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Haiti - Politic : Official opening of the 5th Summit of the ACS
24/04/2013 10:37:45

Haiti - Politic : Official opening of the 5th Summit of the ACS
Tuesday, Pierre Richard Casimir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, officially opened at the Karibe Convention Center, the 5th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), to which participates from 23 to 26 April 2013, representatives of 25 Member States (Heads of States and Governments), 5 associate members of the AEC and nearly 500 people, including 300 delegates (Ministers, Ambassadors and senior officials) on the theme "Revitalizing the Vision of the Association of Caribbean States for a Stronger and More United Greater Caribbean".

The main topics to be discussed during the summit include: sustainable tourism, air and maritime transport within the region with the aim of uniting the Greater Caribbean by air and sea, the development of trade and investment, risk reduction and the effects of major natural events.

Mr. Casimir estimated that the return of Haiti as an important partner on the international stage in the realization of this summit contributes to present a better image of Haiti. Following the Summit, will be initialed by the participants, the resolution known as Petionville, which will be the plan of action of the ACS for the next five years.

Pierre-Richard Casimir, in his opening speech said he was confident that the discussions initiated during the first day will come out resolutions and decisions that will be included in the final declaration and the Strategic Plan of the Association for the next five years.



Opening remarks by the Minister Casimir :
"Mr. President of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States,
Mr. Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States,
Distinguished Delegates,
Distinguished guests,
Dear Members of the local and foreign press,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, of the Government and people of Haiti, I am very happy to welcome you in Haiti as part of the Fifth Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). This is an opportunity for me to wish you a warm welcome in Port-au-Prince.

I made, for you and your delegations, the wish that your stay will be in the best conditions of comfort and work. We will be constantly available to be helpful and pleasant, so that at the end of the summit, you feel the need to extend your visit on this earth warm, vibrant and hospitable that reminds you, in many ways, your respective countries.

I would like, ladies and gentlemen, renew you the deep satisfaction and pride of the Republic of Haiti to be the seat of the Fifth Summit of the Association, after those held in Port of Spain in 1995, in Santo Domingo in 1999, in Margarita Island in 2001 and Panama in 2005. Eight years after our last high-level meeting, we felt it in our best interest to revive the work of our Association in the sense of the overhaul of its operating structures and the strengthening of regional cooperation, of the integration processes at different levels, which are, after all, the major objectives of the ACS.

Mr. President of the Council of Ministers,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

An institution, like any organization needs at certain times of their lives, to relax, to amplify its action, to adapt its operation to a reality constantly moving and evolving. The creation of the AEC nineteen years ago, has indeed, taken into account these parameters. In this respect, the opportunity is given to us at this Fifth Summit to adapt the founding vision of the Greater Caribbean in the direction of consultation, dialogue and cooperation between our countries and between our peoples.

Moreover, the main themes that will be our discussions and our exchanges during these four days are rightly significant. That he suffice me to recall, among others, sustainable tourism, air and maritime transport within the region with the aim of uniting the Greater Caribbean by air and sea, the development of trade and investment, reducing the risk and impact of disasters, which, to varying degrees, affect dramatically and repeatedly our country. I remain convinced that from our discussions will emerge of resolutions and decisions that will be included in the Final Declaration and Plan of Action of our Strategic Association for 5 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Association of Caribbean States, strong of twenty-five members, associate members, of countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean, is an economic and commercial market for nearly a quarter of a million people. The gross domestic product of the region is estimated at five hundred billion dollars and its trade to 180 billion dollars. On this account, our region gradually enter significantly in the globalized world economy. Strategies that are ours, are the most relevant at the moment: the convergence of the trade policies of our members, promoting new initiatives to increase the volume of our trade, strengthening of the public-private partnership.

But above all, the issues and challenges of the Greater Caribbean are multiple. He suffice to me to recall the major risks which are the common lot of our region and beyond. I mean weather conditions and natural disasters that negate the efforts of thousands of men and women to build the present and build the future. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical storms affect tragically our territories and populations. The Republic of Haiti still bears the scars of these recurring and all our countries are threatened by disasters phenomena. It is fortunate that our Association has for objective, among others, to define mechanisms and measures to be taken collectively, in order to meet these challenges destructive of infrastructure, lives and property.

Mr. President of the Council of Ministers,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I will conclude my remarks this morning by reiterating my faith and that of the Republic of Haiti in the future of the Association of Caribbean States. Although diverse in language, culture, traditions, and the level of development in terms of allocation and resources, we share a common destiny in addition to a common Caribbean facade. Priority sectors and structuring that bind us as trade, transport, sustainable tourism, the prevention and fight against natural disasters, they contribute to strengthening our relationship in the defense of the interests specific to us.

May this Fifth Summit constitute a new departure in the implementation of our policies and of our objectives for the greater benefit of all member states, our peoples and our region.
I Thank you."

Pierre Richard Casimir

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