Haiti - Economy : Presentation of Draft Budget 2012-2013, to the business sector
The financing of draft budget for next fiscal year will come among other of own revenues of the State (40%), grants and projects (32%), PetroCaribe Fund (15%), other resources (6%), treasury bonds (4%), budget support (3%). According to the Minister, the structure of financing of this draft budget marks a break with the past since for the first time, the budget will be more funded by own resources of the state that by international aid.
This presentation was intended to allow the private sector to better identify the main budget priorities of the government and help them to position themselves strategically in their activities during the next fiscal year. The economist Kesner Pharel, CEO of Group Croissance, welcomed the approach of the state which according to him shows a willingness to take the democratic ways.
Forecasts of current tax revenues in the budget 2012-2013 amounted to 52.2 billion gourdes. Kesner Pharel stressed that the private sector complains that it will be surcharged by the authorities to achieve this goal of 52 billion of anticipated revenues.
Wilson Laleau explained "[...] There will be no increase in rate levels, but the broadening of the base in a double movement of mobilization and modernization of our tax and customs administrations and of civic accountability of economic actors made possible among other by the clarity and the strength of our budget choices [...] if we want the budget increases, it is necessary also that we increase the production capacity of the economy, efforts are made to ensure that companies find better supervision, promotion, to move forward.
From August we will launch a large-scale business census, in order to classify them, in what sectors they are, what are they, what is the nature of the difficulties they have and from there, we will know how to support them.
Sometimes it is the staff training of the enterprise that arises, other times they do not have enough information to have access to certain markets or the products they have, do not meet certain standards that limit access to certain markets. There is also lack of access to credit, problems of isolation [...] or transport conditions that are not acceptable. This is not a single reason that explains everything.
It is only when we will have finished the census, the lassification of companies that we will know how we will help them. I also announces, within the budget that we are trying to put in place, there is something called a Guarantee Fund for SMEs. This means that small and medium enterprises, will have access to resources when they will have identified business sectors that have potential, and that they will have business plans well done. We will support these businesses [...] we will give them opportunities to find more interesting access to credit markets. That's what we're trying to do [...] when you make sure that throughout there is new businesses, new jobs will be created.
[...] We are working to show that a law implies rights and obligations [...] you have the right to be accompanied, but to be accompanied we need to know who you are, this is why we will launch the census, it is necessary that people understand that. What we have announced will be possible IF and only IF, private actors are willing to give information about them, to mentor them in the direction indicated by us..."
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