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Haiti - Politic : The diaspora critical the visit of Martelly to the USA
01/07/2011 11:02:20

Haiti - Politic : The diaspora critical the visit of Martelly to the USA
The President Michel Martelly, who conducted last weekend, a visit to the United States as part of the "Diaspora Weekend Appreciation" is the subject of criticism from some community leaders in the diaspora. They believe that the Head of State has not successfully demonstrated his political will to establish new relationships with expatriates and that the President's speech, were nothing other than a copy of his campaign themes.

Jean Robert Lafortune, a community leader not hesitate to describe the travel of Michel Martelly of "public relations operation and of fund raising, without any objective to strengthen the institutional relationship between the Haitian government and the Diaspora" thus joining what many think, but do not say.

The levy of taxes on phone calls and transfers of money to finance the National Education Fund (FNE) is the subject of a lot of criticism.

Although the creation of the FNE, is not challenged, the application of this tax [$1.50 per transfer] regardless of the amount of money transfers is unjust because it penalizes the small pocket and the small transfers, which are the most numerous.

The tax on phone minutes [5 cents per minute] makes life more difficult for those with low income who had already difficulties with the high cost of communications with Haiti. A tax, which according to some sources does not make the unanimity among the phone operators...

The diaspora notes that the amendments on dual citizenship and the voting rights are still waiting for a eventual publication of the amended Constitution and corrected and that the uncertainty remains...

The diaspora also believes that the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad is marginalized, after being threatened to be integrated as a Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The diaspora is concerned that no personality has been proposed to lead this ministry and despite the remarks of President Martelly in New York, who said "take very seriously the issue of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad" this is not enough to reassure the community leaders.

Faced with this frustration, it is rumored that a protest movement would be in preparation in New York.

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