Stay of Haitian State Secretary for Local Authorities in France

Written by The Office of the Secretariat of State for Local Government

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:54

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( - Monday, December 5, 2011. The Secretary of State for Local Authorities, Jean Fritz Jean-Louis, visited France from November 26th to December 1st 2011 as part of an official mission organized by the Préfet Référent on Haiti to the French Ministry of the Interior, Jean Dussourd.

This trip, which was part of a dual theme of Strengthening the Territorial State and Decentralization, allowed the Secretary of State, Jean-Louis, and his partners to share his determination to find ways and means to strengthen common Delegations and Vice-leading delegations to the creation of a local civil service and a vision of a decentralized model specific to Haiti.

Hosted at the Ministry of the Interior by the Prefect Dussourd, the Secretary of State for Local Authorities held its first meeting Monday, November 28 with the Central Director of Public Security, during which were discussed issues related to competence of the Central Directorate of Public Security, the role of prefects, the relationship between the police and civil authorities, prefects and mayors. On the sidelines of the meeting, the Directorate of National Police Genale (DGPN) agreed to send one or two technical cooperatives to Haiti to assist the Secretary of State for Local Authorities to take shape. The DGPN also plans to receive Haitian delegates to make placements in French Departments.

In the presence of the Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of Haiti in Paris, Mr. Fritzner Gaspard, and the representative of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) in Haiti, Mr. Evans Lescouflair, the Secretary of State had a working lunch with the Secretary General of the AIMF, Pierre Baillet.

On this occasion, the parties agreed on the need to recover the shared centers, how to strengthen the inter-community, the management of local authorities in Haiti in the AIMF and the need to foster the interests of donors, including the the European Union. It was also on the need to establish a center of higher learning dedicated to business communities, to standardize procedures at the community level and to develop a digital platform management.

The Secretary of State Jean-Louis ended his working day with meetings with the Deputy Director of Modernization and Territorial Action (DMAT), Yves Lebreton, and the Inter-ministerial Delegate for Spatial Planning and for Regional Attractiveness (DATAR), Mr. Emmanuel Berthier, around the issue of land use.

On Tuesday, November 29, Jean Fritz Jean-Louis, visited the National Center for Public Service (CNFPT). He was accompanied for the occasion by the Prefect Jean Dussourd and Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Haiti in Paris, Ms. Dieune Fanfan.

The visit enabled the Secretary of State to discuss opportunities for cooperation that may be established between the CNFPT and the Secretariat of State for Local Authorities for the establishment of a local civil service and a public land training center. Another meeting has also been on the same day with representatives of United Cities France (CUF) in order to reassess the decentralized cooperation with French cities.

On Wednesday, November 30, the Secretary of State had a working meeting with the Director of International Affairs of Deposit and Consignment (CDC), Mr. Laurent Vigier.

Under the control of Parliament, the institution operates in the public interest on behalf of the State and local authorities. After the meeting, the CDC agreed to send a mission to Haiti to explore the possibility of setting up a local semi Corporation (SEML) in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD) and other potential partners.

The Secretary of State, accompanied by the Charge d'Affaires, had a working meeting in the afternoon of November 30, 2011 with the Deputy Director of the French Agency for Develop (AFD), Didier Mercier, which, among other things, promised to provide expertise to the Secretary of State for Local Government to structure the institution to better fulfill its mission.

The Secretary of State Jean-Louis met in the morning of December 1st, well before his departure for the City Hall of Paris, the Deputy Mayor in charge of International Relations, European Affairs and the Francophonie, Mr. Pierre Schapira.

The Secretary of State for Local Authorities on this occasion, gave all his interlocutors assurances that things are moving in the right direction, despite some difficulties, and displayed a commitment in any event, to achieve its objectives to modernize local government in Haiti.