Feb 26, 2021 Letters
One just has to look at Haiti, a country that exists today because the slaves revolted for freedom in the 19th Century. Until today, it remains one of the poorest countries in this hemisphere, mainly from institutional financial mismanagement. Vacationers would rather visit the Dominican Republic, the border country, than Haiti. Unfortunately, it’s still a wretchedly poor country with many citizens still desperate to exit their homeland for better pastures. A former priest J. Aristide, also a President at one time, didn’t make much of a difference to the development of the country. It is difficult to say what Haiti, another country with a relatively small population, did with the billions received all these years from the US/IMF and other global financial institutions. Not to forget the millions of US Dollars received after that devastating earthquake in 2010. Still poor, even after 200 years of existence.
I am referencing Haiti in relation to an article in KN-Feb 24th, where the ERC head is contesting recent unflattering reports in the print media. Missing was a convincing response to finances, as indicated by a Commissioner regarding financial excesses, such as boots and other goodies. A particular sentence: “Audits for 2018, 2019 and 2020 will commence shortly” is a red flag. So in 2021, the Inflow and Outflow of financial records for the Year 2018 isn’t available anywhere at all? Well run businesses in Regent Street are able to show end-of-year financial statements for 2019, even 2018; so are global corporations.
Assuming there are no controls at this unit on internal spending, assuming it’s an open checkbook, and key individuals can allocate funds on items at their discretion (e.g. a COVID-19 Grant), assuming there are no Caps on these amounts, then the people of this country deserve to see the Audits of the above mentioned years when completed and beyond – line Item by line Item.
We all should remember Haiti.
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