Haiti - Politic : The President Martelly met the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
The Head of the State held talks with his Brazilian counterpart at the National Palace in the presence, among others: the Prime Minister, Dr. Garry Conille and Haitian and Brazilian ministers. Other meetings extended also took place with members of the two presidential teams and representatives from all sectors involved in the Haitiano-Brazilian cooperation.
After these intensive working meetings, both head of state have held a joint press conference
Excerpts from the speech of President Martelly
"[...] The President Rousseff and I just had a private meeting followed by a meeting with members of our two delegations. During this dialogue, we discussed very important issues for our diplomatic relations. Haiti is sensitive to the interest of Brazil to develop our economy, so I asked of the President Rousseff that she help us to promote the Brazilian private investment in Haiti, including to the Industrial Park Caracol.
The assistance of Brazilian Government was also asked to encourage members of the Brazilian Association of Textile Industry (ABIT) and the National Confederation of Industries (CNI) of Brazil, to come and invest in Haiti. Potential investors could benefit from the advantages offered by the law HELP (Economic Lift Program) according to which the Haitian products can enter the United States without paying customs fees. HELP law could then be passed by the Brazilian Parliament so that the Brazilian companies can settle in Haiti [...]
Concerning the credit, we talk about the eligibility of Haiti to the National Bank of Economic and Social Development for Brazilian companies interested to do business with Haiti can benefit from loans.
It was also question of the energy, a very important point for Haiti, President Rousseff is also the President of the Board of Directors of the state oil company of Brazil, PETROBA. We have discussed the possibility that the company PETROBA provide us technical assistance for the production of bio-diesel and ethanol in Haiti [...] and the improvement of our storage capacity of bio-diesel. We have recall the details of the 30MW hydro-electric plant on the Artibonite River, commonly known as 4C project. This is a project of 192 million, including $40 million funded by Brazil and 30 million by IDB [...] There is always a shortage of 110 million to complete this project and we are always open to a public and private sectors.
[...] I also emphasized on his support for the housing [...] Madam the President, promised me that through cooperationshe will see how Brazil can help us at this level [...] in the field of sports, we also seek cooperation: training, infrastructure and friendly matches [...]
Concerning the security forces, the President spoke about the withdrawal [...] or the reduction of Brazilian forces at the level of the Minsutah. We also talked about our commitment to rebuild our own national security force, because when we talk about the departure of the Minsutah, it is also necessary that we speak of an alternative , that can keep the peace in the country. To this end, a Joint Commission will be created, which will aim to work on the feasibility of such a project. And of course we talked about the withdrawal of the Minsutah and worked on a calendar [...]
The intense dialogue of this morning is essential for the strengthening of relations between our two countries, I tried to persuade the President Rousseff, that now we live in a new Haiti, she told me to have noticed that, the delegation also [...] she has shown interest to our proposals and gave me an invitation for the international conference Rio +20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 4 to 6 June 2012 on two specific topics : 'A green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development' and 'An institutional structure that promotes sustainable development' and there, Haiti has much to say.
Dilma thank you for coming to Haiti."
Excerpts from the speech of the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff :
"[...] It is with great pleasure that I realize, as President of the Republic of Brazil my first visit to Haiti. This is a special occasion to reiterate the firm commitment of Brazil to the process of development of Haiti. I was able to ote with satisfaction the progress you have made in the reconstruction of your country both from the point of view institutional that in terms of the infrastructure of your country. I know there are still many challenges to overcome, but as I said to the President Martelly, Brazil will remain firmly with you on this path.
[...] We discussed the importance of Brazil's participation in the reconstruction of Haiti [...] to ensure the presence of private Brazilian investments in Haiti and this is expressed through the organization of a Forum of Heads of 'Brazilian companies that would invest in Haiti. [...] concerning housing, Brazil is willing to give its support for a housing program to remove the people of Haiti of uner tents.
[...] We also talked about Haitians living in Brazil, looking for opportunities [...] We will continue to work together to create better living conditions for Haitians in Haiti. [...] We are ready to receive Haitian citizens who seek new opportunities in Brazil [...] new measures were adopted by Brazil [...] through these measures, the Brazilian government created a additional category of permanent visa, only for Haitians, whose concession is not subject to the demonstration, for example, of a contract of employment, and this for 5 years. We will be able to receive in this visa category, 1,200 Haitian families a year. Similarly, we will legalize the families that are already in Brazil.
[...] The spirit that gives life to the action of Brazil in Haiti, is a respect to the sovereignty, of cooperation, of development, of raternal friendship, of openness to dialogue and mutual respect [...] Brazil and Haiti will demonstrate their ability to build a partnership whose our two peoples can be proud of.