Haiti

Haiti Prime Minister makes Africa visit

 

jcharles@MiamiHerald.com

Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe arrived Wednesday in the Ivory Coast where he says he plans to lobby for his nation’s integration into the African Union, and sign technical agreement for help with Cacao production, he said.

Lamothe’s visit to the West African nation comes on the heels of visits this month to Aruba and the Turks and Caicos Islands. He left Haiti Tuesday, a day after President Michel Martelly, who is serving a six-month chairmanship of the Caribbean Community, returned after visiting Miami, Guyana and Suriname.

Lamothe said his Africa visit is part of his government’s push to build partnerships with other countries. One such, with Vietnam, is already allowing Haiti to receive 15,000 tons of rice a month at a 40 percent discount.

That discount, Lamothe said in an interview, is being passed “along to the population.”

“The Vietnam Cooperation assistance is panning out to be very good for Haiti,” he said, adding that representatives of Vietnam’s Vinafood plan to visit Haiti next week to explore “investing in rice fields in Haiti.”

Lamothe’s schedule calls for meetings with the president, prime minister and members of the country’s private sector. The visit is expected to end on Friday.

As Lamothe arrived in the Ivory Coast, the heads of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — known as the BRICS group — and leaders of 15 African countries were concluding a summit in Durban, South Africa. Among the issues the leaders of the world’s five emerging economies agreed to at their fifth summit, was the creation of a development bank to help fund a $4.5 trillion infrastructure plan in their nations.

Read more Haiti stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Hillary Clinton, then U.S. Secretary of State, tours the construction site of a housing development near the Caracol Industrial Park with Senator Patrick Leahy and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in October 2012.

    Haiti

    U.S. housing effort in Haiti criticized — again

    The U.S. government’s largest aid agency says despite criticism of its efforts to build thousands of new homes in Haiti after the country’s tragic Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, it will continue to help Haitians find permanent housing.

  • Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti

    An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.

  •  
A National Police officer readies to fire tear gas at protestors during an anti-goverment protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday April 15, 2014. The protesters called for the resignation of President Michel Martelly.

    Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened

    A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category