Haiti

PM publishes roadmap details for Trade and Economy


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Last week Haiti’s new Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant handed out to each of his ministers a ‘roadmap’ of actions he wants to see completed. Haiti Libre has published in English the roadmap for the Minister of Trade and Industry, Pierre Marie du Meny and for Minister of Economy and Finance, Jude Alix Patrick Salomon.

The roadmaps as published on the Haiti Libre site are as follows:

Roadmap of the Minister of Trade and Industry:

Mr. Minister, in the implementation of my Government’s policy, I entrust you with the task of carrying out the necessary reforms to raise the commercial and industrial sector at all levels. In this perspective, I ask you to:

– Finalize and validate the industrial policy document together with all stakeholders;
– To draft, together with the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and the sectors concerned, the private sector strategic development document;
– Develop strategic infrastructure to limit transaction costs and stimulate production and trade;
– Facilitate the setting up of Purchasing and Distribution Centers in the “Chefs-lieux” of departments with a view to ensuring better distribution of goods throughout the territory;
– Establish a plan for the deployment of industrial micro-parks (MPI) in line with the economic potentials of the regions and speed up their implementation;
– Construct and develop a large “commercial free zone” in the port area of Gonaïves or Miragoâne with a view to promoting greater availability of imported goods necessary for the development of strategic activities in the country;
– Erecting in the region of Wharf of Port-au-Prince a “Warehouse under Customs” to facilitate the import in volume of goods of equipment in support of the development of major works;
– Establish, in partnership with the private sector, agro-export zones (ZAE) by putting in place all the appropriate logistic chains;
– Finalize the implementation of the Common External Tariff (TEC) with CARICOM, with a view to fostering the full integration of the country into the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME);
– Establish, in conjunction with the private sector, a storage capacity of petroleum products in the northern region of the country and a propane storage area in the Miragoâne region in order to halving the consumption of charcoal within five years;
– Establish reference prices for all goods and services to be ordered and purchased;
– Establish reference prices for purchases of basic goods and services;
– Provide all necessary incentives for the establishment of at least one new cement plant with a capacity of 2 million tonnes in the country;
– Take all measures to ensure the hygiene and quality of the products marketed;
– Strengthen quality control of food products;
– Encourage and facilitate the establishment of national enterprises capable of carrying out large-scale work;
– Take measures to facilitate the emergence and development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs);
– Work with relevant sectors to make necessary changes to the Labor Code to allow companies to work 24/24 by establishing the three-eight (3×8) system;
– Working with stakeholders to improve coordination and implementation of business climate reform;
– Finalize the draft bills on improving the business climate and the development of the private sector in order to submit them to Parliament’s vote;
– Intensify the policy of attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) by further reducing the time and cost of registration of public limited companies;
– Launch the ‘PROMETHEE’ program, with a view to supporting young university graduates with viable business projects;
– Make arrangements, in consultation with the sectors concerned, in order to grant to taxpayers who invest in areas without adequate public infrastructure a tax holiday of five (5) years;
– Take all necessary measures to increase and diversify the country’s export basket;
– Work towards improving Haiti’s performance in the World Bank’s Doing Business and World Economic Forum competitiveness rankings;
– To develop, with the stakeholders, a policy for the development of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)
– Establish an appropriate incentive system with relevant actors, in particular the MEF, to foster the development of enterprises in the technological services industries such as BPO, KPO, LPO
– Develop, in conjunction with relevant ministries, the draft law establishing the Border Band as a Priority Investment Area (ZIP).

Mr. Minister, the apparel and garment industry is a source of jobs to be exploited in order to give activities to young people who are looking for work. As part of the Policy of professional integration of the government by the creation of companies, I recommend you to work, together with the competent institutions, to:

– Establish a guarantee fund for the garment sector;
– Improve the legal framework for the operation of the sector;
– Organize a targeted seminar program to enhance the media coverage of the sector’s activities;
– Establish a Clothing Marketing Bureau in partnership with ADIH;
– Accompanying industrialists, contractors and workshops in the garment and garment sector.

