PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The Haitian government announced that it had banned the operations of 257 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti because they were disconnected from the priorities and needs of the Haitian people, according to the announcement.
The Minister of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE), Aviol Fleurant, held a press conference, Friday, September 1, for the effect of announcing the sanctions. This press conference would come days before a meeting between the MPCE and heads of some NGOs in Haiti; for the regard of preparations and coordination for the incoming Category 5 Hurricane Irma.
While saying that it was necessary to get Haiti out of the conceptual state of welfare, to move it into real development, Minister Fleurant said that the 257 organizations had violated a September 14, 1989 decree regarding their functioning.
Mr. Fleurant said that these institutions must finance what the Haitian people need and not what they, themselves, consider necessary. “And the interventions must be carried out, in front, by the leadership of the government,” said the minister.
Currently only 370 NGOs meet the requirements imposed by the Haitian government, which includes periodic information of their activities in the country.
Others, for their part, were skeptical and denounced that Minister Fleurant did not publish informative reports regarding the NGOs being sanctioned, the duty-free and tax free benefits they had been receiving over many decades.
“We do not hunt NGOs,” the official said, however, “the administration intends to redefine a partnership with these international development institutions and agencies.”