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Major Jamaican gun-for-drug smuggler killed in Haiti

Haiti And Jamaica

Jamaican officials reported that a major Jamaican suspect in a guns-for-drugs smuggling network between Haiti and Jamaica has been was killed last Friday in a confrontation with Haitian Police. The actual name of the suspect is unknown; he only goes by the alias name of "Mention".

The beautiful Haitian island of Ile-a-Vache is not only reputable for its beauty and touristic opportunities. It appears that the island is also known for its guns-for-drugs trade, also called guns-for-ganja trade. Ile-a-Vache has been identified by Jamaican police as a key location for guns-for-drugs trade operates between Jamaica and Haiti also known as guns-for-ganja trade.

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Haiti PM, Laurent Lamothe, Launches "Destination Ile a Vache" Tourism Project

Abaka Bay resort in Ile-a-Vache

The Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe visited the island of Ile a Vache, on August 20, 2013-- the most beautiful island in the Caribbean and a promising tourist destination in Haiti. He was accompanied by the Tourism Minister and the Minister of Social Affairs of the state. The Prime minister laid the first stone on the island's upcoming community centre that will include a library with a reading room, café and other entertainment amenities within its vast 120 square meter space. The Prime Minister said the project is the most ambitious project during the five year tenure of President Michel Martelly.

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Millions in Private Investment to make Haiti Tourist Magnet

Tourism In Haiti, Logo

The government of Haiti (GOH) wants to rebuild the island by developing its hospitality infrastructure to increase tourism. Haiti, at one time, had a thriving tourist industry, but the 2010 earthquake changed all that. Now GOH is banking on foreign investors to resuscitate Haiti's ailing tourist trade. It has signed contracts with private investors, giving them tax breaks over a 15-year period to develop resort projects. To sweeten the deal, GOH is also extending exemptions for import duties, so 11 hospitality projects can be given the go-ahead. The total sum of the proposed projects amounts to $160 million USD. Another $100 million in in-progress ventures is also on the books.

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Ile-a-Vache, Abraham Lincoln an Free American Slaves

Ile-a-Vache in Haiti

Abraham Lincoln, before signing the Emancipation Proclamation, struck a deal with the landowner of Ile-à-Vache, a vacant island near the southern coast of Haiti. He contracted to send former slaves there to avoid racial uprisings on U.S. soil. The plan failed and Lincoln's decision has been debated by historians, trying to define his presidential character in the context of it. A perfect storm of disease, greed, and mistrust between government and private individuals brewed destructive forces, foiling a well-intentioned effort to deal with the aftermath of abolition in the U.S.

The ship traveling to Ile-à-Vache suffered an outbreak of smallpox en route. The 4,500 infected settlers were isolated, awaiting a second-supply ship that never arrived. This failure caused conflict to erupt between the landowner, his patrons, and agents of the U.S. government. The 500 unaffected settlers became stranded on Ile-à-Vache, and in rebellion ran the landowner off. Lincoln was forced to return the settlers to the U.S.

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The Last true treasure island in the Caribbean, Ile-a-Vache

A Beach in Ile-a-Vache

An 8x2 mile island treasure chest, sitting prettily off the south-west peninsula of Haiti, might become an important part of the revitalization of the tourism industry in the country. Île à Vache, home to one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti as well as anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 locals, is a veritable tourist boon with up to 20 deserted beaches just begging for a catchy slogan.

Indeed, the rebranding has already begun as the tourism leaders have described it as the 'last true treasure island' of the Caribbean; a truly evocative moniker that harkens back to a swashbuckling past sure to attract many. In its proposal, the Ministry of Tourism hopes to give the island a modernizing make-over that will highlight its natural beauty but also facilitate tourism that is self-sustaining. It includes plans for electric shuttles instead of cars, and a community farm to be run by locals.

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Huge Development and Tourism Plans for Ile a Vache, Haiti

Most of the recent developmental agendas relating to Haiti pointed out to one common aspect - tourism. Haiti is blessed with Ile a Vache island located off Les Cayes' southeast coat. Spanning over an area of 52 sq. km. this island, as mentioned by Tourism Ministry, is the final frontier of true Caribbean treasure. The Ministry of Tourism is aiming towards developing a sustainable tourism industry in Ile a Vache that will help to improve the standard of living for the locals and at the same time, open doors for cross-border tourism.

The aim of the Ministry of Tourism is to create a low-density development focusing on eco-tourism while highlighting areas like history, agro-tourism and cultural heritage that will cover 20 beaches that are mostly deserted. The plan also includes solar-powered electricity-run vehicles instead of regular cars. The Ministry plans on attracting investors from countries like wider Caribbean, China, Qatar and Dominican Republic.

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The Plan for the Development of Ile a Vache Presented to the Public

Ile-a-Vache in Haiti

The Haitian Government has unveiled its plan for the development of the beautiful island of Ile a Vache. As part of the overall development of tourism in Haiti, the Ministry of Tourism has proposed to transform this island located just south of the city of Les Cayes into a destination for adventure, romance and wellness.

A presentation of Ile a Vache by La Bonne Nouvelle:

Main focus of the plan will be to develop eco-tourism-style development, highlighting areas like cultural heritage, agro-tourism and history. The project is divided in many phases with the first phase to develop bungalows and villas in the region of Anse Dufour located near the village of Madame Bernard.

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Ile a Vache a Lovers' Paradise

Lying off the south-western end of Haiti, Ile a Vache is the tiniest island of the mainland. Administered under the Sud Department, it takes up 20 square miles of land acreage, a very green island with plenty of swamp areas, containing 10,000-15,000 occupants. Île à Vache is said to be the most scenic place in the entire Caribbean region. Two resorts on the island attract the tourist trade: Abaka Bay and Port Morgan.

The history of the island began with the Spanish conquest, whose settlers named it Isla Vaca. Two hundred years later, France won possession of Hispaniola's western half, Haiti, and Isla Vaca became Ile a Vache.

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