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Haiti - Politic : The Minister of Economy and Finance resigns (Letter)
10/04/2013 17:55:05

Haiti - Politic : The Minister of Economy and Finance resigns (Letter)
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Tuesday evening, the first rumors of the resignation of Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie, Minister of Economy and Finance began to circulate from sources close to the Minister. In her letter of resignation addressed to the Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, that we obtained a copy, Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie explains her decision by the lack of support in the context of major reforms that she has initiated "I can only note that I no longer havethe support expected on all of these points. I can fight against adversity and against external hazards that hit with regularity our country, but not against the lack of solidarity with my own peers."

Until now, the Government has remained silent on the subject, no official explanation, no response from the Prime Minister indicating whether or not he accept the resignation.

Resignation letter of Marie-Carmelle Jean-Marie
"[...] The exercise of the Minister of Economy and Finance in any democratic government requires a lot of discipline and self-denial. This is a very ungrateful role but that I assumed from the first day, with heart and conviction. The objective assigned to the Minister of Economy and Finance is to keep the cap of the wisdom and of the constancy, not to restrict the governmental action, but to put it in the virtuous path of respect of prescribed rules, such as macroeconomic stability, which is not only a necessary condition for the sustainability of public action to create jobs, but also to restore Haiti's image both inside and outside today degraded. I think I can say that I have spared no efforts like those of my teams to get there.


Moreover, we can not just be content with outdated practices and yesterday sanctioned by an evaluation conducted according the international standards of the PEFA assessment [NdHL: Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability], and who ranks us among the least virtuous State in term of management of public finances. That is why I made a point to pursue a consistent and courageous reform of tax and customs administrations, whether policies, structures, of their organization and their practices. This is also why I made a point to initiate a major reform in the management of public finances, in its rules, its instruments its practices, including at the level of the transparency, particularly in term of allocation of budgetary funds and the procurement.

Arrived at this point, I can only note that I no longer havethe support expected on all of these points. I can fight against adversity and against external hazards that hit with regularity our country, but not against the lack of solidarity with my own peers.

It is therefore with regret, considering the path that lies ahead, but also with the feeling that I accomplished each day with honor and respect my duty as Minister of the Republic, I present to you my resignation from the government with immediate effect.

I take this opportunity to renew to you, Mr. Prime Minister, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie"


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