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Zero Bureaucracy already exists

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Santo Domingo. – Since October 4, when President Abinader launched the Zero Bureaucracy program, which seeks to streamline and make bureaucratic processes more efficient. More than 305 procedures and services of different state institutions are available to the business community and citizens in general, through the Single Citizen Attention Portal gob.do.

To these services are added «1,228 informative procedures, through the Single State Portal, together with the one-stop shops for health, business formalization, construction, investment, and with the commitment from the Zero Bureaucracy Program that in the coming years all State procedures will be integrated», announced the President.

«Much of the corruption in Latin America, Asia and Africa is due to an excess of government regulations», according to a World Bank study cited by Andrés Oppenheimer (2019).

According to this publication, in countries with more regulations people have to pay more bribes and there is more corruption: «they force the rich to bribe public officials, and condemn the poor to work in informality, outside the legal framework of their countries».

The Dominican Government has begun the process of transforming the Public Administration, and President Abinader affirmed that this initiative has a positive impact on the transparency of the processes and allows measuring their productivity, while motivating all public institutions to continue implementing the actions framed in Zero Bureaucracy, and those that are not yet part of it, to join the action.

The program reduces the response times of the procedures involved by more than 40%, thanks to their simplification and automation, and reduces the requirements by integrating them into the single interoperability platform, which facilitates the exchange of data and information between public institutions.

In the first phase, the population will be able to digitally perform more than 305 transactional and interactive procedures and services of multiple public institutions in an agile, fast and simple way, and obtain updated information on those of an informative nature; in addition, the single windows of health, business formalization, construction and investment will be integrated, and thus users who access through the portal will be redirected to these.

This platform was designed using accessibility and usability criteria to facilitate citizen interaction and provide a comprehensive user experience that facilitates the delivery of services to citizens.

In addition, the integration of Bureaucracy Zero to the single interoperability platform facilitates the exchange of data and information between public institutions, which, together with the repository of documents and files, will facilitate the reduction of requirements and requests by the same institutions, reducing time, resources and efforts under an ethical framework of personal data protection and cybersecurity.

The program contemplates the implementation of the Zero Travel Project in Santiago, as a collection center for the Northern region, and then extend to other important economic centers of the country, which will allow channeling business procedures and services that are not yet incorporated into the Single Services Portal and that are only performed in the capital in person.

A regulation will also be sent for public consultation to reduce to zero the time required for sanitary registration processes for products endorsed by the FDA in the United States and the EMA in Europe.

The second phase foresees the integration of the single registry for regulatory improvement, which will allow people to know the regulations with which they must comply, participate in the processes of elaboration of new administrative regulations and public consultations.

In addition, the platform will have a universal citizen authentication component, which will allow biometric validation of users, adding a new layer of security in the provision of services and data protection.

This initiative fulfills the mandate of Law 167-21 on Regulatory Improvement and Simplification of Procedures, whose purpose is to «define and articulate public policies aimed at regulatory improvement and simplification of administrative procedures» (art. 1), and is framed within the Digital Transformation Agenda of the Dominican Republic 2030, and the National Competitiveness Strategy.

The Zero Bureaucracy Program, created by Decree No. 640-20, seeks to increase the efficiency of public administration through clear, timely and transparent regulatory frameworks that allow for the simplification of procedures and services, as well as the improvement of the quality of regulations.

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«Unfounded, untimely and unhappy» qualifies MIREX statement from the US Embassy 

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Santo Domingo. – Manifestly unfounded, untimely and unhappy» considered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on November 20, the communiqué «Alert: Reinforcement in the course of migration in the Dominican Republic», issued by the Embassy of the United States of America in the D.R. on November 19, to which it expressed «its most energetic rejection».

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Abinader urges OAS countries to improve citizens’ quality of life

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Santo Domingo. – On November 17, at the V Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Social Development, President Luis Abinader urged the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) to work together to address the current crisis affecting the world, with the firm purpose of ensuring sustainability and, especially, improving the quality of life of citizens.

He recalled that the governments of the region have had to deal with a pandemic scenario that paralyzed the world economy, causing serious financial difficulties: «under these difficult circumstances, the great social and economic inequities that still affect us have been exposed, caused by historical debts and social policies that are often insufficient and not very resilient, as well as the climate shock that represents a high cost in the GDP of our countries».

He stated that at this juncture, characterized by the uncertainty generated by the prolonged effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sustained increase in the main international commodities, the global impact of the war in Europe and the onslaught of b, all the nations of the world find themselves in a state of latent vulnerability that affects the normal development of their country projects.

He highlighted the contributions made by the OAS since 1948 as an entity called to defend peace and justice, to promote solidarity among countries and to defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the nations of the hemisphere and recognized that our region has the privilege of being the first in the world to form a regional organization called to promote cooperation and dialogue without limits of cultures, economic differences and geographical demarcations.

