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Haiti - Economy : The Government in War against Corruption
"These days we hear a lot about the unit fight against corruption, the ULCC. Let me tell you, my brothers and sisters Haitians, that this is only the beginning ! The reason is simple: the Government Martelly-Lamothe is in war against corruption.
[...] How can we tolerate that several unlawfully enrich themselves while the majority struggle every day to meet their basic needs ? Beyond the obvious immorality of corruption, we must understand the social implications of such a problem. Corruption threatens the stability, security and the proper functioning of our democratic institutions. It hinders the healthy competition and it slows our economic development not only because it keeps money flowing freely and fairly in the markets and in the population.
[...] It is intolerable that the vices and dishonesty of a minority of individuals affect the majority of the population. By fighting corruption, it is Haiti that we help. The money that the criminals steal, it is to the people they take them, it's money intended including to build roads, bridges and hospitals, to fund social programs such as "Ede Pèp" to finance the PNH, to fight against crime, strengthen security and the credibility of our institutions. This struggle, we carry it for our country. We fight corruption to help people now, in their daily lives, but also to leave a more just society to our children.
[...] but even more, because it tarnishes our international reputation and makes fearful the investors in this key moment of our recovery.
[...] I am very proud of the work that is currently conducting ULCC. We have increased the budget by 40% and it bears fruit. Already five offices are open for the fight against corruption and we intend to open two more in the Northeast (Ouanaminthe) and Northwest (Port-de-Paix). The Director General of the ULCC, Antoine Atouriste announced that his office was already working on 150 cases of alleged corruption.
As you know, sixty people have so far been charged in the case of embezzlement of 10 million gourdes intended to the Education program universal and compulsory (PSUGO). We are following this situation very closely and I want to tell you that we tirelessly pursue the culprits in this case [...] we do not tolerate any form of corruption [...]
We also taken action in the case of the former mayor of Pétion-Ville, ordered to repay more than 3 million Gourdes diverted at the expense of the municipality. He will be prosecuted for embezzlement under the haitian law, by the Government Commissioner who has jurisdiction in this matter.
The government and the ULCC will ensure the execution of all judgments rendered by the courts condemning the corrupt and corrupting in order to put an end to impunity enjoyed by white collar criminals [...]
Recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the fact that our government passed from the 175th position to the 165th position on the Corruption Perception Index of the organism Transparency International. Yes, this is an improvement, but it is not enough ! What I want is Haiti ranks among the top 100 countries in the next ranking. I sincerely believe that we can do it. It is not enough to simply to believe it, we must act in this direction by concrete actions. This is exactly what my government is doing.
Corruption is a vast problem, with complex ramifications. However our Time and our efforts will defeat them. In this sense, I would like that the entire population collaborates. Everyone can do their part by denouncing the corruption whose you are victim or witness. It is a civic gesture for the country. We must put at profit the Haitian collective intelligence !
Report now any information directly to this address : www.ulcc.gouv.ht/?page_id=37"