Posted by Lenouvelliste on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
The Head of State presented the results of his participation in the VIII Summit of the Americas, held in Peru last weekend. During a briefing, Jovenel Moïse detailed the topics discussed during the working meetings with Heads of State and the head of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He reports having had a head-to-head with American Secretary of State John Sullivan about the priorities of his administration and Haitian-American cooperation. "The country has been receiving aid since 1954. In the last 10 years (2006-2016), we have received about $ 11 billion in assistance. But all our indicators are red. I was glad to hear the Secretary of State say that the United States is responsive and to promise that they will work to be proactive, " he said. In the same vein, Jovenel Moise said he also had a conversation with Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, during which he told him of his concerns about public development aid. The head of state also met with US Senator Marco Rubio. They talked, among other things, about the GST program and the situation in Venezuela.
The President of the Republic held a working meeting with the President of the IDB. The opportunity for the two leaders to discuss budget support to Haiti, the effectiveness of donors, among others. "We have proposed to the President to work with the IMF on the possibility of obtaining direct budget support in the 2017-2018 budget. This before September 30, 2018. This will allow us to carry out projects, " said the President of the Republic who believes that direct advances in the investment budget is the best way for a partner to commit aid to Haiti . The Head of State discussed with the President of the IDB the establishment of a program with the donors called "Pay for success". In this program, he explains, the donors leave the State the task of carrying out the projects and will pay for the projects, once completed. "The President of the IDB has promised to form a team to work on this proposal."
The head of state also discussed with the president of the IDB a loan of 50 million euros from Spain to Haiti. This loan amount for those who want to start a business is placed at the IDB and now stands at $ 72 million. As the IDB President has already done, Jovenel Moïse promises to entrust this file to someone at the government level to work on the terms of reference that do not yet allow him to use this amount for the promotion of SMEs.
The President of the Republic also met the President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, to discuss bilateral cooperation. To this end, stresses Jovenel Moïse, the President of Chile has agreed to cooperate with Haiti in the training of seismic engineers. "We have a training deficit in this area. At the UEH Faculty of Science, there is a master's degree in geoscience training 20 young people. This is insufficient given the projects that will be set in motion in the country, "he said. The two presidents are also discussing the emigration of Haitians to Chile. "The president told us that he is working on the implementation of a family reunification visa. This would prevent our compatriots to be fooled by the racketeers. For our part, we asked the Haitian Chancellor to strengthen the consular staff of Haiti in Chile. "
Haitian President held bilateral meeting with his Chilean counterpart on the sidelines of the 8th Summit of the Americas
In addition, Jovenel Moïse said he took part in a working meeting led by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with Caricom member states, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. "We have covered a lot of topics. We pointed out that the best way for the countries of the North to help us is to open their markets so that we can sell our products, "he says, extolling the potential of Haitian farmland in the production of fish. organic food. The nebula of global warming was also discussed during this meeting. In the wake, Jovenel Moïse indicates that Justin Trudeau intends to invite Haiti to participate on June 8 and 9, 2018 in the conference of the G7 countries in Canada. The president also had an interview with Dominican President Danilo Medina.
The President of the Republic also met the President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra. The two heads of state discussed the management and renovation of historic sites, a specialty of Peru. This cooperation could be useful to Laferrière Citadel, which will turn 200 in 2020, and to other tourist sites in the country. Jovenel Moïse also met with his counterpart from Bolivia, Evo Morales who is willing to receive him immediately during an official visit. "We have a lot of similarities with Bolivia. We can learn from the experience of President Morales in the management of surface waters that concerns us, "he notes.
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