For the period of June 2011 to April, 2013 there had been a huge arrears of telephone bills which had built up. National Council of Telecommunications has announced the collection of $ 50,406,684.81 towards this effect. Phone companies had been asked to pay up the arrear of amount that were due to them. This money was supposed to be used for setting up educational infrastructure of Haiti. However the bill which would clear the path of this transfer of funds to the Education ministry has not yet been passed by the Parliament. There is yet a large amount of outstanding bills that has to be collected.
A conference organized by Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Private Sector Economic Forum was held at the Hotel Karibe yesterday. The focus for the discussion was for working out means to boost private investment in Haiti. The President, Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance were present at the conference. The President expressed his gratitude to the Private sector people for their contribution towards Haiti’s economic growth. Delegates from Seychelles and Mauritius were also there who spoke favorably about their involvement in the Haitian economic affairs. The commitment of the present Haitian government to ensure rapid progress in this field was what the speakers reiterated.
The official calendar of exams to be held in Haiti by the Ministry of Education for this academic year has been published. As per the calendar, June 19 and 20 has been fixed for the 6th year students to appear for their fundamental test. 9th year student on the other hand would appear for their exams between June 25 and 27. Student in Rheto undergoing Baccalaureate course would have to appear for the exam from 1st to 4th July while those in Philo between 8 to 12 July. Exam for the Normal School Teachers student would be held between 24 to 28 July. The ministry has clarified that there would be no permanent bachelor exams this year.
Thanks to Ting Shuan, a journalist from China, Haiti is going to put up in the tourism road map for Chinese people as well. She has to her credit visits to 75 other countries and has also written extensively about them. It is now Haiti that she came to and write about. Her visit in Haiti has been to Port-au-Prince, Jamal, and now she is moving North. In her initial opinion, she mentions Haiti being a country that is different from others. Most importantly she mentions about the lack of fear that a tourist would have in Haiti. She has herself visited places and eaten at joints like any other local Haitian, with no danger to self.
On April 8th the Archbishop Emeritus of Port-au-Prince breathed his last. He was 85. President Michel Martelly has expressed his profound grief at his demise. Paying rich tributes to the departed soul, the President mentioned him to be a philanthropist extraordinaire. His contribution ensured Haiti progresses well in social and spiritual way in the years gone by. Archbishop Emeritus was born at Les Cayes on 17 Jan, 1928. He had been ordained a priest on 11 July 1954. Pope Paul VI had appointed him as the Archbishop in 1966, Aug 20. He had held that office for forty years thereon till 1st March, 2008.
A visit by the defense minister Jean Rodolphe Joazile is presently underway in Brazil. He would be attending the LAAD Defense and Security meeting scheduled from 9 to 12 April at Rio-de-Janerio. Companies worldwide who specialize in the manufacture of equipment for the armed forces, police and Special Forces get together at this meeting attended by international government representatives. Haiti defense issues and needs would also be getting a world attention with the presence of the defense minister at the meeting. The defense ministry has already formulated a way ahead for the Haiti defense policy and plans. The meeting would be a great help in giving better shape to the future plans of Haiti that is under formulation.
Possible Haiti News Source: Kompa Magazine : Wilson Laleau has been appointed as the new Minister of Economy and Finance in the Laurent Lamothe government. The ceremony was held with delegates of the business field both private and public present for the occasion. It may be recalled that recently Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie had submitted her resignation from this post citing other fellow ministers restricting her functioning at office. The new minister has promised to take on where the previous minister left off. His focus would be to curtail excessive spending is what he mentioned in his inaugural speech at the occasion. Institutions that helped in financial progress is what he stated would be set up in the period of his tenure.
There has been a general increase in consumer price index over the year. The month of January recorded a consumer price index of 204.7 while that of February read 205.6. This indicates a monthly increase of 4 percent. The report tables mentions the demand for food, beverages, clothing fabrics to be the main cause of this increase. There has also been demand for housing and maintenance of existing one for the reason for consumer price variation. Rise in price of grain is also associated with the price rise in food and beverages. Clothing price has also increased as the base raw material price itself has gone up. In general there has been an upward trend noticed in the consumer price index.
A total of 1,102 Haitian youths which includes 114 women started their training at the police training academy in Haiti. The country has fixed a target of building up the police officers strength to 15,000 by 2016. This batch would be the 24th promotion batch when they join the cadre. A total of 26,147 candidates had appeared for the screening test for this job. The joy that the selected candidates experienced on being selected was written large on their face. The training would require the individuals to be separated from their family for the next few months. But this did not cause any dampening of spirit among the successful candidates.
From March 20 till the 22nd, a seminar on fiscal fraud was held at Port-au-Prince and attended by 36 delegates. The seminar had been organized by Directorate General of Taxes (DGI), in conjunction with CREDAF which is an organization dealing with frauds in the world. The main objective was to find methods to stop frauds in the international market so that Haiti’s economy could be one based on trust and ethos. Laws and regulations internal to a country have certain loop holes which such fraudsters did use to escape their debts. Detection and plugging these loopholes were discussed at the seminar.