The American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) is a non-profit organization
incorporated in Dominican Republic, accredited by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States
and affiliated to the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA, for its
acronym in English).
Our membership is comprised by more than 2,000 companies, mostly national and of U.S. origin, operating
in different sectors Dominican Republic’s economic life. Our headquarter is located in the nation’s capital,
Santo Domingo, and is the only organization of its kind that has branches located in major trading points
of the country: Santiago, Puerto Plata, La Vega, Moca, San Francisco de Macorís, San Pedro de Macorís,
La Romana, Higüey and Baní.
Our members share a common vision for Dominican Republic: the consolidation of sustainable economic
development, based on open and transparent markets, respect for the rule of law and socially responsible
Our mission is to enable our members to achieve their fullest, economic, professional, and civil potential;
providing access to knowledge, opportunities, and best practices, creating a culture of corporate
AMCHAMDR can promote its agenda, thanks in large part to the efforts of its committees, and works
proactively in favor of its membership and potential investors by offering them various products
• We process your visa requests
• We offer opportunities for networking by
participating in many networking events called
“Punto de Encuentro”
• Access to discounts and special rates at some
• We grant Membership Certifications
• Use of AMCHAMDR´s Conference Room
We organize trade missions to the United
States and Puerto Rico, and vice versa, as
well as trade shows in other territories to give
you the opportunity to expand your business
contacts and promote your business in these
By participating in these events, you have the
support and expert advice of the Commercial
Services team of the institution, which will
escort you and guide you through the entire
event to maximize the experience in benefit of
Upon request, we provide specialized business
contacts listings based on specific needs. Our
listings can be made taking into account the
type of company, its geographical location in the
country and other parameters of interest.
By arranging them, we make sure that the
contacted companies meet the conditions you
We keep you informed of important business
opportunities that might arise in any commercial
area and provide access to them.
With a circulation of 5,000 copies every year
nationally and internationally, the AMCHAMDR
Directory offers an important level of business
exposure and free direct connection between
its companies and a large number of potential
business contacts across the country and the
region. In turn, this directory is available in its
digital version (online), enabling you to expand
the promotion of your business in various
Our members can benefit from and take advantage
of our mailing services to bring their promotional
material to a select audience, which includes 2500
of the most important companies in the country.
Advertise in any of our mass media –the
AMCHAMDR magazine, our website or our
Digital Newsletter - guarantees an elite market
penetration, comprised of leading companies
in the country, the opinion leaders, the head of
the Public Sector, the Diplomatic Corps and an
extensive network of U.S. and Latin American
entrepreneurs who have access to our media.
Direct Marketing Through
Distribution of Promotional Material
Missions and Trade Shows
Prequalified Business Meetings
Being present at AMCHAMDR events exposes
your company to a selected audience, segmented
according to the particular objectives of any
company, and represents an excellent opportunity
for media exposure, due to the wide media
coverage that our activities receive.
Data, statistics and economic indicators important
to the country’s business climate, including
variables of competitiveness, international trade,
trade agreements, foreign investment, business
regulatory environment, imports, exports, among
others, are available to you. Also information on
Upon request, we can prepare reports regarding
trade, customs and tax laws.
We will advise you of the best opportunities of
DR-CAFTA so that you can get the maximum
benefit of the agreement, making sure that the
rights are respected between the related parties.
AMCHAMDR is characterized by its institutional
support work and by its representation of the
private sector in general, and of our members
in particular, on topics of special interest that
mainly influences the business, investment and
We have therefore developed relationships with
representatives of public authorities, diplomatic
missions, multilateral agencies, and others, in
order to ensure that principles such as free trade,
transparency and rule of law are respected,
guaranteed and improved.
We also represent our members by actively
participating in the processes of public policy
making and legislation that affect the private
sector with an aim to create a favorable economic
environment for business and investment.
The mission of the Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) area is to promote and facilitate the exercise
of CSR practices by lead entrepreneurs to make
the Dominican Republic a society with greater
solidarity and more competitive through qualified
information, practical knowledge and social
investment initiatives in communities and schools.
The CSR Department, besides financial assistance
through funds, offers you, and eventually schools
and communities, technical assistance on:
• Assessment and diagnosis of global and
• Guidance for social investment.
• The opportunity to engage in CSR initiatives in
Basic Education and Community Development.
• Monitoring and accountability of interventions.
• Diligence before public authorities to channel
resources towards projects supported
Sponsoring of Events
This is a vital space for networking for your
company, and essential for the public relations.
