Dominican Republic

In-depth country-focused analysis on the Dominican Republic's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Dominican Republic

Our comprehensive assessment of the Dominican Republic's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect the Dominican Republic, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact the Dominican Republic's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in the Dominican Republic before your competitors.

Country Risk

Dominican Republic Country Risk

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  • Bermuda's prolonged recession continued into 2014, and we now expect this economic contraction to continue over the coming years. We expect that an international crackdown on offshore financial centres such as Bermuda will lead to a decline in financial services activity, one of the key contributors to the island's economy. Although tourism will rise, it will not be enough to offset tempered insurance activities.

  • Bermuda's current account will remain in surplus over the course of our 10-year forecast period, though the surplus will decrease to 10.4% of GDP by 2024, down from 17.4% in 2014, in line with our projections for slowing exports of tourism services and secular decline in off-shore finance.

  • Despite poor growth prospects, Bermuda will remain politically stable over the next 10 years owing to the...

Dominican Republic Country Risk

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  • A gradually improving tourism sector and strong private consumption growth will drive robust real GDP growth rates in the Dominican Republic in the coming years.

  • Puerto Rico to remain in a recession through 2015 amid high unemployment and weak investment, and see a high likelihood of additional defaults following the missed debt servicing payment by the Public Finance Corporation.

  • Reforms in Cuba are headed in a positive direction, and investor interest is on the rise, however the country's transition towards a more market-oriented economy will be slow, as illustrated by the incremental steps towards abolishing the dual exchange rate regime.

Major Forecast Changes:

  • Slumping precious metals production in an environment of low...

Dominican Republic Industry Coverage (5)

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic Food & Drink

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BMI View: We are turning more positive regarding economic growth in the Caribbean, as structural and financial reforms take hold in the region, tourism numbers pick up and growth becomes stronger in key markets like the US. The large decline in the price of oil over the last year will boost the region's consumer spending, as the Caribbean is a large net oil importer. Inflation will remain low, which will help food consumption growth over the coming years. That said, many regional economies continue to be heavily indebted, which limits general investment...

Insurance

Dominican Republic Insurance

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BMI View: Currency weakness will continue to plague the dollar terms returns of many of the Caribbean insurance sectors covered in this report. Offshore business in Barbados and the Cayman Islands, amounting to around USD45bn annually, dwarf the domestic sectors in the region. Health insurance, an underdeveloped line of business, is likely to outperform in many of these markets over the five-year forecast period.

The insurance markets of the Caribbean, particularly offshore business in Barbados and the Cayman Islands, but also domestic sectors, are heavily tied to the economic fortunes of the United States and, to a lesser extent, Canada. The ongoing recovery in both major North American markets should boost the fortunes of the region's insurers, driving demand for offshore reinsurance and captives, as well as boosting domestic economies. On the whole, regulation...

Mining

Dominican Republic Mining

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BMI View: Mining sectors across Central America and the Caribbean will see varying growth prospects in 2019. The region has significant untapped mineral potential, yet a range of business environments and operational challenges will lead to uneven growth. Overall, the mining sectors of Colombia and Panama will see the strongest longer-term growth, while Guatemala, and to a lesser extent Honduras, will underperform.

Colombia and Panama will outperform other countries in Central America and the Caribbean in terms...

Telecommunications

Dominican Republic Telecommunications

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BMI View: Digicel's eventual initial public offering (IPO) plans bode well for the future of the Caribbean regional telecommunications market as additional funds raised in the initial stock offering will allow investment into next-generational networks and help expand the market further. While IPO plans are presently on hold at the eleventh hour, it also demonstrates the saturated nature of the telecoms industry in the Caribbean, with revenue and subscriber growth flattening. A key downside risk is the company's exposure to weak consumer spending trends in its core markets, an issue that could undermine investor confidence further down the line. Haiti and Cuba represent the largest organic growth opportunities in the region, as both are...

Tourism

Dominican Republic Tourism

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BMI View: Arrivals growth in the Caribbean will pick up to 2.7% in 2016, reflecting improved visitor numbers from Europe and North America. The Dominican Republic, St Eustatius and Cuba are expecting the highest rate of arrivals growth, but all tourism markets will experience growth in 2016.

We hold a positive outlook on the Caribbean tourism market in 2016, with growth of 2.7% marking an improvement after the lower growth rate of 1.7% in 2015. This arrivals growth is led by strong arrivals from North America and particularly from Europe. European arrivals declined in 2015 and a return to growth in 2016 will bring benefits in terms of tourist expenditure, as well as encouraging more longer-term investment. Moreover, the rebound in European tourism to the Caribbean underlines the resilience of the region's market, which remains a highly popular destination despite its relative expense....

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