Official Speech of the Haitian President, at the 8th Summit of Heads of States and Government of the Americas
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Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of States and Government
Ladies and Gentlemen in your ranks and qualities
Ladies and gentlemen
I especially pleases me to be here with you on the occasion of the Eighth (8th) Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Americas, for exchanges on a very important question for the future of our Nations, "Governance in the face of corruption ".
I would like, above all, on behalf of the Government and the people of Haiti and on my own behalf, to thank the Peruvian people and the Government for the quality of the welcome that has been given to both the Haitian delegation and myself. Rest assured that we will keep the best memory of your beautiful country.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and Government,
I would also like on behalf of my Government and the Haitian people and on my own behalf to express our sympathies to the people of Ecuador and President Lenim following the killing of two Ecuadorian journalists. Banditry and organized crime strike everywhere and these scourges have no borders. We are having a hard time in Haiti too, with the disappearance of a Haitian journalist for almost a month. Police and Haitian justice are working day and night to shed light on this disappearance.
The interest of my presence today at this Summit is to reiterate my commitment to endow my country with a modern public administration. It is also to share my deep convictions that the impetus for Haiti's progress depends above all on sound public governance. Deep reforms are needed and are now underway in Haiti. This is the condition of the renewal of our country.
Since I came to power on February 7, 2017, I have constantly expressed my vision of a Haitian society free from corruption. I am driven by the desire to mark, irreversibly, the essential breaks to make room for the endogenous development of the country.
I made the choice of prevention without neglecting to face the evil. Thus, since a year of management, the action taken by my Administration against corruption has focused on:
· The revision of the procurement procedures for the establishment of reference prices to counteract the over-invoicing of contracts;
· Strengthening the capacity of the National Commission for Public Procurement;
· The elimination of absenteeism in the public administration leading to the recovery of a considerable number of checks issued for absentee officials;
· The systematic organization of competitions for the recruitment of young professionals to revitalize the civil service.
As the guarantor of the good functioning of the institutions and the State, I have taken measures to guarantee the independence and increase the efficiency of the judiciary; to put in place mechanisms to popularize the culture of accountability and transparency, mainly in the spheres of public administration. Our efforts have also focused on strengthening public security, by continuously improving the capacity of the Haitian National Police and restoring the Haitian Armed Forces to help us fight against smuggling.
Likewise, we have begun with determination the general reform of public administration with a view to modernizing our institutions.
The country begins to reap the fruits of these actions. Since coming to power, the cost of the work done by the State has been, in some cases, divided by ten. The execution of works in control and the development of the human, material and financial resources of the State allowed to make consistent savings. I intend to continue on this path for the rest of my five years.
My country faces many challenges that you surely know: low level of human development, environmental degradation, endemic unemployment, aggravation of inequalities in the distribution of income, difficulties of distribution of justice, lack of socio-occupational integration for young people, etc.
My vision materialized in the government's strategy to ensure that state resources are dedicated to the well-being of the people. This vision is also a reflection of a national consensus. Because the entire Haitian people has identified corruption as the evil to which leaders must attack.
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Corruption is a crime against development and has detrimental effects on the enjoyment of human rights, as the report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has so well demonstrated. This is why I am constantly concentrating my efforts to ensure that the already limited resources of the state serve to solve the problems of the population and not to serve the interests of the few.
To carry out this fight, Haiti has a whole legal and institutional arsenal, made up of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC) and the Central Unit of Financial Intelligence (UCREF) and the law on Prevention and the 2014 Corruption Suppression.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and Government
It must be recognized that corruption has many ramifications. It is a transnational phenomenon that extends its tentacles to all areas of our lives. The fight against corruption must include the "education" component to act on the mentalities and behaviors of our populations. It is only through education, as a lever for sustainable development, that we can achieve the desired long-term results.
Awareness and prevention are therefore essential strategies for fighting corruption. My delegation is pleased that they are included in the draft undertaking. To do this, the information must be accessible to the public. We will make every effort to consolidate operational structures in the fight against corruption; the recovery of assets and assets diverted or acquired illegally; eradicating impunity and improving the legal framework. I advocate that victim States must have faster access to recovered assets and assets.
As far as we are concerned in Haiti, good democratic governance is inseparable from the improvement of our justice system. This is the very foundation of our cooperation with MINUJUSTH. Corruption creates a form of normality in the evil it is our duty to stop it with justice, firm and impartial.
If there is one thing we can be proud of in our region, it is the triumph of the values of representative democracy. But, if it is a challenge that remains the most formidable for our region: it is the scourge of corruption.
This scourge, to the extent that it strikes everywhere, has the dimension of a pandemic. And like all forms of pandemic, it can not be fought alone. We need the combined effort of all. This is the deep meaning of this eighth Summit of the Americas, which I am delighted to be part of.
Before concluding, let me say that I agree with a key point in our work agenda, the recognition of democratic governance as a key factor in the fight against corruption. We must be cautious that certain groups or political actors use this noble cause to destabilize and weaken democratic governance in some countries of the Americas.
I can assure you that my country Haiti has made an irreversible turn in this direction. However, there is still some way to go, major reforms to undertake, in the field of justice and the rule of law, particularly, but also in the electoral system whose weakness is carrying recurrent political crises.
During my mandate, we commit ourselves resolutely to addressing these issues, the resolution of which is a critical condition for stability, peace and economic and social progress. The Sectoral General States of the Nation that I have just launched are part of this effort to encourage a citizen dialogue on all these issues and to reach the adoption of a National Pact which empowers the whole of society on the choices to be made and the implications to be taken individually as well as collectively.
This is how we closely associate the fight against corruption and "democratic governance", in the best interests of development of my country.
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