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Haiti to get INTERIM Prime Minister as Ariel Henry resigns

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Rashaed Esson

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An interim prime minister for Haiti is coming as Ariel Henry, Haiti’s de facto Prime Minister has resigned, as of Monday March 11th, after essentially occupying the office ‘illegally’ as of February 7th, 2024.  

 

Haiti has not held general elections since 2016 and a Stakeholder group comprising the U.S., Canada and CARICOM countries have set out to restore the crippled democracy with specific terms communicated in an ‘Outcome Declaration of CARICOM International Partners and Haitian Stakeholders.’

 

This was announced by Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana and Caricom chair, during the closing of a press conference following a high-level meeting on Haiti, held in Kingston, Jamaica, also on Monday March 11.

 

 

“We acknowledge the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, upon the establishment of a transitional presidential council, and the naming of an interim prime minister,” Ali maintained.

 

The transitional council, which Ali briefly mentioned before he announced Henry’s resignation, will lead the way for a peaceful transition of power for Haiti. 

 

This is crucial for political stability as there hasn’t been an election in Haiti since the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, after which Ariel Henry took office as Prime Minister.

 

Ali adds that the transitional governance arrangement also lights the way for the continuity of governance, holding free and fair elections as well as encouraging security.

 

He continued to express thanks to Henry for his work in the embattled Republic.

 

“I want to pause and thank Prime Minister Henry for his service to Haiti, his service to the Haitian people; and for his personal commitment for the furtherance for the development of Haiti and advance of the people of Haiti.” 

 

Following Ali’s statement was an applause, directed towards Henry, who’s life was threatened by gangs in efforts to push him to resign.

 

The Transitional Presidential Council will be composed of seven voting Members and two non-voting Observers, Ali says.

 

And the seven voting members will be made of  one representative from, Collectif December 21st; EDE/RED/Compris Historique; Lavalas; Montana; Pitit Desalin and the Private Sector.

 

Meanwhile, non-voting members will be represented by one member from Civil Society and one from the Interfaith community. 

 

In continuation, Ali goes into more details about the council, mentioning how it will function.

 

“The Council will exercise specified presidential authorities during the transition, operating by majority vote. The transitional presidential council will swiftly select and appoint an interim Prime Minister. The transitional presidential council will together, with the interim Prime Minister, appoint an inclusive council of ministers.”

 

It will also “hold the relevant and possible powers of the Haitian presidency during the transition…until an elected government is established.” 

 

The council, he continued, “will appoint an inclusive council of ministers, co-sign the orders decrees and to sign off on the agenda of the council of ministers, set the essential criteria for the selection of an impartial, provisional electoral council, and establish the provisional electoral council,” he said.

 

Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica who hosted the meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston, Jamaica and spoke at the conference, expressed that he is confident that Haiti will recover.

 

“I am pleased…that we have convened at such short notice, this meeting, with great determination, that this time we will do for Haiti what needs to be done,” he stated.

 

Henry took to Facebook to express that his current government will act as a “Caretaker Government” for the Transitional Council being implemented, until the interim prime minister is appointed.

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New UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Visits Dominica  

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ROSEAU, June 21, 2024: The new United Nations Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Simon Springett, is currently in the Commonwealth of Dominica to present his credentials ahead of key meetings with Government and national officials.

Today, Mr. Springett formally presented his credentials and met with Prime Minister the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, ahead of courtesy calls with Dominica’s President H. E. Sylvanie Burton, and several other senior Government Ministers.

Prime Minster Skerrit who expressed gratitude for the collective support received from the UN Development System to date, pledged to continue working to strengthen their partnership in coming years, noting that he was also “looking forward to establishing the UN Common Premises”, which is expected to expand UN cooperation and joint support in Dominica.

Meanwhile, the new UN Head also gave assurances of continued UN partnership and expansion of support to cover existing gaps. He added: “I am honoured to be here in Dominica, the beautiful Nature Isle, and to pledge my commitment, along with the UN Team, to supporting the Government in building resilience,  and further advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.”

