Haiti - Politic : Who is Laurent Lamothe ?
Son of Louis G. Lamothe, a doctor in Spanish literature and the founder of the Lope de Vega Institute, and of Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe, painter, he grew up in an academic and artistic, but also athletic environment. His elder brother, Ruben, served as captain of the Haitian Davis Cup tennis team for some time. A tennis player himself, Laurent Lamothe represented his country at the Davis Cup in 1994 and 1995.
At the same point in time, Lamothe left Haiti to complete his tertiary studies in the United States. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in political sciences at Barry University in Miami, he turned to business management and obtained a Master's degree with an honorable mention from Saint Thomas University.
Two years after obtaining his Masters degree in business management, he founded the telecommunications company Global Voice Group with his business partner, Patrice Baker. The company started out as a small telecommunications company and is today a worldwide provider of technological solutions in emerging markets and developing countries. Through his company, Global Voice Group, he introduced telecoms governance technologies in Africa which allow regulation agencies to manage the sector in terms of control, tariff equity and transparency. This earned him a nomination as Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" in May 2008.
Father of two daughters, Linka and Lara, Laurent Lamothe firmly believes that today's businesses must eschew a management philosophy focused uniquely on the search for short-term profit; they need, always, to consider the impact their activities make upon future generations as well.
Having himself grown up in a country overwhelmed by poverty and a lack of natural resources at all levels, the Haitian businessman developed, over the course of his life, a profound sense of social responsibility and a desire to lend assistance to the less fortunate. Entrepreneur above all, he remained, for a long time, removed from the political scene in his native country. Beyond party politics, Laurent Lamothe sees himself rather as a "pragmatist" who favours concrete solutions to Haiti's needs. It was from this perspective that he became involved in the electoral campaign of his longtime friend Michel Joseph Martelly, in the spring of 2011.
His involvement in the political and social life of Haiti subsequently led him to accept the position of Special Advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly. He also became a member of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC).
In September 2011, Lamothe and former United States President Bill Clinton co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti launched by President Martelly on September 8, 2011 to help redevelop Haiti by making it more attractive to foreign companies and investors.
Subsequently, Lamothe was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti. On October 26, 2011, he made his first speech as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs during his installation ceremony, which took place in Bois-Verna, Haiti.
After the resignation of Garry Conille, Laurent Lamothe is designated on March 1, 2012 as Prime Minister by President Martelly, pending the vote of ratification in the House of Deputies and the Senate.
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