The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern part of the island Hispaniola. It is the largest economy in the Central American/Caribbean region, placed in the category of lower middle income countries and ranking 79 (out of 177) in the Human Development Index. During the 1990s the Dominican Republic has experienced high and sustained growth rates, which, however, have not been matched by equivalent levels of social development. Poverty is still widespread, making it a priority for the Governments to concentrate on promoting poverty reduction, fostering social and human development as well as social cohesion, consolidating democracy and enhancing competitiveness.
The Country Strategy Paper for the Dominican Republic (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation between the European Commission (EC) and the Dominican Republic under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). EC assistance under the 10th EDF will concentrate on sector support to governance and economic and institutional reforms as well as general budget support focusing on the MDGs in poverty alleviation, health and education sectors.
The EC's total allocation (2008-2013) foreseen for the Dominican Republic to address these priorities amounts to €194.3 million.
All EU projects in the Dominican Republic will also address cross-cutting issues, most notably democracy, good governance, human rights, workers' rights and the environment.
The Country Strategy Paper for the Dominican Republic (2001-2007) focussed on water and education as primary sectors of development cooperation under 9th EDF funding. The €53 million originally foreseen for the water sector were later reassigned to support macro-economic reforms. The new programme includes institutional support for public finance and regional integration as well as general budget support.
For further details on projects and programmes in the Dominican Republic funded from the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to the Dominican Republic.
Other sources of information
The Directorate-General for Development is responsible for drawing up the cooperation strategy with the Dominican Republic.
More information on EU relations with the Dominican Republic is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to the Dominican Republic.
Information on trade relations in the ACP region can be found on the website of the Directorate-General for Trade.