Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 18, 1976 · Page 20
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 20

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, April 18, 1976
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6C · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun,, April 18, 1976 Duvalier Tries To Help Haiti By EDITH M, LEDERER PORT AU PRINCE, - Haiti (AP) -- Jean-Ctaude Duvalier; Haiti's 24-year-old president, is making a concerted effort to improve the economy of this poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and_ inlernatiuiia : financial help has been coming in, according to diplomats anc financial experts here. International aid to Halt came virtually to a halt in the 1960s when the late Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier was cres ident and ran a harshly author ttarian . government. He diet ·ril 21, 1971, and his son Jean ancle' became "president fo; t Economic experts _eslin.... · there is currently $7o million j , committed to ongoing program 'V by foreign lending a'geucies anc ' Western nations primarily in .]:' roarfbuilding, agricultural de- '-·; velopment, transportation, por development, nutrition and edi 1 cation. Ten years ago, the. said, the figure was close t( zero. "This activity of the inter .' national community couldn" h ave come to be without change in attitude on the par oE tiie government,"" said Henr , t ; Scioville-Samper, local repre !'.''sentative of the Inter-America '- Development Bank which is on '.- of Haiti's major benefactors. "Whether it's his (Duvalicr's own initiative, or somebody i - giving him advice and he's tak , ing it, there is a change," h .'·- said. "You feel that they'r making a special effort to hel ' themselves." AUTHORITARIAN '. l The government remains au ' ' thoritarian with vestiges of th arbitrary arrest arid terror tat- ties of the past, but here has · been a marked political in . provement since Jean-Claud look over. , Young Duvalier has pledge ' himself to economic develop ? ment. In the past two months ** his government has signed con tracis for copper mining ex · ploration with U.S.-owncd Ken ,' necolt Copper Corp, an · France's Penniroyal. Haiti has been accepted as '- member of the Internationa --Bauxite Association and has ap " · plied for membership in the In ·tier-national Association of Cop ',.' per Producers. An applicatio · - lor associate 5tatus with th European Common Market pending; Although an integral part · the Caribbean geographical -- and sharing the island Hispaniola with the Dominica Repunblic ---Haiti traditional has been isolated from i nei ohbors. Only sin ce Je a i Claude became president hL this French-speaking republ made overtures to the Caribbean. Haiti's application for membership in the Caribbean Community (Caricom), composed of 12 present and former members of the British Empire, was re j ected in Dccc tnber. However, Caricom claimed Haiti's 5.2 million population was larger than all 12 Caricom partners combined, Haiti has, nonethe-, less, kept up minimal contracts! in the'region primarily through Jamaica. Diplomats, economists and well-edVicated Haitians contend that the big development push will amount to nothing if something isn't done to control the country's population growth. UNDER S10Q ANNUALLY '.". Haiti, with an average per capita income of under $100 a . year in contrast to about 35,500 in the United States, has an estimated population growth of --'3:4 per cent annually which p is somewhat offset by a high infant mortality rate. The United States now has nearly a zero .'population growth rate. A drought in the northwest last year spurred a massive international relief effort and - held back economic growth to . an estimated 3.5 per cent, "The crops this year have been very good -- the peas, miilet and corn -- the best for several years," said one official of the U.S. Agency for Inter' national Development--(USAID) "The rains have been very , good." A primary focus is roadbuild- ing with Haiti's three major arteries currently undergoing massive reconstruction. "Before you can increase agricultural prod'jction," ex- l plained Inter-American Devel ' apments Bank's Siovillc-Sam ' per, "you've got" to provide . - way for people to get in and oul of rural areas. . - . "The farmers can't' being y. their beef, milk and agricul 'i'.'lural production to market anc ,**."they don't increase productioi because they don't know wha - to do with it." ''' USAID is expected soon to announce an $11.5 million loan . for reconstruction of Haiti's - secondary roads which are - worse shape than the main ' highways. The World Bank ant Inter-Am er Jean Dcvelopmcn - . B a n k also are reported to bi considering additional loans foj - road reconstruction. ' Some diplomats and foreign businessmen express a fear that perhaps loo much is being ". poured into Haiti too fast, lha (.he government can't absorb i · and doesn't have the capacil ; to make the local "commitmen needed, cither fn matching f u n d s or manpower, to mak Ihe foreign capital work, "Haiti is .still groping for an swers," said one diplomat ' "What successes and failure the president has will be me story foV Ih6 next few years. l 1 A most effective weapon in the fight against inflation is shopping where you get top quality at low prices. That's what we offer at Safeway! Our « prices save you money in all departments. Choose our fine meats, famous 1 t brand cfcnned foods, fresh produce and many, many other delicious foods. | I Be secure in t the knowledge you're giving your family the best while * staying within your budget. If you naven't yet discovered the many benefits of Safeway, visit us soon. 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