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Haiti - Politic : Official visit of the Governor of TCI
14/08/2013 13:20:36

Haiti - Politic : Official visit of the Governor of TCI
Monday, President Michel Joseph Martelly, has received in the diplomatic lounge of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, the Honourable Damian Ric Todd, Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), which was accompanied by Don-Hue Gardiner, Minister for Border Control and Labour and the Permanent Secretary Clara Gardiner.

The official visit of three days (August 11 to 13) took place in the context of strengthening the relations of friendship and cooperation existing between the Republic of Haiti and that British overseas territory.

The authorities of the both countries held talks on, inter alia, the migration issues, the possibility of cooperation in the maritime sector and the development of commercial exchanges and the promotion of investments of TCI in Haiti.

The Head of State reiterated the commitment of his Administration to take measures to stop illegal Haitian migration to the TCI, the strict control of the documents used by Haitian migrants and strengthening cooperation between the two states.

Recall that on a population of 46,000 inhabitants, the Haitian community living in the TCI is estimated at more than 15,000 whose nearly half would still be illegal.

The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, promised that his country would make every effort to comply with the rules in the field of repatriation, to take action against the organizers of clandestine travel and regularize the situation of undocumented Haitian migrants living on this island. "[...] we agreed to work together to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding covering the key areas of deterring and combating illegal migration from Haiti to TC and the actions which would be taken to this end."

In parallel with this visit, a joint mission of the Consulate of Haiti to the Turks Islands and the Chamber of Commerce of Providenciales was in Haiti n order to explore business opportunities.

"This was a valuable visit, building on a series of contacts between Haiti and TCI in the recent past. That President Martelly and three senior Ministers met the TCI team is clear evidence of the importance that they attach to the relationship between TCI and Haiti and their desire to deepen co-operation. They understood our concerns. Both sides stressed their commitment to working together, not only in combating illegal migration but equally in building a broader, deeper and mutually valuable relationship between TCI and Haiti," declared Governor Todd.

Minister Gardiner declared "I am really encouraged by the understanding we found for the issues TCI faces and the Haitian commitment, led by the President, to working with us. I am grateful for the lead the Governor and his office set and for the invaluable support from the British Embassy in Haiti which made the visit such a success."

SL/ HaitiLibre

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