First Lady Martine Moise, welcomed the Queen of Spain to Haiti

May 23, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Queen of Spain, Her Majesty, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, made a visit to Haiti, her first in the Caribbean country. She was received at the Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport, in Port-au-Prince, by the Haitian First Lady Martine Moise, before jointly presiding over a meeting in the Technical Cooperation Office of Haiti, which was attended by representatives of Spanish NGOs and other International organisations as well as Haitian officials.

The visit of the Spanish Queen comes two days after she made a stop in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Since 2005 Haiti is considered a priority country by the Spanish government which has intensified cooperation in sectors such as water, sanitation, education, agriculture and fisheries.

In the water and sanitation sector, a priority because of the fight against the cholera epidemic, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) offers technical support to the National Directorate of Water Drinking water and sanitation (DINEPA) since 2010. Spanish cooperation works to rehabilitate and expand drinking water distribution networks in the country's 12 metropolises.

Queen Letizia is expected to spend 24 hours in Haiti before returning to Spain.

Haiti's textile workers protest for 1.000 gourdes daily minimum wage

May 23, 2018
Workers from the textile sector took the streets of the capital on Tuesday for a second consecutive day of mobilization. The protesters marched on the road to the airport, surveying part of Delmas to head to the seat of Parliament. According to Télémaque Pierre, spokesman for "Platfòm sendika izin tekstil-Batay Ouvriye" (Plasit-Bo), through this demonstration, the workers demand an adjustment of the minimum wage to 1000 gourdes. In addition, he says, the protesters also demand the reinstat...

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10 alleged gang members killed during clash with the police in populous neighborhood of Martissant

May 17, 2018
Police authorities revealed information on the operations carried out to dismantle armed gangs in the densely populated neighborhoods of Martissant. West Departmental Police Director Berson Soljour reports that the investigation strategy has been chosen to avoid the huge collateral damage that would have been caused by operations with elite units.

The hunt for criminals in Grand Ravine and other neighborhoods such as Cité de Dieu resulted in the deaths of 10 gang members. They are bandits who...

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Protesting students blocked the south of the Haitian capital

May 17, 2018

Car traffic was virtually impossible for hours at 5th Avenue Bolosse, south of Port-au-Prince, Wednesday following a protest movement initiated by students of the Training Center for Basic School (CFEF). Their grievances include "the payment of a year of internship, the appointment of a director at the head of the CFEF, the running costs of the institution and the rehabilitation of space for better learning".

A strong tension prevailed in the surroundings of the establishment and even provoked...

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French oil company, Total, will sell Its Haiti retail business to Bandari Corp

May 12, 2018
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French oil company Total has agreed to sell its retail business in Haiti to Bandari Corporation Ltd, a consortium formed by local and regional players.

Total said the business comprised a network of 92 service stations and general trade fuel sales operations. The French company did not disclose the financial terms of the sale.

“This transaction with local operators is aligned with our strategy of streamlining our asset portfolio in the Caribbean,” Isabelle Gaildraud, senior vice president f...

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Susan D Page is no longer UN Secretary General Special Representative in Haiti

May 10, 2018
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The current Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, Mamadou Diallo has been appointed as the Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Mission for the Support of Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) replacing Susan D. Page.

At the same time, Ms. Page has been promoted to the position of Special Adviser to the Secretary General on the Rule of Law.

Dr. Diallo, who is also United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative...

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Tragic murder of young mother by the father of her 4 year old daughter shocks Haiti

May 8, 2018

The death of 30-year-old Marlène Colin, who was killed by a knife by her husband Rigaud Ernest, father of her 4-year-old daughter, on Thursday, May 3, 2018, caused a shock wave in the city's southeast metropolis that has spread throughout the country.

On the sidewalks as in the media, the whole city of Jacmel speaks only of this tragedy. Rigaud killed Marlene. On social networks, the debates are inflamed. Everyone has his version, each his considerations, each his verdict. What happened ?


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The Haitian Prime Minister stands on shaky ground

May 4, 2018
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The Haitian Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant, has find himself lately in a very precarious position, following his summoning by 16 lawmakers to appear before parliament and give explanations on his non respect of many commitments he took during his confirmation hearing.

Two weeks ago, lawmakers gave President Jovenel Moise and Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant, a 24 hours ultimatum to reshuffle the government or face a non confidence vote. Following the reshuffling of the cabinet, even thou...

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Senator blamed PetroCaribe conference gas attack on the party of Haitian President

May 1, 2018
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Senator Youri Latortue accuses relatives of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) and his political opponents for perpetrating the tear gas attack on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

It is a criminal act, said Mr. Latortue, considering that the planned attack was aimed at causing the deaths of several people who were participating in a conference debate over the squandering of Petrocaribe funds.

The incident was recorded at the cultural center Café trio of Cap Haitien where Senators Yuri Latortue and Jac...

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Haiti reassures Taiwan that it won't break off diplomatic relations in favor of China, like the Dominican republic

May 1, 2018
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President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, right, holding talks with Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue of Haiti in Taipei on Monday. (NYTimes)

Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Rodrigue is in Taiwan from April 29 till May 2nd, where he already had a private audience with his Taiwanese counterpart, Joseph Wu, as well as with Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen.

The visit of the Haitian Minister of foreign affairs to Taiwan, comes two days ahead of the announcement of the Dominican Republi...

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