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Haiti World Bank report: Time for a social contract | Miami Herald


I AM CONFRONTED BY MY POOR MINISTER OF HEALTH OR MY POOR MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND FRANKLY I HAVE NO CLUE AS TO HOW THESE PEOPLE COULD DO THEIR JOB; 60 OR 80 PERCENT OF THE SERVICES ARE DONE OUTSIDE THEIR CONTROL”

Raju Singh, World Bank economist Bank officials say the report is intended to promote a debate around a new social contract for Haiti to dig itself out of poverty and head to sustainable and inclusive economic growth. But that contract requires the government, to among other things, identify a single vision and program, and do more to finance public spending.“Government says, ‘Please pay your taxes. In return, I will improve my services, I will provide security. I will improve my fiscal transparency of reporting,” Singh said. “In Haiti, this social contract has either disappeared, never been built or has to be revamped.

”THE LEVEL OF INSECURITY HAS INCREASED IN HAITI’S URBAN CENTERS, PARTICULARLY IN METROPOLITAN PORT-AU-PRINCE WHERE THE CRIME RATE HAS REACHED CRITICAL LEVELS”

Singh said officials didn’t plan for the report’s release to coincide with the electoral cycle, but Port-au-Prince based economist Kesner Pharel says its timing offers an opportunity for the presidential, legislative and local candidates “to better understand the great social and economic challenges, and how difficult it will be to lead and manage this country.

”ANYBODY COMES HERE, BUILDS A HOSPITAL AND EXPECTS THE GOVERNMENT TO STAFF IT OR PAY FOR POWER OR TO BUILD A ROAD. IT’S A NIGHTMARE.”

Raju Singh, World Bank economist Source: | Miami Herald

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