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#4634: Re: On the usefulness of international aid to Ayiti: Poincy comments (fwd)
Holding on promised aid or initiate an economic embargo is the best thing that
could happen to the country. It is a great opportunity for economic development
that Ayitian officials are not exploiting. Contrary to what we think, the
expected aid will never (absolutely never) bring economic development to the
country as we expect, no matter how much that is. Relying on such is a setback.
Iíve been arguing that financial aid is merely a support to a development that
has already been in process. If such a process is non-existent, just imagine
what the money received will become. Aid is not to initiate an economic
development process, but to help it through. Without having anything to use the
aid on gives room for misuse or personal use which we would be quick to tag as
corruption. We fail to realize that the conditions to receive the international
$ were not there or not appropriate. Subsequently, treating government
officials as corrupt would be quite unfair. The international community knows
it and does not care much about it, if Ayitians donít understand the process.
Any Ayitian government that purposely creates the atmosphere for an
international embargo, provided that it is committed to true economic
development, knows what itís doing.
Ayiti has lived, lives and will live
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