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Haiti - Social : $10 million for the year-end festivities
15/12/2011 05:58:36

Haiti - Social : $10 million for the year-end festivities
Garry Conille, accompanied by several ministers and secretaries of state announced yesterday during a press conference to the Primature that $10 million [400 million gourdes] will be allocated to cover the activities during the period of Christmas and of New Year, and that this amount was intended to stimulate the Haitian economy.

"We do not have great resources currently, but we want to celebrate the festive season with the population. We have made ​​available to the ministries more than 400 million gourdes, so that they can undertake activities for the people throughout the territory", declared during a press conference the Prime Minister Garry Conille.

A Christmas of Solidarity
"...These findings and reflections cast a note of bitter sadness in the range of entertainment available, it inspires us a deep compassion for all those who have no chance to live the Christmas and New Year as moments of hope, brotherhood, individual exhalations and family enchantment. Face of this worrying situation [...] I would like make a pause to do two things, first to promise and proclaim a Christmas of Solidarity and then say oud and clear that positive events ahead for our country" wished to emphasize the Prime Minister.

One of the main objectives of government is to stimulate the economy, burdened by unemployment that exceeds 70% and where 80% of the population lives significantly below the poverty line, with only $2 per day.

"Every year at this time the Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible of the end-of-year activities, with the Primature we found it necessary to include other sectors in these end-of-year festivities, the first axis who relates to these activities that we call the creation of temporary employment to enable the poorest people to have a purchasing power on the basis of a daily wage for some time, the other component of these job creation it's what we call this year the Christmas market..." declared the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, François Richel Lafaille.

30.000 jobs
For his part the agronomist Docteur Hébert, Minister of Agriculture Natural Resources and Rural Development declared "As part of the Ministry of Agriculture we think create about 30,000 jobs, they are temporary jobs, but arrangements will be made as the Prime Minister said recently so that structural programs are implemented over the next year."

The amount announced by the Government aims to stimulate the economy, but also to involve society in the holidays, for the realization of public entertainment, the organization of games and social activities in neighborhoods.

Craft fair
Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism announced the creation of a craft fair "we will organize an event for artisans, the purpose of this activity is to promote local crafts, all those who want to buy a gift may consider crafts as a product that we can give as gifts to friends and family, from December 18 in the afternoon on the Place Saint-Pierre we will create a space where we will receive 100 craft, they can expose their works for a week..."

The Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister for Relations with Parliament, Ralph Ricardo Théano declared "as part of the harmonization between the Executive and the legislative branches, the government has taken into account he budget of Parliament for the organization of festive activities" in different parts of the country.

For her part, Yanick Mézil, Minister for Women and women's rights intends to distribute gifts to 16,000 women across the country, food kits will be distributed to the most vulnerable women.

On the other hand, the government reaffirmed its commitment to fight insecurity in order to ensure a climate conducive to year-end holidays "If there is insecurity, the holidays will not be pleasant, so we took measures [...] to ensure the safety of citizens" during that period declared the Secretary of State for Public Security, Réginald Delva.

S/ HaitiLibre

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