The Company Haitel Officially Under Control of the Haitian State

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Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:29

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( - In difficulty for several months with enormous debts to the state institutions, the mobile phone company, HAITEL is in receivership by the Haitian State. The Directorate General of Taxes (DGI), which now managing the Haitel.

At a news conference Thursday in Port-au-Prince, the Executive Directors of the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI), Clark Neptune Jean-Baptiste and the National Telecommunications Council, Jean-Marie Guillaume indicated that the Haitel debt to the state is 80 million U.S. dollars over 40 million owed to its suppliers.

According to the order of the referee, Mr. Raymond Jean-Michel, the mobile phone company HAITEL is in receivership at the request of the Haitian state. This decision should allow the Haitian government to save this company that is on the verge of the bankruptcy. Since March 29, 2012, the officials of HAITEL closed the doors of the institution without providing any information.

“The sequestration is a precautionary measure that will allow the Chief of the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) to interfere in the affairs of the HAITEL to evaluate its performance. Depending on the results, the DGI could prosecute those responsible for the bankruptcy. This measure will help protect state interests and those of creditors, employees and other shareholders are not affected by this bankruptcy. This decision gives the Haitian government the right to restart the HAITEL,” said Clark Neptune Jean-Baptiste.