The Dominican government, said Abinader, has taken a series of measures aimed at combating inequalities, strengthening the welfare state to guarantee the future of the next generations, citing among them, the affiliation of 2 million citizens to the family health insurance of the subsidized regime, reaching a coverage of just over 98% of the total population.

The theme of the V Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Social Development is «Strengthening Hemispheric Cooperation towards Resilient Reconstruction and Sustainable Social Development in the Americas» and, in this regard, the President highlighted the priorities of the Dominican Government in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

«We have focused our work on two major areas: first, on the rapid recovery of economic activity and employment in the country, compared to the losses that the COVID-19 epidemic meant for our countries and, second, on improving social care through a new strategy to overcome poverty and vulnerability, which promotes the resilience of the population in vulnerable conditions from a multisectoral approach that allows the exit from poverty and prevents new people from falling into it,» said Abinader.

He added that from the government over which he presides «we have initiated several massive programs for the reconstruction of low-income housing and improvement of access to water and sanitation services in the country. We are promoting the largest program for the delivery of housing and land titles, favoring the most socially vulnerable population«.

He listed the government initiatives in the re-launching of the conditional cash transfer programs, today Supérate, introducing new components for labor and productive insertion and entrepreneurship of women as beneficiary population; and the increase in the coverage of these programs, doubling the amount of direct conditional aid, including the Aliméntate program and subsidies for the use of fuel for cooking and the payment of electricity.

«We have continued working on strengthening our social protection system, which has involved declaring as a priority the formation of the Universal Social Registry of Households and the Single Registry of Beneficiaries for the better allocation of public resources. Additionally, we are in the process of consolidating the Payment System of the Social Subsidies Administrator», the President emphasized.

He also mentioned the creation of the 14-24 Opportunity Program, as a comprehensive strategy to provide opportunities to young people who neither study nor work, so that they can be safely inserted into the labor market and the formal sector of our economy through training and other programs, in order to keep them away from paths that are not very beneficial for their future.

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President Abinader highlights DR capacity to face natural disasters

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Santo Domingo. President Luis Abinader highlighted on November 17, the Dominican Republic’s capacity to respond to natural phenomena at the Fifth Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Social Development of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS). 

He indicated that «thanks to the articulation of the Social Protection System in conjunction with disaster management institutions, we have increased the capacity to respond and prepare for disasters with adaptive instruments to respond to emergencies, being able to identify those affected in a short time».

He referred that, since the beginning of the Government and in the middle of the pandemic, «we have reacted immediately to emergency contexts, from Quédate en Casa, as well as the Bono Familiar to mitigate the inflation produced in the middle of this year 2022 and the Bono de Emergencia for the recent hydrometeorological event Fiona».

According to the President, the Dominican Republic has already been an example in the region, thanks to the responses that we have been implementing through adaptive social protection, explaining that these experiences have been shared in forums of this type in counterpart countries and joint plans have been coordinated for the prevention and mitigation of disasters.

Activities of the nature of this ministerial meeting are intended to provide a forum for substantive public policy dialogue among member states on issues of hemispheric interest, according to the Secretary for Access to Rights and Equity of the Organization of American States, Maricarmen Plata.

These dialogues seek to identify common trends and priorities for regional cooperation, enable the exchange of experiences and best practices on policy development and implementation, and identify opportunities for cooperation, in order to establish the OAS work agenda to support Member States in advancing these priorities.

For this reason, the coordinator of the Social Policy Cabinet, Tony Peña Guaba, in highlighting the importance of sharing experiences, emphasized that the institution he heads has more than 12 projects of high dimension, among which he highlighted Supérate; Opportunity 14-24 for educational reinsertion, employment and support for youth entrepreneurship.

He also mentioned «Transformando Mi País» (Transforming My Country), dedicated to rebuilding homes, providing family and housing bonds and donating high-cost medicines, and the implementation of study programs and university internships, among others. «Distinguished colleagues, there are no individual solutions to this health, economic and social crisis, the solution must be collective,» he said. 

The event was attended by the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Néstor Méndez; the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Foreign Policy, Rubén Silié; the General Coordinator of the Social Policy Cabinet, Francisco Antonio Peña Guaba; the President of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), Ambassador Yolande Smith, and the Secretary of Access to Rights and Equity of the Organization of American States, Maricarmen Plata.

Also present were the Minister of Labor, Luis Miguel de Camps; the directors of Supérate, Gloria Reyes; of the Social Plan of the Presidency, Yadira Henríquez; of Adess, Digna Reynoso; of Inaipi, Manola Santana; of the Economic Canteens, Edgar Féliz; of the Community Technology Centers, Isidro Torres; of the Presidential Commission for the Support of Neighborhood Development, Rolfi Rojas; of SeNsA, Santiago Hazim, among others.

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