Executive

Haiti: 2013-14 Budget submitted to House with time to spare


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Thursday, in a rare instance, the interim-Minister of Finance submitted to the Chamber of Deputies that Draft Budget for 2013-14, on time, in fact, in this case, early by 4 days.

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The VIII Summit of the PetroCaribe Agreement, Managua, Nicaragua

The 8th Summit of Heads of States and Government of the Petrocaribe Energy Agreement begins this weekend with the first Working Session of the PetroCaribe Economic Zone on Friday in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua. Nearly two dozen presidents, prime ministers and other dignitaries will descend into the central american nation to continue to evolve the legacy of regional cooperation.

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Haiti Defense Minister says army reinstatement in due time

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of Defense declared with firm conviction that Haiti will soon form its own armed forces. He predicts that it will happen before the end of President Michel Martelly’s term.

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Haiti: PM, Electoral Councillors and UN officials meet on overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - A meeting on elections that were due to be held in November 2011, was held on Monday with electoral council members and the international community, at the behest of the Haitian Prime Minister, who received an assessment of 300 million HTG ($6.8 million [US]) in operating costs for election officials to administrate Haiti's next contests.

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Petrocaribe Economic Zone, Industrialization of Haiti Agriculture says PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Imagine a real solution to Haiti's agriculture problem. Imagine billions in real investments to industrialize the full organic Haitian local production sector without the genetically-modified seeds imposed with the assistance of many international institutions. This is the hope of Venezuela's newest agreement, the Petrocaribe Economic Zone, launching this weekend in Nicaragua.

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Haiti, D.R. working on regulatory reform for poultry imports

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - A committee of local and international organizations, including state institutions concerned with animal health and production, was established to develop standards for exporting Dominican poultry products into Haiti.

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Haiti PM lauded for efforts to organize elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The efforts of the Prime Minister to organize Haiti's overdue elections is bringing satisfaction to different sectors of Haitian society who regard the Head of Government's accompaniment of the provisional electoral council as positive.

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Haiti: Minister of Sports wants to accompany the National Team

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian Men's National Team is not by itself. The authorities want to take their responsibilities and support the team and therefore arranged for thank you reception on Tuesday evening at the Royal Oasis hotel.

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Haiti, Dominican Republic relations remain cordial, says Foreign Minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The issue of the flu, which is debated on both sides of the island of Quisqueya does not affect diplomatic relations between the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which remain "cordial", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs during a press conference Wednesday.

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Haiti Prime Minister: 2nd meeting in one week with Electoral Council

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister continues to multiply his meetings to assist the organization of Haiti's two-year overdue elections. For the second time in less than a week, the Head of the Government met with the electoral council where its president announced the soon completion of the electoral law.

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Haiti: Dominican poultry and eggs prohibition continues, pending review

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - "No. The bans on meat products from the Dominican Republic are not yet lifted. But the meats that are not chickens can cross the Haitian-Dominican border," said the Minister of Economy and Finance and Commerce and Industry on Tuesday at hearing in the Lower House of Parliament.

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Haiti: Premier, UN officials meet on overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister continued his meetings towards organizing the next elections in Haiti, past due since November 2011. On Monday he held an audience at the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation that included the Special Representative o fthe United Nations Secretary General and the director of the UN Development Program.

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Haiti: Tourism Minister wraps up two-day visit to Canada

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Minister of Tourism returned to Haiti over the weekend after two days in Canada where she met with several personalities and held discussion on tourism and infrastructure building.

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Haiti: Gov't holds high level meeting with disaster risk officials

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Monday the Prime Minister held a meeting of ministers and disaster risk management officials centered at establishing preventive and reactive approaches in the case of disaster during the 2013 hurricane season.

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Haiti - D.R.: 4.5 hours of negotiations, no agreement

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - After more than four hours of discussions, the government commissions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic could not reach an agreement towards ending the ban on the sale and import of Dominican poultry products in Haiti.

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Haiti: Multi-institutional task force to help organize overdue elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - On Saturday, the Prime Minister met with members of the electoral council to hear of the challenges of holding elections and to put at their disposal a multi-institutional task force, to assist in organizing elections, overdue since November 2011, "as soon as possible."

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Haiti PM: Hunger problem has become "complicated and difficult"

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Haitian Prime Minister said previous governments abandoned farmers and agriculture and today Haiti is in a difficult situation of hunger and malnutrition. To respond to the problems the government established an array of short, medium and long term programs to restore Haitian agriculture and food sovereignty.

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Five confirmed cases of H1N1 in Haiti

ANSE-A-PITRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In the South-East border town of Anse-à-Pitre, laboratory tests have confirmed that five individuals contracted the H1N1 influenza that first appeared in the Dominican Republic where 15 have died in the past two weeks. As well, the ban on Dominican poultry products was partially lifted.

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Haiti in no rush to lift ban on Dominican poultry

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The urgency of the Dominican Presidential delegation which flew into Port-au-Prince Wednesday by helicopter to have a ban on the import and sale of Dominican poultry products in Haiti lifted has not affected their counterparts in Haiti.

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Haiti: Prime Minister tours the South-East

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The Prime Minister toured the South-East on Wednesday visiting Jacmel and other areas to survey projects and institution serving the region.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly