Haiti’s Michel Martelly, Dominican Republic’s Danilo Medina Hold Talks

Above: the meeting in Haiti (Photo: OP Haiti)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Dominican Republic’s government has offered to support a process initiated by Haiti’s government to provide identity documents for its nationals.

The offer, which the Dominican Republic called “unprecedented,” is supported by the Organization of American States.

It was made during a meeting between Dominican President Danilo Medina and Haiti President Michel Martelly during the framework of the Fifth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States this week.

According to the proposal, once the Haitian government provides the identification documents for its citizens living in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic would be able to grant temporary work visas and regularize Haitians’ employment contracts.

The two sides also agreed that their respective Ministers of Trade would meet to facilitate exports to and from both countries.

The 30-minute meeting between Martelly and Medina also covered issues involving the agenda of the Joint Bilateral Commission and trade and environment issues.