The US dollar is trading at the opening at 103.40 gourdes, which represented a rise of 0.39% compared to 103 gourdes the previous day.
In reference to last week's profitability, the US dollar marked a decline of 1.56%; but in year-on-year terms it still maintains a rise of 15.19%. In relation to past days, without managing to set a clear trend in recent days. In the last week, volatility is lower than that accumulated in the last year, which shows that we can say that it is going through a period of greater stability lately.
In the annual photo, the US dollar has even changed by a high of 105.64 gourdes, while its lowest level has been 97.87 gourdes. The US dollar is placed closer to its maximum than its low.
gourde La gourde (translated as “fat”) is the currency of official use in Haiti and is referred to as HGT, it is also divided into 100 cents and its circulation is regulated by the Bank of the Republic of Haiti.
Although its name comes from French, its origin refers to the Spanish currency called “gordos”; some citizens also call it “goud”, so that it sounds similar to the English word “mood”.
Introduced in 1813 to replace the old pound, they can currently be found for 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, as well as 1 and 10 gourdes, however, coins of 5, 10 and 20 cents do not maintain regular use, so their use is a minority.
As for tickets, there are 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 1000 gourdes. One Haitian gourde is currently equivalent to 0.0097 units of the US dollar, as well as 0.0085 units of euro.
Throughout its history, the gourde has had three broadcasts, the last one in 1872, which is the one that is currently used. In 1912 the currency was pegged to the US dollar, but in 1989 it was untied, despite the fact that today there are places where citizens prefer the use of the Haitian dollar, followed by the US dollar, the second most accepted currency.
It should be noted that demand for the currency is low outside the country, since Haiti is a country with a fragile economy, it is not an exporting nation and is fully dependent on agronomy to survive. In addition, its annual budget is 20 per cent financed by foreign aid.
On the other hand, Haitian banknotes have chosen images of historical figures, such as that of Marché Valliéres, a famous pedestrian market, as well as Catherine Flon, who is a symbol of the Haitian revolution, was the woman who sewed Haiti's first flag in 1803. The coat of arms appears on the back of all coins.
On the economic front, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has pointed out that Haiti, along with countries such as Suriname and Venezuela, is experiencing chronic inflation, partly aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition, in the past year, the country has also had to face political destabilization following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the wave of violence and a major earthquake that occurred in April 2021.