Haiti: Legislative Election Set for October 2019

In his government’s speech to parliamentarians at the opening of the 2019 regular session, Prime Minister Jean Henry Céant announced that the elections will be held in October 2019. Ceant said that all measures will be taken to ensure a free and fair election. However Joseph Lambert, president of the Senate, in his speech had listed a set of challenges to solve before the elections, such as: the establishment of a permanent electoral council, strengthening the capacity of the national police which must cover all the national territory in the absence of MINUSTAH, Radio Television Caraibes reports. Continue reading

Haiti: Government Takes Charge of Released Minors

33 juveniles in prolonged pre-trial detention at the Rehabilitation Center for Juveniles in Conflict with the Law and at the Port-au-Prince civilian prisons, Croix-des-Bouquets and Carrefour were released on Monday, January 14, 2019. These released minors will benefit from a computer training program. Of a total of 108 detainees, only seven were judged, which represents 84% of the minors in detention. The new commissioner of the government near the court of Port-au-Prince Paul Eronce Villard took the opportunity to advise released minors to listen to their parents, to preserve moral values, favor education and to avoid being in conflict with the law, Alterpresse reports. Continue reading

United Nations Mission for Justice in Haiti Says Country is better Prepared for Earthquake than it nine Years Ago

Director of communication at the United Nations Mission for Justice in Haiti (UNMIJUSTH), Sophie Boutaud Combe, says that the Haitian government is now much better prepared for natural disasters similar to the earthquake of January 12, 2010.  Few months ago, there was an earthquake in the north of the country. The state was ready and they sent their staff to support those affected without UNMIJUSTH’s assistance. It wasn’t major, but now people know how to react when it comes to earthquakes, says Combe, Radio Metropole reports. Continue reading

Plastech, a plastic Company in Haiti Receives Loan from IDB

On Tuesday, January 15, IDB Invest, an institution of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for private sector, announces it has granted a loan of up to US $ 10 million to Plastech, a plastic company in Haiti. This loan will help Plastech to create recycling products, modernize its industrial processes, improve its environmental and social management systems and optimize the rational use of resources such as energy. With this money, Plastech will install solar panels and liquefied natural gas power generation equipment to diversify its energy sources. Plastech will also be able to purchase new machines to increase production by about 64% over the next five years, reduce costs by using alternative sources of low-carbon energy and recycled raw materials, and create about 280 jobs, Le Nouvelliste writes. Continue reading

Haiti: Public University of Bas-Artibonite in Saint-Marc to have a Campus

This project to have a university campus for an easier education, will be realized in several modules with the construction of 10 classrooms, an administrative building, a library, a cafeteria, a parking lot and a dorm. Building construction works valued at 17.5 million gourdes are already available at the Fund for Economic and Social Assistance, Le National writes. Continue reading

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