Martelly's plan for CARICOM

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 02 January 2013

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana  – Haiti’s President Michel Martelly has started his six-month role as chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping pledging to help CARICOM unite and overcome its economic problems as well as improve the socio-economic well being of the region’s population. “In my capacity as Chairman of the Community, I resolutely commit myself and my country to this noble and urgent necessity,” he said, adding that Haiti gladly embraces this opportunity to provide leadership to the integration process for the next six months, and looks forward to help strengthen the Caribbean Community. He said during his stint which coincides with celebrations marking CARICOM’s 40th anniversary, he will seek to unite the region even further so that it can “overcome serious economic, environmental, and social challenges affecting the region. “I, therefore, invite member states to converge their efforts in order to achieve the necessary structural changes to increase the well-being of our peoples,” Martelly said, noting that the Haiti is also observing its 209th anniversary as an independent country under the theme “Freedom and Unity”. (CMC)

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