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  • President Martelly and his 11-member delegation are in Jamaica for a three-day State Visit.
  • He is slated to participate in talks on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues with the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and members of the Cabinet.
  • The Haitian Leader will also visit the JDF and Jamaica Broilers in St Catherine.

It was just after 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13, when the private aircraft with President of Haiti, His Excellency Michel Martelly onboard, landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

President Martelly and his 11-member delegation are in Jamaica for a three-day State Visit, where he is slated to participate in talks on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues with the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and members of the Cabinet, Heads of Executive Agencies and the Private Sector.

Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) gave a 21-gun salute, as the plane entered the Jamaican airspace.

President Martelly was met at the steps of the plane by Chief of State Protocol, Ambassador Elinor Felix and Chief of Defence Staff, JDF, Major General Antony Anderson, who escorted him to the saluting dais for the playing of the National Anthem.

After inspecting the Guard of Honour formed by the First Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, the President returned to the dais for a second playing of the National Anthem.

On hand to welcome the Haitian President were Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Prime Minister Simpson Miller; and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness.

He was then introduced to the government team on hand by Mrs. Simpson Miller, which included: Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer; State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown; Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting; Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson; Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell; Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites; and  Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.

Also present were: Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla and Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington.

During his visit, the Haitian President will meet with the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Simpson Miller and members of the Cabinet, Heads of Executive Agencies and the Private Sector on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. Among the areas to be discussed are security, trade and investment, tourism, sport and culture and CARICOM assistance to Haiti.

The Haitian Leader will also visit the JDF and Jamaica Broilers in St. Catherine. He will also lay a wreath at the monument of Venezuelan liberator Simon Bolivar and meet with members of the Haitian community in Jamaica.

In welcoming the visit of Haitian President, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said it will serve to deepen the longstanding friendship that both countries enjoy.

“As one of our closest neighbours, Haiti has always been a great friend of this country and I look forward to strengthening the bilateral ties that will enhance the growth and development of both Haiti and Jamaica,” she said.

Members of the President’s delegation include: Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Pierre Richard Casimir; Minister of Justice and Public Security, Jean Renel Sanon; Minister of Defense, Jean Roudolph Joazile; Minister of Culture, Magali Racine; Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Jacques Thomas; and Special Advisor to the President, Gregory Mayard-Paul.

Mr. Martelly is also accompanied on his trip by representatives from the Haitian private sector and members of his security detail.

President Martelly and his delegation will leave the island on Friday, November 15.