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Commentary: Debunking the myths that impede Haiti's development

August 23, 2014
Commentary: Debunking the myths that impede Haiti's development The Haitian case of underdevelopment has been the subject of several studies and initiatives on the national and international level that has brought little relief to the majority of the population. Haiti, albeit not a nation at war, can be compared, in fact, not in size, to Iraq or Afghanistan, in terms of...

Caribbean Export supports Haiti's private sector

August 22, 2014
Caribbean Export supports Haiti's private sector PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) recently held a series of high level meetings with ministry officials and key stakeholders in Haiti. These meetings were not only to strengthen the relationship with Haiti but also to set the agenda for the Agency’s...

Judge says arrest warrant against former Haitian president still stands

August 21, 2014
Judge says arrest warrant against former Haitian president still stands PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- A Haitian judge , conducting a criminal inquiry into acts of corruption blamed on Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said on Tuesday that he was still waiting for the police to bring Aristide before him by will or by force, in compliance with an arrest warrant issued last week.

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

Former Haitian leader challenges judge conducting criminal inquiry

August 20, 2014
Former Haitian leader challenges judge conducting criminal inquiry PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, has decided to challenge a judge conducting a criminal inquiry into acts of corruption, misappropriation of public funds and laundering of drug money blamed on his administration from 2001 to 2004.

Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers

August 20, 2014
Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached between the Haitian government and the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to add two dollars on the fee paid by each tourist visiting the northern Labadie seaside resort.

Aristide supporters reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader

August 16, 2014
Aristide supporters reject corruption charges against former Haitian leader PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Supporters of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Thursday rejected alleged acts of corruption blamed on Aristide and several dozen of his former allies between 2001 and 2004, when he occupied the Caribbean country's top political office.

Arrest warrant issued against former Haitian president

August 14, 2014
Arrest warrant issued against former Haitian president PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Investigating Judge Lamarre Belizaire on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, who is currently under investigation for corruption, misappropriation of public funds and laundering of drug money.

Haitian gang leader recaptured after prison break

August 14, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti’s most feared gang leader, Clifford Brandt, was recaptured by Haitian and Dominican security forces on Tuesday, after having escaped from a prison outside the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday. Brandt was re-arrested in the Cornillon-Grand Bois area.

Meeting of OAS culture ministers concludes in Haiti

August 14, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The sixth Inter-American meeting of ministers of culture and highest appropriate authorities, focused on “Cultural Interdependence in the Context of Globalization,” concluded on Wednesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a ceremony that featured the...

Meeting of OAS culture ministers opens in Haiti

August 13, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The sixth Inter-American meeting of ministers of culture and highest appropriate authorities, convened by the Organization of American States (OAS), opened on Tuesday morning in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a ceremony that featured the participation of...

Haitian gang leader on the run after prison breakout

August 12, 2014
Haitian gang leader on the run after prison breakout CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian government has launched an all-out effort recapture gang leader Clifford Brandt, responsible for many cases of kidnapping in Haiti, who escaped from prison on Sunday, along with other prisoners jailed in the Caribbean country.

Five arrest warrants issued in Haiti corruption probe

August 11, 2014
Five arrest warrants issued in Haiti corruption probe PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The Haitian judge conducting an inquiry into corruption involving Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on Friday issued five arrest warrants against suspects who failed to comply with a summons sent to them a few days ago.

Haitian legislator on hunger strike, demands accountability

August 9, 2014
Haitian legislator on hunger strike, demands accountability PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A Haitian legislator is in the third week of a hunger strike in an effort to force government officials to give an accounting of the billions of dollars that have poured into the country since the devastating 2010 earthquake but reportedly has not found its way to help alleviate the struggles of...

MINUSTAH head meets with OAS Group of Friends of Haiti

August 8, 2014
MINUSTAH head meets with OAS Group of Friends of Haiti WASHINGTON, USA -- Representatives of countries from across the Hemisphere met at the informal gathering of the Group of Friends of Haiti in at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC this week to engage in dialogue on developments in the country.

Former Haitian leader banned from leaving country; investigated for corruption, drug trafficking

August 7, 2014
Former Haitian leader banned from leaving country; investigated for corruption, drug trafficking PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti’s former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been prohibited from leaving the Caribbean country as relevant judicial authorities resumed a criminal inquiry into cases of corruption, misappropriation of public funds and drug trafficking blamed on Aristide.

Agriculture, education, environment among Haiti's top priorities

August 6, 2014
Agriculture, education, environment among Haiti's top priorities PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said on Monday that President Michel Martelly has instructed the government to make education, agriculture and environment top priorities and to increase the amount of funds allocated to those sectors, as the Caribbean country's...

Carnival Cruise Lines to invest US$70 million in tourism project on Haitian island

August 6, 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines to invest US$70 million in tourism project on Haitian island PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said on Monday Carnival Cruise Lines have signed an agreement with the Haitian government to develop a $70 million project to build a tourism port on the island of Latortue (Turtle Island) in the northern part of the Caribbean country.

Police threaten Haitian activists fighting for justice

August 5, 2014
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Members of GADES, an organization of women human rights defenders in Haiti, have received threats following the recent sentencing of a police officer for the rape of an underage boy. The organization has been supporting the victim and his family.

Recalcitrant opposition senators continue to block Haiti electoral process

August 2, 2014
Recalcitrant opposition senators continue to block Haiti electoral process PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- A group of Haitian senators, opposed to the administration of President Michel Martelly, continue to block an electoral process that is crucial for Haiti’s democratic future, as any failure to hold the elections will cause Parliament to become totally dysfunctional.

Commentary: Voodoo and the Cardinal!

August 2, 2014
Commentary: Voodoo and the Cardinal! Chibly Cardinal Langlois in an interview in the Guardian of London has taken the position that voodoo won’t save Haiti. I agree wholly with the Cardinal while I am hastening to add voodoo as mythology might help to do so. In reviewing the cultural literature of several countries I found out by zooming on Iceland...

Bahamas, Haiti sign trade, migrant agreements

July 31, 2014
Bahamas, Haiti sign trade, migrant agreements NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government on Tuesday signed three agreements with the Haitian government intended to further trade development between both countries and lead to a decrease in illegal migration. Prime Minister Perry Christie said it was an historic day.

Haiti and Trinidad sign agreement for cooperative energy initiatives

July 31, 2014
Haiti and Trinidad sign agreement for cooperative energy initiatives PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on energy cooperation between Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti was signed on Monday in Port of Spain. The MOU, as outlined by the ministry of energy and energy affairs director of legal, Indra Ramkisson, provides for...

American Airlines launches new daily service to Cap-Haitien, Haiti

July 31, 2014
FORT WORTH, USA -- American Airlines will launch new daily service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CAP), adding a new international destination to the airline's growing global network. Customers can now book travel on the new route for...

Haitian president visits Bahamas

July 29, 2014
Haitian president visits Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- Haitian President Michel Martelly was due to arrive in The Bahamas on Monday for a short visit to sign several bilateral agreements with Bahamian officials. “I think this visit is very important because it is going to make more significant the relationship between The Bahamas and Haiti,”...

Haiti to modernize its approach to agricultural health with IDB grant

July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $14 million grant to help the government of Haiti reduce plant and livestock losses and increase exports by modernizing its agricultural health services. The government of Haiti is matching the IDB’s pledge...

Haiti president says carnival can bring social and economic benefits

July 28, 2014
Haiti president says carnival can bring social and economic benefits PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian President Michel Martelly said Haiti’s carnival is not only an adventure of popular rejoicing and competition among musical groups for best performances, but it is also an event that can bring social and economic benefits by attracting more tourists.

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