Jornada Dominicana 2019 This interdisciplinary forum, dedicated to the Dominican Republic, brings together practitioners and academics, providing insights on the current state and prospects of the Dominican Republic's business, politics, and culture. Since the collapse of Banco Intercontinental in 2003, that is,16 years after the financial crisis, the Dominican Republic is in good shape. Per capita income has more than doubled, inflation is stable, and the central bank has once again built up reserves. The outstanding GDP growth of 7.0% in 2018 is the highest in the Carribean and Central American region (USD 81.103 bn). The main drivers of growth are private construction, free trade zones, tourism, and increased domestic demandand and consumption, supported by a growing middle class, and the substantial remittances from the Dominican diaspora. The services sector now accounts for more than half of the GDP (61.9 %). In particular tourism (as an important employer) and the construction boom (with new hotel buildings) are growing strongly, as are the free trade zones. However, most of the workforce is employed in agriculture and retail. Mining is a relatively young industry on the island. Switzerland’s main imports from the Dominican Republic are gold and tobacco. Poverty still remains an issue as it has only slightly declined. Thus, remittances of relatives living abroad have played an important role. The Dominican community in Switzerland shows a very strong presence in Zurich and Lausanne. 2019 was declared the Year of Innovation and Competitiveness in the country responding to global trends. The forum promotes an open, interactive discussion between attendants and lecturers.