Temístocles Montás

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Montás and the second or maternal family name is Domínguez.
Temístocles Montás
Minister of Industry and Trade of the Dominican Republic
Assumed office
16 August 2016
President Danilo Medina
Minister of Economy, Planning and Development of the Dominican Republic
In office
19 January 2007 – 16 August 2016
President Leonel Fernández
Danilo Medina
Succeeded by Isidoro Santana
Technical Secretary of The Presidency (Dominican Republic)
In office
16 August 2004 – 19 January 2007
President Leonel Fernández
Preceded by Lic. Carlos Despradel
In office
16 August 1998 – 16 August 2000
President Leonel Fernández
Preceded by Eduardo Selmán
Succeeded by Rafael Calderón
Secretary of State, CEO of the Dominican Electricity Corporation (Dominican Republic)
In office
16 August 1996 – 16 August 1998
President Leonel Fernández
Preceded by Amílcar Romero
Succeeded by Radhamés Segura
Executive Director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE)
In office
16 August 2000 – 16 August 2004
Deputy to the Congress of the Dominican Republic
In office
16 August 1986 – 16 August 1990
Personal details
Born (1948-05-06) May 6, 1948 (age 68)
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
Political party Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)
Spouse(s) Carmen Artero[1]
Children Juan Carlos Montás Artero (b. 1980)
Alfonso Temístocles Montás Artero (b. 1982)
Raquel Indhira Montás Artero (b. 1983)[1]
Parents Bienvenido Montás; Mercedes Domínguez[1]
Alma mater Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España.
Profession Politician. Master in Economic Science, Ph.D in Engineering
Net worth Increase (2012) RD$ 35.36 million[1][2]
(US$ 900,000)

Juan Temístocles Montás Domínguez (born May 6, 1948)[1] is a economist, dominican politician and currently the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Dominican Republic. He previously served as Minister of Economy, Planning and Development and Technical Secretary of State to the Presidency of the Dominican Republic from 1998 to 2016. He's a member of the Dominican Liberation Party in which has a long time political affiliation and broad political career.[3][4]

Born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, in a family with 10 children.[1]

Montás, holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the Technical University of Madrid and also a Master's degree in Economics. With broad public and professional career, is a government official with long experience. His office has published several papers related to politics, economy and the electricity sector in the Dominican Republic.

The Montás family is descended from Claude Montás, a Haitian entrepreneur of French origin who was born in Mirebalais, Haiti.[5]

Political career and public life[edit]

Temístocles Montás was elected member of the first Central Committee of the Dominican Liberation Party in 1973. Close friend, disciple and collaborator of the late Professor Juan Bosch, he served as Vice-Secretary of Political Education, Coordinator of Special Agencies and Organizations Special Secretary of the Dominican Liberation Party. He was elected member of his political committee in 1990 together with Dr. Leonel Fernández and Lic Danilo Medina. Also held the post of Press Secretary of that political organization and is now the Secretary of International Relations of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), from where he has managed to make to efforts to involve the Political Party in international political forums like the COPPPAL, etc.

He has been since 1990 the coordinator of the technical teams that have prepared the Government Programs of the Dominican Liberation Party.[6][7] He had a leading role in the political crisis in the Dominican Republic of 1994, events leading the called "Pact for Democracy" and as one of leader of his political organization, together with Danilo Medina and Leonel Fernández in 1996, were responsible for structuring a new political project inside the party, which later led to Leonel Fernández as a candidate for the Presidency of the Dominican Republic, who was elected winner of the elections held that year and became the first Head of State from Dominican Liberation Party.

Montás, assumed leadership of the campaign strategy for the years 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 of the Dominican Liberation Party, which with the exception of 2000, the party was the winner of the elections held in that country.

He was a deputy to the National Congress by the Dominican Liberation Party for the period 1986–1990. Also serves as adviser to the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic. Government official with broad experience, he served as CEO of the Dominican Electricity Corporation, now the Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies (CDEEE) from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 he was appointed Technical Secretary of the Presidency until 2000, playing a key role in the economic and financial area.

In August 2004 he was appointed for a second time, Technical Secretary of the Presidency, under the new Government of the Dominican Liberation Party, (PLD).[8]

From the public positions he has had to assume, he has played a role in the elaboration of public policies aimed at ensuring the economic and social development of the Dominican Republic during the four years 2004–2008. With the enactment of Law No. 496-06 governing body that creates the system of planning and public investment in the Dominican Republic is appointed by the Executive as Secretary of State for Economic, Planning and Development, Ministry today, replacing the former Technical Secretariat of the Presidency.[9]

Head of the Government Economic Team[edit]

Temístocles Montás, Leonel Fernández and Danilo Medina during a meeting of the government's economic team in 2005.
The former President Leonel Fernández with former Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, José Luis Machinea and his Minister of Economy, Temístocles Montás.

In his capacity as Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, he was the coordinator of the Dominican Government Economic Team with the authority to lead and coordinate the process of formulating, managing, monitoring and evaluation of macroeconomic policies and sustainable development.[9][10]

In his function as Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, represent the Dominican Republic as Governor at the World Bank Board of Governors.[11] Also represent the country as Alternate Governor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).[12]

He is member of the Board of the Public Debt of the Dominican Republic, member of the Social Policy Cabinet and member of the National Council for Treaty Implementation and Administration of the Dominican government. Also acting in the development of foreign trade policy of the Dominican Republic, as well as the relevant trade negotiations. He serves as member of the Board of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (the telecommunications governing body), and numerous other boards of directors of Dominican government institutions.

