Haiti finance minister, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, resigns

Minister of Finance and Economy of Haiti, Ms. Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, resigned from her post on Tuesday, April 09, 2013 with immediate effect. She sent her resignation to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe where she clearly mentioned that she was leaving her post as the chief of Haitian economy. She served Haiti as the Minister of Finance and Economy for nearly 1 year. Prior to that, she worked for 8 years in Cuba and then returned to Haiti by giving up her residency in 2010. She is known by her nickname "the Iron Lady" and is considered by International community and many Haitians as one of the most competent members of Martelly administration.


Irrespective of her nickname and her reputation, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie actually found it very difficult to implement the following:
-- Helping Haiti to attain macroeconomic stability.
-- Initiating massive reforms for managing Haiti's finances.
-- Giving Haiti the much need financial transparency.

Though it was not clear why Marie Carmelle resigned, there are several notable events which can possibly form the base of the resignation.

First, billions of dollars promised by international community are currently outstanding.

Second, attempts made by Marie Carmelle to enforce money laundering legislation have been stalled because of the threat that transactions between U.S. and Haitian banks will be made stringent if the legislation is enforced.

Third, questions have been raised about government's transparency in social programs and spending.

Fourth, the donor community was stirred by the fact that Martelly-Lamothe administration issued, in non-bid contract, $432 million after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

According to the sources close to Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, the decision she made was based on her feelings that she has lost support from her colleagues.

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