Laurent Lamothe at the Session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Convergent histories aren't the only things that Haiti shares with the nations of the African Union. There is also a similar outlook for the future regarding their countries. It is this current and future point of synchronicity that Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe wished to capitalize on when he participated in the Assembly of the African Union's 22nd Ordinary Session.


Fresh off his part in the Economic Forum's 44th session in Davos, Lamothe flew to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the AU meeting held from January 28 to 31, 2014. With the aim of the meeting being to hold talks on issues such as the security of food and agriculture, peace, the security of Africa and international trade, Lamothe found himself in a good position as observer of the meeting to glean new ideas and discuss possible partnerships to better aid Haiti.

Among those he met with were president of the African Union Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with whom he discussed points of the larger topics as well as social assistance. From this meeting, a diplomatic mission to the African Union from Haiti was promised. Lamothe also had a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. The two spoke about bringing their two states together. The Prime Minister also sought the advice of the South African President on the country's mining policy.

Also, from a meeting with the President of Senegal Macky Sall, Lamothe secured a technical partnership between the two countries in the area of higher education and the field of fisheries.

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