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Haiti - FLASH : Moïse reiterates his promise of electricity 24/24 throughout the country in 2 years
26/06/2017 09:16:00

Haiti - FLASH : Moïse reiterates his promise of electricity 24/24 throughout the country in 2 years
Saturday in Trou-du-Nord, at the end of the celebration of St John the Baptist http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21330-haiti-politics-moise-at-the-feast-of-st-john-the-baptist-in-trou-du-nord.html , President Jovenel Moïse, reiterated front a large crowd his promise to work so that in the next two years the country will be supplied with electricity 24/24.

Remember that the Head of State had already made this promise to the diaspora in Florida on June 18, where he had explained his intention to realize in the next 18 to 24 months a genuine electricity grid in Haiti comprising 600 km of interconnected grid to the 16 major cities and to ten departments and 4,100 km of medium voltage grid across the country. In addition, Haiti's energy needs are more than 1,000 megawatts while the installed capacity and power delivered do not exceed 280 Mw (some experts estimate it between 150 and 180 MW). In order to achieve this, he mentions a commercial concession within the framework of a public/private partnership for the construction of this national grid and the new production capacities, without specifying the costs and on which potential partners this promise rests...

On the other hand, he says he expects to work with companies capable of generating large amounts of electricity to keep the price per kilowatt hour to about 16 cents (against 24 to 25 cents at the moment), a price that will play, according to him a role of locomotive in the revival of the national economy.

Yet he will have to convince these partners that Haitian consumers will pay their bills, while the State promoter of this project, gives the bad example, with a total debt of unpaid bills amounting to 5 billion gourdes towards the EDH , according to statements by Hervé Pierre Louis, the DG of Electricity of Haiti, on 22 June front the Mining and Energy Commission of the Lower House.

On their side, Haiti's international partners are observing the promises of the Head of State with some caution and a lack of understanding, particularly in the energy sector. Several experts, in addition to the financial dimension, describe as impossible the realization of such a grid and the multiplication of production capacity by 3 within a period of 18 to 24 months, evoking at least a period of 5 to 7 years.

The Head of State also gave an update on the major infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Trou-du-Nord and in the country to improve the living conditions and circulation of the population: construction of public markets, kilometers of road as well as the establishment of credit and agricultural processing plants before concluding by asking citizens to pay their tax levies in order to contribute to the actions of the State to place the country on theilometers of road as well as the establishment of credit and agricultural processing plants before concluding by asking citizens to pay their tax levies in order to contribute to the actions of the State to place the country on road to sustainable development.

HL/ SL/ HaitiLibre

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