Martelly Visit to Taiwan to Renew Bi-Lateral Relations

Haiti's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced President Martelly will be paying a visit to Taiwan to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou for four days. The visit will be in conjunction with the anniversary of the two nation's diplomatic relationship, which began in April 1956. A phalanx of 30 senior government officials and business executives will accompany him. Among them are Duly Brutus, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Wilson Laleau, Minister of Commerce and Industry; and Thomas Jacques, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development.


A meeting between Brutus and Taiwanese Foreign Minister, David Lin, will center on Haitian rice production, and solutions to increasing the yield. It is expected the two men will co-sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the rice issue.

During the visit MOFA and the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association will hold a conference on trade and investment, at which Martelly and Haiti's most prominent businesspeople will attend.

The state visit will not be restricted to business-only meetings. The Taiwan Ministry of Culture will take Martelly's delegation on a tour of museums, parks, and research institutions.

Last year Ma made a visit to Haiti, the first in 58 years. He and Martelly had a working meeting, during which they reviewed the status of earthquake recovery efforts, related to Taiwanese-funded projects.

The friendship between Haiti and Taiwan has endured without hostilities for over five decades and this upcoming visit will further cement the bonds of cooperation and goodwill between the two nations.

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