Economic emergency is declared in Haiti and all customs and fiscal franchises are suspended until September 2019

During a cabinet meeting held at the national palace on Tuesday April 5th 2017, Haitian President Jovenel Moise instructed the government to implement the eleven measures mentioned in the executive order published on April 5, 2017 related to reduction in government expenses.

The President asked each minister to present a program of expenditures that must take into consideration the most important needs and investments that can create jobs in order to strengthen the social bases of the country.

President Jovenel Moise also asked that the National Commission for Public Procurement publishes on its website all  contracts that will be signed during fiscal year 2018-2019.

The government decides to reduce the wages and other privileges granted to all directors of autonomous organizations as described in the executive order of April 5th, 2017.

Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant, who cited the eleven measures adopted by the government in the extraordinary council of ministers of February 5, 2019, has indicated that no new vehicles will be purchased during fiscal year 2018-2019.

These measures will allow the government to find financial means to meet the demands of the population, added Jean Henry Céant. The Prime Minister also announced other measures to control state spending and lower the cost of living.

Mr. Ceant reminded the ministers the importance of the pact of economic and financial governance jointly signed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Bank of the Republic of Haiti, to revalue the national currency which keeps on  depreciating against the US dollar.

The government declares the economic emergency throughout the country through two resolutions adopted in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

These resolutions suspend all customs and fiscal exemptions until September 30, 2019, except for requests made by diplomatic and consular missions.

This decision will allow the state to accompany the most vulnerable segments of the population who are exposed to high cost of living, unemployment and hunger.

Source: Radio Nationale d’Haïti


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