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Haiti - Politic : Update on the working meeting with Colombia and Curacao
04/04/2012 11:19:01

Haiti - Politic : Update on the working meeting with Colombia and Curacao
The Colombian Vice-President, Angelino Garzón, the General Oscar Naranjo, Director of the Colombian National Police and the Prime Minister of Curacao, Gerrit F. Schotte who was accompanied by a group of businessmen and investors are arrived yesterday in Port-au-Prince for an official visit. Following the first working meeting with government officials, Laurent Lamothe, Foreign Affairs Minister and Prime Minister-designate gave an update :

"...we just had a meeting to strengthen Haiti's relations with Colombia and Curacao, which came with a group of investors in the fields of energy and waste management. They also come with people which will provide us a technical assistance in our reconstruction program of popular neighborhoods as we had asked them, during our last visit https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-4916-haiti-politic-the-president-martelly-on-official-visit-to-curacao.html

We told them that it is important for us to see how things are done in other countries, [...] this is why Angelino Garzón, Colombian Vice-President came, to share what they were able to accomplish in the management and in the improvement of popular neighborhoods in Colombia. Medellin has many popular neighborhoods, residents lived in difficult conditions. With their experience, they managed to put these neighborhoods to another level. That's why we have a unit that works on the renovation of popular neighborhoods, especially Jalousie. We will send a team in Colombia to see how they did it, we will work with various partners, we will seek solutions for our people [...] A Commission will visit Colombia for that and we will also create a bilateral commission Curacao-Haiti for, first work on the visa issue, so that the Haitian traders who travel in Curacao, can travel with fewer problems, we also asked the same thing to Colombia [...]

The other important point that we discussed, concerns the cooperation in the field of security with the National Police [...] we have asked the General Oscar Naranjo, the Director of the Colombian National Police, to work with the Director of National Police of Haiti and especially with the Secretary of State for Public Security, Mr Réginald Delva [...] Colombia has one of the best anti-kidnapping units in the world and they will give us a technical assistance on the issue, so that we are able to move forward.

Overall that's it, they will establish a Joint Commission which will follow up on all these issues and we will do the same for Colombia to follow up all the files we discussed today [...]

We also asked Colombia to grant scholarships to Haitian students, what they already do, we asked them to continue this program because Haitian youth deserves and we need this training abroad for our future leaders [...]

The 6th Summit of the Americas, taking place in Colombia on 14 and 15 April 2012, every President of America will be there, including Barack Obama, every President of the region, [...] and we will follow up with the Heads of States, when we will be at this 6th Summit [...]"

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