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Haiti - Politic : Petrocaribe finance 94% of the Haitian public investment projects
26/06/2013 10:11:20

Haiti - Politic : Petrocaribe finance 94% of the Haitian public investment projects
Tuesday at the National Palace, President Michel Martelly, received the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on an official visit of 24 hours in Haiti. This is the first visit of Venezuelan President in the Caribbean, since taking office on 19 April 2013.

Welcomed by the Haitian Presidential Couple, President Maduro and his wife, First Lady, Cilia Flores and a large delegation composed of some members of the Government of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro first went to Champs de Mars where he made ​​two floral offerings, one to Alexandre Petion and another to the Marron Inconnu. ugo Chavez's successor, took advantage of this trip motivated by the strengthening of the Haitian-Venezuelan relations, to also visit the Museum of National Pantheon.

During a working lunch hosted at the National Palace, many issues relating to cooperation between Caracas and Port-au-Prince were discussed by the two heads of state.

In a joint press briefing with his Venezuelan counterpart, President Martelly thanked President Maduro, the Venezuelan and the Venezuelan people for their support to Haiti, particularly through the Petrocaribe program "The Venezuelan aid is crucial for Haiti. [...] I must say loud and clear that 94% of public investment in Haiti, are financed by aid from Venezuela [...] The majority of reconstruction projects such as roads, housing, hospitals, squares and public buildings, currently running in the country are financed from Petrocaribe funds."

Speaking in turn, President Nicolas Maduro declared "Chavez was very unhappy about not being able to visit Haiti well before. He was also very unhappy that he could not return here. Today, we came here for him. We are here because we are his son. When we got there, Chavez is there. In body and soul," highlighting the significant contribution of Haitian President Alexandre Pétion (1816), which had provided Simon Bolivar, thousands of guns to help Venezuela to win its independence. "Between Haiti and Venezuela, it is a long history of brotherhood [...] In the words of President Chavez, we have a great debt to Haiti. It is a history debt, moral debt. It can not be paid with money, but with love."

President Martelly concluded by launching "Vive Venezuela. Vive the cooperation," welcoming the continuing vision of Hugo Chavez through the dynamic President Nicolas Maduro.

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