Haiti’s Martelly, Indian Ambassador Hold Talks on Agriculture, Housing

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - September 4, 2012

Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly receives funding from India for a new housing project (Photo: OP Haiti)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Haiti President Michel Martelly and Shri Rajasekhar, India’s non-resident ambassador to Haiti, held discussions Monday in Port-au-Prince.

The talks focused on areas including agriculture, housing, education and family planning, among others.

India’s government also officially handed over a $5 million check for the construction of 300 new homes in Haiti. The properties will be used to house some of those living in Haiti’s tent populations.

Martelly, who was joined by Foreign Minister Pierre Richard Casimir, commended India for its support in Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, which has left hundreds of thousands still living in tent camps, particularly around the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Martelly also discussed his desire to promote local Haitian products, along with the possibility that India could provide non-reciprocal preferential access to Haitian products in India.

India has officially extended an invitation for Martelly to visit the country.

Rajasekhar is based in Cuba.

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