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Haiti - Tourism : Vibrant plea of Michaëlle Jean
11/11/2011 08:03:31

Haiti - Tourism : Vibrant plea of Michaëlle Jean
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti, yesterday launched a vibrant plea at the International colloquium "Heritage, cultural tourism and sustainable development in Haiti Challenges and perspectives for the future", held in Port-au-Prince, from November 10 to 13, 2011. The colloquium, involves more than 50 speakers from 10 countries. It brings together the cultural partners and experts for the safeguarding of Haitian heritage, many organizations of Haitian civil society, many young, student artists, all defenders of the force of the culture and of a rich and unique heritage for the recovery of country.

"The Haitian heritage, both tangible and intangible, the immense creativity of the Haitian people, as well as its history, literature, cinema, art, crafts and music are unquestionable values ​​on which we must also rely for the socio-economic development of country", stressed Madame Jean, in presence of the President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency Michel Joseph Martelly, and his ministers of Tourism, Stéphanie Villedrouin and of Trade and Industry, Wilson Laleau.

"Haiti is not only misery [...] The country has much to offer and we must exploit this unique cultural resource and heritage, as a tool for sustainable human development with positive economic and social benefits for the whole population."

Tourism is an important economic engine of the Caribbean region. In addition to its beautiful beaches, its picturesque scenery, the warmth of its people, Haiti has the advantage, by its heritage treasures unknown, its historical sites, its fabulous heritage, to be able to develop a cultural tourism unique and in high demand.

"Just think of the tremendous potential that represents the National Historic Park, World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, and which includes the Citadelle Henri, the palais Sans Souci and many other sites in the north of Haiti, said the Special Envoy. These constructions, these monuments are charged with a universal symbolism invaluable because they are the first to have been built by slaves in a fight to regain their freedom and who will be decisive for the rest of the Americas."

The President Martelly defends this project. He wants to make of the National Historic Park, as well as all other sites that dot the country from north to south, from east to west, powerful development tools, in the heart of a tourism plan strong, viable, respectful of the territory and local governments, which will involve people, its creativity, vigor and productivity.

The UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti takes advantage of her passage in the Haitian capital to continue its discussions with the President of the Republic of Haiti, congratulate him, of the new school year of last October that allowed more than 140.000 children to take for the first time the way to school, of the formation of a new government and the appointment of a President of the Court of Cassation.

She also met with the Prime Minister, Dr. Gary Conille, and several Ministers recently took office whose the Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs, Laurent Lamothe, of Education and Vocational Training, Reginald Paul; of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, Jean René Roosevelt; of the Planning and External Cooperation, Jude Hervé Day; and the Minister to the Presidency in charge of Haitians living abroad, Daniel Supplice.

In addition, Ms. Jean said she was very touched by the positive response of the Haitian people following her appointment as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

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