Complaints of Bureaucracy Delaying Aid Delivery Arise in Haiti

    As the Haitian government takes back control of its borders, some relief groups are now complaining of how the bureaucracy is causing delay to aid delivery in the country.

    “We haven’t been able to distribute food for two weeks,” said Paloma Rivera, an official of Dominican Republic-based nonprofit Quisqueya in Action, as quoted by Fiza News.

    Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive stressed the necessity of border controls in blocking contrabands and raising revenues from import fees. Delays, he said, are expected due to the heavy traffic across borders.

    Some truck drivers reported bribing customs agents to avoid more hassle, according to Fiza News.

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      Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.

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