DFC and Dominican Republic Sign Memorandum of Understanding Supporting Investment in Development

SANTO DOMINGO – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler today joined Dominican President Luis Abinader to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic seeking to collaborate to mobilize investments in energy, tourism and other infrastructure projects that will strengthen key industries, create jobs, and …

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Voting Message 

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return …

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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete …

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Funding Opportunity: Leaders for Change-Virtual Exchange Program

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY IN SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title:            Leaders for Change-Virtual Exchange Program Funding Opportunity Number:  S-DR860-NOFO-20-005         Date Opened: Friday, June 5, 2020   Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: July 19, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040 – General Department of State Assistance …

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Funding Opportunity: Fomenting research partnerships between the U.S. and the D.R.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY IN SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Fomenting research partnerships between the U.S. and the D.R.  Funding Opportunity Number:  S-DR860-20-NOFO-004 Date Opened: Thursday, June 4, 2020   Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: July 19, 2020 CFDA Number: 19.040 – General Department of …

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World Oceans Day 2020

By: David Maher Today we celebrate World Oceans Day.  Every June 8th the world raises global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean.  USAID in the Dominican Republic is actively working to protect the marine environment around Hispaniola in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti with the goal of improving conditions around the …

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Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

When hurricanes barrel close to communities, many people’s first instincts are to protect themselves from the high winds that threaten to flatten homes and snap trees in half. But, in fact, storm surges — or rising waters created by the storm — pose a far more dangerous and deadly threat. By: USAID/OFDA What is Storm …

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Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to …

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Studying urban landscapes along USAID and the USFS

By: USAID-DR Meet Maria Paulino, one of the professionals who received technical assistance and capacity building to further develop local biologists and expand ornithological studies in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, Maria joined Dr. Wayne Arendt, an ornithologist and wildlife biologist from the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in Puerto Rico, and two researchers …

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USAID facilitated rural community’s access to international agricultural markets

By: Laura McCarthy for USAID In Vallejuelo, one of the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic, farmers’ traditional crops, such as onions and beans, are failing to compete with imported varieties and prices. The Junta de Productores de Vallejuelo, a producer organization, is working to change that as it develops the valley’s production capacity, provides …

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USAID Supports Innovation During Quarantine

By: USAID-DR Being at home doesn’t have to be a barrier to innovation!  We congratulate Kemberly Abad, Rafael Fernández, Eladio Rodríguez and Dahiana Vásquez, winners of the 1st virtual hackathon “Innovating in Quarantine”, with their application “COVIDHELP”. COVIDHELP is “an application to help diabetics and hypertensive people over 65, as explained by Kemberly Abad. With …

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U.S. commits additional $2 million for the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

May 1, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government announced an additional $2 million in assistance for a total of $3.4 million to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.  The funds will be managed through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic. The $3.4 …

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U.S.-D.R. Military Cooperation and Capacity Building is put into action in the face of COVID-19

By: William Medina The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has over 18 offices that work to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the United States and the Dominican Republic.  One of those is the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) which promotes U.S. foreign policy by enhancing the long-term bilateral defense relationship between the …

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U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!

Routine Message – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 23, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Voting in the 2020 Elections from Overseas U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!   Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in …

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notification of Funding Opportunity U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT INNOVATION FUND (AEIF) 2020 Announcement Type: Grant Funding Opportunity Title: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2020 Date Opened: January 24, 2020 Closing Date and Time for Submission of Application: March 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time). Received …

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United States Supports IFES Technical Assistance in the Dominican Republic

The United States supports free, fair, and transparent elections in the Dominican Republic and around the world.  A democratic, prosperous, secure Dominican Republic is in both our interest.  The United States Government, via the U. S. Agency for International Development, is pleased to support the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to provide technical assistance …

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U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic November 20th 2019   The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Santiago to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind …

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USNS Comfort to visit Dominican Republic

The visit by the Comfort is in coordination with the Dominican Ministry of Defense in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Service (SNS) The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Dominican Republic October 16-21.  The ship will dock at the San Souci port and conduct a …

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Meet Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan

By Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of …

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Ambassador Bernstein Celebrates First Anniversary in the Dominican Republic

By Ambassador Robin Bernstein One year ago, I embarked on one of the most magnificent journeys of my life.  On my year anniversary as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – I can truly say I feel like I belong here.  The friendly people, the rich culture, the beautiful places: the Dominican Republic has …

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Meet Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco

By Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of …

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US Ambassador Tours Northwest Area of the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, D.N. – United States Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein visited the northwest of the Dominican Republic for the first time. Her visit included the Dajabon, Montecristi and Santiago de los Caballeros provinces and sought to follow up on the projects being carried out by the United States Government in the area. The Ambassador began …

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OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited the Dominican Republic, where he met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation in the Dominican …

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United States and Dominican Republic Expand Opportunities to Invest by Streamlining Approval Process

U.S. Ambassador Robin Bernstein presented Minister of Finance Donald Guerrero Ortiz an accord signed by the United States and Dominican governments to facilitate investment by U.S. companies in the Dominican Republic via the U.S. government’s development financial institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The accord, signed by Minister Guerrero and the President and Chief Executive …

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¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año! SIDE by SIDE

By: Ambassador Robin Bernstein The highlight of 2018 was my appointment as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – and so far it has been a magnificent journey.  I am so grateful that President Trump selected me to serve here in the Dominican Republic.  It was my top choice and the position is even more rewarding …

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OPIC Representatives and Ambassador Bernstein Meet With President Medina

Danilo Medina sostiene reunión de traba ” ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) by  PresidenciaRD During a visit to the country, representatives of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) met with President Danilo Medina, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Robin Bernstein, other embassy officials and representatives of American companies. OPIC president and CEO Ray W. Washburne, vice president and general counsel William Doffermyre, and senior adviser on energy issues Deaver Alexander III participated in the meeting. From …

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U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed For Normal Business on December 5, 2018

In honor of the life and memory of former President George H.W. Bush the federal government of the United States of America, including the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, will be closed for normal business on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018. Emergency services for U.S. citizens, including emergency passport service for immediate travel, will be available. …

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Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is subject to severe weather which can pose a threat to the safety of U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the country. While hurricanes are a particular threat, tropical rainstorms can cause flash flooding, landslides and dangerous riptides. All severe weather should be taken seriously. U.S. citizens are encouraged to prepare themselves …

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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be …

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