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Medina’s Administration made big government bigger

A report in El Caribe focuses on the way that the Medina administration has created 12 new government departments with budget allocations of more than RD$4 billion in the 2016 National Budget.

Just five n the Public Defender, 911 Emergency System, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Banca Solidaria (allocated RD$500 million for financing micro and small business) and Bandex (the government export bank) will require RD$4.09 billion in 2016.

Economist Pavel Isa Contreras says that Medina has changed very little the government organizational structure and there is still duplication of roles and lack of efficiency in government.

The Defensoria del Pueblo, the Public Defender office: 50 employees and RD$150 million budget.

The Instituto Nacional de Migracion, the National Institute of Migration (INM-RD) has received RD$52 million in 2015.

The Department of Ethics and Government Integrity (Digeig) was also created under the Medina Presidency.

Other departments were the:

Direccion General de Comunicacion, the General Directorate of Communications (Dicom) for the government communications strategy.

Direccion General de Programas Especiales de la Presidencia (Digepep) for the Quisqueya Aprende Contigo, Quisqueya Empieza Contigo, and Quisqueya Somos Todos programs to reduce poverty and social exclusion.

Other new government offices are the Instituto Nacional de Atencion Integral a la Primera Infancia (Inaipi) under the Ministry of Education.

The 911 Emergency System began operations in May 2014 with initial budget of RD$2 billion and 9,000 employees. For 2016, it has been assigned RD$1.18 billion.

The Centro de Atencion Integral para la Discapacidad (CAID) under the First Lady Office was created in 2013. The first center for children with disabilities was built with a US$2 million donation from Taiwan.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines began in 2014 and has a RD$1.27 billion budget.

Another new entity is the Instituto del Dominicano en el Exterior (Index) that began operations with its first office in Puerto Rico of a total of three scheduled to be set up. Foreign Minister Andres Navarro says the Index will be a dependency of the Ministry of Foreign Relations that in 2016 has been allocated a budget of RD$7.32 billion.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Dec 7, 2015

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