French President François Hollande to visit Haiti, the sooner the better

President Martelly, after visiting Germany as part of his tour in Europe, visited Paris on October 31, 2014. On the same day, the Haitian President and his delegation team visited the Elysee Palace to meet the French President François Hollande for nearly an hour. After the meeting, the French President has stated that the discussion between the two heads of the states had evolved around cooperation on matters relating to development and political issues. Presently, France is supporting Haiti on some hospital construction projects and development of residential areas in the country. The French President has also mentioned his plan to visit Haiti in the next year or sometime in 2016 because his government wants to contribute more on cooperation in the region with a noticeable presence in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. He did not mention any specific date of travel, but, however, has said that there will be several occasions in the future, both in 2015 and 2016, from which he can take out an opportunity to visit Haiti and travel to French West Indies.


After the meeting, in a similar manner, President Martelly has stated that they had discussions on political matters, including the issue of the coming election, cooperation and the possibility of an education partnership between the two countries. As a necessary step to teach young Haitian kids, France may send some retired teachers to Haiti who will provide proper education to the Haitian youths. On the same day, President Martelly accompanied by some members of his delegation team from the private business sector, visited "Circle of Allied Union"(Cercle de l'Union Interallié) and met businessmen of Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) to discuss and encourage them about the investment opportunities in Haiti.

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