Jovenel Moise calls for calm as he meets rice importers and local producers
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse calls for calm as he met with rice importers and local producers this Friday at the national palace.
The purpose of this high level meeting was to find ways to lower price of rice and other basic products.
Port-au-Prince and several other cities have been rocked by large street demonstrations over the last couple of days as the population protested against high price of food and the fall of the Haitian currency versus the US dollar.
Certain politicians also took the opportunity to demand that the President resigns and some even proposed a Venezuela style alternative.
At the end of the meeting President Moise promised to provide short-term solutions to help the population cope with this situation and said he is aware of the enormous difficulties facing the citizens.
The President has instructed Prime Minister Jean Henry Ceant, the Minister of Agriculture, and the Minister of Trade and Industry to continue meetings with importers and producers.
After the hunger riots of 2008, President Preval also met rice importers at the palace. Nothing has been done since then to control the rising price of food in the country.
President Jovenel Moise rejected calls for his resignation claiming that he was elected for a term of 5 years and he intends to finish his term.
AR / HT