Haiti's CARIFESTA Bid to Achieve Parity with CARICOM

The Government of Haiti (GOH), in an ongoing effort to increase tourism, is submitting a competitive bid to play host for the CARIFESTA annual arts and music fair in 2015, announced President Martelly's office.


This announcement comes on the heels of President Martelly's attendance at the CARICOM Summit in St. Lucia, and signing of a Memorandum of Intention, agreed to by the GOH and CARICOM. Contained in the memorandum are commitments between the partners for the re-development of Haiti, the renewal of agriculture production, and the simplification of procuring private investments.

At the Summit working sessions, President Martelly laid out his government's objectives and the projected outcomes of the GOH's intention to present Haiti in a more positive light on the global stage, conditioned by an improved quality of life standard and sustained economic growth.

The GOH is proactively working towards establishing itself as a major player in CARICOM, to be on par with its partners, and the CARIFESTA bid is part of a grand design to gain equal footing in the governing body.

The CARIFESTA bid is only one of several initiatives to achieve parity with CARICOM. President Martelly is also taking the lead in requesting CARICOM make French its official language, strengthening the regional body's unity across borders. And he wants to incorporate Haiti's professional class into some of the high-level administrative posts in CARICOM. In other words, Martelly intends to make Haiti a full player in CARICOM's governing body, a huge step up for the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

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