Ministry of Haitians living abroad launch Fridays of the diaspora
The Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) launched, Friday, January 25, 2019, its program entitled “Fridays of the Diaspora”. It’s the Ministry’s strategy to create a space for exchanges about the involvement of Haitians living abroad in the socio-political life of the country and respect of their rights. The meeting took place a the Central Bank’s convention and documentation center.
This first edition brought together dozens of Haitians from the diaspora, government ministers, representatives of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL), the National Fund for Education (FNE), Haiti’s Central Bank and national institutions that manage these funds.
“This type of dialogue will also allow Haitian authorities to share relevant information on the use of the money spent by the diaspora on money transfer and long distance calls” said Marnatha Irene Ternier, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad.
Several members of the diaspora who took part in this activity welcomed this initiative of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad whose aim is to respect the rights of Haitians living outside of the country.
According to Johnny Celestin and Lionel Jean-Baptiste, who have been living in the United States for more than 30 years, agree that this activity is a good opportunity to demand accountability for the use of the funds collected by the Haitian government from remittances and international calls.
“Respect of their rights and their involvement in the affairs of their country must be a reality” added Altagrace Pierre, born in New York to Haitian parents and leader of the 1804 movement.
Schiller Jean-Baptiste, special adviser to the Director of the National Council for Telecommunications (CONATEL) informed that US $8,89000,823 dollars were collected by the institution from July 2011 to January 2019, based on international calls, He said that more than 5.5 million US dollars are already transferred to the bank account of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
As to the funds raised from the transfer of funds from the remittances to benefit the National Fund for Education, Robinson Charles, Director of Supervision for Haiti’s Central Bank says nearly 120 million US dollars were collected from July 2011 to September 2018,
The central bank has already handed over 117 million US dollars to the Treasury, he said.