Haiti's economic transformation under President Préval

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Selling privatization and continued occupation
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progrès, 27 December 1995–2 January 1996. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the apparent involvement of the World Bank and the approval of the Haitian government, signed an $800,000 contract with a Canadian public relations firm to hype privatization.
Preval Opts for Structural Adjustment
By Ives Marie Chanel, IPS, 1 February 1996. The question of an economic structural programme (SAP) for Haiti and the privatisation of state companies are back on the front burner as the country's new president Rene Preval prepares to assume office.
Privatization: Popular organizations respond
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 10–16 April 1996. In the face of Preval's neo-liberal austerity reforms, Haitian popular and democratic organizations have responded with a flood of statements expressing outrage, dismay, and alternatives. Excerpts from a selection of statements from the past 2 weeks.
Preval seizes Bolivia as economic model
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 17–23 April 1996. In a desperate attempt to sell his project to privatize Haiti's state industries to the outraged and resistant Haitian people, President René Préval has mounted a major propaganda offensive using formerly nationalist political figures and foreign government officials.
Haiti polarizing around privatization
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 1–7 May 1996. As officials of the World Bank, IMF, and the Preval administration meet behind closed doors to fashion a neo-liberal austerity package for Haiti, the country's popular organizations and unions are taking to the streets to demand a different future.
Declaration of the reflection-seminar: ‘Neoliberalism and human rights’
Haiti Info, 27 June 1996. Why the Lavalas government decided at the end of 1994 to apply the neoliberal plan, a death plan big imperialist countries have decided and want to jam down the throats of all little countries on the earth...
IMF austerity brings famine
By G. Dunkel, Workers World, 15 May 1997. Haiti is still under an austerity program imposed by the IMF and the World Bank, designed to reduce government spending and ending subsidies to farmers and consumers, privatizing and keeping private-sector wages low, in order to keep Haiti competitive for foreign investors. U.S. interests dominate both the World Bank and the IMF. The result is famine.
Feeding Dependency, Starving Democracy: USAID Policies in Haiti
From Grassroots International, 6 March 1997. In 1996 Grassroots International began a 6-month research project in order to understand how programs funded by the U.S. government are affecting food security in Haiti. This is a summary of findings and recommendations.
More sugar for the neoliberal pill
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 25 June–1 July 1997. The search for a new Prime Minister is becoming a quest for Haiti's future. Will the country continue with neoliberal reform or not? As the unstoppable force of globalization meets the immovable object of the Haitian people, a political shockwave is radiating out across the land, leveling the cardboard promises, politicians, and institutions of Haiti's occupation-democracy.
Behind the sale of the flour mill
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 12–18 November 1997. In a process that appears to be on the edge of legality at best, the resigned Prime Minister this month signed a contract privatizing the first of the 33 state enterprises slated for the auction block in what was clearly a liquidation sale in the favor of foreign capital.
U.S. capitalists seek profits; Haitian people seek justice
Haiti Progres, This Week in Haiti, 17–23 December 1997. Henry Kissinger is a director of the Continental Grain Company, the U.S. agribusiness giant which purchased—many Haitian parliamentarians say illegally—70% ownership of the state flour mill for $9 million in October in conjunction with another agro-behemoth, the Seaboard Corporation of Kansas.
The new American Plan for Haiti
Haiti Progress, This Week in Haiti, 10—16 June 1998. Governance is the latest code word which the U.S. government and multinational banks are using. It means: bypass a nation's central government, violate its sovereignty, and pump funds directly to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local officials, and private groups.
Government Crisis Stalls Privatization
Reuters, 18 November 1998. In a week the former Minoterie (Flour Mill) d'Haiti, now privatized, will re-open its doors and bring homemade flour back to the Haiti since the plant closed in 1992. Other privatizations have been delayed because of public resistance to selling Haitian resources to foreigners, failure to find buyers and a long government stalemate.