Caribbean Region

The Haitian delegation that participated in the 2012 World Cultural Economic Forum in New Orleans, led by Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, returned home from a very productive visit, having signed LOIs and MOUs for development partnerships with three renowned multinational and regional organizations. Minister Mayard-Paul inked preliminary agreements for cooperation with Ochsner Health Systems, the World Trade Center New Orleans and the Tulane Payson Center for International Development. "Our meetings in New Orleans were exceptionally rewarding and gratifying," said Mr. Mayard-Paul. "We are solidifying valuable partnerships with outstanding agencies that will help advance our goals for building a stronger, more resilient Haiti under the umbrella of Katye Pam Poze, Haiti's community-based decentralization program."
Norman Manley Law School team (from left) Marc Ramsay, Rene Gayle, Kerry Ann Heavens, Malene Alleyne, Alecia Johns, and tutor George Belnavis.THE Norman Manley Law School has again excelled in an international law mooting competition. Last week, the team of Alecia Johns, Rene Gayle, Malene Alleyne, Kerry Heavens, and Marc Ramsay challenged some of the top law schools in the world at the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team flourished, reaching the Octo-finals round of the competition, and placing themselves in the top 16 teams.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has received reports from concerned family members seeking support in locating their loved ones who travelled to the Bahamas in late February and early March 2012. Unconfirmed accounts indicate that approximately ten (10) Jamaican men travelled from Freeport, Bahamas to Miami, Florida by boat on Friday, 9 March 2012.  Family members of five (5) of these missing men, have made contact with the Ministry, to request assistance in locating them.
Commencing May 1, 2010, a transition plan will be implemented under which Air Jamaica will continue its current operations under a contractual arrangement with Caribbean Airlines. This news was announced yesterday during a media briefing held at Air Jamaica’s Kingston office. Air Jamaica’s Chairman, Hon. Dennis Lalor, who made the announcement, also explained that the transaction had been effected in a manner that was designed to help ensure a seamless transition for customers or shippers. Among other things, this means that there will be no disruption of service, as all tickets previously issued to the passengers will be honored.
Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul leads the nine-person delegation that will participate in the World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF), scheduled to begin today in New Orleans, Louisiana. The minister's primary objective is to present Haiti's decentralization plan and the many investment/partnering opportunities available in Haiti's heartland, as part of the government's national development plan. 
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