Haiti's Minister of the Interior seeks to direct more investments, projects and jobs to the heartland
Haiti continues to send clear messages that the country is open---wide open---for business. Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative - Haitian Action Network Forum (GCI/HAN), Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul, pointed to the abundant investment opportunities throughout Haiti and reiterated the aggressive, positive steps the Haitian Government is taking to make Haiti a "great place to do business" and a favorable place to invest.
"President Martelly, his administration and I are fully committed to ensuring that companies and organizations can experience success in Haiti," said Mayard-Paul."We want to create an environment where Haitian entrepreneurs can establish new businesses quickly and efficiently and an environment where international companies feel confident that their investments will be profitable and secure."
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIf someone tells you that you have won a bunch of money, and they need you to pay any money for any reason, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a fraudÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â - C. Steven Baker, director of the U.S. Federal Trade CommissionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Midwest Region, warns people to avoid telephone calls or mailings involving lotteries, some originating from the Caribbean.
The cowardly plot against the peopleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s government serves only to strengthen my resolve and embolden my effort to eradicate this scourge from our societyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ T&TÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar reacts to information that the police uncovered an assassination plot against her and members of her government in the wake of the recent state of emergency.
Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry has resigned with immediate effect. In a statement issued on Nov. 29, Henry said that his resignation follows the ongoing controversy surrounding the troubled $400 million Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), which is continuing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdespite the prime minister and I having acted to address the issue.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThere is nothing to hide about my stewardship of the JDIP, which is very important to the country, and I look forward to the conclusion of the ongoing investigations,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Henry said. In his statement, Henry thanked the persons who supported him over the years in which he served in the Cabinet, especially his constituents in Central Clarendon, and from where, he said, he ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œwill be focusing more of my energy at this time.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Donald Ramatar is GuyanaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s new president and the incumbent PeopleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Progressive Party/Civic has secured its fifth successive term in office. That became clear after the final results of the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Nov. 28 general elections were declared by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Dec. 1.
Ramator, 61, was elected president after the results showed the incumbent PeopleÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had had retained power. GECOM said the PPP/C won 32 seats, APNU 26, and the AFC seven, giving the incumbent a minority government with an Opposition-controlled majority in the Parliament, a first in Guyana.