July 6, 2012
Reposted from Defend Haiti
At the 33rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community, President Michel Martelly stressed that the success of the region is dependent on the development of each country. Martelly said in Haiti, the development of agriculture must be assisted by its neighbors in region.
The President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, participated, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in the 33rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean, which runs until July 6, 2012, at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Resort, in Gros Islet (Saint Lucia).
Arriving in St. Lucia in the late afternoon of July 3, accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Wilson Laleau, Counselors, Mr. Gregory Mayard Paul, Ms. Andress Apollon, Damian M. Merlo, and Mr. Benjamin Peterson Noel, the Haitian Head of State will speak on the development in Haiti, foreign policy coordination in the Caribbean Community and the various challenges in the further development of the region.
This high-level meeting of Caribbean leaders also aims to create opportunities that can be exploited for the benefit of the Caribbean Community, taking into account the geopolitical and economic context. It applies, among others, the regional integration movement, creating a single currency, common to all countries of the Caribbean and will review all the currencies of each zone countries, the reform During the CARICOM Secretariat, based in Guyana and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
At the opening of the Conference, the Secretary General of CARICOM, Mr. Irwin Larocque, has stressed that one of the aspects to consider in this question is to facilitate the convertibility of the currencies of countries in the region, to allow the citizen who has to move to another country in the Caribbean may easily convert their currency into that of the host country.
President of the Conference, also Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony, who will, during the month of July, the chairman of this group of fifteen (15) countries, has, meanwhile, welcomed the presence of the Haitian Head of State, HE Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, for his many efforts to escape the stigma of the Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010.
“Ste Lucie se lakay ou. Nou sonje doulè tranble manntè 12 janvye a. Nou ap kore w. CARICOM ap kore w.” He has said in Saint-Lucian Creole.
Hon. Anthony said that the earthquake in Haiti has helped Caribbean countries to redouble their efforts against natural calamities to which the region is experiencing. “We have a common future,” he said, noting also that CARICOM, while working to strengthen relations with Africa, through the ACP and the European Union (EU), should not have to influence on the lives of locals.
The President of the Republic, HE Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, believes, for his part, the success of CARICOM will necessarily impact on the development of each country that constitutes it. And, in regard to Haiti, it has to be played on the development of agriculture. Indeed, Haiti is one of the countries of the area to have the most arable land and represents 52% of the population of CARICOM.
“Global Politics of the Caribbean regions, should consider the grievances of each country. It should also develop partnerships at the training, the free movement of citizens in the area of democratization linguistic debates, sharing of cultures, … “, said the Head of State who also wants to engage debates around the opening of the Caribbean market for Haitian products.
For zone leaders, success is possible, but with conditions. “We must develop and make more efficient our diplomatic missions, boost the challenge level of security, work towards the establishment of agricultural development programs,” stated the President of the Republic of Guyana, Mr. Donald Ramotar, who wants the responsibility of the leaders of the Caribbean in the implementation of viable foreign policy, promotion of building a more efficient cooperation, development of cultural values,…
For others, you’ll be fine. President of the Republic of Suriname, HE Desiré Delano Bouterse, who also mentioned the impact of the work of CARICOM and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), including youth development, the reform process will benefit the area.
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Portia Simpson Miller, meanwhile, sees in CARICOM, the opportunity that all member countries to have better health care policy, justice, creation jobs, university education, promotion of children’s rights … “We must come together on what is wrong and celebrate all that’s fine,” she said.
The 33rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean, which follows previous meetings around the Single Market (CSME), organized with the Council of Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the prime ministers of Subcommittees of the CSME, allows the President of the Republic of Haiti, to attract the attention of neighboring communities to the benefits of foreign investment in Haiti.
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