Haiti has recently witnessed the process where laws have been enacted which brings in transparency to the recruitment process. It is by competitive methods where the best would be selected for posts both government and private being carried out in Haiti now. To this effect workshop was held by the Coordinator of Public Services to explain the process that has been implemented. It would now be only merit of the candidate based on which recruitment would take place. The workshop discussed the process how vacancies would be declared and the recruitment process take place for that number.
Programs that the Ministry of Social Affairs has lined up in their plans were replied to by the Minister Charles Jean Jacques. He mentioned about the program being implemented in two parts. The first part would be Social assistance and the second would be social protection. Community restaurants and bakeries would be constructed across the country in this program, he stated. For the protection phase, houses and health insurance facilities would be established in the country. The final date of implementation of both the programs is September 2013, as per the Minister. Budget allocation for the program had also been done from what the Ministry had been allotted in total.
A program to classify the tourist facilities in the Northern region of Haiti has been launched by the Ministry of Tourism. A similar program for the South and East regions has been completed already and this has given a boost to the facilities that private tourist service operators have at their disposal. 10 members specifically trained in the tourism aspect visit the sites and tour operators and check on their services and infrastructure. Only if an operator is found to be matching up with the required services would the permit be sanctioned. Prior to launching the program the inspecting team conducts classes where information related to their requirement is made known to the various operators.
It was a surprise visit that the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, the Director General of Fun of Economic and Social Assistance, Klaus, Eberwein and the General Secretary of the PM , Lucien Francoeur paid to the Canape-Vert. The team wanted to get first-hand information of the needs of the people in that region. In his one to one meeting with the people, the Prime Minister promised 500 houses to be built as well as other health and hygiene related projects to be started. He also mentioned about starting the Universal Schooling Program Free and Mandatory (PSUGO). He also shared the progress his government had done for the people of Haiti with the people there.
Group Croissance responsible for observing the financial running of Haiti have organized a summit between 9th to 12th April to discuss Finance and Applied Technology. This would be the 3rd summit being held under this aegis. Financial governance procedures which include accountability and responsible management of the finances of the nation would be discussed at this summit. Accounting procedures would be discussed on 10th April while details of the first fiscal quarter would be presented on 11th April. Insurance sector and their role in Haiti economy would be discussed on 12th April. International agencies would also be present at the summit and declare the path ahead for reduced aid being given to Haiti.
An agreement of sorts has been reached between the farmers who from Petit-Goâve and the agriculture bureau. Talks with the Director of the bureau with the peasant organization lead to fixing the price of seeds at 300 gourdes. The price that has been fixed would make for the farmers to receive seeds continuously in the future as well. The meeting also finalized the issue regarding setting up an office in Petit-Goâve. Spokesperson of the farmers however did mention that seeds till now had been available free of cost to the farmers. But the long term effects as clarified by the FAO made the farmers change their thinking on paying 300 gourdes for the seeds.
Possible Haiti News Source: Haiti Libre : She is the UNESCO Envoy for Haiti. A meeting of ministers from various countries like Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, and Nigeria etc is scheduled to be held in Washington under the aegis of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The theme of the meeting is “Learning for All.” Challenges that face the world for young people to get educated would be discussed at this meeting. Prime Minister of Haiti and the Education Minister too would be present at the meeting where Haiti and its education methods and institutions would also be discussed. Number of educated has risen from 64 percent in 1997 to 88 percent in 2011. The final aim of Haiti is to provide for schooling to all children in the nation.
The body to be responsible for the conduct of parliamentary by-elections in Haiti has been formulated and would be set up in office by next week. This body which would exercise independent powers in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial areas is going to take the country through its election phase by the end of the year. With this action, President Martelly has been able to quiet the opposition who has been saying that the President is actually not intent on the conduct of elections. The members of the CTCEP are yet to be announced. This would be the next step that the President would have to take.
Residents of the Grace Village camp have been facing the threat of eviction and that too forceful eviction, for quite some time. Thankfully, they now some sort of relief thanks to the efforts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. They have asked Haiti government not to use force for the eviction. Special police camps are to be set up in the area to ensure women and children specially are not targeted for any violence. They have also asked the government to take steps to ensure participation of the camp residents in their betterment. These and various other directives would ensure the camp residents get a better deal.
The Government Commissioner, Lucman Delille spoke to the press today in which he mentioned about the weekend raid conducted by the National Police of Haiti on people suspected to be involved in nefarious activities. Twenty individuals were rounded up who were involved in cases of theft, sexual debauchery, kidnapping etc. The commissioner mentioned another 44 persons involved in “zoikki” has also been arrested. He applauded the efforts and efficiency of the police force. The commissioner had issued warning to the offenders well in advance to step down from these activities. The commissioner put up a general request to the people of Haiti to cooperate in this fight against unlawful activities.