Measures should be taken to promote the craft sector and make it an industry that supports growth. You must:

– Establish a national register of craft professionals with a system of identification based on civil status;
– Take incentives to encourage artisanal operators to formalize themselves;
– Work with relevant bodies to extend the social protection system (health insurance, pensions) to all stakeholders in the sector;
– Establish and systematize, in favour of operators organized by trades, training sessions tailored to their needs;
– Work with relevant bodies to create a suitable line of credit to support the development of the artisanal sector;
– Provide permanent recreational and exhibition space to promote artists, facilitate the flow of their products, educate the population in the arts and culture;
– Establish a promotional and information center to facilitate the connection between artists and cultural property markets.

I ask you to start preparing the Budget 2017-2018, which will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, after arbitration by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and filed within the legal deadlines in Parliament.

You will also have the task of increasing transparency, the fight against corruption and the good management of public property. It will be up to you to organize, direct and animate the services, teams and agents of the State placed under your responsibility.

Jack Guy Lafontant, Prime Minister”

Roadmap of the Minister of Economy and Finance (MEF):

In implementing my Government’s policy, I entrust you with the task of carrying out the necessary reforms to raise the economic and financial sector at all levels and to take the following actions :

– Work with stakeholders on public finance reform;
– Update and codify tax laws;
– Accelerate the implementation of fiscal policy and the reform of the Tax Administration (DGI) and Customs (AGD);
– Make better programming and management of public expenditure;
– Generalize the single account of the treasury to the Territorial Collectives;
– Improve the efficiency and quality of public expenditure;
– Ensure the stability of the macroeconomic framework;
– Adopt the three-year Public Investment Planning Act (a pre-defined percentage of the Republic’s budget devoted exclusively to the implementation of strategic projects);
– Establish a High Level Technical Unit to prepare a Project Bank covering the different areas of public policies with a view to reducing delays in the implementation of strategic projects likely to be presented to potential partners (local and International) wishing to associate themselves with the investment opportunities offered by the country;
– Streamline budgetary choices in order to better control the budget deficit;
– Ensure good governance and the financial equilibrium of pension funds, , insurance companies and institutions for the collection of social security contributions;
– Launch the operation of a “Large National Loan” for the financing of strategic projects;
– Strengthen the debt management system and establish a secondary market for public debt;
– Streamline and simplify the procedures of the institutional chain (Ministries, CNMP, CSCCA) involved in the implementation of the budget;
– Ensure better coordination of development aid programs with the institutions concerned;
– Set up an electronic platform for project and contract monitoring;
– Draw up, together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and interested institutions, the Private Sector Development Strategy Paper;
– Put in place the incentive framework to support import-substitution industries and enterprises with a view to reducing the country’s dependence of basic goods imported from abroad;
– Work with the ministries of the economic sector with a view to better coordination of economic policies and their implementation;
– Work to improve Haiti’s performance in the World Bank’s “Doing Business” rankings and the “World Economic Forum” competitiveness;
– Working with stakeholders to improve coordination and implementation of business climate reform;
– Finalize Draft Legislation of economic nature in study to MEF in order to submit them to Parliament;
– Work with the BRH to improve the harmonization of budgetary and monetary policies;
– Work with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to formalize the informal sector and to give legal status to entrepreneurs who are outside the regulations in force;
– Developing and make vote by Parliament the law reforming the Gambling and entrusting the State with the right of distribution of exploitation licenses to tenants of games of chance;
– Improve the productivity of public expenditure and increase fiscal transparency;
– Evaluate, contain, monitor and account for budgetary risks;
– Make better allocation of budgetary resources by giving priority to investments and controlling operating expenditure;
– Strengthen the planning and evaluation of public investment programs;
– Develop with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Commerce (MCI), Public Works (MTPTC) and National Education (MENFP), a national innovation policy and strategy for the next 5 years. This policy will define the role of digital and technological innovation in the modernization of the Haitian economy and will enable the country to become the regional leader in innovation and scientific research in the next 10 years.
– Establish a National Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (ANSTI) made up of local and foreign experts responsible for defining and coordinating the implementation of the framework for the development of digital and innovation with the aim of improving the productivity of our economy and efficiency in public administration;
– Develop alternative financial tools for financing national development projects.

I ask you to start preparing the 2017-2018 Budget, which will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, after arbitration by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and filed within the required legal timeframe in Parliament.

You will also have the task of increasing transparency, the fight against corruption and the good management of public property. It will be up to you to organize, direct and animate the services, teams and agents of the State placed under your responsibility.

Jack Guy Lafontant, Prime Minister”

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