President Moïse announces difficult decisions to come

May 19, 2017
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Haiti - FLASH : Moïse announces difficult decisions to come...

On the eve of the first 100 days in power, President Moses, who was taking stock of the situation on National Television, announced that he would still have to take unpopular decisions like that of rising fuel prices, to get the country out of a financial situation that he described as “extremely difficult”

Solving the problem of HRE, decongesting diplomatic missions abroad, reducing the number of civil servants, increasing the performance of civil servants are some of the next battles that the Head of State intends to commit during his five-year term.

Moïse says he will solve the problem of the EDH state-subsidized up to about $250 million a year, while recognizing the complexity of EDH problems saying “The country must have electricity…” e announced that the 10 departments will be interconnected via a national electricity grid, which could cost according to experts around 250 million dollars. To achieve its objectives, Moïse explained that he will apply two economic models: the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and the Concession.

Recall that the “concession”, is a concept put forward by former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, which consists of finding local or foreign companies to finance and manage infrastructure for a number of years in the country such as roads, airports, power plants, etc… a formula that the Dominican Republic used with success in its economic development.

With regard to the situation of diplomatic missions, some of which are unable to pay their staff due to over-staffing (188 diplomats, 300 employees and 515 contract staff for the 49 diplomatic missions around the world) . President Moïse quoting consulates that have 10 times more employees than necessary, says he will make the necessary decisions and recalled on a case by case basis, many people. He added that he also intends to reduce the size of the public service and increase the performance of public servants from 10 to 30 per cent by the end of his term.

Finally, he indicated that he would table next week an amending budget to Parliament, which would be convened in extraordinary session to vote the amending budget law.

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