Open for business

President of Haiti Michel Martelly (left) and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.
President of Haiti Michel Martelly (left) and CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque.

GEORGETOWN – Haiti’s President and CARICOM Chairman Michel Martelly says his country is open for business.

His declaration came on Thursday at a news briefing at the CARICOM Secretariat at Lilliendaal, East Coast Demerara.

Martelly said they were looking to bring jobs into the country for their people as the country worked to recover from its economic turmoil.

“Haiti is a market, instead of having Haitians come here looking for jobs why don’t entrepreneurs from here go to Haiti and create these jobs and we can both benefit from this type of collaboration.”

He added that they had a great need for infrastructure development in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in 2010.

Meanwhile, Martelly said Haiti was still learning about the benefits that could be derived from being part of the regional bloc. The Haitian leader, who was on his first visit to Guyana, said the issue was one that was addressed during his discussions here in Guyana.

He acknowledged that building trade relations within the region would take time.

“It’s not like you push a button and it happens, through meetings, through discussions, getting to know people and better relations are happening and things are moving forward. I can tell you that we haven’t changed the face of Haiti through CARICOM but already through my presence at the last two, three summits meeting with the leaders and the Secretary General, there is a relation that is being built,” Martelly said.

According to him, they are moving in the right direction.

Martelly added that the Secretary General and a team would visit Haiti to brief the government, private sector and civil society on how his country could participate in and benefit from the Caricom Single Market and Economy. (Demerara Waves)

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