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Haiti: Civil Unrest Information bulletin no. 2 – Haiti

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Haiti has continuously faced social unrest since July 2018 with mobilization of demonstrations against the increased cost of petrol products, the high cost of life and corruption allegations.

Fuel shortages have sparked riots and have led to interrupted water supplies, while people have struggled to find fuel for their generators, stoves, and vehicles.

The events of February 2019, known as Operation “Pays Lock”, resulted in a complete paralysis of the country’s economy for 15 days. The Haitian Red Cross requested Disaster Relief Emergency Funds to respond to the humanitarian consequences of this prolonged crisis. A 320,000 Swiss francs operation was implemented between February and July 2019 (MDRHT016) in order to provide first-aid and prehospital care; as well as strengthening the capacities of the National Society to coordinate and provide assistance to the Haitian population during such events.

Since September 16, 2019 and close to daily to date, manifestations have taken place in Port-au-Prince and the main provinces. Blockages have affected water supply and access to medical services and supplies

Haitians titled the manifestation on Friday, October 4th “Mobilizasyon san Limit,” or “Unlimited Mobilization”. Since then, many humanitarian organisations have had to postpone their operations, including World Food Programme, due to security concerns and lack of fuel.

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Jamaican Authorities Moving to Make Export of Goods And Services Easier

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State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, (left), enjoys a light moment with President, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards. (Credit: JIS)

KINGSTON,
Jamaica, Thursday December 12, 2019 –
State
Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green says Government
is working to make the export of local goods and services easier, by reducing
the associated costs and processes.

“We are already in the process of removing licences and fees and steps where we see no value. Last week, we dealt with 26 of those [steps] that we are planning to get out of the system…and reduce the time it takes for us to get our products out of the country,” he said.

Green was speaking at a signing ceremony for memoranda of
understanding (MOUs) to facilitate the third instalment of the Jamaica
Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) export development programme, Export Max III on
Tuesday.

“We have over-bureaucratized our processes around trade for far too long in our country,” he lamented, as he explained that Government was intensifying efforts to rectify this hindrance to trade.

He noted, for example, that it now takes 58 border control hours
and costs about US$876 to export goods from Jamaica, adding that this is a “big
disparity” compared to the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America where the average
border control hours are about 61.9, and an average cost of US$529.

Green stressed that it “doesn’t serve anybody’s interest if our
exporters cannot afford the cost at the port to move their goods”.

“As a Government, we are going to still work on the border control
hours, and we believe that the proposed Jamaica Single Window For Trade
(JSWIFT) will reduce those border control hours significantly,” he said.

JSWIFT, which is currently being piloted in some industry
entities, is a one-stop-shop electronic system that allows traders to submit
information at a single point to fulfil all import and export regulatory
requirements.

“The idea is to create a paperless environment for permits,
inspections [and] release of goods through JSWIFT,” Green said.

Turning to Export Max III, the Minister noted that the continued
success of the programme demonstrates what can be achieved when silos are
removed and focus placed on a singular mission, and “that mission is to drive
exports solely”.

This year, 48 companies from the food, non-food, creative and
services sectors are benefiting from capacity building and export promotion
support under the programme.

The three-year initiative, which will run until 2022, is geared towards
providing focused capacity, advocacy and market penetration support to
exporters and export-ready firms.

The programme, which also includes mentorship, business development, sales training and export promotion components, will identify specific needs of the target companies and design and implement customized enterprise development initiatives to improve business performance and competitiveness.

To this end, JAMPRO is partnering with the Jamaica Manufacturers
and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), and Jamaica Business Development Corporation
(JBDC) to deliver the programme, for which MOUs were signed.

Other partners are the Bureau of Standards, the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), HEART Trust/NTA, Bank of Nova Scotia; Jamaica Productivity Centre; Foundation for Competitiveness Growth Project; and Jamaica National.

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Haïti – Actualité : Zapping…

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14/12/2019 10:33:52

Haïti - Actualité : Zapping...

Ouanaminthe : Décès du maire adjoint Amos Joseph :

Dans la nuit de jeudi a vendredi 13 décembre, Amos Joseph, l’un des deux maires adjoints de la Commune de Ouanaminthe, (Nord-Est) est décédé, a confirmé la Mairesse adjointe de Ouanaminthe Cretilia Antoine. On ignore les raison du décès, toutefois plusieurs sources indiquent de possible problème de santé…

La CSC refuse le projet de Cantave :

Jeudi, Carl Murat Cantave, le Président du Sénat a annoncé que la Cour Supérieure des Comptes et du Contentieux Administratif (CSC/CA), n’avait pas approuvé son projet de relocalisation de 3 bureaux administratif du Sénat à l’hôtel Ritz Kinam pour une période de deux mois (15,000 dollars US) afin de recevoir des officiels et des diplomates étrangers dans un endroit plus sécuritaire que le Bicentenaire où l’insécurité rend dangereux la présence des sénateurs, des employés du Sénat et des diplomates étrangers…

Lutte contre le trafic d’armes :

Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD – Haïti) est prêt à soutenir toute démarche visant à combattre le trafic d’armes illégales en Haïti et renforcer les actions de développement durable pour contribuer à l’amélioration des conditions de vie du peuple haïtien.

Messages de l’EDH :

À Varreux, les travaux techniques en vue du redémarrage des centrales publiques, autrefois opérées par la Sogener, sont sur le point d’être achevés [comprendre que le mazout et le diesel vont arriver]. Elles seront bientôt opérationnelles. L’EDH remercie son aimable clientèle pour sa patience.

