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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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23 February 2016
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Overview and role of the EITI

The Dominican Republic has experienced significant economic growth over the past decade. The contribution of the extractive sector to the national economy grew from 0.7% to 4.2% between 2010 and 2018 and accounted for 46% of the country’s exports in 2020. Nevertheless, the government is not dependent on extractive revenues, which accounted for 3.7% of total government revenue in 2020.

The two main commodities produced in the Dominican Republic are gold and ferronickel. The mining sector is mainly driven by two large mining operations, Pueblo Viejo and Falcondo. The government has also promoted oil and gas exploration for which it concluded the first bidding round in 2019, however no discoveries have been made to date.

The government is using the EITI platform to support the enforcement of a transparency framework in its effort to develop extractive resources. However, a number of civil society organisations oppose the expansion of the extractive sector due to the environmental and social impacts that mining has had in the past. In this context, the EITI is being used as a platform for dialogue and debate.

Economic contribution of the extractive industries

to government revenues
to exports
to GDP
to employment
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Innovations and policy reforms


  • In 2019, EITI-RD consulted key stakeholders to conduct an evaluation on the impact of the EITI in the Dominican Republic, specifically in relation to the objective of the EITI work plan and recommendations from EITI reporting.  
  • In 2019, EITI-RD commissioned a study on the scope and materiality of EITI reporting. The study provides recommendations on what types of disclosures should be made in accordance with the EITI Standard.
  •  to identify data that is systematically disclosed through government and company systems. The evaluation also provides recommendations on strengthening these disclosures further.

  • Since February 2018, institutional communications and relations on procedures for auditing and monitoring extractives revenues have strengthened among government agencies. This inter-agency coordination, led by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, has allowed for EITI reporting to become more streamlined, enabling the government to strengthen its systems and more efficiently disclose data that matters to its citizens.
  • In 2021, EITI-RD conducted an evaluation

EITI transparency is good for countries, good for governments, and good for companies because it gives guarantees that ensure the sector is being managed under a global standard.

Maritza Ruiz Observatory of Public Policy, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo

Extractive sector data

Production and exports


Revenue collection

Level of detail 2

Revenue distribution

Standardised revenue types

Top paying companies


Extractive sector management

Licenses and contracts

Mining titles and rights are granted through a public bidding process and are awarded by the General Directorate of Mining (DGM), under the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The DGM is responsible for managing the mining cadastre, registry and licenses applications. More information on awarded licenses is available on the EITI-RD website.

Information on mining licenses and concessions is published via the DGM's website. Resolutions for mining titles granted since 2014 are publicly available on the Ministry of Energy and Mines' website. Mining contracts are explained and disclosed in the EITI-RD webportal, including the special contracts signed for the Pueblo Viejo and Presa de Cola Las Lagunas projects.

Beneficial ownership

In the Dominican Republic, the registration of beneficial owners is regulated by the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law. The law provides a definition for beneficial ownership and Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). Article 50 of the Tax Code includes the obligation for all companies to identify their beneficial owner and any modification thereto.

Beneficial ownership information is currently not publicly disclosed.

Revenue distribution

All mining revenues are captured in the Single Treasury Account and are not associated with a specific expenditure account. However, the National Development Strategy includes as a line of action "to design and implement mechanisms for municipalities to participate in the revenues generated by metallic and non-metallic mining operations established in their territory and to finance sustainable development projects."

The government uses different modalities to allocate part of the resources from mining projects to municipalities and/or development funds. These vary per contract, project and province, and an overview is provided on the EITI-RD website.

In 2020, the government produced a report to analyse whether the transfer of 5% of net profits generated by Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC) were being made during 2017 and 2018 in accordance with the agreed revenue sharing formula. The formula for calculating subnational transfers for the mining company Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporatión-Barrick (Barrick-PVDC) is outlined in a concept paper.

EITI implementation


EITI-RD is administered by the Dominican Republic Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG), also known as the Comisión Nacional EITI-RD (CNEITI-RD), in accordance with Decree 248-16. The MSG is chaired by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte Reynoso, and is comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society.



Dominican Republic was found to have made meaningful progress in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard in February 2020, following its first Validation. The Validation identified three corrective actions to be addressed by the country’s next Validation, expected to commence in April 2023.


Latest Validation: 14 February 2020

Assessment of EITI requirements

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Overall Progress

MSG oversight

1.1Government engagement

The government is engaged in the EITI process. Relevant government agencies have played an active role in implementing the EITI including engaging in the MSG process as full members and collaborating in technical support groups. Government agencies participate actively in the EITI reporting process.

1.2Company engagement

Company representatives are fully, actively and effectively engaged in the EITI process. There is an enabling environment for company participation and all material companies participate in EITI reporting.

1.3Civil society engagement

Civil society is actively and effectively engaged in the EITI process. Stakeholders are able to engage actively in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the EITI process.

