About a year after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect in 1993, the Clinton Administration reinstated ousted Haitian President Jean-Baptiste Aristide in power in 1994 on the condition that Aristide accept an IMF/World Bank structural adjustment program, including the demand to slash protective tariffs on rice imports. Aristide cut that tariff from 35% to 3%, which flooded the country with cheaper rice imports, and drove farmers, millers, and traders out of business, and into the slums of Port-au-Prince and other cities with their families. These impoverished and unemployed citizens are today’s earthquake victims.
This policy „may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake,“ Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. „I had to live every day with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did; nobody else.“
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