Haiti: CRAN calls for a truly national dialogue
from Cellule de Reflexion et d'Action Nationale (CRAN)
31/5/18 - NOTE: The following information was sent to us by our member organisation in Haiti, Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix d’Haiti.
In May, the issue of fuel price increases is front page news. The Government argues that we must have the means to act and the price of fuel on the international market is revised upwards.
This is what the CRAN thinks. Admittedly, the state needs the means to act; but the population also has the right to a dignified life, it has the right to know and understand:
- If taxes go up, what will the Government do to wage a fierce fight against corruption and to repatriate the misappropriated funds of PetroCaribe?
- If taxes are to be increased, what social services will be organized to secure the basic rights of the people? Would it be better health care, or free school for all children?
- If taxes are to be increased, and the cost of living is on the rise, will we finally decide to pay the salary arrears of all the small employees, according to their right? Will the minimum wage for workers be revised upwards?
- If taxes are to be increased, will the state lead the fight against any waste with more determination? The waste in the use of luxury cars and the securities that must accompany each authority, the waste in spending for parties, the waste during travel (per diem and others), the waste to conduct an election campaign every moment?
- If taxes are to be increased, will we fight contraband, and the privileges and exemptions enjoyed by political friends?
- If taxes are to be raised and the cost of living soaring, what will be the consequences for the popular majority who are unemployed?
Significant changes are needed in the management of public funds by the Government. The state represents a source of income for a small group; there are many who want to enjoy it. Funds intended to serve the population do not produce any effect. How to explain that the Legislature (a small number of senators and parliamentarians) have more resources (5% of the budget) than the entire court system and more resources than the Ministry of Public Health (4.3%) ? Look at the small sum reserved to manage an environmental policy (0.5% of the budget), look at the small amount planned to feed the 11.000 prisoners and prisoners, look at the small amount to organize the service of the civil status, etc.
If taxes are to be increased, because the IMF (International Monetary Fund) requires it, the population also has the right to demand that the revenues of the State serve to satisfy its own needs.