HAITI'S MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, THIERRY MAYARD-PAUL LEADS DELEGATION TO WORLD CULTURAL ECONOMIC FORUM IN NEW ORLEANS (Sacramento Bee) - By Ministry of the Interior of Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE - Haiti's Minister of the Interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul leads the nine-person delegation that will participate in the World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF), scheduled to begin today in New Orleans, Louisiana. The minister's primary objective is to present Haiti's decentralization plan and the many investment/partnering opportunities available in Haiti's heartland, as part of the government's national development plan.
As part of the official agenda, in addition to convening with public and private sector leaders from around the world, the Minister and his delegation will meet with local government officials, the City of New Orleans, the Port of Lake Charles, Ochsner Health System, the Payson Center for International Development, the Port of South Louisiana, Port Fourchon and other maritime and service agencies.
"The WCEF provides Haiti a unique opportunity to showcase the many compelling investment prospects available to help revitalize our economy and drive job creation across all sectors, and throughout all the communities of Haiti," said Mayard-Paul.
The minister also plans to discuss Haiti's cornerstone decentralization program, Katye Pam Poze (KPP), which is focused on improving delivery of government services, as well as fostering development and job creation by promoting strong community involvement. He also expects that KPP will continue to gain favorable receptivity internationally as an innovative "bottom-up" approach to community integration and sustainable development, "particularly since it includes cultural programs as mechanisms for peace, education and harmony," added Mayard-Paul. "KPP has been designed as a holistic community-based program, where the end prize is to improve the quality of life of the Haitian people by enabling safe and prosperous communities right where they live, so they don't have to migrate to urban centers to look for jobs."
The range of actions within KPP include strengthening natural disaster risk reduction and recovery efforts; improving the delivery of health, housing and education services; recovering public spaces, developing local citizen initiatives and creating job opportunities in tandem with the private sector.
Mayard-Paul also stressed the opportunities available within Haiti's diverse cultural talents, citing that worldwide personalities such as fashion icon Donna Karan have already pledged their support to Haitian artisans and their works, "which provide a grassroots model for job creation and education in Haiti that goes hand-in-hand with KPP's ultimate goals," said Mayard-Paul.
"The Haitian government is committed to facilitating investment," underscored Mayard-Paul. "We are ready to assist with municipal initiatives throughout Haiti---in any of our regions---and we look forward to collaborating for sustainable development that advances decentralization and captures the ten-thousand-plus square miles of opportunities available."
The delegation traveling with the Minister includes Ms. Elizabeth Landers, Adjunct Chief of Staff for the Minister of the Interior; Mr. Vladimir Laborde, Cabinet Member; Mr. Francois Richelle Lafaille, Minister of Social Affairs; Mr. Guy Paul, Chief of Staff; Mr. Karl Jean Lousi, Executive Director, CFI; Dr. Rene Jean Jumeau, Secretary of State for Energy; Mr. Andy George Rene, Presidential Advisory Board and Mr. Anthony Arango, Special Envoy.
The World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF) is an annual convening held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hosted by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Forum convenes leaders from cities around the world to shape the international discussion on culture.