BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 14H 2012 (CUOPM) –
Haitians who hold a US or Schengen visa could travel
freely to CARICOM member countries under a plan by
the President of Haiti, His Excellency Michel
That was one of the issues discussed at Monday’s
meeting with a CARICOM Bureau of Heads of Government
delegation including Past Chairman, Prime Minister
of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L.
Douglas; Suriname President and Chairman of CARICOM,
His Excellency Desi Bouterse and Secretary General
of CARICOM, His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.
The two sides additionally discussed areas of
cooperation including agriculture, health, aviation,
security and job creation. The Haitian leader
Martelly also announced the update of a protocol
signed in the past, including an agriculture
agreement aimed at making Haiti an exporter of
Suriname’s Bouterse said CARICOM would do what
was necessary to help Haiti, calling it a “very
important” member of the Caribbean Community.
Martelly has made clear that his interest in
Haitians enjoying the same privileges as other
CARICOM member states, and the visa plan could be
the first step in that process.
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