Headed the Dominican government team that negotiated the agreements of the Dominican debt restructuring with its creditors like Club Paris and private banks in 2005, which allowed to extend the Dominican Republic maturities of its debt and settle their long-term payments after the country faces the aftermath of the largest economic and financial crisis in his history that emerged in 2003 with the collapse of major private commercial banks.[13][14]

National Development Strategy[edit]

The Dominican government through the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development began a process of consulting and coordination with the participation of "prime movers" of the Dominican Republic, to define what would be the future of the country, leading to the preparation of a draft law to be submitted to the consideration of the Congress of the Dominican Republic for approval.[15]

Minister Temístocles Montas shakes hands to the President of Guatemala Álvaro Colom.


On August 16, 2012 the new President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina, confirmed him as Minister of Economy, Planning and Development of the new government.[16][17]

Academic career[edit]

He has been for more than two decades a university professor, author of several books related to economics, politics and the Dominican electricity sector. Graduated Summa Cum Laude (with high honors) in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain. Also, he has a high specialization in graduate studies and post-graduate degree in the fields of economics, evaluation and project development, international economics, foreign trade and international finance at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

He has been a speaker for national and international stages.[18][19][20] He has held various roles in the private sector in the Dominican Republic. From 2000 until August 2004, he held the position of Executive Director Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, which presides Dr. Leonel Fernández, the former President of the Dominican Republic.

Family life[edit]

Montás was born in San Cristóbal, a province in the southern Dominican Republic, west of the capital Santo Domingo. His family founded the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in the city of San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. He is married to Mrs. Carmen Artero, with whom has two sons and one daughter, Alfonso Temístocles, Raquel Indhira and Juan Carlos.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Declaración Jurada de Bienes de Funcionario Público" (PDF) (in Spanish). Acento. 14 September 2012. Exchange rate for 14 September 2012: 39.30 per USD. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Torres, Leisy (22 October 2012). "Casi mil millones de pesos es la fortuna conjunta de 19 ministros" (in Spanish). Santo Domingo: El Día. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.pld.org.do
  4. ^ http://www.elnuevodiario.com.do/app/article.aspx?id=107162
  5. ^ "Origen franco-haitiano de apellidos dominicanos" [Dominican surnames with French-Haitian origin]. Hoy (in Spanish). 19 October 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014. Ferrand, para defender la plaza envió proclamas a todas partes, viniendo del exterior 300 personas, por lo que es probable que colonos venidos por este llamado se asentaran en el este de la isla, tal y como se lee en el libro citado: “Entre los franceses que se mencionan en distintas escrituras, establecidos en el este y dedicados a la extracción de maderas, estaban: Juan Pion, F. Doumas, Francoise Gilbert, Mr. Carton (en La Romana), Francois Nole (en la boca del Yuma), Mr. Claude Montás, natural de Mirabalais (en Quiabón abajo), Mr. Terrien, Jean Lampiére, Siló, Lamota o Lamothe en Yuma. Al comentar la situación en el Sur, se lee: “En Baní había un espíritu de quietud causado por la influencia de residentes franceses…” (...) “Así podemos leer sobre Dousón Montás que vivía en Chavón Abajo y para 1801 ganó un proceso judicial a un protegido del general Ferrand. Dousón Montás es el tronco de los Montás en la región. (...) Como otra muestra de la presencia francesa y haitiana en la genealogía dominicana señalo que en San Cristóbal, en 1814 Juan Francisco Nival casó con Marta Larcehit, naturales de Francia, en 1820, María Francisca Montás casó con Pedro Langumar Feisé, y en 1822 Juan Celestino Nosé casó con María Francisca La Chapell (Lachapelle), todos naturales de Mirebalais, Haití. 
  6. ^ http://www.diariolibre.com/noticias_det.php?id=12557
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ http://www.consultoria.gov.do/dec_861_04.pdf
  9. ^ a b http://www.suprema.gov.do/pdf/leyes/2006/ley_496-06.pdf
  10. ^ http://www.presidencia.gob.do/app/article.aspx?id=4808
  11. ^ http://siteresources.worldbank.org/BODINT/Resources/278027-1215526322295/BankGovernors.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/annualreport.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/AR2008_Governors/$FILE/IFC_Governors_2008.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.ccmf-uwi.org/files/publications/conference/881.pdf
  14. ^ http://clasificados.elcaribe.com.do/articulo_caribe.aspx?id=48809&guid=1511B7A2C20C488E8C4352411A5CF025&Seccion=3
  15. ^ http://www.end.gov.do/download/Anteproyecto_de_Ley_de_END_RD_2010_2030.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.diariolibre.com/dlenglish/2012/08/17/i348320_new-cabinet-with-new-and-old-faces.html
  17. ^ http://www.hoy.com.do/el-pais/2012/8/16/441872/Danilo-Medina-presenta-su-gabinete-hayalgunas-ratificaciones
  18. ^ http://www.eclac.org/MDG/noticias/paginas/1/34331/Inauguración_Juan_Temistocles_Montás.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.panoramadiario.com/articulo/articulo/2/temistocles-montas-cita-en-chile-ventajas-de-invertir-en-rd/
  20. ^ http://competitividad.org.do/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/disurso-temistocles-montas.pdf

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