“We have to reduce expenses. We will combat corruption and contraband,” he said. “Our government will encourage investments, not just agriculture.”While short on specifics, he did hint that he wasn’t in favor of upping taxes to raise revenue, telling deputies, “A lot of taxes can kill imports.”Lafontant has said that agriculture is a top priority, prompting lawmakers representing the fertile Artibonite Valley to press for specifics on his plans to help struggling farmers.
Lafontant’s priorities are in line with those of Moise, who on the campaign trail promised voters to turn Haiti into a banana exporting country again. Like Lafontant, Moise also lacks political experience. With a Cabinet that is also new to politics, they face a litany of challenges — as lawmakers noted — with a long laundry list that includes the lack of potable water for residents, not enough doctors in a country of 11 million people, failing schools and deplorable public hospitals.
Source: | Miami Herald