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06/12/2017 07:07:44

Haiti - France : All the mayors of Haiti gathered in Port-au-Prince
Tuesday, the Mayor of Port-au-Prince launched the 2nd edition of the Assises of Decentralized Franco-Haitian Cooperation at the BRH Convention Center in the presence of President Jovenel Moïse and Max Rudolph Saint Albin, Minister of the Interiotr, of Mayor of Carrefour Jude Edouard Pierre also President of the National Federation of Mayors (FENAM), the Ambassador of France in Port-au-Prince, Elisabeth Béton Delègue, in front of nearly 500 participants including all the mayors of Haiti and over a hundred members of the French communities of Metropolitan France and the Americas, as well as their main national and international partners.

Conceived as a space for dialogue and exchange between local executives and territorial officials, these two-days assizes (5-6 December) aim to share existing experiences of cooperation, whose the the oldest date back to the beginning of the 1990s, and to draw up an inventory of their evolution. This second edition aims is to give new impetus to all these partnerships by defining a common roadmap for the years to come while encouraging new cooperation.

The Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Ralph Youri Chevry, host of these assizes, while welcoming the various delegations, stressed that these assizes of decentralized cooperation are the expression of the great dynamics of international solidarity between peoples. "The importance of this new form of international solidarity is certainly considerable, but it also generates new dynamics that, too, bring new issues," insisting on the vital importance of the sustainability of decentralized cooperation.

"There is no need to be afraid to assert that traditional models of pre-established cooperation have theoretical flaws and constitute an agenda that is often disconnected from the historical, institutional and economic specificities of developing countries. The results of this way of doing cooperation, which has lasted for nearly half a century, are all too crushing in Haiti. We need other ways and approaches to international solidarity," said Mayor Chevry.

In his remarks about circumstances, President Moïse first remarked that the event contributes, among other things, to the clear will of the Government to support the action of local elected representatives in the context of a reinforced decentralization policy and local governance leading to the improvement of the living conditions of citizens while allowing them to have access to the services to which they are entitled.

The Head of State promised to work with local elected officials to support local governance, to make more visible the actions of the State in the communes by giving means to delegations and vice-delegations, to help the municipal administration to better plan their The Head of State promised to work with local elected officials to support local governance, to make more visible the actions of the State in the communes by giving means to delegations and vice-delegations, to help the municipal administration to better plan. It also intends to promote voluntary cooperation and share resources, strengthen and consolidate the knowledge of municipal staff and support local economic actors in their desire to define an economic development strategy.

In her speech, the Ambassador of France in Haiti, Elisabeth Beton Delègue said, "this meeting of French elected officials and their Haitian partners illustrates an unknown aspect of cooperation between our two countries, which is based on the links between our communities. [...] It is also a very concrete cooperation, which makes it possible to share experiences and know-how in communal management. Lastly, it is a cooperation that creates lasting and reciprocal relationships, which makes it particularly valuable."

See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-22884-haiti-france-2nd-edition-of-the-assises-of-the-franco-haitian-municipal-cooperation.html

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