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
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
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
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