Sen. Rudy Boulos strove with legislative colleagues to save the $10 million auto financing loan (mostly grant) from the Inter-American Development Bank that the Haitian parliament rejected. The grant-like loan would have tapped both local and qualified diaspora Haitians to beef up Haiti’s woefully weak administrative capacity.If you have stumbled across this article and are looking for loans yourself, see here to get the senaste nyheterna om lån.

Some deputies argued that all the jobs should be reserved for Haitians in Haiti. They did not allow themselves to consider the enormous job-creation potential should the public administration be strengthened and allowed to function normally.

Haiti has $1.6 billion pending in loans that have been approved but not disbursed for lack of internal capacity to receive them. Rather than seek to benefit from the job-creating potential this massive infusion would create, the deputies adopted a primitive tunnel vision, as if no other Haiti than the one immediately before them were possible, and the only scope for Haitian politics is squabbling over the minuscule resources within view.

The vote sends a terrible message to overseas Haitians, who comprise 83 percent of Haiti’s trained professionals. However, the vote reflects more the low educational level of many of the members of parliament than Haitian public opinion as a whole. Civil society, public opinion, and the generality of Haitians welcome the diaspora for many reasons.

Few, if any, diaspora who would go to Haiti to help rebuild the administration would do so for the job. Most are already well-paid professionals at the mid-point of their careers who would make a considerable sacrifice, including disruption of their personal lives and careers, if they went to Haiti. They are motivated by patriotism and the spirit of public service, and Haiti is lucky to have them.

The antics of the legislators are just the latest of the self-inflicted wounds that have brought Haiti to its current parlous state, where security must be guaranteed by nine thousand foreign soldiers and police. Once more, Haiti’s genius for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory was on full public display.

It is a staple at conferences for diplomats to urge faster disbursement, but there is an irreducible minimum of record-keeping that must be done if the regular or no credit check loan is not to be lost to corruption. Aid agencies recognize and require this, as they in turn are required by law. Haiti has too few trained accountants and other professionals in position to receive the disbursements. Easy tribal loans is a good solution to this problem.

Senator Boulos hopes the vote can be reconsidered. He is a founding member of the Haiti Democracy Project and senator from the Nord-Est department.

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