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Santo Domingo.-  The Chamber of Deputies will mull Barrick Gold’s Pueblo Viejo mine (central) contract, and pledged to seek a review of the agreement’s terms, Chamber president Abel Martinez announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes after months of pressure from various sectors, who note gold’s skyrocketing price in global markets.

He said Congress, in adherence with Article 93 of the Constitution, can "approve or disapprove the contracts submitted by the President of the Republic, in accordance with the provisions of article 128, paragraph 2), item d) and subsequent amendments or modifications that alter the conditions originally set out in the contracts at the time of legislative approval."

Martinez said the measure seeks more favorable terms for the country and the national interest. "Since the initial factors that led to the approval of this contract have changed, it is urgent for the sake of the country's assets and the nation’s interest, which these terms are reviewed and the Chamber of Deputies will not rest until the country gets what is fair for such exploitation."

The lawmaker said his colleagues from all parties agree on the need for a review of the contract with Barrick, which earlier this month announced it will start marketing the mined gold.

Among the provisions he said would be revised is that when the company has recovered its entire investment, and has obtained 10 percent internal rate of return, it will begin to pay the government 28.75% interest on net profit and 25% tax on income.


Also to be reconsidered is that the multinational was allowed to increase its total investment from US$700 million to US$1.5 billion and, not satisfied with that, raised to US$2.6 billion, and, upon seeing no objection from its main partner, the investment was increased to US$3.5 billion. Curetntly there are reports of ratcheting it up to US$ 4.billion, without taking the country’s interests into account.

When the original contract was signed, gold sold for US$300 an ounce in global markets, and is currently at US$1,654 per ounce.

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18 comment(s)
Written by: jasfalon, 30 Jan 2013 7:54 AM
From: United States
Barrick is obviously going to f@ck RD, unless Danilo does something about it.

Written by: zooma, 30 Jan 2013 8:01 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Easy fix, renegotiate to receive compensation based upon a fixed percentage gold standard of the London Gold Bullion.

But like any other Dominican contract follow it or disregard it. Who cares ?
Written by: skysail, 30 Jan 2013 8:06 AM
From: Libya
The monkey's want more banana's !
Written by: CarlosFranco, 30 Jan 2013 8:08 AM
From: United States, Brooklyn

Why can't we just mined our gold and make bullions and used that as a reserve.

Written by: BASTA, 30 Jan 2013 8:35 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
CONTRACT Hellooooooooo A contract is a contract is a contract. Greedy Dominicans at work.
Written by: josean This user is banned, 30 Jan 2013 9:16 AM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Roy is not going to be very happy!

Written by: Ricardolito, 30 Jan 2013 11:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I am glad it is going to be reviewed and I hope but doubt that the DR has much leverage in this matter ,,but Barrick proably wants to have good relations with the governmeny and may concede a little
Written by: juanb, 30 Jan 2013 11:45 AM
From: Dominican Republic

You make a deal and you agree to its terms until you see a chance to get more. That is the way things are done here.

Would we negotiate if the price of gold went down and Barrick wanted more, or would we tell them "Hey, you made a deal. Live with it!!!"?

You sign a contract and you live with it for better or for worse
Written by: dolo1, 30 Jan 2013 12:27 PM
From: United States
Idiotic Dominican Politicians. Will they never understand the role of the RULE OF LAW in business and investment ......?

You cannot sign a contract especially one involving billions of dollars of investment and a projected timeline of 20,30, 40 years which is the life of the mine and then try to change it because of the ¨government interest´´ .........

They are sending a message to the rest of the world, that DR is NOT the place to come and do majpr business and investment. The government will change its terms at any time after you start in order to protect ´´government interest´´ which is nver determined firmly before hand and subject to change depending on how much the polticians think they can extort from private busineess........

Way to go in killing off interest in investment which the country sorely needs ...........
Written by: TXinDR, 30 Jan 2013 12:41 PM
From: United States
Why would anyone be dumb enough to invest mone or build something with big infastructure in this country? There is no scenario where they will let you profit. Restaurant, resort, factory, power plant, gold mine = lawyers, striking workers, government shakedowns, salary liquidation, and dealing with the uneducated class that rise to politic positions. All down hill for Barrack from here on out.
Written by: generoso, 30 Jan 2013 12:42 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The way that Barrick gold transferred the contract to them, assigned to another company, was not transparent and highly questionable, where millions in pay offs, where handed under the table.
The DR can not succumb to legalese arguments, when it's sovereignty is at stake. The contract should have been revised and updated, years ago, but now there is still time for all to benefit.
Written by: RobertoJose, 30 Jan 2013 2:59 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
And , I hope they throw Leonel Fernadez in jail.
Written by: rokete This user is banned, 30 Jan 2013 3:43 PM

The government spends RD$1.04 Billion pesos, on Haitian illegals health care.

How many Dominicans are in need of that money?

How many Dominican would benefit if that money is spent on education?

How many Dominicans would benefit if that money is spent on their health care??

How many Dominicans would put food on their tables ??

How many bridges would be build in DR??

How many roads paved??

How many schools build??

How many houses build??

How many hospitals ??

How many Kilo Watt of energy produced??

How many dams build??

How many canals for irrigation??

How many docks??

These are the kind of thing some people don't want to understand.

The Dominican Republic is a very poor country.

We cannot have the luxury of spending that kind of money on the health care of illegal Haitians, while our own people are in need of those funds.


Written by: nyceguy590, 30 Jan 2013 5:32 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Why do you think Biwater left. If these politicians think that this will fly...(Hink again. The world community is watching and so is the IMF, IDB. Good luck getting it changed.
Written by: MrThelmoAlmeydaRancier, 30 Jan 2013 6:40 PM
From: United States, NJ
I wonder who the politician was at that time that got such a kick back to let it ride. Was it LF?
Written by: Ricardolito, 30 Jan 2013 7:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The arrangement to have all equipment written down to zero before taxes are paid is nothing unusual in mining contracts with governments ,,,and of course when the contract was negotiated the gold price was not that high ,,well less than $400 i suspect ..I do not think that there is anything sinister except that the company can now afford to write down its total investment more quickly and so pay tax and profit shares to the government ..There was no doubt a time schedule attached to the write down of the capital investment and this could be hastened along ..maybe to the benefit if all
Written by: generoso, 30 Jan 2013 8:32 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The DR is hungry for new revenue, and Barrick gold is going to make out like bandits anyway, so prudence and good sense should prevail. A fair negotiation and compromise is better, than a costly court win.
Written by: 1usadominican, 30 Jan 2013 11:45 PM
From: United States, washington dc
Mcago en diez it's about time let save our childrens futures
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