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A Conversation with President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic

Date & Time

Oct. 30, 2020
10:30am – 11:30am

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Webcast Only

A Conversation with President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic

Luis Abinader’s victory in the Dominican Republic’s July presidential election handed him a daunting series of challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the tourism sector, which accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s economic activity and had seen steady growth. The economy is expected to contract by 6 percent this year. Close to 120,000 Dominicans have contracted the coronavirus, resulting in over 2,000 deaths.

Abinader, however, has important advantages as he begins his four-year term. His party controls both houses of congress, raising hopes for progress on his pro-business, pro-transparency agenda. Despite economic challenges, Dominicans living abroad sent home $5 billion in the first eight months of 2020, an increase over last year. The new president has extensive private sector experience, which he will draw upon as he navigates the COVID-19 economy and post-pandemic recovery.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AmChamDR) for a conversation with President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic on Friday, October 30, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST. In our discussion, we will explore the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Dominican Republic, and the prospects for economic recovery, including through a resurrection of the critical tourism industry and the new government’s plans to promote the Dominican Republic as a “near-shoring” opportunity for U.S. manufacturers exiting China. We will also address the consequences for the Dominican Republic of Haiti’s prolonged political challenges.

This webinar is the second of the Latin American Program’s “Crisis Conversations,” a new series of dialogues with Latin American leaders about overcoming policy challenges during this pandemic. Our previous conversation was with President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador.

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more