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Santo Domingo.- Runaway spending on vice consuls, assistants and advisors in Dominican embassies and consulates abroad, most of them without functions and opt to stay at home, is what detonated the foreign service’s recent financial crisis.

The country has 95 vice consuls in the U.S., 36 of them in New York, as well as 102 assistants, 54 of them in New York. Vice consuls are paid US$1,750 per month, and assistants get US$920, without travel costs, which could be up to four times higher than those figures.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s payroll posted on its website, there are 21 vice consuls and 32 assistants in Miami alone; Spain has 34 vice consuls and 49 assistants, and 11 vice consuls and 28 assistants in Madrid.

When compared with countries with high populations such as Mexico, the number of Dominican staffers abroad is extremely high. Mexico has 33 diplomats at its Embassy in the U.S. while Dominican Republic has 62, including 10 alternate ambassadors paid US$3,000 per month.

Diplomats quoted by complain that some consuls are paid US$2,500 while others get US$ 6,500, which varies “depending on who,” revealing widespread cronyism.

They also criticize that political cronies are assigned key posts and jeopardize many career diplomats.

Minou Tavárez Mirabal, who chairs the Chamber of Deputies Foreign Affairs Committee, said in telephone interview, that a bill drafted to reorganize the Dominican Foreign Service expired in the lower Chamber, for which she plans to resubmit it and seek for Congress to pass it.

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Written by: zooma, 25 Mar 2014 9:43 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The headline should be ammended to read: Dominican government hobbled by cronyism, squandering.

Written by: BASTA, 25 Mar 2014 9:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Great job Medina! The old ugly pussy leonel is so proud of his twink!
Written by: josean This user is banned, 25 Mar 2014 12:54 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Speaking of Squandering!

Another Narco Lie-onel Project that went to Shit, Like Most!


5 años detenida por deuda, instalación radares auxiliarían aviones Tucano

Stalled for 5 years because of debt, radar installation to assist Tucano planes

En el año 2009 el gobierno de República Dominicana convino con una empresa de Israel la instalación de los radares por US$34 millones

In 2009 the Government of the Dominican Republic contracted with an Israeli company forl the installation of the radars for $34 million

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana.- El atraso en el pago de una deuda millonaria ha dejado en el abandono el proyecto de construcción de una plataforma para radares en la Base Aérea de San Isidro, que fue ideada para apoyar la labor de vigilancia aérea de los aviones Súper Tucanos comprados a Brasil.


Written by: josean This user is banned, 25 Mar 2014 12:56 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic.-the delay in payment of a multi-million-dollar debt has left and abandoned the project of construction of a platform for radars in the Air Base of San Isidro, which was originally intended to support the work of aerial surveillance of the Super Tucanos planes bought from Brazil.

From Super Tucanos to Super CAGANOS!

This is a PURPLE Pattern of Waste and Corruption unlike no other in our History. Just like the USELESS METRO which never got the Feeder Routes or Buses to Supported it.

Written by: Ricardolito, 25 Mar 2014 3:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
It is strange but yet again I have had first hand experience of the Foreign Service and I was amazed at how chaotic it is Firstly , I tried once to contact the consul in Australia,,,and used the address in the internet page that was confirmed by the office in el Maleco ,,,the Consul had died three years earlier.. The current consul is a Canadian who does not even have official writing paper and can not issue any documents.. The thai office has been closed although is still listed , the Japan office can not issue visas and the sole working office for Asia is in India ..problem is that the people in the head office do not know all this.
They have no idea of representation of other countries in this region .
On the other side of the coin ,they have retired ambassadors who are being paid generously for being ambassador to small European countries but they spend only one week a year in that country ..all this I know first hand all the over spending is no surprise ,Easy cut backs
Written by: BASTA, 25 Mar 2014 3:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Good God; we are lost!
Written by: chillinout, 25 Mar 2014 9:20 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Some of those jobs pay less than the U.S. minimum wage and the others make less than a secretary in NYC. Something must be going on to want those low paying jobs especially those in NYC.
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