack of emphasis on performance.

Speaking at the inaugural event for the “Reform and Modernization of Public Administration,” Valerio called upon all the nation’s stakeholders to unite in a pact aimed at further advancing and modernizing the Dominican State. She emphasized that this is a crucial strategy for enhancing the delivery of public services to citizens, improving democratic quality, and upholding the Social Rule of Law. Despite these challenges, Valerio acknowledged the State’s recent efforts in this regard.

Valerio stated, “The Dominican public administration has historically been characterized by fragmentation, a bureaucratic culture, and a weak focus on performance. The central Government consists of 23 ministries, along with over 300 dependent agencies, often implementing programs and regulations without considering the needs of other State entities.”

Recognizing the importance of reform and modernization in the Public Administration, Vice President of the Republic, Raquel Peña, emphasized that it should be embraced as a State policy. She stressed that this policy is crucial for social legitimacy and improving the quality of life for Dominicans.

Addressing the gathering focused on the “Reform and Modernization of Public Administration” and its aim to guide the country towards a National Pact for Institutionality, Vice President Peña stated that this commitment should not be merely the result of transient and disjointed intentions. Instead, it should represent a steadfast and sustainable decision of national significance, rooted in the nation’s history and guided by the clear vision of its political leadership.

Peña urged the attendees to embark on the journey of forging a commitment to establish and maintain the best possible institutional conditions. This commitment should ensure that the collective efforts of the present generation, those who came before, and those who will follow create a continuous spiral of development for the Dominican Republic.

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Paul Tierney
September 27, 2023 10:38 am

This weakness revelation asks the question, “how come the country continues to obtain loans from the World Bank”? The WB approved a loan in May 2023 of US $400 million to support the RD’s energy sector. It is mystifying!

Fundador
September 28, 2023 4:17 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

it’s not … collateral was secured with gold bullion ,backed by bank of Santander…interest is calculated on current credit rating ,and Moody’s recommendations …

MayaLuna
September 27, 2023 11:06 am

Reduction of unnecessary bureaucracy is essential for the DR to advance as a country. The formal businesses established in DR are drowned by unnecessary filings and archaic tax rules.

Last edited 8 months ago by MayaLuna
Richard
September 27, 2023 11:37 am
Reply to  MayaLuna

I agree but in fact the bureaucracy has expended rapidly in the last 2 years and until this problem is fixed the DR is held back..