Communiqué of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Port-au-Prince, Saturday 12 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Minister Ronell Gilles participated, this Friday, in a working meeting with the Commission “Economy and Finance” of the Senate of the Republic to discuss the provisions allocated in the budget 2018-2019 of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
In the company of the Director General, Mr. Daniel Denis, the Director General of the Free Zones, Mr. Rode Préval, the members of his cabinet and senior officials of the Ministry, the holder of the MCI presented to the parliamentarians commissionaires the priorities of the institution he leads for this exercise.
These fruitful exchanges with the honorable senators of the said commission have been of the utmost importance to the department, which has seen a slight decrease in this new budget compared with the previous year.
For this current year, the MCI has a budget of about 2,419 billion gourdes, or 1.1% of the total budget estimates of the Republic.
The strengthening of the departmental directorates, the support to autonomous directorates such as the Post Office of Haiti (OPH), the Center for Investment Facilitation (CFI), the free zones and the strengthening of inspections were, among others, the dominant points of this meeting.
“The MCI made the firm decision to ensure its presence through the country's departmental directorates,” the minister told the senators, noting that “the ministry will go from 7 inspectors available to 67 to cover all the national territory “.
In this meeting rich in debate, Dr. Gilles took the opportunity to shed light on the various programs serving the MCI, including the credit “Atè Plat”.
Contrary to the fears of honorable senators, the first representative of the MCI defined the said program and indicated that the first cohort is a pilot experiment. In this sense, he says that the credit will affect the entire population and will be present in all municipalities.
Questioned about one of the MCI's missions, which is to regulate standards and quality in the country, Minister Gilles took the opportunity to advocate with conscripted peers on draft laws in a state of suffering in whose parliament is the law regulating the functioning of the Haitian Office of Normalization (BHN).