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20/02/2013 13:35:42

Haiti - Politic : Second day of the 24th Meeting of the CARICOM
Tuesday during the second and last working day of the Intersessional Meeting of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of CARICOM held in Haiti, the President Michel Martelly, has placed the absence of a system of transportation Caribbean, in the heart of the problems related to free movement of persons and goods in the region.

For the President Martelly, our diversity constitutes a wealth "The culture of others is part of the heritage of us all. The integration is also the possibility for the other to express their uniqueness. Our community is a tower of Babel, which must be evaluated." He also insisted on the mobilization of the peoples of the region, around values ​​and common objectives. "While we are aware of certain limitations, our integration process will not achieve the necessary harmony to its development if our citizens do not learn to know and appreciate each other and if they do not have the opportunity to work together. This is the price of the unit and solidarity, for which we all struggle."

The issue of security Regional, related in the opening speech of the Head of State, was the major element to the agenda of the meeting. Various discussions were lively around the fight against the increasing levels of crime in the region. An exchange of views with Mr Eric Holder, Minister of Justice of the United States of America, allowed to provide an update on the possibilities of improving the lives of Haitians in the community through the CARICOM Single Market, without however, that specific proposals are emerged.

"The various common problems of the Caribbean were analyzed. The overall impression shows a huge interest of Caricom leaders to provide appropriate responses to the needs of their people," declared the President Martelly.

The Head of State also called for the adoption of French as a second language work of CARICOM. Heads of State and Government present at the meeting, have agreed on the proposal of President Martelly and a resolution will be taken at the next meeting of the Community in July in Trinidad and Tobago for the progressive use of French within the organization. "Haiti has not, for example, assumed the chairmanship of CARICOM, perhaps because of this deficit [...] When you do not understand what is being said, we do not participate. But today, thanks to the fact that French is there, the Haitian may recognize, understand, discuss, propose and debate," declared the President of Haiti.

Ambassador Irwin Larocque, Secretary General of CARICOM, discussed during the summit the burden of debt and the policies of International Financial Institutions, which excluded many Member States of the concessional financing and are based on criteria that are suitable to the situation of the region.

René Jean Jumeau, the Haitian Minister for Energy at the Prime Minister spoke of the opportunities offered by the 24th Summit of the Caricom "First, we are interested in the energy policies of these various countries in the region [...] They have already shown their energy policy in several ways and this can serve as a benchmark, so we can do the same. Second, there is a regional energy policy, which will be developed in the Caricom and the Caribbean, it is together, and with them that we will do it [...] Third, there are specific energy resources, which exist in some countries in the Caribbean, as in Trinidad in particular, and we would like to talk with them on these resources [...] There renewable energy [wind, solar ...] that we would like use also, we have not yet begun to do it industrially in Haiti and we are interested to benefit from the experience that Caribbean countries have in this field [...]"

For her part, Bernice Fidelia, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, applauded the President Martelly for "the fact that we were able to receive all these personalities, these Head of State, and I want to add that in the speech that the President held before all Heads of States, we have seen that he has asked the opening of barriers for the free movement of persons [...] so that Haitians can travel freely in the Caricom countries, so that Haitians participate in business [...] I have to make a series of meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the support at the consulates and how now, we will be able to move forward and organize us, organize the diaspora, the diaspora that supports Haiti [...]"

To the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves "There will be follow to this meeting and this will inevitably lead to the improvement of living conditions of Haitians."

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