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Haiti - Economy : Haiti, an opportunity for the Dominican Republic
03/03/2011 12:11:24

Haiti - Economy : Haiti, an opportunity for the Dominican Republic
During a conference called "Haiti: A Time Bomb ?" organized for the 9th anniversary of the Dominican media "El Dia" attended by many politicians and clerics, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Edwin Parison has presented Haiti to the Dominican as an opportunity for economic growth, and has dismissed the public opinion, that suggests that Haiti would be a time bomb for the Dominican Republic.

The Minister Parison, has estimated to 400 million pesos [1 US$ = ± 37.5 pesos] the Dominican humanitarian aid. Stressing that the Dominican exports to Haiti totaled 801.27 million U.S. dollars in 2010, a growth of 35% compared to 2009 [according to the official figures].

Stressing the investments made in Haiti in the telecommunications, energy, free trade zones, tourism, and the disbursement of more than 30% (1) of the economic aid promised by the international community, the Minister said that the economic climate was favorable for investment and the use of Haitian labor may reduce the flow of haitian migrants to the neighboring country.

Bernardo Vega, a historian and economist, counselor at the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (IHRC), supports that none of the arguments anti-Haitian used by some nationalist sectors are founded, except for the use of Haitian labor to the detriment of Dominican workers.

The academician Wilfred Lazono, who also sits at the IHRC has focused for his part, on the lack of a migration policy and the need for a regularization of the Haitian presence in the Dominican Republic, estimated at nearly one million people by the Director of Immigration, the Admiral Sigfrido Pared Perez.

Beyond these points, Véga, Lazono and Perez have agreed with the position of Minister Parison.

(1) - The true figures since March 31, 2010 :
Of the $5.54 billion promised for 2010 and 2011, 1.01 billion dollars were used to debt reduction.

On the remaining $4.53 billion :
1.73 billion is engaged on projects whose 1.38 billion (30.5%) have been paid
3.15 billion (69.5%) is not paid

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