During his visit, Mr. Springett also met with the Minister for the Environment, Rural Modernisation, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment, the Hon. Cozier Frederick, and visited the Kalinago Territory, where he benefitted from a brief historical tour of the Kalinago Barana Auté (Village by the Sea).

The Mission also included meetings with the Minister for Finance, Economic Development, Climate Resilience and Social Security – Hon. Dr. Irving McIntyre; Minister for National Security and Legal Affairs – Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore; National Disaster Coordinator, Office of Disaster Management – Mr. Fitzroy Pascal; Commissioner of Police – Mr. Davidson Valerie and the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (MSDCF) Focal Point, Dr. Adis King, among other officials, and with UN staff in Dominica.

On June 1, Mr. Springett was appointed by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, with the approval of the host Governments. A national of the United States, he brings his distinguished 25-year career in international development to this critical role, having most recently served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova since 2019, leading the UN’s efforts in that country.

As the highest-ranking official of the UN development system in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Springett will lead the UN Sub-regional Team (UNST) across 10 countries and territories. He will champion the UN’s mandates and advocate for the delivery of the MSDCF in close collaboration with national governments and regional institutions. A key focus will be strengthening cooperation and effectiveness of UN operational activities throughout the region.

In the coming weeks, the new Resident Coordinator is expected to present his credentials to other Member States in his area of responsibility.

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Jamaica Committed to Resilient Ocean Ecosystem

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#Kingston, Jamaica, June 24, 2024 – Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Bertrand Smith has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to fostering a resilient ocean ecosystem for future generations.

Speaking at a recent World Oceans Day ceremony hosted by Earth Ambassadeurs at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Mr. Smith outlined Jamaica’s proactive measures in marine conservation, including the implementation of a global initiative supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to combat marine litter from transport and fisheries sectors.

The Director General also noted the country’s compliance with the 2023 IMO Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Strategy.

“As an active member of the International Maritime Organization, Jamaica commits to global efforts aimed at decarbonizing shipping, with ambitious goals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” he said.

Recognizing the urgent need for action, Mr. Smith highlighted the pivotal role of youth leadership in driving sustainable change.

“[World Ocean Day] not only celebrates our oceans but also empowers our youth, particularly our Earth Ambassadeurs and Junior Ambassadeurs who are leading the charge for environmental stewardship,” he said.

“I am proud of how youth leadership is helping to drive the transformative change needed for our blue planet. On local, national, and international levels, young people are engaging in action and policy change to create a better future. We applaud these young climate advocates,” the Director General added.

Mr. Smith also appealed to persons to “safeguard our oceans and environment for our children, our grandchildren, and the generations to come” while adding that what is done today and over the coming years, will be crucial for their future and their world.

 

Photo Caption: Bert Smith addresses Earth Ambassadeurs World Oceans Day Ceremony

Contact: Peta-Gaye Hodges

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Dengigh Agricultural Food Show Set for August 4-6

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#Kingston, June 24, 2024 – The upcoming Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, is attracting a record number of interests from potential exhibitors, according to Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Hon. Floyd Green.

“In terms of exhibits and people asking questions to be exhibitors, we are already at 20 per cent above the requests that we got last year. Denbigh is looking extremely good,” Mr. Green said.

He was speaking at the launch of the 70th staging of the event at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre, in White Marl, St. Catherine on June 21.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will be held from Sunday, August 4 to Tuesday, August 6, at the Denbigh Show Grounds in May Pen, Clarendon.

It is the largest agricultural exposition in the Caribbean, and has attracted over 100 exhibitors, offering a wide range of agricultural-related booths and seminars.

“Denbigh represents our progress in agriculture and has provided a platform to showcase agriculture excellence. The Denbigh Show is a place that you can learn about modern agriculture trends, and an environment that caters to our farmers, and provides entertainment to the entire family,” Minister Green said.

He also used the opportunity to laud the island’s farmers as they continue to ensure growth in the agriculture sector, despite the drought.

Mr. Green informed that local onion production is at an all-time high, while adding that the Government will continue to provide incentives for growth of the sector, and several other agricultural related industries.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show has attracted over 80,000 patrons, and is a benchmark for showcasing agriculture and its related industries.

 

Contact: Garfield L. Angus

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