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Haiti President Lays Out 2018 Agenda

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Haitian President Jovenel Moise. (Photo credit: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 12, 2018: Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse opened the 2018 legislative year Monday with an address to the country’s National Assembly that laid out his 2018 agenda.

Moïse told MP’s that his focus this year is on investment, strengthening and modernization of judicial institutions, public administration, basic services; climate change, public health, education, employment and the youth.

He pledged to strengthen the Haitian state, promote the rule of law, produce more and better, better educate nationals, provide basic services and create decent and sustainable jobs.

“It is therefore in the interest of all our neighbors in the Caribbean Basin, North and South America, in particular, that Haiti can create more jobs, attracting direct investment and producing more for domestic consumption as well as for export,” President Moïse said.

The President also pledged to intensify the fight against corruption, embezzlement and theft of state property, adding that those who violate the laws of the Republic will be prosecuted and punished.

He also urged all sides to find political and social consensus around an irreversible development program, to be carried out over a period of at least 25 years, to finally get the country out of its status of failed state.

“We, Haitians, must recognize that the national development initiative comes back to us. Today, we declare, loud and clear … that the Republic of Haiti now takes its destiny into its own hands,” he stated.