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Haiti - Education : The use of the $220M of FNE still blocked by the Senate
08/09/2014 10:42:00

Haiti - Education : The use of the $220M of FNE still blocked by the Senate
On the eve of the 2014-2015 school year, the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), by sake of transparency, indicated that under the National Fund for Education (FNE) for the period from 15 June 2011 to 5 september 2014, an amount of 90,783,628.58 U.S. dollars from surplus tariff on incoming calls in the country [0 5 cents per call] was collected or remains to be collected from phone companies.

Thus, CONATEL received: 4,960,173.11 dollars from Comcel, 78,051,441.43 dollars from Digicel and 5,299,200.61 dollars from Natcom. Note that Digicel and Natcom must respectively pay the CONATEL 2,110,108.96 and 362,704.47 dollars.

Recall that these levies, collected in consultation with partners in telephony, are intended to finance the Universal Schooling Program Free and Compulsory (PSUGO), for the most disadvantaged in Haiti.

Note that these million dollars, do not include the fees of $1.50 U.S. dollars, on incoming and outgoing transfers, which are collected by the Central Bank under the FNE. In August 2012 (the only data available...) these transfer fee collected by the Central Bank amounted to $ 1.9 billion Gourdes [± U.S. $ 45,238,095].

Today this amount should be around 103,40 million [estimate HL] or an estimated total of $220 million, including the telephone tariff surplus.

Recall that after more than 3 years that the FNE was launched, Parliament still did not ratify the Bill on the creation, organization and operation of FNE allowing the use of these funds for education. Note that the lower house passed the bill in August 2012 after amendments [15 months after the creation of the FNE] and transmitted it to the Senate for ratification in the same terms, before its promulgation in the official newspaper "Le Moniteur". Ratification which is still pending in the Senate. Ratification remaining pending in the Senate for nearly 25 months.

Recall that in July 2013, the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, Simon Dieuseul Desras, President of the Senate and Jean Tholbert Alexis, then President of the Chamber of Deputies, had held a joint press conference to present the public the priority bills https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-8941-haiti-politic-priority-bills-to-the-legislative-agenda.html The bill on the creation, organization and operation of FNE, topped the legislative agenda. That did not prevent the senators to totally ignore this priority...

Despite this absence of ratification, the draft Finance Act 2014/2014 (also blocked in the Senate...) dedicated an increase of 1.6 billion gourdes in the national investment budget of the Ministry of Education including 1.5 billion will come from the National Fund for Education.

Senator Jocelerme Privert, President of the Senate Committee "Economy and finance" states that the use of resources of the FNE does not mean that the Parliament has authorized the operation of such a decentralized body, operation which, he recalls, should be subject to a law, reminding to that effect the Decree on the preparation and execution of the Laws of Finance of 16 February 2005, published in the #39 of Official Journal Le Moniteur" Monday, May 23, 2005, which states in Article 27 that "All the resources of the state are in fact budget revenues, even if they were not provided by the Finance Act. The resources of the State or any Public agency can only be created by laws, conventions, judgments or services rendered and must be paid in the Treasury account"

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