Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Expected in Haiti

Written by DH Staff

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 11:23

BRASILIA, Brazil ( - The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is expected in Haiti, Wednesday 1st February, for an official visit of a few hours to discuss reducing the number of Brazilian peacekeepers in Haiti and the in flux of undocumented Haitians into her country.

AlterPresse reports that putting the two issues of reducing Brazilian members of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and addressing the migration of Haitians into Brazil will be put into perspective by Rousseff, who makes her first visit to Haiti since taking office January 1st, 2011.

After the meeting between the Brazilian delegation and the Haitian authorities, the two heads of state, Martelly and Rousseff, will give a joint press conference.

The Brazilians will conclude their visit to Haiti with a visit to the National School Republic of Brazil and the Brazilian contingent of MINUSTAH.

President Rousseff canceled an earlier engagement in Haiti that would have taken place on January 10th, to tend to a flood in her country that killed at least 8 people.

On January 11th, Rousseff granted 2,400 work visas to undocumented Haitians living in Brazil and extended another 1,600 for those who would arrive afterwards.

Many achievements in the context of cooperation between the two countries, are affected by the government policy Roussef, including the construction of a hydroelectric power plant (in the Central Plateau), schools and hospitals.

An official lunch will be provided by the Haitian presidency in honor of Dilma Rousseff.