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President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by the First Lady, Martine Moïse, the Prime Minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, received Tuesday, at the National Palace, Mr Vernon Smith winner of 
the 2002 Nobel Prize for Economics.

 Below's a portion of the President's welcoming speech.

"I would first like to congratulate the Copenhagen Consensus Center for its participatory approach in the preparation of the "Haiti Prioritized" report. My congratulations extend to Nobel laureate Vernon Smith for his clear and concise presentation of the return on investment of public policy choices that the Haitian State could adopt.

 I would also like to pay tribute to the presence of the President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center for undertaking this important work to revisit the United Nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs) by putting them into perspective with their ultimate goal of improving living conditions for the sake of efficiency but above all of efficiency in the use of resources.

 I would like to take this opportunity to express to you my gratitude and my voice, that of all the Haitian people, from your attention to our dear Haiti, to choose to work on its challenges with the country's economists for innovative solutions.

I wish you the most cordial welcome in the house of the people."