Carlos Morales Troncoso

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Morales and the second or maternal family name is Troncoso.
His Excellency
Carlos Morales Troncoso
Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic.svg Minister of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic
Assumed office
16 August 2004
President Leonel Fernández
Preceded by Frank Guerrero Prats
In office
16 August 1994 – 5 May 1996
President Joaquín Balaguer
Preceded by Juan A. Taveras Guzmán
Succeeded by Caonabo Javier Castillo
34th Vice President of the Dominican Republic
In office
16 August 1986 – 16 August 1994
President Joaquín Balaguer
Preceded by Manuel Fernández Mármol
Succeeded by Jacinto Peynado y Garrigosa
Personal details
Born (1940-09-29) 29 September 1940 (age 73)
Dominican Republic
Political party Social Christian Reformist Party
Alma mater Louisiana State University

Carlos Morales Troncoso (born 29 September 1940) is a Dominican politician who currently serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic since 2004.

Family background[edit]

Carlos Morales grew up surrounded by a family environment in which politics was considered a form of public service and an object of great passion. This influence marked his personality at an early stage of his life, forming a solid social conscience and a strong political vocation. Manuel de Jesús Troncoso de la Concha, his grandfather, was a successful figure in the national public arena, occupying important posts among the Judicial and Legislative Department, ministries and eventually the vice-presidency of the nation.[1] His uncle, Jesús María Troncoso Sánchez, was an expert in the development of the local sugar industry and one of the founders of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, where he served as governor for over a decade. Carlos Morales Troncoso was born in September 1940. He studied in Puerto Rico until his family moved to New Orleans, where his father, Avelino Eduardo Morales, was named General Consul, and where Carlos had the opportunity to continue his studies. His father and Mrs. Gracita Troncoso de Morales, his mother, always promoted awareness and interest towards their country, building strong bonds.


Carlos Morales Troncoso received his Bachelor Degree in Sugar Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He had expertise in the sugar industry, which continued to grow while working at the Central Romana, owned by the South Puerto Rico Sugar Corporation at that time. His successful business management and professional development in this area allowed him to eventually become the chief executive of the company, owned then by Gulf and Western Americas Corporation, at the age of 34. His skills, responsibility and undeniable dedication to work were the main factors that characterized his career path. His vast labor experience encompassing the agriculture sector, duty-free-zone development, tourism, labor negotiations and international trade, provided him with a broad, pragmatic vision for the country, the Dominicans and their future. Carlos Morales Troncoso’s success in the private sector greatly benefited his role in politics, which started when President Joaquin Balaguer invited Carlos to join him on the PRSC ballot for the 1986 elections. The experience of two consecutive constitutional periods, spanning 1986-1990 and 1990–1994, enabled him to obtain the expertise in logistics and the rules of politics. His outstanding performance in all the governmental positions to which he has been assigned, such as State Sugar Council Director, Dominican Republic Ambassador to the United States of America, and State Minister of Foreign Affairs demonstrated his dedication, expertise and commitment in all areas. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has been a decisive governmental figure in representing the Dominican country, culture and people. He has demonstrated his excellent human qualities at all levels, showing pride of his origins and history.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Luisa Alba de Morales with whom he has 4 daughters and 11 grandchildren. His daughters are Ivette Baittiner, Nicole Bogaert, Cecile Vitienes and Michelle Morales. He earned degrees in two disciplines; chemical engineering and sugar engineering from Louisiana State University and in 1982 was also awarded a doctor honoris causa in humanities by Chicago State University. His career in the sugar industry led him to form the State Sugar Council for the Dominican Republic, over which he presided in the past as president.[2]

Political career[edit]

Troncoso was a member and leader of the Presidential Reformist Counsel until its dissolution on 12 December 2008. He was a member of the monetary board of the Dominican Republic prior to becoming vice president of the Dominican Republic in 1986 after winning his candidacy with Joaquín Balaguer who became president and continued in this role until 1994. In addition to his tenure as Constitutional Vice President of the Republic, he also held the position of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States of America in Washington, D. C. for the 1989-1990 period. From 1994 until 1996, Troncoso was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic, regaining this title in 2004, where he currently serves.[2]

He and the members of the Presidential Reformist Counsel returned to the Social Christian Reformist Party on 12 December 2008.[3]


Troncoso has won acclaim at home and abroad.

  • In 1982, he was named "Businessman of the year" by Asociación Interamericana de Hombres de Empresa, Inc.
  • In 1982 he was named "man of the year" by the Dominican Chamber of Commerce of New York .
  • He was named most distinguished graduate of the year in 1992 by Louisiana State University.
  • In his home country, Troncoso has received Duarte, Sánchez and Mella and the Christopher Columbus Heraldry Award.[4]

Morales has received decorations from the governments of Taiwan, Italy, and Costa Rica He was decorated with:

  • At Spain the Sovereign Order of Malta and the San Carlos Order.
  • At Peru the Order of the Great Cross
  • At Panama with the Vasco Núñez de Balboa Order
  • At Honduras the José Cecilio del Valle Order
  • At Chile the Order of Excellence

Furthermore he has received the follow awards:

  • Doctor Honoris Causa - Technological University of Santiago (UTESA) (1979)
  • Distinguished Graduate in the Business World Louisiana State University (1981)
  • Free Enterprise Award – Best Cluster Company Gulf & Western Industries, Inc. (1982)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Humanities Chicago State University (1987)
  • Julián Barceló Award as Sports Promoter Asociación de Cronistas Deportivos & Barceló & Cia. (1989)


Troncoso has authored books during his political career which include "De lo Privado a lo Público" which focuses on his work in both the public and private sectors.[4]


  1. ^ Jaime Alberto Read Ortega (9 October 2010). "Los Troncoso: ¿Custodios del Almirante?". Cápsulas Genealógicas. Instituto Dominicano de Genealogía. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b United nations profile
  3. ^ Morales-T-y-su-grupo-regresan-al-reformismo , Hoy newspaper
  4. ^ a b Dominican republic government profile
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Fernández Mármol
Vice President of the Dominican Republic
16 August 1986 – 16 August 1994
Succeeded by
Jacinto Peynado y Garrigosa
Preceded by
Juan A. Taveras Guzmán
Minister of Foreign Relations
16 August 1994 – 5 May 1996
Succeeded by
Caonabo Javier Castillo
Preceded by
Frank Guerrero Prats
Minister of Foreign Relations
16 August 2004 – present
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Federico Antún Batlle
President of the Social Christian Reformist Party
October 2009 – present
Succeeded by