Above: PetroCaribe President Bernardo Alvarez at Surtab in Haiti (Photo: OPM Haiti)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
PetroCaribe President Bernardo Alvarez made a 24-hour visit to Haiti on Tuesday to announce a “major order” placed by Venezuela’s government of tablet computers made in Haiti.
Alvarez, Venezuela’s former Ambassador to the United States, is both the president of the Venezuela-led PetroCaribe programme and the Secretary General of the regional ALBA alliance.
Alvarez was received by Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in the country; his visit was highlighted on Tuesday with a stop at the Surtab tablet company, maker of the first tablet computer built in Haiti.
Venezuela will be buying 10,000 Surtab tablets, Lamothe’s office said.
The two were joined by Venezuela’s Ambassador in Haiti, Pedro Antonio Canino Gonzalez.
Haiti and Venezuela’s relationship has continued to deepen in recent years. Lamothe last visited Venezuela in March for a meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.