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Haiti - FLASH : Haiti's economy at the edge of the abyss
06/05/2017 10:29:16

Haiti - FLASH : Haiti's economy at the edge of the abyss
At a press conference, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant drew up an overview of the country's public administration which is most worrying, pointing out that almost all the autonomous ministries and institutions of the country are indebted, specifying that some ministries and State institutions are unable to pay their staff and others to repay their debts.

In addition to this disastrous situation, he drew up a gloomy picture of the country's economic situation, explaining that only 34.8 billion gourdes were collected during the first six months of the current fiscal year, half of the revenue forecast, widening the deficit of the State since during this period, expenditure largely exceeded the receipts.

Prime Minister Lafontant does not hesitate to point the finger at the bad governance and the bad decisions of the Transitional Government of Privert where during this period thousands of civil servants were hired without counting among others, were made bad decisions, increasing inflation from 6% at the time of the departure of the Martelly Government to 14% at the beginning of the Moïse government.

The socio-economic situation and the country's production system at the lowest level are of concern not only to national sectors but also to international donors, stressed the Head of Government

Noting very alarming figures, he cited, for example, various institutions representative of the situation, among others :

Ministère des Travaux publics :
Debt of 1.5 billion gourdes (± US $ 23 million) The Ministry has a workforce of 1,437 employees (802 civil servants and 635 contractors).

Ministère des Affaires étrangères :
Debt of 1.4 billion Gdes (± 21 million US dollars) 90% of the operating budget for the year 2016-2017 already spent. Unqualified persons were appointed during the transitional period in diplomatic representations. The budget appropriations allocated to the consulates and embassy for the entire financial year have been exhausted. In the Dominican Republic, the Haitian State is virtually unable to pay its employees.

Ministry of Social Affairs :
Debt of 514 million Gdes, 50.6 million wage arrears, 87.6% of its budget are already spent after 6 months. Its debt amounted to 514 million gourdes, it has 50.6 million gourdes as arrears of wages. The number of contractors hired during the Privert transition period is estimated at 3.308.

Ministry of Justice :
Debt of 1.8 billion Gdes, spent 60% of its total budget the first 6 months of the fiscal year.

The Social and Economic Assistance Fund (FAES) :
Debt of 300 million Gourdes. While 50 people suffice to its functioning, the workforce has grown to 283 people. Only 7 of the 37 schools that FAES had to rebuild after Matthew's passage were actually rebuilt. After June, FAES has no project in sight due to its lack of credibility with the international institutions and donors supporting the projects.

Ministry of Education :
Debt of nearly 7 billion Gdes for the Free and Compulsory Universal Enrollment Program (OGGO) and the PRONEC. 2,691 teachers with a letter of appointment have never been paid and 2,600 others have been working for years without ever having been nominated in the education system.

Ministry of Culture :
After only 6 months, 88.65% of a budget of 640 million gourdes for the fiscal year 2016-2017 has already spent a good part for the national carnival.

Ministry of Tourism :
Debt of 74 million Gdes, 55% of the budget for the year spent. Half of the vehicles in the ministry no longer operate or are in bad shape. It has a total of 329 employees, 46% of whom are contract employees.

Office of Monetization of Development Assistance Programs (BMPAD) :
Debt of 49 million US dollars for only Venezuela. Its staff of 83 at the departure of former President Martelly increased to 192 members during the period of transition Privert, the fleet doubled.

Minister of Public Health :
Debt of 1.4 billion Gdes. Employees: 12,260 employees (9,566 employees and 2,694 contract employees). Throughout the territory, the Ministry has 75 ambulances and 125 hospitals, but only 43% of the communal sections have a health center.

Ministry of Planning :
Four of the main projects carried out by this Ministry are blocked because of lack of money. Six initial projects have come to an end, but for all of these projects, the ministry has accumulated debts of $16 million.

Ministry of Defense :
Debt of 16 million gourdes. Employees of 386 employees (162 civil servants and 224 contract staff).

Minister of Agriculture :
Ministry staff is 1,807 employees, including 392 contract workers. A good part of its staff should be retired.

The figures presented by the Prime Minister are worrying, all these institutions are indebted and generally operate in over-staff often unskilled. It is only waiting for the corrective measures that are delayed to be announced...

To be continued...

HL/ HaitiLibre

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