Haiti

Moïse kicks off bank for farmers

President Jovenel Moïse shaking hands with a farmer. Photo credit: Jovenel Haiti

President Jovenel Moïse officially launched the bank for farmers in a ceremony at the Convention Center on Thursday. 

Moïse said now that the National Developmental Agricultural Bank (BNDA) is up and running, Haiti is on track to solve one of its major problems: the agricultural sector’s financial struggle. 

Michel Patrick Boisvert, the minister of economy and finances, said commercial banks only granted 7,125 million gourdes, or $96,000, to the agricultural sector, which amounted to only 1 percent of the banks’ total credit. Source

Mathias Pierre appointed delegate of prime minister

Mathias Pierre was appointed as a delegate of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe in Jan. 2021. Photo via mangodhaiti.blogpost.com.

Mathias Pierre, the former right-hand man of a leader in the opposition, was appointed as a delegate of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe earlier this week.

He will be responsible for electoral matters and relations with political parties.

Pierre was deeply involved with a political party in the opposition as a chief assistant of Jean-Charles Moïse, leader of the Pitit Dessalines Platform, in 2016. But he later played a leading role in President Jovenel Moïse’s team in the context of financing political parties.

Pierre also ran for president in 2016. Source

Government: stop selling gas on black market

A gas distribution center in Haiti. Photo via Haitianinternet.com.

As a gas shortage hits the country, the ministry of commerce is reminding people that it is illegal to sell petroleum products in the informal market.

In a public note issued on Wednesday, the ministry said selling gas in the black market is strictly prohibited.

Haiti is undergoing a gas shortage, prompting residents to purchase it in the informal market instead of authorized gas stations. The last gas distribution was on Jan. 4. As of Wednesday, Haiti was already in need of gas again. 

Michel Patrick Boisvert, the minister of economy and finances, said one root cause of the problem is that there is not enough space to keep larger amounts of gas at the storage depot. Source

Onz Chery

Onz Chery

A City College of New York graduate, Onz Chery covers politics, health, crime and other topics for The Haitian Times. He previously wrote for Elite Sports New York and the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. Chery can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on twitter @onz_11.
Onz Chery
Jan. 15, 2021

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