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Haiti - FLASH : Roadmap for the establishment of the Haitian army
30/03/2017 09:17:17

Haiti - FLASH : Roadmap for the establishment of the Haitian army
Within the framework of the orientations set by the President of the Republic, translated into roadmaps, handed over to each minister on Wednesday https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-20507-icihaiti-politics-handing-of-roadmaps-to-ministers.html , Prime Minister Lafontant asked the Minister of Defense Hervé Denis, beyond the missions and plan of the Ministry of Defense, to ensure personally of the implementation of a national defense force of military type in order to strengthen the functions strategies of National Defense "The challenges are immense [...] I count on your commitment and invite you to ensure that the objectives of your minsitry's action plan are met.

Mr. Minister, in the implementation of my Government's policy, I entrust you with the task of carrying out the necessary reforms with a view to strengthening national security [...]"

Ministry of Defense Roadmap :

"You will work to bring the army at the service of the Nation. In this sense, you must :

- Establishing and makes vote by Parliament the law for the reorganization and operation of the Haitian Armed Forces (FAD'H);
- Developing and makes vote by Parliament the law of military programming;
- Work with relevant ministries to draft and makes vote by Parliament the law establishing the Central Military Intelligence Directorate (DCRM);
- Collect information of strategic importance for the National Security Council (CNS).

The Armed Forces of Haiti must have qualified human resources. To this end, a budget will be gradually allocated to the Ministry of Defense. A Military Engineering Corps and a University Military Hospital will be established to enable the Armed Forces of Haiti to achieve their objectives. You rely on the laws and constitutional provisions to :

- Ensure knowledge of potential risks, threats and potential disruptions of any type;
- Anticipating crises by strengthening supervisory structures;
- Maintain the deterrent function;
- Permanently dispose of pre-positioned forces to better rescue and defend the territory;
- Contributing to the protection of the population on national territory, to the resilience of the Nation, in the face of risks and threats of all kinds (terrorism, drug trafficking, banditry, natural disasters, etc.);
- Strengthen the safety of facilities of vital importance;
- Secure the territory (air, land, sea);
- Supporting internal security and civil security systems;
- Contribute to international security by participating in stabilization and peacekeeping operations;
- To safeguard the interests of the Nation;
- Continuously and efficiently carry out national defense missions;
- To have specialized services and units contributing to the tasks of protecting the integrity of the territory and protecting the population;
- Conduct civic, environmental and development activities;
- Support the other components of the National Army;
- Rescue people and assist civil protection services in case of disasters and natural disasters;
- Contribuer à protéger et sécuriser les sites vitaux de la Nation ;
- Aider la police à contrecarrer les éventuelles activités terroristes.

So that the Haitian State can assert its sovereignty in its territorial waters. I ask you to make arrangements for :

- Ensure the defense of the coastline;
- Protecting maritime borders;
- Monitor maritime territory;
- Support the other components of the National Army;
- Provide maritime patrols.

You must safeguard the economic interests of the maritime domain. In this perspective you will:

- Ensure legal practices in marine fisheries;
- To combat maritime pollution (hydrocarbon, toxic waste);
- Combat smuggling and drug trafficking;
- Ensure the legal exploitation of cultural property and submarine treasures.

Should be ensured the public services in territorial waters. To this end, the Ministry of Defense must :

- Bringing relief and assistance to ships and people in danger in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Haiti;
- To carry out transport missions of public services;
- Ensure evacuation missions.

For years, the defense of airspace has not been assured. There is a need to:

- Defend Haitian airspace;
- Protect and defend airport areas;
- Support other forces in the transport and release of materials and men;
- Monitoring and protecting fisheries resources;
- Assist in search and rescue of ships and aircraft in distress.

I ask you to start preparing the 2017-2018 Budget, which will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, after arbitration by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and filed within the required legal timeframe in Parliament.

You will also have the task of increasing transparency, the fight against corruption and the good management of public property. It will be up to you to organize, direct and animate the services, teams and agents of the State placed under your responsibility."

Jack Guy Lafontant, Prime Minister

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