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Haiti - Politic : Talks binational, declarations and some agreements...
The two parties discussed the regularization of the situation of Haitian students and permanent workers in the Dominican Republic, which concerns the Government of Haiti. Dominican authorities have undertaken to provide renewable visas of one year, to each student regularly enrolled in a Dominican University. He was also recalled that the National Council of the Dominican immigration had approved the creation of a new visa for temporary workers.
Prime Minister Lamothe took this opportunity to renew the commitment of his government to play its role in the regularization process by assigning ID to all Haitian nationals and recalled that a decree issued by the Council of Ministers had facilitated access to Haitians living in the Dominican Republic to have access to these documents by reducing the emission process of these documents.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe wished to recall that the meetings of the High-level Binational Commission was set up following the various problems faced by the two countries, including the Dominican judgment 168-13 of the Constitutional Court. The Prime Minister hopes that solutions are found to this human tragedy caused by the controversial decision.
The Dominican Commission announced that this month will begin the massive public information campaign, to begin to formalize requests for regularization and confirmed that a special law aimed at take into account people born in the Dominican Republic and not having necessary documents will be submitted to the Dominican Parliament at the opening of the Legislative Assembly on 27 February.
Prime Minister Lamothe, welcomed the filing of the special law aimed at resolve disputes caused by this judgment.
During the second day of work, other topics of general interest such as customs matters, security and binational trade were also discussed.
With respect to the regulation of tariffs and customs controls, several memoranda of understanding were signed during the workday [between customs institutions, agriculture, of the environment and the fight against drug trafficking], indicated Gustavo Montalvo, the Dominican Minister to the Presidency.
Partnerships have been established between the customs authorities of the two countries to fight effectively against smuggling in all its forms, thus the National Police of Haiti would be able to install liaison offices to the headquarters of the National Police and of the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) to Santo-Domingo and vice versa, in order to facilitate the exchange of information.
On the other hand, at the Agriculture, both parties have signed an agreement that will facilitate phytosanitary controls to resume marketing of poultry products, indicated Minister Montalvo. This proposal was approved by Manuel Diez President of the National Council of the Dominican private companies, who invited both parties to reach an agreement to avoid bans on products without prior consensus between the actors.
Moreover entrepreneurs of the two countries agreed to establish the Binational Economic Council Quisqueya (CEBQ), which should, according to Manuel Diez, President of the National Council of the Dominican private sector, facilitate, inter alia, economic development and sustainable job creation the two country.
Norma Powell, President of the Association of Haiti industries (ADIH), who spoke on behalf of Haitian entrepreneurs, presented the various recommendations of entrepreneurs to the governments of the two republics to solve common problems in a sustainable manner that impede the economic development of the two Republics. The CEBQ to be financed by a binational investment funds, is invested with the mission to identify and promote the implementation of joint projects. To this end, it will have permanent offices the two country, to monitor projects approved.
"We have too much to gain for future generations to postpone the historic decisions," concluded the Prime Minister who has reiterated the commitment of his Government to amicably resolve the problems between the two countries and thanked the international community, particularly Venezuela and the European Union for their unconditional support to the success of this dialogue.
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