A very high-level American delegation flew to Haïti on Wednesday but did not have any official meeting with President Jovenel Moïse. Aid and donations were promised. The same delegation visited the Dominican Republic and signed agreements for investments in the order of two billion dollars, announced President Luis Abinader.
Later on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again called for the holding of legislative elections as soon as it is technically possible to do so and said he understood that OAS Secretary Luis Almagro called for what they are held by the end of January 2021.
“@SecPompeo: For the moment, the legislative elections in # Haiti are late. We continue to call for elections to take place as soon as they are technically feasible, ”read a tweet from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
“We understand the OAS Secretary General has called for these elections to be held by the end of January,” Mike Pompeo can be heard saying in a 13-second video posted along with the tweet.
In a correspondence dated Tuesday, August 26, 2020 addressed to the Haïtian President, Jovenel Moïse, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, had summoned the Head of State to organize legislative elections not later than the end of January next year.
“It is imperative to organize the legislative elections at the latest at the end of January next year to restore, in all serenity, a functional Parliament then, when the time comes, to respect the electoral deadlines in order to proceed to the democratic transfer of executive power, ”Secretary General Luis Almagro wrote to President Moïse.
Mike Pompeo’s tweet comes twenty-four hours after a high-level delegation, chaired by Adam Boehler of the “Developpement Finance Corporation”, passed through.
Adam Boehler announced the possibility of making between U$ 20 million and U$ 100 million available to Haiti, during a press conference at the American embassy on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
However, in the Dominican Republic, Adam Boehler signed a cooperation agreement with Dominican President Luis Abinader to finance private projects worth U$ 2 billion that will create thousands of jobs, according to a tweet posted on the account of the Dominican president.
“We are a $ 60 billion organization. We invest in developing countries around the world. We are focused on creating jobs. This is our first priority. My goal in Haiti is to identify projects that create jobs to increase the income level of the country’s population, “Adam Boehler said at a press conference at the American Embassy in Haiti.
“We just finished a discussion with banks on a credit program. We have a focus on credit to women. We were able to determine that investing in women is a better investment because they pay better than men, ”continued Adam Boehler, who stressed the importance of the delegation he leads.
“I’m here with senior delegates from six US agencies. This is the first time that the United States has sent a delegation with representatives from so many agencies to Haiti. Why are we doing this? Our mandate is to invest in development alongside our allies. We have met the private sector in Haiti “, explained this senior American official who spoke about the challenges of the upcoming legislative elections in Haiti.