Haiti is in a social, political, economic crisis and one that could be worse: a crisis of leadership capable of bringing together the most influential sectors to achieve a country agreement that gives certainty to the future of that nation. This reality is no longer news.
The most terrible thing about this instability is that it is the poorest or most vulnerable who bear the brunt, since a direct effect of this sad panorama is the violence generated by gangs. It is well known that these gangs set and impose their law and are the main risk to the physical integrity of people. Its members lead the trafficking of weapons, drugs, kidnappings and, although it may seem counterproductive, they are also the guarantors of security in their areas of influence, as long as others do not come to put their domain at risk.
In this context, there are more than 11 million consumers who must live, who need food, fuel, shelter, medicine, clothing and everything “necessarily basic” to continue on their feet. This is why, despite the insecurity and uncertainty, Haiti is a safe market for Dominican products. The “safe” is given because that market is the most expeditious and least expensive destination for Dominican exports.
In the midst of problems, insecurity, political and economic instability, there are people who need to consume.
President Luis Abinader has been, perhaps, the regional leader who has raised his voice more times on international stages so that the most powerful nations understand that in Haiti there is a social explosion that can only be controlled with a special intervention through the collaboration with local authorities. It is not impossible, it only takes the political will of those who can do it.
No president should be asking a country to intervene, less if it is your neighbor, but in the case of Haiti, the situation warrants the joint participation of forces that order that society, regardless of whether it is a market or not for our products or for any another nation.
The Dominican President has already said it on more than one occasion: the solution to the crisis in Haiti does not lie in the Dominican Republic. And it is not, because there is a history of conflicts that prevent our country from playing a leading role in any solution, which would make intermediation between Haitian leaders from different sectors difficult.
Haiti, in crisis, is a safe market for Dominicans and it could be better if that society thirsty for order, certainty, economic growth, human development and citizen security can be pacified.