22 August, 2016

Departments & Staff

Nicole Jacobo

The Commercial Department of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom works alongside the Dominican Republic Centre for Export and Investment (CEI-RD).

The CEI-RD is the government department created to promote the favourable investment climate of the Dominican Republic as well as the vast resources available for international trade. The CEI-RD acts as a facilitator to engage in commercial activities in the areas of trade and investment, optimising and diversifying the offer of product and services to secure access to international markets in a competitive manner. The services provided to investors by the CEI-RD include the Dominican Republic Investment One-Stop Shop (also known by its Spanish abbreviation, VUI-RD), which seeks to streamline and enhance the efficiency of investment processes in all of the country’s productive sectors. This innovative tool allows investors to obtain technical information as well as all the permits, licenses and certifications issued by the main government institutions that are necessary to carry out an investment project in the country. The main goal is to improve the business climate and investment flows by overcoming obstacles and bureaucratic delays caused by other government institutions, providing an efficient and transparent service.

The United Kingdom is the sixth major direct investor in the Dominican Republic with a total invested value of USD$1.0 billion. Exports from the UK to the Dominican Republic were estimated at USD$200.095 million in 2015, compared with USD$141.116 million in 2016.

Furthermore, the Dominican Republic’s exports to the United Kingdom in 2015 were valued at USD$201.399 million and USD$205.617 million in 2016, representing an increase of 2.1% and a slightly positive trade balance for the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic Investment One-Stop Shop (VUI-RD)

The Investment One-Stop Shop’s main objectives are:

    • To reduce time and costs for investors, whilst upholding the policies and objectives of all institutions related to the VUI-RD
    • To simplify the procedures necessary to obtain all approvals and authorisations
    • To guarantee transparency through an efficient follow-up system
    • To provide investors with technical support throughout the process
    • To provide investors with updated information and immediate assistance for all  their requirements
  • To have a close collaboration with the institutions involved in the entire investment process

The main investment sectors are Agribusiness, Energy, Garments, Pharmaceuticals, Mining, Tourism, Telecommunication and Software development. UK-DR trade relations are increasing over time, with the main export products being bananas, cocoa, coffee, tobacco, avocados, mangoes, electrical machinery and apparel accessories.

Aralís Rodríguez

The Consular Section is open on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Our direct telephone number is 020 7262 6856. The section can also be contacted by email:  consulate@dominicanembassy.org.uk.

The services we provide are: translation and certification of documents, witnessing signatures, issuing power of attorney and sworn declarations.

For the renewal of passports, please be aware that we send the application to our consulate in Madrid and the waiting time can vary from 6 to 7 weeks.

For any other enquiry, please contact us.

Marlen Vásquez

José Tomás Pérez


The Cultural Affairs & Education Department is responsible for promoting plans, programs and projects to support the Dominican culture and traditions. It also enhances scholarships opportunities for higher education and the development of scientific and technological research.

Johanna Sánchez

Both the Dominican Republic and the UK strive to increase exports in the context of a world economy which has yet to recover fully from the economic and financial crisis of 2008. Both are island states and trading hubs in their respective regions. Both are linked to the world by a number of complementary regional groupings where their interests are promoted. And most crucially, both are active participants in the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and its Member States and the European Union (EU) and its Member States (the CARIFORUM-EU EPA).

Both countries have responded to the crisis through fiscal reform and austerity policies for the long-term reduction of debt as a share of their GDPs. Dominican public investment, however, continues to have a strong role in fostering Dominican growth, which has averaged 7% per year over the last 30 years and 4% since 2004.

Johanna Sánchez

The Maritime Affairs Department of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United Kingdom works as a representative of its country for two international organisations based in  London:  

    • The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) which provide compensation for oil pollution damage resulting from spills of persistent oil from tankers.
  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

Gustavo Sosa

While the UK and the DR share common democratic values, the Dominican Republic has a Presidential political system, with two elected Chambers of Congress and a fully-independent Judiciary with both a Supreme and a Constitutional Court.

In the UK, the Dominican Republic has worked together with the All-Party Parliamentary Group – Dominican Republic (APPG-DR) to enhance bilateral relations and discuss important issues regarding both parties, such as Brexit.

Together with our APPG, the DR enjoys an actively close working relationship with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), on the basis of the bilateral priorities included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 21 June 2011 between the Rt Hon William Hague, MP, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Carlos Morales Troncoso, Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, covering inter alia, judicial, maritime and security issues, as well as joint collaboration in the promotion of democracy and the rule of law in Haiti, international peace and security and mutual exchanges on pressing foreign policy matters of global and regional significance and of mutual interest.

A Bicameral Group on the UK was established in the Dominican Republic in 2013, chaired by Senator  Julio César Valentín (PLD-Santiago).