President Martelly Talks to Haitian Community in Curacao

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Friday, 10 February 2012 13:32

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao ( – The presidential delegation travelling through Latin America and the Caribbean landed in Curacao Wednesday evening received by the country’s prime minister, Gerrit Schotte.

President Michel Martelly and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tourism and Commerce and Industry arrived at 9PM at the Hato International Airport and was driven to Otrobanda, downtown Willemstad according to writer Emmanuel Vedrine.

A Haitian crowd awaited President Martelly at the plaza where he was preceding by a Haitian folkloric group of girls wearing red and blue that entertained the people.

The National Anthem of Haiti and Curacao were sung before the president took the podium and spoke. Initially in English as he addressed the people of Curacao, but then, for the most part, in Creole as he address the Haitian community of the city.

According to the account written by Vedrine, in his discourse, Martelly said he was working hard to bring necessary change to Haiti and that under his administration more than one million children are attending schools.

President Martelly told the attendees that the tax of $1.50 on money transfers and 5 cents per minute on international phone calls to Haiti had not been used and that the money was in the bank.

Martelly talked about the level of corruption in Haiti and said he was working hard to help change that image and wanted Haitians to start talking positively of Haiti.

The president said that many public spaces in Haiti where displaced persons from the 2010 earthquake had lived were empty. Businesses are soon to come, the president added, mentioning the recent acquisition of more shares by the Heineken brewing company and the opening of the industrial park in the northern town of Caracol. The opening of the university King Henri Christophe by the Dominican Republic was highlighted as well.