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Country / Area: Dominican Republic

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)It does not apply.
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?There are some differences between the "Products Nomenclature" used in the SNADR and the CPC, which arrive from the basic characteristics of the Dominican economy and data availability. For example we have:
. The product "patatas" (code 01210 of CPC) which is included in the group "Legumbres" (code 012 of CPC), in the SNADR it is included in the group called "Tubérculos, Bulbos y Raíces", which in CPC is a subclass of the group "Legumbres".
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. National Accounts and Economic Statistics Department.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Olga Díaz Mora
Gobernor's Consultant on National Accounts
Phone: (809) 221-9111
E-mail: olga.díaz@codetel.net.do
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.The actual product nomenclature is being evaluated to know the flexibility it should have, so satellite accounts could be elaborated. This has been of particular concern in the specific case of the Tourism Satellite Account of the Dominican Republic, because the CPC does not present the required classifications to make the total adjustment to this specific phenomenon.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.Our products classification has been used by the Division that elaborate price statistics with the purpose of presenting a price index classification by products and in the household's consumption, to make them compatible with SNADR.
Implementation / revision status
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)To this moment, explanatory notes have not been elaborated, but we are working on a recommendation about the proper flexibility that classifications should have in order to facilitate the adjustment of satellite accounts of the SNADR to their classification needs.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsWhen adjusting the classifications to the characteristics of our economy, no bigger problems appeared than the aggregation of groups and products because of scarcity of information.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Until now we do not know of any non-statistic user of our product classification.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The Health School of Harvard University proposed an alternative product classification for the elaboration of the National Health Accounts for the Dominican Republic for the year 1996, which presents a different structure from the CPC.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.A conversion table exists between CPC and alternative product classifications used in the Natinal Health Accounts of the Dominican Republic, however, this table does not have the optimal instructions because of lack of flexibility of the CPC.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Before the SNA93, we used the Brussels Customs Tariff Nomenclature codes (BCTN) ("Nomenclatura Arancelaria de Bruselas" - NAB) for the classification of imported and exported goods and services.
Contact information
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryProduct Nomenclature (PN)
It uses new National Accounts codes that differ from those of the Central Product Classification (CPC), basically on their numeration.

Source: UN questionnaire, 6/4/1999