Following a head to head meeting between the presidents of Haiti, Michel Martelly and French Francois Hollande, members of the two governments had yesterday a working meeting at the National Palace. After this meeting 4 agreements were initialed in important sectors such as energy, aviation safety and education.
In the energy sector, an agreement was signed between Electricité de France (EDF) International Networks and Electricity of Haiti (ED'H). The French experts will help to develop a financial recovery plan ED'H.
The Haitian public company, which holds a monopoly in the distribution of electrical energy is facing serious financial difficulties. HRE, which should benefit from a modernization program is considered a failed institution.
The Haitian government has also received support from France in the civil aviation sector. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Services Directorate of Air Navigation (DSNA) will provide support to the National Office of Civil Aviation (OFNAC).
Strengthening OFNAC is considered a priority by the Haitian authorities who undertook the construction of three airports in recent years.
In agriculture an agreement between the French and Haitian governments will promote the realization of a partnership between two private companies specializing in the production of bananas. The Union Group Guadeloupe Martinique Production Bananas "(UGPBAN) and Haitian society AGRITRANS, located in the northeast of Haiti, will develop exchanges in this sector.
In the education sector two agreements were signed between Haitian and French ministers. The first concerns the improvement and modernization of the training offered by the National Vocational Training Institute (INFP). It will create a pathway around the water sector at the INFP Pilot Centre. The second agreement involves the construction by the Association of French regions of a high school in the town of Coteaux.