Homeland Government Meets Haitian Diaspora in Miami, Gouvènman an lakay ou

On Saturday, 19 July 2014, Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe along with other important ministers from several key departments attended a session at the North Miami Senior High to meet the members of the Haitian Diaspora in the United States. As a part of this social dialogue with representatives of the Diaspora, the President has discussed different ways that the Haitians and Haitian-Americans living in the US can play in a process of development to their homeland. They were informed about the recent social and economic developments in Haiti. The participants expressed their commitments towards own homeland and raised a number of issues and obstacles they usually face while dealing with the Haitian government and different institutions in their effort to do business or philanthropy work in Haiti. The government leaders and representatives heard their concerns and promised to solve most of these barriers. This meet was the 9th of the series but the first to be organized outside of Haiti. The Haitian Prime Minister has appreciated the importance of migrant remittance because that accounts about 20% of the country's GDP.


Like many others, Gislaine Saint-Julien, a 40-year-old Miami Haitian business woman has expressed her contentment on this historic opportunity. She told the Haitian-Caribbean News Network that this is for the first time any Haitian government has given us such an opportunity to address them or hear from them directly and positively responded to resolve concerned issues. Martelly administration is really doing a great job. The government has formed a roadmap for the benefit of the Diaspora which includes the following: (a) Organize a congress of the Diaspora to decide the area of priorities. The congress will maintain contact with the Government through a representative. (b) Director of Custom will maintain a special window to work and decide all the grievances of the Diaspora. (c) Issues related to properties will be quickly resolved. (d) Archival fee will be reduced to $100 from earlier $170. (b) Consuls will remain open from 8-00 A.M to 6-00 P.M (Monday to Friday) and from 9:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M (Saturday). They will further monitor the decision taken in the 9th program of "Gouvènman an Lakay ou".

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