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Haitian passport fees rise after tech upgrade

President Jovenel Moïse looking at an electronic passport on Jan. 21, 2021. Jovenel Moïse’s Twitter Images

In a decree issued Tuesday, President Jovenel Moïse increased the fees for passports. The price hike comes days after the government said it had finished a project to upgrade the travel document with electronic features.

The regular 32-page passport now costs 2,500 gourdes ($34) for minors and 8,000 gourdes ($110) for adults. Before the decree, an adult’s passport was 6,000 gourdes ($82).

A new 48-page passport is available for 3,500 gourdes ($48) for minors and 12,000 gourdes ($165) for adults.

This is the second time in three years that Moïse’s has raised passport fees. Source

Jouthe: Haiti, not UN, kicking in $20 million for elections

Joseph Jouthe
Haiti’s Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe. Georges H. Rouzier for The Haitian Times

The United Nations did not give Haiti $20 million to hold elections, but will help the country manage the fund, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe said in a tweet on Wednesday. The statement corrects an announcement made earlier in the week by his delegate.

“It’s the Haitian government that will finance these elections through a “Basket fund,” Jouthe said.

An earlier tweet by Mathias Pierre, Jouthe’s delegate, said the agreement with the UN allowed Haiti to pay the first $20 million — leading many to believe the multinational organization was financing Haiti’s upcoming elections. 

Fires break out in Léogâne and Jacmel

The Chatuley market in Léogâne caught on fire on Jan. 27, 2021. Photo credit: TripFoumi Enfo

Fires broke out in Léogâne, a commune in the Western Department, and Jacmel, over in the Southeastern Department, on Wednesday night and Thursday morning respectively.

In Jacmel, the fire started at a carnival stand at Barranquilla Avenue and spread to some houses. Over in Léogâne, the fire broke out at the Chatuley market.

It hasn’t been specified how much damage each fire caused. 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. 28, 2021

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