Haiti - Politics : Roadmap of the Minister of Trade and Industry
Roadmap of the Minister of Trade and Industry :
Mr. Minister, in the implementation of my Government's policy, I entrust you with the task of carrying out the necessary reforms to raise the commercial and industrial sector at all levels.In this perspective, I ask you to :
- Finalize and validate the industrial policy document together with all stakeholders;
- To draft, together with the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the sectors concerned, the private sector strategic development document;
- Develop strategic infrastructure to limit transaction costs and stimulate production and trade;
- Facilitate the setting up of Purchasing and Distribution Centers in the "Chefs-lieux" of departments with a view to ensuring better distribution of goods throughout the territory;
- Establish a plan for the deployment of industrial micro-parks (MPI) in line with the economic potentials of the regions and speed up their implementation;
- Construct and develop a large "commercial free zone" in the port area of Gonaïves or Miragoâne with a view to promoting greater availability of imported goods necessary for the development of strategic activities in the country;
- Erecting in the region of Wharf of Port-au-Prince a"Warehouse under Customs" to facilitate the import in volume of goods of equipment in support of the development of major works;
- Establish, in partnership with the private sector, agro-export zones (ZAE) by putting in place all the appropriate logistic chains;
- Finalize the implementation of the Common External Tariff (TEC) with CARICOM, with a view to fostering the full integration of the country into the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME);
- Establish, in conjunction with the private sector, a storage capacity of petroleum products in the northern region of the country and a propane storage area in the Miragoâne region in order to halving the consumption of charcoal within five years;
- Establish reference prices for all goods and services to be ordered and purchased;
- Establish reference prices for purchases of basic goods and services;
- Provide all necessary incentives for the establishment of at least one new cement plant with a capacity of 2 million tonnes in the country;
- Take all measures to ensure the hygiene and quality of the products marketed;
- Strengthen quality control of food products;
- Encourage and facilitate the establishment of national enterprises capable of carrying out large-scale work;
- Take measures to facilitate the emergence and development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs);
- Work with relevant sectors to make necessary changes to the Labor Code to allow companies to work 24/24 by establishing the three-eight (3x8) system;
- Working with stakeholders to improve coordination and implementation of business climate reform;
- Finalize the draft bills on improving the business climate and the development of the private sector in order to submit them to Parliament's vote;
- Intensify the policy of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) by further reducing the time and cost of registration of public limited companies;
- Launch the 'PROMETHEE' program, with a view to supporting young university graduates with viable business projects;
- Make arrangements, in consultation with the sectors concerned, in order to grant to taxpayers who invest in areas without adequate public infrastructure a tax holiday of five (5) years;
- Take all necessary measures to increase and diversify the country's export basket;
- Work towards improving Haiti's performance in the World Bank's Doing Business and World Economic Forum competitiveness rankings;
- To develop, with the stakeholders, a policy for the development of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowlege Process Outsourcing (KPO), Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)
- Establish an appropriate incentive system with relevant actors, in particular the MEF, to foster the development of enterprises in the technological services industries such as BPO, KPO, LPO
- Develop, in conjunction with relevant ministries, the draft law establishing the Border Band as a Priority Investment Area (ZIP).
Mr. Minister, the apparel and garment industry is a source of jobs to be exploited in order to give activities to young people who are looking for work. As part of the Policy of professional integration of the government by the creation of companies, I recommend you to work, together with the competent institutions, to :
- Establish a guarantee fund for the garment sector;
- Improve the legal framework for the operation of the sector;
- Organize a targeted seminar program to enhance the media coverage of the sector's activities;
- Establish a Clothing Marketing Bureau in partnership with ADIH;
- Accompanying industrialists, contractors and workshops in the garment and garment sector.
Measures should be taken to promote the craft sector and make it an industry that supports growth. You must :
- Establish a national register of craft professionals with a system of identification based on civil status;
- Take incentives to encourage artisanal operators to formalize themselves;
- Work with relevant bodies to extend the social protection system (health insurance, pensions) to all stakeholders in the sector;
- Establish and systematize, in favor of operators organized by trades, training sessions tailored to their needs;
- Work with relevant bodies to create a suitable line of credit to support the development of the artisanal sector;
- Provide permanent recreational and exhibition space to promote artists, facilitate the flow of their products, educate the population in the arts and culture;
- Establish a promotional and information center to facilitate the connection between artists and cultural property markets.
I ask you to start preparing the Budget 2017-2018, which will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, after arbitration by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and filed within the legal deadlines in Parliament.
You will also have the task of increasing transparency, the fight against corruption and the good management of public property. It will be up to you to organize, direct and animate the services, teams and agents of the State placed under your responsibility.
Jack Guy Lafontant, Prime Minister"
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