Hatian President Martelly makes an open invitation for private business enterprises in Guyana to invest in Haiti – 22nd Mar 2013
Haitian President Michel Martelly said the French speaking Caribbean nation is open for business. He made an open invitation for private business enterprises in Guyana and CARICOM to invest in Haiti. President Martelly, who ended an official two-day visit to Guyana on Friday, said with recovery efforts well underway from the ravages of the 2010 earthquake which killed more than 300,000 Haitians, now is the opportune time to invest.
Despite CARICOM granting Free Movement certificates to several categories of workers in the region, most countries still do not allow Haitians to work and reside in their countries. This accordingly to Martelly, has to change by at least allowing Haitians who have visas, to the United States, Canada and Europe, to be granted access.
He said His Government now understands the role of Caricom and wants more participation in functional cooperation.
During his visit, President Martelly held a series of high level talks with both Government and Caricom officials.
Caricom Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque said, he will be heading a delegation to meet with key stakeholders in that country, including parliamentarians, officials, private sector and civil society.
Martelly also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Utilization of the Haitian National Traceability System. Guyana will be utilizing this system as part of its requirement to export agriculture produce to Europe, the United States and Canada.