Haiti World Bank report: Time for a social contract

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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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