You can also invite your clients to attend the
premier forum of our organization. Each month,
a renowned figure in business, government, or
diplomacy, of the international arena joins us as
a speaker and guest of honor to speak on a topic
that is current, and in which he is an expert.
Presidents and Vice Presidents, ministers, CEOs,
senior executives, and consultants with high
level of experience have been speakers in our
grand event. We’ve also had as guest speakers
diplomats, other government officials and CEOs of
multinational companies. Entertaining, dynamic,
rich in content and quality.
Learning and networking are the keys to some
activities organized by AMCHAMDR’s working
committees, and the topics are based on their
inputs. This is done with the idea to convey to
participants the latest information on current
issues in the professional area in which they
operate. These spaces are for discussion of ideas
in which you can participate through question
formulation. At the conclusion of the events, you
will leave the room with concepts and ideas to
implement in your field of work and enrich your
range of services and products. A continuing
education of high quality standards.
One of the highlights of the year is when
AMCHAMDR celebrates its Charity Ball to
raise funds to support the Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) programs. Business
executives join us with their guests in a location
which is decorated for the occasion with a
theme that guides the happenings of the night.
At this event we present recognition awards to
those companies which have performed best
practices in different areas of CSR. Cheerfulness
and the desire to enjoy the evening multiply
Each year, AMCHAMDR organizes tree (3)
Golf Cups with the goal of raising funds for
CSR programs. The most iconic of these is the
Ambassador’s Cup, which began in the early
2000s from a desire expressed by Ambassador
Charles T. Manatt, to support a great tournament
for charity. Its celebration, in the month of April,
is the start of a “circuit” which has its second
stop in Santiago, specifically in Campo Las
Aromas de la Ciudad Corazon, to say farewell
to summer. The third tournament will be the
Anniversary Cup, which has replaced the one
celebrated in Jarabacoa and will take place in
the month of November, which is AMCHAMDR’s
Seminars and Business Breakfasts
Pro Golf Tournament –
Corporate Social Responsibility
A biennial initiative on trends, ideas, and
energy service. We bring international specialists
and we count with the most knowledgeable
experts on a national scene. A topic of public
interest, and an opportunity to present products
and services of proved quality and guaranteed.
E-commerce is gaining ground in the world. In
these events we identify best practices, discuss
obstacles and challenges, propose actions
and projects to improve performance and raise
awareness of how businessmen develop in
this area and they guide and organize a unique
event in the country. Conceptual sessions are
complemented by an exhibition area in which
to learn some of the latest news in the world of
technology placed at the service of businesses.
Those who support and participate in Dominican
Week form part of a great event which, since
the mid-90s, has been an effective tool to show
Dominican values in prestigious business, artistic,
academic and political scenarios in the USA
which is the primary trading partner of the country.
You will have access to information and people of
high interest for the development of business and
investment, among other advantages.
In alliance with Deloitte, it tends to become the
main forum for debate and discussion of ideas on
the competitiveness of the Dominican Republic. In
September, experts in areas associated with the
focal point, take the stage to make their statements
and refute those who do not seem correct.
The quality of content is recognized by those
involved. A report is published after this event
which becomes a guide to monitor what was
discussed in order to, in the next edition, present
the advances and setbacks in the areas discussed.
Exceptional for those who which to know future
trends from the present ones and that way make
the right decisions in their business environment.
Our chapters in the nine (9) provinces in which we
are present, organize throughout the year various
events in order to fulfill our mission and vision. Our
guest speakers are experts in the area of the topic
of interest, which is known from the concerns
voiced by our members. We pass on knowledge
through the exchange of questions and answers
and rich discussion.
Target Country Forum
Dominican Week in USA
AMCHAMDR’s primary printed medium has
been renovated. A journalistic style approach
to the stories included is complemented by
including new sections on opinion and lifestyle
of the entrepreneur. The design makes reading
easier and allows the reader to tackle the issue
of interest, from any section. Every two months,
4,000 copies, tending to increase, reach the
hands of private sector leaders, key officials and
high-level managers of multilateral organizations
legislators and municipal authorities, including
targeted audiences with which the Chamber has
a relationship with. A publication of quality and
excellent and support for business advertising
and public institutions.