1.4MSG governance

The MSG has representatives from each stakeholder group with no suggestion of interference or coercion in the nomination processes. The ToR for the MSG addresses the requirements of the EITI Standard and stakeholders have not highlighted any significant deviations from the ToR in practice. MSG appears to be functioning well as an oversight body, although it rarely serves as a platform for policy debate.

1.5Work plan

The 2019 EITI work plan is publicly accessible, produced in a timely manner and updated annually, with objectives aligned with national priorities. The work plan also includes specific activities to follow up on recommendations from EITI reporting. The three constituencies have consulted their broader stakeholder groups in preparing annual work plans.

Licenses and contracts

2.1Legal framework

The EITI Report and the online portal provide a clear, concise overview of the legal framework and fiscal regime. Hyperlinks enable the reader to easily access further information. On-going reforms are comprehensively described.

2.2License allocations

Information about licenses awarded and transferred in 2016 is publicly available. The process for awarding and transferring licenses is described. Stakeholders did not express concerns about non-trivial deviations.

2.3License register

Publicly available license information appears to be comprehensive, and it is commendable that the government has published licensing documents.

2.4Policy on contract disclosure

The policy for disclosing contracts is clearly documented and full contracts are easily accessible on the ministry’s website. The EITI Report and the online portal provide a helpful overview of the contracts.

2.5Beneficial ownership

Not assessed

The MSG has published a roadmap towards beneficial ownership transparency. A working group is conducting an analysis of the legal framework and international best practices. The government already holds information of beneficial owners and is working with companies to enable its publication.

2.6State participation

Not applicable

There is no indication that state participation in the extractive sector gave rise to material revenues in the period under review (2016). However, the information provided in the EITI Report increases public understanding about state participation, including debts that extractive companies owe to the state and the mismanagement of CORDE.

Monitoring production

3.1Exploration data

The EITI Report and the online portal provide a comprehensive yet concise overview of extraction and exploration, including links to further information.

3.2Production data

Production volumes and values are available per commodity for metallic minerals. The production values of non-metallic minerals were disclosed after the commencement of Validation. The Board did not consider this information its assessment.

3.3Export data

The Dominican Republic has exceeded the requirements of the Standard by disaggregating export data by company and destination. The data is published in open format, which facilitates further analysis.

Revenue collection


Reconciliation appears to include all material companies and revenue streams. The reporting omissions by CORDE are documented in the report and do not affect the comprehensiveness of reconciliation. Total government revenues are disclosed by revenue stream.

4.2In-kind revenues

Not applicable

4.3Barter agreements

Not applicable

4.4Transportation revenues

Not applicable

4.5SOE transactions

Not applicable

4.6Direct subnational payments

Not applicable


Data is disaggregated in practice by project, as each material company only has one project.

4.8Data timeliness

Data has been published within two years from the end of the period covered. Efforts to include the most recent data in the EITI Report improve the usability of the report. Improving the timeliness of revenue disclosures is encouraged.

4.9Data quality

The reconciliation report documents clearly which reporting entities underwent an independent audit, as well as compliance with assurances agreed by the MSG. Although not all government agencies had undergone an audit, all reporting entities provided requested assurances and there were no discrepancies.

Revenue allocation

5.1Distribution of revenues

Revenues are largely recorded in the national budget. The allocation of funds to subnational government entities is comprehensively described and links are provided to further information about the use of funds.

5.2Subnational transfers

Subnational transfers in 2016 and the underlying revenue sharing formulas are disclosed. Discrepancies between the two and a note explaining disagreements about the interpretation of the formula were published after the commencement of Validation. The Board did not consider this information its assessment.

5.3Revenue management and expenditures

Not assessed

It is encouraging that the MSG has included information on the budget-making process in the EITI Report.

Socio-economic contribution

6.1Mandatory social expenditures

Not applicable

6.2Quasi-fiscal expenditures

Not applicable

6.3Economic contribution

All required information is disclosed, apart from total government revenues generated by the extractive industries as a percentage of total government revenues. The percentage can be easily calculated from the absolute figures provided.

Outcomes and impact

7.1Public debate

The two EITI Reports produced by Dominican Republic have been widely disseminated both through events and digital means. EITI data is available in open format. Reports have been presented in comprehensible, accessible and user-friendly ways. There is potential to contribute further to public debate both on national and local level.

7.2Data accessibility

Not assessed

Dominican Republic has made efforts to improve data accessibility, and there is potential for further mainstreaming disclosures.

7.3Follow up on recommendations

The government and the MSG have taken some steps to act upon lessons learned and investigate and address some issues in EITI reporting. More policy-relevant recommendations would help orient the MSG’s focus towards outcomes and impact.

7.4Outcomes and impact of implementation

The MSG has assessed the outcomes and impact of EITI implementation in a note published in May 2019. The Board did not consider this information in its assessment as it was disclosed after the commencement of Validation and lacked support from all MSG members.

Key documents