On Tuesday 30 January 2018, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs, His Excellency Antonio RODRIGUE, accompanied by the Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance, Jude Alix Patrick SALOMON, and the Minister for Planning and External Cooperation, Aviol FLEURANT, met the EU Ambassador, Vincent DEGERT, and the ambassadors and chargés d’affaires of Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the UK, as part of the resumption of political dialogue between Haiti and the European Union.
Political dialogue between the Republic of Haiti and the European Union is provided for in Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, which forms the basis for the relations between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) of which Haiti is a member. It takes the form of an annual meeting, which, however, has not taken place since 2014 owing to the political and institutional instability in the country. This dialogue provides an exceptional framework for exchanges and discussion between the two parties on questions of common interest.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs welcomed the excellent quality of relations between Haiti and the EU, while underlining the need to better focus the partnership on sustainable development in the country through the funding of structuring programmes and projects coming within the scope of the government’s priorities as set out by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Jovenel MOÏSE.
The EU Ambassador, Vincent DEGERT, emphasised the importance of using this high-level channel of political communication, which allowed the two parties to discuss, in a frank and constructive manner, key issues such as the rule of law, respect for human rights, structural reform and governance. He said that the aim of the long-standing partnership between Haiti and the EU was to help the country consolidate its political, economic and social stability and undertake the structural reforms necessary for its development and for the continuous improvement of the population’s quality of life.
Matters relating to Haiti’s bi-national and regional relations and to trade and investment between Haiti and the European Union were also reviewed.
The two parties welcomed the resumption of this process and undertook to work at strengthening the EU-Haiti partnership in order to help consolidate democracy and institutions, combat poverty and foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Haiti. They agreed to hold regular meetings to monitor and evaluate the partnership.