Haiti - FLASH : The Ministry of Foreign Affairs close to «bankruptcy»
With a budget of 2.9 billion Gourdes, already spent more than 90% after only a little more than 7 months, the Chancellery is now unable to pay its contractors and diplomats abroad.
Some figures :
Debts: 1.4 billion Gourdes http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20863-haiti-flash-haiti-s-economy-at-the-edge-of-the-abyss.html ;
Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Haiti: 641 members (571 civil servants and 70 contractors)
Number of diplomatic missions worldwide: 49;
Total number of employees abroad: 1,003 members (188 diplomats, 300 employees and 515 contractors);
Amount of total monthly allowances for the 49 diplomatic missions: US $ 4.3 million.
Antonio Rodrigue deplored the lack of a competent executives in the Directorates of the Ministry and the excessive number of staff abroad, pointing the finger at the authorities of previous governments. He said that if nothing is done to downsize the staffing "It is the insured bankruptcy of diplomacy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs", acknowledging that the Chancellery had no well definite foreign policy.
Faced with this critical situation, he said that according to its roadmap http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-20519-haiti-politics-foreign-affairs-roadmap.html he intended to face the many challenges in reforming the Haitian diplomacy. He said that a Commission had been working on the reform since last April to: diagnose the situation and propose solutions, reform the structure within the framework of the law and develop tools and protocols in order to be better articulated front of our international partners.
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