Is this true or is it just another fake news? It has been reported that Venezuela has been designated as the poorest country in the hemisphere. Haiti has been occupied the position as the poorest country in this emisphere for many years. But according to an undefined survey, Venezuela that ironically has been one of Haiti's best friends and a strong supporter economically, has become so poor itself that it has fallen below Haiti to become the poorest nation in this atmosphere.
I will need a grain of salt to swallow this one!
In an address to the Nation on Sunday, March 13, 2016, President Jocelerme Privert described the current condition of the Petrocaribe contract with Venezuela as sick, almost dead. The contract has major problem, according to Privert.
One, We have not paid for the gas we purchased since August, 2015 (more than six months ago). As a result, the Haitian government owed several millions of dollars to Petro caribe.
Two, the Haitian government also owed the companies that received this particular fund from Petrocaribe to do several work projects in the country lots of money. At this time, most of these projects have stopped.
Who said that lately in every report compiled, Haiti has to come last in everything? This is not the case with corruption. According to a report released by News Americas Now, Haiti is sharing the lead with Venezuela as the most corrupt countries in South America and the Caribbean, based on a Transparency International report Index. The report was based on public perception of corruption in the public as well as in the private sector.
What do you think?
First Lady Cilia Flores, wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, has two relatives accused of being involved in a drug smuggling operation. They were held by police in Port-au-Prince upon their arrival. The arrests followed a lengthy sting operation, conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Efrain Campos, one of the two men arrested, told U.S. officials he was Flores's son and Maduro's stepson. He and Francisco Flores, whose relationship to Flores and Maduro has not been established, but is believed to be another nephew of hers, were caught in an undercover operation. A secret agent bargained with the men to procure a plane and pilot to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into Honduras, where brokers operating on behalf of Venezuelan cartels would mark the cocaine for export to the U.S.
Haitian President Michel Martelly is credited for arranging a high level meeting between the United States and Venezuela. Mr. Diosdado Cabello who is considered as the second most powerful person in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro met on Saturday with U.S. State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon based on an arrangement orchestrated by Haitian President Michel Martelly.
The objective of the meeting was to work on U.S. Venezuela relations amid high tension between the two countries. The two met for an hour and half on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Diosdado Cabello was accompanied by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez. It is likely that the two countries would move toward the restoration of their relationship as Venezuela demands respect to international law, sovereignty and their self-determination.
The people of the city of Cap-Haitian come to realize that one of the few things that works well with the Haitian government is public pressure. In these lights, they recently took to the streets of the second city of the country to demand that the government complete the expansion work on the Cap-Haitian Airport
"Se Pot ki fè bri Ki beswen gresse"
Headed by the coordinator of the federation of "comités quartiers" of cap-Haitian,(Fekokap) organized a successful march in the streets of Cap-Haitian, starting at place de Carénage to end in front of the office of Department "Delegue".
Allegations the government of Haiti (GOH) has been misappropriating PetroCaribe funds has been hotly refuted by Pedro Antonio Canino Gonzales, Venezuela's Ambassador to Haiti. The charges come from the World Bank Envoy to Haiti, Mary Barton-Dock. She alleges the GOH has not made sufficient disclosures as to where and what projects the PetroCaribe funds go to.
The Venezuelan government established the Petro Caribe cabal to give member countries discounted rates and flexible repayment schedules, when buying oil from Venezuela. This arrangement permits users of PetroCaribe to amass funds for social improvement projects to create employment opportunities and steady economic growth.
The Washington D.C., traditionally United States citizen led, World Bank has found yet another problem with Haiti's oil relationship with Venezuela. A special envoy from the bank with well over 100 international members has expressed concern with the lack of transparency regarding how the government uses the public funds being saved via the conditions of the PetroCaribe deal.
That the bank was concerned was revealed by Mary Barton-Dock, the local branch director of the World Bank at a recent press luncheon in Port-au-Prince. She claims that, after accruing state savings from the deal which allows Haiti to buy fuel from Venezuela at a rate of only 40% up front, with the remaining being payable over a period of a quarter century, the government is then not being held answerable as to how this money is spent. This allows them to use the public funds, valuing some $300 million per annum, as they see fit. Not only would she call for transparency, but also the better management of the investment budget from the project and a system of arbitration.
There is a proverb that states: You know your true friends in time of need". If this statement is to hold in the case of Haiti, so far, we can mention two very good friends: Venezuela as Cuba. These two leaders have come out publicly to support the Haitian people when we need them the most.
Warning from Nicolas Maduro: "Whoever messes with Haiti messes with Venezuela". This is the strongest possible way to come out in favor of the cause of the Haitian people. For that, the Haitian people will for ever remember Nicolas Maduro.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has come out strong on the side of Haiti. He said that he has mediated a dialogue between Haiti and the Dominican Republic for the past Month so that they could restart bilateral talks.
These talks are to focus on: trade, border security, migration and the recent Constitutional Court ruling that removed citizenship to Dominicans with origin.
According to Maduro, Haitians and Venezuelans are unconditional brothers. He further referred to Haitians as their older and dear brothers and "whoever messes with Haiti messes with Venezuela".
Nicolas Maduro said that his government would appoint a special envoy to monitor and mediate the current conflict between Haiti and Dominican Republic to make sure that Haitian people are guaranteed their fundamental rights.
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