Country Risk

Policy paralysis on IMF-promoted economic changes likely in Haiti following resignation of prime minister and cabinet

16 July 2018


On 14 July, Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and his cabinet resigned following violent protests against announced fuel price increases a week earlier.

Separately, on 11 July the government withdrew the 2019 Budget from Congress, as the cancellation of the hikes on 7 July require rebalancing the budget. Fuel subsidies reductions are part of a Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aimed at reducing subsidies (which account for 2.2% of GDP), in order to allocate further resources to social spending. The government was highly criticised by political parties (including the majority group in parliament Parliamentary Alliance for Haiti, aligned with the ruling party), the business sector and civil society over the lack of planning, as they announced a sharp increase in fuel prices (by 38–51%) with short notice (24 hours).

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