President Michel Martelly in Cotes-de-Fer

Not unlike other members of the government, Haitian President Michel Martelly has been busy conducting tours, his latest seeing him visit Côtes-de-Fer where inaugurations abounded. The first inauguration was at a Canadian Government sponsored police station where the Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Godson Orelus, other Government and Parliament members, and Henri Paul Normandin, Canadian Ambassador to Haiti were in attendance. Another inauguration involved the recently built bridge over the Côtes-de-Fer River. This new construction will act as the entrance to the city at the Boulevard named after the Haitian President's father, Gérard Martelly.


Also high on the agenda was the perpetuating of the Ede Pèp initiative. Martelly visited the National School of Côtes-de-Fer and witnessed the issuing out of a food kit by the FAES (Fund of Economic and Social Assistance. There, Martelly spoke on the necessity for a self-sustainable food supply, describing the need as pivotal for any real growth in Haiti.

FAES made other food kit distributions under the Ede Pèp program in Gris-Gris, a communal section of Côtes-de-Fer, where the President met successfully with the area's farmers. Also in attendance was the Minister of Agriculture, Jacques Thomas, Minister of Social Affairs, Charles Jean-Jacques, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister responsible for promoting the peasantry, Dr. Felix Mimose and Senator Edwin Zenny. The President also took the opportunity to distribute agricultural material to the farmers' association including 32 pumps that will bring water to one thousand hectares of land. A further allotment of a hundred goat kids were given to fifty families to encourage breeding with the understanding that further donations be made to other participating farmers once the first litters are born.

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