Haitian Times Morning News Roundup

Haiti Morning News Roundup – Dec. 22

Compiled by Rachele Viard

98 percent of provisionary documents disbursed in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Ministry of Interior announced that 98 percent of Haitians who qualified for the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners received their provisionary documents.

These documents certify that they have a migration status in good standing in the Dominican Republic. Fifty-three thousand of the documents have yet to be distributed. Washington Gonzalez, Vice Minister of Interior and Police said that those who have not picked up their documents can do so at the Central Office located in the “Edificio de Oficinas Gubernamentales Juan Pablo Duarte” (Huacal), in the National District. 

New coach selected

French midfielder Patrice Neveu is the new coach of the Haitian national soccer team. Dr. Yves Jean Bart, President of the Haitian National Football Federation (FHF) announced that the 61 year old signed a two-year contract, renewable if both parties are satisfied.  The FHF Secretariat will shortly publish a note, which will provide contract details.  The new coach’s staff will work with the young boys and girls who are at the football academy “Camp nou” the “Centre FIFA Goal” in Croix-des-Bouquets.

 

Outbreaks of violence in the country, cause major damage…

As a result of the publication of the final results of the second round of legislative elections of Oct. 25, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets protesting the results published by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP).  The protesters felt that the results did not reflect the popular vote.  The protesters did not march peacefully, with acts of violence occurring in cities across the country and causing extensive damage.

 

Dec. 27 elections postponed

The Provisional Electoral Council informed the general public, political parties and candidates that elections scheduled for Dec. 27 have been postponed. The move follows the recent establishment of a National Review Commission, who will make recommendations for the electoral calendar.

IDB approves $41 million for the Caracol Industrial Park

To complete the fifth and final phase of the Caracol Industrial Park (PIC in French), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a grant of $41 million.  IDB, which has already allocated over $200 million for the park since 2011, has made the $41 million available to build industrial buildings as well as other infrastructure.

The funds will also enable the Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI) to ensure that environmental, social, sanitary, and security rules are adhered to.  SONAPI will also develop a business plan to ensure the sustainability of its services. This last phase aims to create 5,400 new jobs, of which about two-thirds will be filled by women. As of the end of September, PIC employed 7,620 workers.  Its goal is to employ 20,000 individuals by 2020.

 

 

Rachele Viard

Rachele Viard

Managing Editor at Haitian Times
Born into a Haitian family in Stone Mountain GA. , Rachele visited Haiti several times in her youth and connected to the country and the culture. She moved to Haiti in 2009, where she put her English degree to use as a writer, using her voice and pen to promote tourism in the country and highlight the richness of the Haitian culture and people.
Rachele Viard
Dec. 22, 2015

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