AMERICA/HAITI - Dialogue for socio-economic development restarts, even the Bishops meet the President

Friday, 29 September 2017

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - After only seven months since taking office as President of the Republic of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse is facing a situation that is putting him to the test.
The population does not accept the budget for the 2017-2018 financial year, which will come into force on 1 October. The Finance Law has already been published in Le Moniteur official newspaper and for the time being there is no way of backtracking. To counter the growing social anxiety that will lead to strong tension, Jovenel Moïse wants to continue dialogue with the "main sectors of Haitian society".
After meeting representatives of the state on September 26, who had gathered questions and requests from magistrates and public administration employees, on Wednesday, September 27, the Head of State met with the Episcopal Conference of Haiti.
According to a statement by the Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, the main themes of the discussion were those related to the country's current socio-political situation and the cooperation paths, in order to facilitate a favorable climate for socio-economic development in Haiti.
President Moïse "is very pleased with the level of discussions", the statement reads, and acknowledges the recommendations of the Episcopal Conference, continues the text without ever going into detail. The Head of State "intends to continue consultations with the main institutions on which our nation is based, to reach the necessary cohesion in order to guide the country", the statement concludes.
In Haiti, the most suffering and poorest country in the whole of America, the Catholic Church enjoys trust among the population and is constantly present in every situation of necessity, not only in the face of terrible natural catastrophes. The country's political and social situation has experienced a complex and troubled period, where the Church's voice has often avoided violent clashes among citizens because of the poor management of electoral processes (see Fides 9/12/2016).
Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes, on the day of the swearing-in of the new President (February 7, 2017), said: "There are many problems in the country and require the cooperation of all in order to face them. The State’s role is to commit itself for the people, ensuring at the same time the rule of law". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/09/2017)