In this study, owing to the global financial crisis, a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for the Dominican Republic was approved. The aim is to limit the procyclical policies in the short-term and discussions focused on policies necessary to ensure that the end-2011 and 2011 targets are observed. Administrative measures such as proindustria, withholding income tax, and indexation of specific tax are estimated to increase revenues. The conditional cash program “Solidaridad” is explained. Finally, various issues under the financial program are discussed.
In this study, against the background of deteriorating external conditions owing to the global crisis, a 28-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for the Dominican Republic is reviewed. The objective is to limit the procyclicality of policies in the short term. The macroeconomic situation has improved significantly. All performance criteria and structural benchmarks were observed. IMF staff supports completion of the second and third SBA reviews and the targets proposed for 2011 in view of the positive macroeconomic performance. Additional measures have been introduced to meet program targets.