Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, is in Haiti until 28 November, to gain a better understanding of how Canada’s contributions to Haiti are making a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.
“Canada has played a key role in international efforts to support the people of Haiti to overcome the immense challenges they have faced such as the 2010 earthquake and more recently the passage of Sandy […] The Government of Canada and Canadians expect transparency and accountability from the Government of Haiti given Canadians significant level of generosity. I will be expressing this expectation in my meetings with senior officials,” declared Minister Fantino.
While in Haiti, Minister Fantino will meet with President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Richard Casimir. He will also visit development projects supported by Canada in Léogâne and Port-au-Prince, and will meet with representatives of Canadian companies in Haiti and other stakeholders.
“I will be discussing with Haitian leaders how they can work towards achieving concrete reforms, so that the public interest is upheld, the rule of law prevails, human rights are protected and the economy is strengthened through local job creation and trade and investment,” added the Minister Fantino.