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Haiti; Mexico: Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

(May 13, 2014) As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, on April 30, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a working meeting with his counterpart from Haiti, Michel Martelly, in which they followed up on the bilateral commitments made during their last meeting, held in the Haitian capital in April 2013. (Press Release, Presidency of the Republic of Mexico, El Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto se Reunió con el Presidente de Haití, Michel J. Martelly (Apr. 30, 2014), Presidency of the Republic of Mexico website.)

The two leaders endorsed the importance of deepening the political dialog and directing the efforts of their governments through the Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission, which will be held in Haiti during the second half of this year. This meeting will focus on issues of importance to both countries, such as cooperation in education, agriculture and tourism, as well as promoting mutual trade and investment promotion. President Peña Nieto reaffirmed his commitment to continue supporting Haiti in the reconstruction process through the Infrastructure Fund for Mesoamerican Countries and the Caribbean. Mexican cooperation has focused on infrastructure projects that contribute to the social development of the country. In particular, they have built 14 public markets, and resources were provided to electrify the regional hospital of Gonaïves. (Id.)

Mexico will continue to support Haiti with projects that provide a clear benefit to the Haitian society as is the case with the Mexico-Haiti Special College Scholarship Program, which in the period 2013-2015 will deliver a total of 300 scholarships to Haitian students. Martelli, for his part, expressed satisfaction with the performance of the first 103 young Haitians studying in various institutions of higher learning in Mexico. (Id.)

Bilateral trade between the two countries in 2013 had a value equal to US$81 million, 31% higher than the previous year. The major exports from Mexico include wheat groats, textiles, and electric accumulators. (Id.)