« Aux Cayes, les travaux de génie civil de réhabilitation de la centrale électrique ont démarrés depuis le 12 décembre. Nos techniciens sont à pied d’œuvre pour un meilleur service à la population. »

Asturia : L’Ambassadeur d’Haïti rencontre le Président du Parlement

Vendredi 13 décembre : l’Ambassadeur d’Haïti près du Royaume d’Espagne, le Dr. Claude Joseph, a rencontré le Président du Parlement de Asturias, Marcelino Marcos Líndez, pour discuter de coopération interparlementaire entre Haïti et la Principauté d’ Asturias (Nord-Oeest de l’Espagne) ainsi que sur la loi sur la transparence et la bonne gouvernance de la Principauté, adoptée l’année dernière et pour laquelle l’Ambassadeur Joseph a montré de l’intérêt compte tenu de la nécessité de lutter contre la corruption en Haïti.

Guadeloupe : Dates de fermeture du consulat d’Haïti

Le Consulat Général de la République d’Haïti en Guadeloupe(Martinique, Saint Martin (partie française) et la Dominique) informe les compatriotes et le public en général qu’en raison des fêtes de fin d’année, ses portes seront fermées du 24 décembre 2019 au 5 janvier 2020. Les services reprendront comme à l’ordinaire le lundi 6 janvier 2020.

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Sister Judith Ann, Keith Steffen, and Haitian Hearts – Dispatches from Haiti

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OSF Gazing Down on Peoria (Photo by John Carroll)

The day after my conversation with the nurse who was spreading rumors, I decided I needed to talk to Sister Judith Ann, President of OSF-Corporate. (She is now Chairperson of OSF HealthCare.) Sister had been a big supporter of the Haitian kids, would eat supper with my mom, and Sister came to the Peoria airport on one occasion to greet the Haitian kids when we got off the plane from Haiti. And Sister had assured me multiple times over the years that OSF would never turn away a Haitian child.

When I arrived at her office at OSF Corporate, Sister appeared nervous.  I sat down across from her and told her that some vicious rumors were circulating. She interrupted me immediately and said, “They aren’t true, Dr. John.” I realized she must have heard the rumors. However, this is not what I wanted to hear from her—I knew they weren’t true. I was in her office because I wanted her to seek the origin.

I told Sister that I had talked to the nurse who was spreading these rumors and told her that the nurse said that they came from a “not low level source” at OSF”. I thought that it was Sister’s responsibility to look into this as OSF’s leader and friend.

I asked Sister to talk with the nurse. Sister immediately said “no”to my request. It didn’t seem that she even thought about her answer. I couldn’t believe she would say “no” so fast. I figured that Sister must have told me no so quickly because she already knew where they were originating. (Sister Judith Ann told me that day that Jim Farrell, Corporate Director of Marketing/Communication, was devastated by the rumors, too. When I talked to Jim, who was a friend of mine too, he denied hearing any. Someone was lying.)

Based on my conversations with Keith Steffen during the preceding three months and what a number of people including my brother told me he was saying about me, I wanted Sister to investigate thoroughly.
However, Sister started saying things like, “We are like squirrels running around in a cage”. I think she felt trapped and was put in a very bad position by her Administrator.

Poor Sister was very agitated and nervous. She seemed terrified. I think she had been told to deny. Just think if she did talk to the nurse and the rumors came from Keith. I think she was terrified of that possibility.

Then, amazingly, Sister told me that if Administration (Keith Steffen) had been responsible for these rumors, then we just need to “reconcile”. Reconciliation involves admitting one’s mistakes…would Keith Steffen and OSF’s attorney Doug Marshall have done that?

I could see that Sister Judith Ann was going to do nothing. I think she felt terrible but that she needed to protect her number one priority which was OSF.

As I left her office, I felt completely abandoned by the OSF Sisters whom I had trusted for three decades. It didn’t appear that they were in control of OSF any longer. Their great legacy in Peoria was being scandalized by the men and women they had hired to administrate their 1.6 billion dollar business. The Sisters were now simply elderly figureheads who scurried around watering flowers and visiting patients in their rooms.

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Denouement and Learning Points–2019

Sister Judith Ann is a good person. But she has been overrun by her own Administration.

Sister Judith Ann told me that she would never turn away a Haitian child for heart surgery at OSF. However, this proved to be false, too. In July 2002, Keith Steffen cut off all funding for Haitian children. And in 2003, Doug Marshall, OSF-SFMC attorney, sent me a certified letter stating that OSF would never accept a Haitian child referred by me for heart surgery. And Sister Judith Ann stayed quiet.

And during the 2000s, OSF did not respond when I contacted them in hopes that they would accept Haitian Hearts patients who had been operated at OSF in the past and needed repeat heart surgery. I did not hear back from OSF and these young patients died.

In 2015, I contacted Sister Judith Ann once again and asked her to remove the OSF ban on my Haitian patients who needed repeat heart surgery. She wrote back and advised me to contact the new OSF-SFMC Administrator. But she did not remove the OSF ban on my Haitian patients. And without her intercession, there was no reason to contact the Administrator.

But Haitian Hearts has continued to work hard even without local support. We have brought over 220 Haitians to the States since 1995–mostly for medical problems and a few for adoption. Haitian kids have been operated from California to New York to Florida. A few kids have been operated in the Cayman Islands and the Dominican Republic. And a pediatric heart team (Haiti Cardiac Alliance) have come to Haiti and operated on a few of our kids right in Haiti.

John A. Carroll, MD
www.haitianhearts.org

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