Clipped From The Port Arthur News
6--THE NKWS, Port Arthur, Texas Wednesday, December 4, 1974 Haiti's 4 Baby Doc' Duvalier well entrenched in PORT AU PK1NCK ( U P I j - In his three years in office, President-tor-Life Jean-Claude Dwalier, the world's youngest chief o! slate, has put Haiti back into the international community from which it was isolated durinu his father's loiii* reign. Aid, which was suspended during the last year of the a d m i n i s t r a t i o n of F r a n c o i s i Papa Don Duvalier, is now cumin;- into the nation from the United States, France, Canada, Venezuela and other u n c e - a g a m - t r i e n d l y governments. Roads, housing developments, agricultural and conservation projects are once again on the drawing boards. Industry is also moving in. The Caribbean republic has become attractive as a site for labor-intensive assembly plants, putting together everything from baseballs to complicated electronic gear. The reason is clear --the government minimum wage was recently increased but is still only $1 a day. Haiti is still the poorest nation in the hemisphere, with the latest estimates of per capita income ranging from $85 to $90 a year. But that's an improvement over the $70 to $75 which was the accepted figure untii this year for almost the entire post-World War II period. Davalier, MOW 23, appears well entrenched iii power. Since the exile of the strongest man in his cabinet, Luckner Cambronne, more than a year ago, there have been no outward signs of dissension within the government or within the often-feuding first family. The Duvalierist party remains the only legal political party in the nation and no one has talked about elections for a long time. Mien he first came to office after the death of his father in April, 1971, the young president made overtures toward political exiles, promiSing them freedom if they returned. But few accepted the offer and there was no suggestion that the government ease its iron rule. Haitians still flee their nation by the hundreds every year. But the open door of- .fered in the past by the Bahamas, the nearest haven for boatloads of discontented Haitians, was firmly closed this year. Haiti had an important role in hemispheric affairs as one of two swing votes at the recent conference of the Organization of American States in Quito on the sanctions against Cuba. Haiti had been counted on to make up the necessary two-thirds majority to lift the blockade but the Haitian delegate abstained instead, making such action impossible. The government is ivorking hard to improve ties with English-speaking Caribbean neighbors, where it has found many shared problems. Haiti was accepted a few weeks ago as a full member of the created International Bauxite Association even though its bauxite production is miniscule. The association is the brainchild of Jamaica, Surinam and Guvana. Haiti has also applied for membership in the Caribbean Development Bank and as shown interest in becoming the first non-English-speaking member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market.