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LatinNews Daily - 02 January 2019

In brief: Dominican Republic

* The Dominican Republic (DR)’s central bank has released figures which project 7% GDP growth for the DR for 2018 – the highest in Latin America.  The fastest growing sectors were: communications (11.0%); construction (10.6%); free trade zones (9.1%); health (8.8%); trade (8.5%); financial services (7.9%); and agriculture (6.5%). In its most recent report (released on 20 December), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (Eclac) expects the DR’s GDP growth will close at 6.3% in 2018.