100119-N-7037C-075 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 19, 2010) Haitian citizens wait for flights outside Toussaint Louverture International Airport. Units from all branches of the U.S. military are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Megan L. Catellier/Released)

Haiti's numerous crises and inability to meet the requirements for the Caribbean Community’s no-visa travel program are the reasons Haiti cannot participate at launch, the Haitian government said this week.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s office cited the factors to explain his decision as he faces criticism for not joining the regional travel program that will allow the citizens of Caricom member countries to move freely across those borders. In a July 11 note, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also headed by Henry, also said he did not ask that Haiti be excluded from free movement in Caricom countries. Rather, he said, he specified that the country is not immediately in a position to respond to this opportunity.


Haiti’s government gives reasons for not participating in the pact for free movement of Caribbean Community citizens.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.