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Haiti - FLASH : Increasing fuel scarcity at the pump, anger rumbles
06/04/2019 09:08:39

Haiti - FLASH : Increasing fuel scarcity at the pump, anger rumbles
While on Wednesday, Ignace Saint-Fleur, the Director General of the Development Assistance Monetization Program Office (BMPAD), said that the boat that had to supply the country at dock since Friday March 29 was unloading its cargo in the terminals of Thor Le Volant, Tevasa Varreux and Trista to Martissant, one can only see Friday that there is clearly a desire to make people believe what is not. The Government is well aware that, while it is true that the tanker at the dock, the shortage persists because of a $60 million debt with supplier Novum refusing to unload its cargo of fuel without paying the sums are due to him https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27367-haiti-politic-stop-of-the-collection-of-trash-in-the-capital-for-lack-of-fuel.html

We learned that the BMPAD Friday made a payment of $20 million to the oil company, but the latter continued to refuse to deliver its 150,000 barrels of gas because arrears still amount to nearly 40 million. The company demands from the Haitian Government guarantees, a written commitment to pay its debts...

On Friday, long lines of vehicles of angry motorists, stretched before the few gas stations still having gas, assaulted by ten motorcycle taxi, cans in hand trying to reach the pumps in the hope a little precious fuel, which sells on the black market at twice its price for those who can pay...

Note that diesel is not yet affected at this stage even if stocks are becoming lower, which nevertheless causes significant traffic jams in Port-au-Prince, all seeking to stock up...

Despite the obvious scarcity situation that the BMPAD rather qualifies as "artificial scarcity", which has lasted for almost a week, Ignace Saint Fleur, very aware of the real situation, told Friday afternoon as if nothing was "Another boat will arrive in the evening of Saturday [...] By Monday, the market will begin to be supplie...d"

To be continued…

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