The Government of Haiti on July 6 imposed price hikes for a variety of fuels, sparking violent protests across the country that cost lives, destroyed property, shut down air traffic, and even caused embassies, business, schools, and other entities to restrict transit and activity in the country. The government increased gasoline prices by 38 percent, kerosene by 51 percent, and diesel by 47 percent.
As a result of the violent response to the fuel price changes, the government temporarily suspended the price reform. The measure, which was a part of a reform plan agreed to with the IMF in March, was designed to increase government revenue and support public investment in areas such as health, education, and public safety. Known as a staff-monitored program, this reform was aimed at improving policy implementation to facilitate financial support from other donors, namely $96 million in loans from the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and European Union.
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