Economic Justice for Ayiti
Abolish ALL Structural Adjustment Policies
END the Occupation of MINUSTAH
Jacqueline Charles (Miami Herald) writes that, as Haiti’s presidential campaigning slowly gains momentum amid continuing uncertainty about the fate of the country’s scheduled October 25 elections, a new World Bank report calls for a social contract to improve the lives of all Haitians.
The report notes that natural disasters and political instability have greatly affected Haiti’s anemic economy and contributed to the 6 million Haitians living in poverty on less than $2.25 a day. At the same time, a bad business environment has not encouraged private investments, while insecurity in the urban centers has sharply increased with the crime rate in metropolitan Port-au-Prince reaching critical levels.
“Policies to ensure more inclusiveness are needed,” the report said.
The call comes as the International Monetary Fund estimates that the Haitian economy only grew between 1 and 2 percent this fiscal year, and Haiti’s Finance Minister Wilson Laleau concedes that it has been…
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