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Espaillat launches friends of the Dominican Republic caucus

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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)on Wed. announces the creation of the new Friends of the Dominican Republic Caucus, which kicked off in Washington, DC with a reception on Capitol Hill.

“With our growing population and representation across the United States, it remains vital that Dominican-Americans and individuals of Dominican descent have an opportunity to let their voices be heard on the issues and concerns facing their communities around the nation,” said Rep. Espaillat (NY-13).

“As a proud member of the Dominican American community and the first Dominican American elected to Congress, starting the Friends of the Dominican Republic Caucus was an honor and I’m appreciative to all who attended yesterday evening launch in Washington.”

Rep. Espaillat was joined by several of his House colleagues and caucus members, and special guests that included the Honorable Jose Tomas Perez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States; the Honorable Robin S. Bernstein, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Dominican Republic; and members of the American Chamber of Commerce for the Dominican Republic (AMCHAM).






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Two Dominicans extradited to the US in Abuser case

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Santo Domingo. – Dominican authorities on Tues. extradited Baltazar Mesa (El Maestro) and José Jesús Tapia Pérez (Bola Negra or Boludo) to the United States, charged with forming part of the alleged drug trafficking network headed by the fugitive César Emilio Peralta (César El Abusador).

Baltazar and Tapia were handed over at Las Américas International Airport to DEA agents, who transferred them to New York City where they will be arraigned in a criminal court.

Executive order 285-19 was issued to extradite Tapia to the US, whereas Mesa was extradited through decree. 286-19. They are both Dominican citizens






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Dominican Republic, Russia to cooperate on nuclear energy

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Moscow.- The Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom and Dominican Republic’s Energy and Mines Ministry on Tuesday signed the first memorandum on bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.

“The memorandum is the first cooperation document between the two countries in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy,” said the Russian agency RIA Nóvosti.

According to the Russian entity, the document lays the groundwork for establishing cooperation in various directions, in particular, in the development of the nuclear infrastructure in the Dominican Republic.






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Central Bank releases US$374.5M of bank reserve

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Santo Domingo.- The Central Bank said that RD$19.1 billion (US$374.5 million)  of the RD$34.0 billion bank reserve have been released, as announced by the Monetary Board for loans to various productive sectors.

Central banker Héctor Valdez Albizu made the announcement Tues. to open the VIII International Communication Seminar.

He also announced that the use of sectoral resources will be more flexible for all banks in the interim and finished housing loans to further revitalize credits.

He added that the Central Bank maintains its forecast that the Dominican economy will grow around 5%. “The adjustments in the monetary policy rate have allowed greater mobility of resources.”






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