How the Preval administration will be judged...

Max Johnson - March 2 2007, 3:03 PM

I am reading comments from people who for one reason or another said they like or dislike the Preval government but, ultimately, his administration will be judged by several factors.

First, the persistent insecurity is completely destroying the country.

Needless to say how many competent Haitians have left the country because their family members have been kidnapped or killed by bandits.

Many more abroad could have returned to invest in their country, but are reluctant to do so because of the actual situation.

Another factor on which the president will be judged is his ability to bring Haitians together.

It is one thing to avoid conflicts in the society; it is another to make all Haitians work for the country.

It is with a lot of sadness that I realize that, up to this day, no effort has been made to integrate the Haitian diaspora in the society.

It has been estimated that Haiti receive more than two billion dollars annually from the diaspora, yet the country won't even allow Haitians living abroad to have two nationalities.

The last point the president will be judged on will be on the economy.

Haiti is now the laughing stock of the whole world.

On most western newspapers, the title of the poorest nation in the hemishere is always mentioned whenever they talk about Haiti.Let's face it, Haiti is not a poor country;neither Africa is a poor continent.

Africa has probably more natural resources than any other continent.

Badly governed yes, poor no. Similarly, we need to get all Haitians involved in the development of the country if we want to change Haiti.

At the end of the day, you will be judged by these three factors, Mr.President.Security is probably the most important of all because you cannot accomplish anything in total chaos.

At the end of your presidency, ask yourself these questions: Is the country more secured than when I first started?

Are there more jobs available to the people?

Are Haitians in Haiti and in the diaspora participating in the day-to-day running of the country?

Then you will know if you have failed or succeeded.

It is your call.

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