José del Castillo Saviñón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is del Castillo and the second or maternal family name is Saviñón.
José del Castillo Saviñón
Minister of Industry and Commerce
Assumed office
16 August 2012
Prime Minister Danilo Medina
Preceded by Manuel García Arévalo
Viceminister of Industry and Commerce
In office
4 March 2011 – 16 August 2012
Prime Minister Leonel Fernández
Personal details
Born José Manuel del Castillo Saviñón
(1975-03-01) 1 March 1975 (age 39)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Political party Partido de la Liberación Dominicana
Alma mater Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Religion Roman Catholicism

José Manuel del Castillo Saviñón (born 1 March 1975) is a Dominican lawyer, politician and is the current Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic. He is the youngest Minister in a position of "first class" on Dominican political history. He was the Financial Coordinator of the presidential campaign of Danilo Medina and also was his "contact" in the south of the Dominican Republic.

He was formerly Vice-Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic in the area of hydrocarbons during the government of Leonel Fernández.

José del Castillo has worked for over 17 years in the private sector as legal advisor until in 2005 he began his political career with Danilo Medina.

Personal life[edit]

José Manuel del Castillo Saviñón was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 1 March 1975. He is the son of the sociologist, historian, intellectual and former director of the "Museum of Dominican Man", José del Castillo Pichardo and the Scientific Hilda Saviñón Guerra, is the eldest son of two who had the marriage.[1]

He completed his primary education at the "Colegio Dominicano de la Salle" graduating from "Bachelor of Science and Letters" in 1992, the same year he started to study Legal Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra ending in 1996 and later enrolling for a Masters Degree in "Economic Law" and "Business Law".

In 1996 made the thesis "The Dominican Republic at the World Trade Organization" it served as a "springboard" to the public sector when it was sought by the Executive Branch for advice on Industry and Trade. Later in 2003 he succeeded Servio Tulio Castaños as Legal Consultant of Senate of the Dominican Republic and later was a consultant to the Committee on Industry and Trade of the Dominican Senate.

Much of his career has been devoted to the private sector with his Cabinet "Gabinete Economico, S. A" has served for more than 12 years at various prestigious national and international companies in the field of legal and business advice.

Del Castillo was also host to various television programs such as "Economía al Día", "Mundo económico (sección del programa Metrópolis)", "La Revista Económica", "Gabinete Económico" y "Economía y Negocios" [1]

Politic life[edit]

José del Castillo and his friend Gonzalo Castillo, Minister of Public Works and Communications.

Del Castillo began in the presidential project then Secretary of the Presidency Danilo Medina in 2006 via his friend and current Minister of Public Works and Communications Gonzalo Castillo. Since then he worked as Financial Coordinator of the Campaign of Danilo Medina and also being their representation in the southwest of the country through the "External Sector with Danilo".

15 March 2011 was appointed by then President Leonel Fernández with Manuel Garcia Arevalo as Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce in the area of Hydrocarbons and Mining, a position he held until 16 August 2012 when he was appointed as Minister of Industry and Trade on taking office the current president Danilo Medina

Today is one of the key figures in the cabinet Danilo Medina and the first-class officer youngest in the cabinet.

In the administration of the Del Castillo as Minister of Industry and Commerce has driven the sector SMEs, Mining, Natural Gas and non-conventional energy as part of the projects proposed by President Danilo Medina during his campaign.


José del Castillo Saviñón (center) with leaders of the PLD in 2013.

Jose del Castillo has continued to work actively in Barahona, devotes all his spare time to help with his Foundation "Jose del Castillo Saviñón" the inhabitants of that province, Jose del Castillo residing in that province for several years and there are rumors that wants to "engage" as a candidate for Senator for the province of Barahona in Elections 2016[2]