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Chinese entrepreneurs see great opportunities in Haiti

The 9th summit China-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC CHINA) that was held recently at the Palace of Communication and Culture of Guadalajara in Mexico from October 13-15 2015 was quite an eye opening event for several Chinese companies. Out of 1,500 Chines investors present, many were interested in the textile revolution that seems to be taking place in Haiti. At least 10 potential Chinese entrepreneurs are interested in visiting Haiti's National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI).

These companies are focusing in textile and footwear as key sectors for investment. They are also interested in building infrastructure and bio-agriculture as well in Haiti.

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Construction of hydroelectric power station in Haiti financed by China

Haiti continues to receive help from international entities seeking to bring the country out of the dark through advancements in the field of clean energy. The latest to join the objective is China, which has pledged to the Caribbean country 240 million to finance the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The dam, which will be situated on the Artibonite river, is expected to supplement the aged infrastructure that currently runs, quite inefficiently, the power needs of the country.

The agreement between the two countries was signed on February 9 between Prime Minister Evans Paul and the Chinese firm Sinohydro. The memorandum of understanding details the building of the 4C dam that will give an extra 32MWs to the country's current 270MWs. This increase should give electricity to approximately 200,000 homes, affecting millions. This is the same dam that the country has being trying to build for the past nearly 40 years with little success. It's completion now, according to the Prime Minister, will be a great economic boon to the country.

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China wants medical disinfection on people from countries with cholera

Are you planning for a trip to China anytime soon? if so, beside the usual screening for things you are not supposed to carry, you might have to undergo additional screening if you come from either Haiti, Mexico, Dominica, Cuba or any country where the Cholera virus was recently found.

China's quality watchdog wants authorities there to implement medical inspections and disinfection routines on any person or vehicles from countries with cholera.

The targeted countries include Mexico, Haiti, Dominica and Cuba.

According to General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), anyone who have been to the countries and have Cholera like symptoms should inform local AQSIQ bureaus ASAP

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Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou starts Caribbean tour in Haiti

Haiti's continued recognition of The Republic of China as a body which governs itself was met by the Asian country's readiness to offer almost $16 million to the recovery of the Caribbean nation after the crippling earthquake experienced in 2010. As such, a visit from Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou during his tour of those countries in the Caribbean and South America, of the 23 worldwide which support Taiwan's sovereignty, is a welcome one.

Met at the airport by President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Ma took stock of what he could of the country during his one day visit and held talks with the Haitian President at the presidential office concerning the reconstruction of the Port-au-Prince Supreme Court building, the project to which the donation had been appropriated. The two laid the ceremonial first stone of the building being built by OECC, a Taiwanese company based in the capital, Taipei. The new courthouse will be in the style of the neo-colonial and will be situated near the National Palace, also destroyed by the earthquake.

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China penalizes Haiti for maintaining relations with Taiwan

In a dramatic political move, China kept Haiti out of the USD $3 billion support funds. China announced this support fund in form of concessional loans to those Caribbean Community countries (CARICOM countries) that support the One China Policy of the People's Republic of China.

The countries that will benefit from this funding include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Montserrat, Suriname, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. These countries support the One China Policy. One China Policy of People's Republic of China refuses to recognize a separate entity by the name Republic of China. Taiwan is administered by this separate entity.

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