Haiti - Education : Launch of the National Fund for Education (FNE) by Martelly (UPDATE 1h03pm)
With the FNE nearly 1.5 million children by the end of the term of President will be schooled. "I bring good news for Haiti's children with the launch of a consortium of several sectors to finance their education" has declared the President Martelly in his speech, ensuring that political will is now existing, and stating that "the opposition to my government is normal, but we must ensure not to oppose to the future of our children."
While Jean Marie Guillaume, an expert within the FNE indicates "the national fund will be a priority for President Joseph Michel Martelly over the next five years, when we speak of the National Fund for Education, the goal is to mobilize financial resources needed to educate the most disadvantaged children."
"The funds that we collect in concertation with partners of the telephony and transfer institutions will be used to finance school compulsory and free for the poorest in Haiti" said Martelly.
The FNE will be funded by two contributions that can also be called Tax. :
First, US$0.05 on each incoming minutes http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2993-haiti-education-it-s-not-a-tax-but-a-surcharge-on-the-tariff.html about this Jean Jaunasse Élysée, Director General of the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) indicates that there are equipments to control the volume of incoming calls in the country and that this control will be makes "in respect of Haitian laws and especially contractual clauses of existing concession contracts between the Haitian State and operators."
Secondly, US$1.50 on money transfers incoming or outgoing of country http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-3027-haiti-education-the-tax-on-money-transfers-comes-into-force-on-june-1-2011.html
In this way Michel Martelly said to be able to collect nearly US360 million over 5 years, 180 million on transfers and an amount equivalent on the minutes, to send children to school.
President Martelly asserts that these are not taxes, but "a clever way for us not to tax people" emphasizing "that the money will not come directly from the client but will come from the operators", thus indirectly from the pocket of those who calls in Haiti [the diaspora].
He indicates that the funds of FNE will be manage by a council of 15 members with the contribution of International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), and that an independent international firm, Price Waterhouse Cooper, will be responsible for audits "for the sake of transparency."
Mr. Martelly also said in his speech he asked the Prime Minister designate to work with Parliamentarians so that in the next budget the education sector has substantial resources.
Martelly President took the opportunity to invite the different sectors to help the FNE "It's an initiative that we put in place to bring everyone into confidence and for that the whole world knows that this public-private consortium will provide education to the children of country, Today we say to all sectors who want to help us, join the FNE, the National Fund for Education."
or his part, Mr. Bashir Lamine, UNESCO representative in Haiti wished "a Haitian schools more equitable, more open, more friendly, than the quality of education is strengthened, that the girls find their place at least as much as boys."
The Greater South will be the first beneficiary of the FNE, then will come the great North and West and Central Plateau, the first schooling will take place in September 2012 and will concern 350.000 children.