The European Union will disburse 120 million euros in support of the Haitian government's budget

Posted by LeNouvelliste on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Under: Economy
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The Republic of Haiti is preparing to receive a budget support of 120 million euros from the European Union (EU) for a three-year period soon, said EU Ambassador to Haiti Vincent Degert, in an interview with the editor last week.

This budget support, which is divided into two parts, will be accompanied by an incentive for the good performance of the Haitian public administration concerned, immediately warned Ambassador Degert. A part - which could be broadly called "injection", he continued, will complement, to the tune of 100 million euros, the resources of the Haitian state budget. The other part, an envelope of 20 million euros, will be granted in the form of support in technical support and will be disbursed in installments.

"One part [of budget support] is a fixed slice that is received as long as the eligibility criteria are met and a variable part that depends on the indicators and the performances on the indicators", explained the ambassador of the European Union in Haiti while noting that the recent conclusion of the Staff Monitored Program (SMP) agreement between the Haitian State and the IMF is a positive element that has accelerated the provision of European budget support.

The sectors targeted under this second budget support - the first covering the period 2014 to early 2017 - include education, infrastructure and state reform, said Vincent Degert, who said he hopes this time a qualitative leap through dynamic reforms implemented concretely by the Haitian authorities in public finances and human resources.

"To have good performance, you have to have a good administration that works well," said the European ambassador, stressing the EU's commitment alongside the OMRH which tends towards recruiting on the basis of competition with a transparency and a gender dimension facilitating a better feminization in the public administration.

According to Vincent Degert, the disbursement of this fund as part of this budget support meets two concrete requirements of the donor to the Haitian authorities: improve the ability to collect and spend well.

To improve the government's capacity to collect more revenue, especially at the local level, the ambassador announced the creation, over two years, of 50 local tax agencies in different departments of the country. "This is one of the first elements we will support," said Vincent Degert, adding that an improvement must also be made to the level of customs revenue in the country.

For the European diplomat, this improvement will pass not only through the customs code - which must first be approved by the Parliament - but especially through the merger between the databases of the General Administration of Customs (AGD) and the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI).

It should be noted that, alongside these two reforms, the EU is still waiting for concrete actions in the fight against corruption, the use of statistics, concomitant to good public policies, and is committed to strengthening the Haitian education system. , educational quality at the primary level.

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