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Dominican Republic Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


9,927,320 (81st most populous country in the world)

Roman Catholic95%


Tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Dominican Republic, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/do.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Dominican Republic as 105 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Dominican Republic.

In order to start a business in Dominican Republic, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Check company name and purchase it online
  2. Arrange for the publication of the company name in the monthly publication of the National Office of Industrial Property (Oficina Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial)
  3. Notarize a sworn declaration of subscription of shares
  4. Payment of incorporation tax
  5. Register the company and obtain the identification (RNC) number online
  6. File for the National Taxpayers Registry at the Internal Revenue Service (DGII) and apply for fiscal receipts
  7. Register local employees with the Department of Labor
  8. Register employees at the main social security office (Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Social, CNSS)

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Dominican Republic, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.



Dominican Republic Economic Freedom

The annual survey Economic Freedom of the World is an indicator produced by the Fraser Institute, a libertarian think tank which attempts to measure the degree of economic freedom in the world's nations. Economic Freedom of the World index has been more widely used than any other measure of economic freedom, because of its coverage of a longer time period

Their measure of economic freedom is based on that the following standards:

  • Personal choice rather than collective choice,
  • Voluntary exchange coordinated by markets rather than allocation via the political process,
  • Freedom to enter and compete in markets, and
  • Protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.

A state will rate high when it focuses on protection of people and their property from the actions of aggressors, enforcement of contracts, and provision of the limited set of public goods like roads, flood control projects, and money of stable value and little else, but a country’s rating on the EFW summary index will fall as government expenditures increase and regulations expand.   


Dominican Republic Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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