Flexible, dynamic, useful, multimedia, informative,
complete. This is our website, made to reflect the
institutional happenings of executive agencies,
departments and committees of AMCHAMDR so
that both domestic and foreign business can be
properly informed of their news. The contents are
designed to complement each other in depending
on their formats and to be shared through new
Each week, AMCHAMDR’ latest news, events
and main novelties of AMCHAMDR, including
those of our associated members, are reflected
in a digital newsletter. We send this newsletter to
a comprehensive database that is of importance
to the business world. News, announcements,
information, training programs, videos, and photo
galleries are some of the contents of a tool that
keep our members and associates updated on the
organization and other relevant happenings.
AMCHAMDR is on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin,
Slideshare YouTube, social platforms through
which they share information and participate
in important conversations for the business
community. Through some of them, we also
update the audience on what is happening in our
live activities, so that those who could not attend
can have some understanding of what is taking
place in them.
Prepared by the Legal Committee, it is a practical
tool that helps identify the steps needed and the
services available to make informed decisions
about investment plans in the Dominican
Republic. It is published on CD, and on-line
through AMCHAMDR’s website.
A relevant business database, the AMCHAMDR
Membership Directory was created over 20 years
ago, in order to provide the business community
with an effective tool for promotion and business
opportunity. It has a circulation of 5,000 copies
nationwide and through its online version (www.
amchamonline.com.do) reaches worldwide,
allowing our members to promote their products
or services internationally.
American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic
Key Economic Indicators
Central Bank of Dominican Republic, www.bancentral.gov.do; with the exception of the External Debt indicators which were supplied by the database of the
Treasury Department of Dominican Republic, www.creditopublico.gov.do
* Indicates Preliminary Figures
For these and other up to date economic and trade statistics visit our website at www.amcham.org.do/key_indicators
** Indicators calculated by new methodology by the Central Bank of Dominican Republic, since June 2012
***Not currently available
Indicators up to June | 2
Indicators up to August | 3
Indicators up to September | 4
Indicators up to October 7th
Indicators up to October 10th
Update to: October 10, 2013
In Millions of $USD 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013*
Total Foreign Public Debt
As Percent of GDP
Change in Money Supply [M1]**
Change in Broad Money [M2]**
Lendings Rate [weighted average on loans]
Savings Rate [weighted average on CDs]
Current GDP (in millions of $USD)
GDP per Capita (in $USD)
Net Current Transfers
Current Account Balance
Capital and Financial Account Balance
Foreign Direct Investment
Gross International Reserves
Net International Reserves
Exchange [RD$=1$USD] - annual average
Real GDP Growth
The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America
(AACCLA) is the most influential and active voice of U.S. companies
operating in Latin America today. Founded in 1967, AACCLA covers
a group of 23 American Chambers of Commerce in 21 countries in
Latin America and the Caribbean. Representing more than 20,000
companies and individuals who handle most U.S. investment in the
region, AACCLA encourages trade and investment between the
United States and the countries of the region through free trade, free
markets and free enterprise.
1. To explain the importance of free business
relations and investment with Latin America to
the U.S. government and American citizens.
2. Promote and facilitate the creation of a Free
Trade Area of the Americas and promote
the release of trade measures through
3. Provide updated information on business
conditions in Latin America and the
Caribbean through conferences and business
4. Monitor 20,000 companies and individuals
who belong to the 23 American Chambers of
Commerce across the Americas.
5. Market the products and services of members
José Raúl Perales
Secretariat, Executive Director
Executive Vice President
(202) 463-5485 Work
(202) 463-5384 Work
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, D. C. 20062
Foreign business and industrial associations interested in joining the American Chamber of
Commerce of the Dominican Republic.
In applying for membership in AMCHAMDR, should be understood that the company represented by
the applicant is acquiring the formal status of an associate. The person representing the company
loses its status as a partner to withdraw from the partner, although it retains its membership in the
House while the management of it so desires, keeping in good standing
When the stocks of a company member of the Chamber have been sold or transferred to another
physical moral person, the new member must notify the change by means of a written
communication, to ratify is membership.
The initiation fee shall be US $300.00, for all the Overseas Members of the Chamber and is payable
upon submission of the membership application and the yearly dues is US $300.00, which is payable
in advance when the application are prove. Dues or initiation fees maybe increased or reduced by two
thirds majority vote by the active membership.
The annual period will be January 1 to December 31.
Requirements for application
• Application Form.
• Check enclosed for the amount of the initiation fee, drawn on USA bank.
• Two letters of banking references of the company.
The Chamber will not process incomplete applications or without the required documents.
The American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) serves to the
enterprise interests of its membership, for that reason to guarantee a good quality of the affiliates
companies, all the applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, for their approval. As
soon as this process has culminated, the company will be contacted to give answer to its request.