Tuesday, September 25, 2012

IBESR Meeting

Today IBESR hosted a large meeting for all of the creche directors to discuss the new procedures.  I was quite surprised at the size of the gathering-there must have been 90 people.  It was held at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Work (MAST) in a large and air conditioned room.  We had an onscreen presentation, cordless microphones, and it was all in all a very well organized and managed meeting.

There was a great deal of discussion, but I will present a few key points here.  Please note that the meeting was unfortunately conducted in French, so I personally understood only about every fourth word and had to rely on translations for the rest. Therefore, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information I am about to present.

1. Extension of deadlines: IBESR will accept dossiers under the existing policies until October 31st.

2. The new policies will come into effect on November 3rd. There will be one final meeting, in which the directors may participate, before the policies are finalized.

3. IBESR and the President are in fact aware that the current Haitian law, which authorizes only simple adoptions, is in conflict with the Hague Convention. At present the legal ratification of the Hague Convention is on the President's desk, awaiting his signature. After that, it will still need to be printed in Le Moniteur to become law in Haiti.

4. The GOH is aware that the new law must pass before the Hague Convention comes into effect or other Hague nations will close adoptions from Haiti for their citizens.
M. Andolphe Guillaume, chief attorney for IBESR stated that they will announce which organizations will be accredited "soon", but no specific date was given.

All in all, the meeting was highly organized and I left feeling optimistic about Haiti and the Hague. The government seems well warned about possible backlash from premature Hague ratification, and in my personal opinion the current IBESR administration is both intelligent and conscientious.

Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Top of the Worst List

It would appear that Haiti's financial status has changed.  Long identified as the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti has now been listed as the poorest country in the world by the World Bank.  A few key statistics:

•Poverty rate: 77 percent

•Population: 10,123,787

•GDP: $7.35 billion (66th lowest)

•GDP per capita: $726 (22nd lowest)

Read the complete article here: http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/18/13861920-the-poorest-countries-in-the-world?lite.   It would seem that whatever aid the rest of the world is giving to Haiti remains ineffective.