JULY 2011

King of Spain receives Michel Martelly

Juan Carlos I and Michel MartellyQueen Sofia will visit Haiti

Michel Martelly, was received by the King of Spain Don Juan Carlos de Borbón, who granted an audience to the President of Haiti. During this meeting, the King informed the President Martelly that the Queen of Spain, Doña Sofía, will visit Haiti in September.

Michel Martelly also met with the President of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, which has ensured his support to the Haitian people and stressed the good relations between the two countries. During his speech, the President of Spain also expressed the highest support, our proximity and our esteem for the Haitian people.

It is in this same spirit that Trinidad Jiménez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke during a private lunch in Madrid, and that the Secretary of State for International Cooperation Soraya Rodriguez, made a moving presentation of the President Martelly during the conference organized by Nueva Economía Fórum.

During his trip, Michel Martelly spoke for a long time of the needs of Haiti, among others, in education, tourism, energy, ports, airports, water distribution, sanitation… adding that weaknesses can be turned into opportunities. Martelly explained that all these projects, need the confidence of the Spanish investors and the rest of Europe I open the doors of Haiti to Europe via Spain […] insisting on the creation and the establishment in Haiti of an environment conducive to all investments that the country needs, with an emphasis on the physical and legal security for investors.

The Head of State has concluded his visit by numerous interviews with the major media during which he scored his commitment to the Haitian people and stressed that Spain was the third largest donor in the world for Haiti. The President has invited the Spanish companies to invest in his country in these terms: We will make of Haiti a country open to investment, this opportunity must be seized.

Haiti Live, 08.07.11

Haiti en Folie in the heart of Montreal

Haiti en FolieThe biggest multidisciplinary Haitian festival outside the country

From July 21 to July 25, the heart of Montreal will beat to the pulse of Haitian rhythms as Haiti en Folie, the biggest multidisciplinary Haitian festival outside of Haiti, kicks off for a 4th edition of infectious grooves and bewitching energy ! Retro Haitian music, jazz, gospel, vaudou and reggae are on the menu for these 5 days of celebration, but so are theatre, dance, cinema, litterature and gastronomy !

Haiti en Folie, the best of Haitian culture in one weekend in Montreal. There’s something for everyone: theater, folk dance, Hip Hop, Rap, Voodoo, Reggae, Gastronomy, Literature… Tickets are already available ! Come with us blow the 5 candles 5 of Haiti en Folie ! declares Fabienne Colas, the President of the Festival Haiti en Folie.

Friday, July 22, 2011 at Parc Lafontaine (Théâtre de Verdure) in Montreal, BIC (Haiti) + Wesli, the best of the Haitian succession through a group from Haiti and two artists from Montreal that have the rhythm in the skin. The two groups are going to rap, hip-hop and reggae with a pure taste of Haiti. Free entrance.

At 9:00 p.m. at the Parc Lafontaine in Montreal Sortie 67, a film of Jephté Bastien will be screened. A life of crime seemed inevitable for Jecko.

Métis Quebecers of Haitian origin, he witnessed at the age of eight years of the murder of his mother committed by his father, a tragic event that will mark him forever. With Henri Pardo, Benz Antoine, Danny Blanco Hall, Natasha Noel. Free entrance.

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parc Lafontaine (Théâtre de Verdure) in Montreal, root and folklore evening with the dance troupe Ekspresyon and Sara Rénélik, 100% folklore evening, root and Haitian voodoo dance and music but more importantly, in color and trance ! Bewitching show to give chills.

t 9pm, the film La dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit Goâve a film of Pedro Ruiz will be screened. To mark the 25th anniversary of his first novel, How to make love to a negro without getting tired, a documentary traces the career of Dany Laferrière, intimate journey of one of the most original writers of recent decades. Free entrance.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Centre Leonardo Da Vinci (8350 Lacordaire, Montreal) two performances at 6pm and 8:30pm of Pawòl Chouchoun (Haitian version) this piece gives a voice to the fantasies and to the deepest fears of women. The author, Eve Ensler celebrates the female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. A fun piece, full of compassion and wisdom, this version gives the scene to five actresses of Haiti [Cynthia Jean Louis, Fabienne Colimon, Ange-Belie Andou, Huguette Saint-Fleur and Florence Jean-Louis Dupuy].Admission $35 in advance.

Haiti Live, 20.07.11

Haiti has receives only half of the donations pledged

Donations in HaitiAccording to the World Bank

Haiti, still reeling from a disastrous earthquake 19 months ago, has yet to receive even half of the international donations pledged, according to a World Bank report.

At an international donors conference held in New York in March 2010, 55 donors pledged $4.58 billion in grants in 2010 and 2011 for rebuilding the country, but as of June, donors had disbursed $1.74 billion, just 38 percent of the pledges, the World Bank said. The Haitian president, Michel Martelly, called on international donors to deliver on their promises.

The reconstruction effort needs to be more effective and must be implemented at a more dynamic pace, Martelly said in the preface of the World Bank report.

Martelly said he wanted to convey the message to our friends and potential donors that every penny will be managed efficiently and transparently to achieve the desired objectives.

In return, I hope that commitments towards the Haitian people will materialize into concrete engagements.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was devastated by the January 12, 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 225,000 people and wrecked much of the capital, leaving some 1.3 million homeless.

Haiti Live, 26.07.11