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The Dominican Congress ratified the agreement in September 2005 and implemented it on March 1, 2007. S. S. agricultural exports are to enter duty free by 2020. As a result of CAFTA-DR, the Dominican Republic has enacted a number of reforms to improve its tax structure, strengthen intellectual property rights, and facilitate trade flows through the country (customs reform). Perhaps partially as a result of these efforts, foreign investment to the Dominican Republic has steadily increased since 2009.
Information provided by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, Washington, DC, on December 10, 2013. 27 Aníbal de Castro, “Dominican Republic Immigration Plan Will Protect All,” Miami Herald, January 23, 2014. 28 Together with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights makes up the human rights protection system of the Organization of American States (OAS), which serves to uphold and promote basic rights and freedoms in the Americas. 29 Organization of American States, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, “IACHR Wraps Up Visit to the Dominican Republic,” press release, December 2013.
49 “IDB Supports Improved Productivity of MSMEs in the Dominican Republic,” press release, January 2, 2014. 50 The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, “Readout of the President’s Call with President-elect Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic,” June 4, 2012. S. htm. 52 For more information, see CRS Report R40135, Mérida Initiative for Mexico and Central America: Funding and Policy Issues, by Clare Ribando Seelke. S. gov/products/GAO-13-367R. 7 million in CBSI aid for FY2010-FY2012. S.