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Haiti - FLASH : Prime Minister Céant reveals 9 emergency measures
17/02/2019 06:14:39

Haiti - FLASH : Prime Minister Céant reveals 9 emergency measures
After 9 days of silence on the crisis that paralyzes the socio-economic activities in Haiti, the Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant addressed Saturday evening the Nation for twenty minutes to present 9 emergency measures, which he said, will help improve the living conditions of the population.

First decision :
Cut the budget of the Primature by 30% and we suggest to the Presidency and Parliament that they do the same.

Abolition of all the unnecessary privileges of senior state officials (fuel costs, phone cards, travel abroad, amount of consultants on files etc ...). Reconsider the case of the second residence.

These savings will, for example, strengthen the judiciary by giving it additional resources to facilitate the completion of the Petrocaribe trial.

Second decision :
The Superior Court of Audit will audit all the autonomous enterprises of the State in order to seek all the funds of the State that are diverted. This will allow the state to obtain more money to provide additional services and help us provide the public with good services.

Third decision :
Statistics show that the country loses about 60 billion gourdes a year at borders and customs due to the smuggling of goods. Quickly, we will work with friends from the international community, the private sector, and the police with the customs officials so that before the end of this year we can recover half of this amount. This money will allow it to be invested in domestic production, giving subsidies to farmers, loans to those who do business, and that is one of the ways in which we can bring down the exchange rate.

Fourth decision :
I have agreed with the President to abolish all monopolies to protect people working in domestic production, such as small businesses (eg eggs, sweet potatoes, rice, etc.). In this sense, soon there will be a meeting with those who have big business in the country who are in the national production, to see what important decisions we can take together to create more jobs and thus reduce expenses, etc....

Fifth decision :
I agreed with the President to meet all the factory owners to discuss with them and see how we can make an extra effort to manage the minimum wage so that workers can obtain an improvement.

Sixth decision :
Since I became Prime Minister, I have collected the first report published by Parliament Download the report (PDF 656 pages) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bLsSASoob5lsRXy6BnsAN2ff-CQnG6Wd/view . I strongly supported the Superior Court of Accounts, which recently published another report on the PetroCaribe case Download Report 1 on the management of the Petrocaribe Fund : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/PETROCARIBE-31-01-2019.pdf . See alsi : https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26121-haiti-flash-everything-you-need-to-know-about-using-the-petrocaribe-fund.html

To accelerate and allow the country to recover the lost money in PetroCaribe, I announce:

  • The rapid appointment of a new director of the Central Financial Intelligence Unit (UCREF) and a new Director of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC).
  • The Government Commissioner will take faster action on the report of the Superior Court of Accounts;
  • The Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) will put more judges to work on the PetroCaribe file.

Seventh decision :
We are going to set up and make really functional the Board of Directors which is at the head of the autonomous organizations of the State.

Eighth decision :
We will sit down with international partners, the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), the Professional Association of Banks (APB), insurance companies to redo the Industrial Development Fund (FDI), for it can once again become a development bank to finance economic recovery and provide young people with access and credit.

Ninth decision :
Until all these measures work, we have already set up a direct program together with local producers, importers and international partners to break the staple prices. Especially the price of rice that will go from 50 to 35 gourdes by next week.

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