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Haiti - Politic : First day of the 24th Meeting of the CARICOM
19/02/2013 12:22:28

Haiti - Politic : First day of the 24th Meeting of the CARICOM
Monday, the President Michel Martelly, officially proceeded at the Hotel Karibe Convention Center to the opening session of the Intersessional Meeting of the 24th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the CARICOM.

In his opening speech, delivered before various Heads of State and Government and the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe and his Cabinet, the President Martelly insisted on Haiti's efforts to strengthen its institutions and its legislation in order to better receive the foreign investments, especially those of the Caribbean region. The Head of State also spoke of the common challenges to which the CARICOM must provide adequate solutions to the benefit of the region.

The Problem of the movement of goods and the mobility of people within the Community area, was among the issues raised by the President Martelly who insisted on a better flow of the production at the regional level. "WIth regard to our production, too often a good manufactured within the Community must pass through a country outside of the Community before reaching their destination in another Member State of the Community," deducing that, in such conditions, inter-trade, will fail to reach an acceptable level of growth.

Issues of language and integration, of fight against drugs, regional and hemispheric security, the tourism industry, the harmonization of national legislation with Community standards, were addressed by the President of the Republic, who took the opportunity to appeal to all members of the Caribbean Community, asking them to strengthen their cooperation, to defeat the obstacles that can jeopardize entire sections of their economic and cause social and political upheavals.

During a joint press conference given in the afternoon, alongside the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Secretary of State to justice, the President Martelly reiterated his commitment to work together with its counterparts to achieve the objectives of the regional organization.

In his speech, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has insisted on the fact that a "security agenda must be put in place to address the risks," while, for his part, the U.S. Secretary of State for Health, pointed out that the government of his country intends to contribute to the strengthening of police capacity of CARICOM States to blur the drug trafficking and combating insecurity.

Major joint resolutions were announced by the panelists, regarding in particular the adoption of measures to strengthen security at the regional level, the control of trade and the movement of handguns, as well as the problem of deported.

In addition, Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary General declared in his speech "This is certainly one occasion that the use of the word historic is most fitting. Ten and a half years after its formal accession as a Member State of CARICOM, for the first time a President of Haiti is Chairman of CARICOM. Also for the first time, Haiti is hosting a Meeting of the Heads of Government. There can be no greater indicator, symbolic and substantive, that Haiti has taken its rightful place within the Caribbean Community. I am certain that this is a unanimous sentiment.

[...] Let me at the outset express my heartfelt thanks, to the Government and People of Haiti, for the excellent arrangements in place for this Meeting and the generous hospitality which we all have enjoyed. Merci anpil a gouvenman e pep Aysien (Thank you Government and people of Haiti) [...] Your membership in CARICOM, and soon your participation in the Single Market, present opportunities for improving the lives of the people of Haiti through co-operation in areas such as health and education, and economic benefits to be derived from commerce and trade. Some of these benefits have already begun to be realised; for example, with the work of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) and soon with collaboration among the universities of the Region, as well as the one way duty free access to the other Member States of CARICOM for some of your products."

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