CARICOM supports establishment of special fund for Haiti Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 2, 2011 CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSH RelatedCARICOM supports establishment of special fund for Haiti RelatedCARICOM supports establishment of special fund for Haiti Advertisements RelatedCARICOM supports establishment of special fund for Haiti FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders are supporting the establishment of a CARICOM Special Fund for private sector investment in Haiti. The initiative is intended to strengthen the country’s ability to effectively participate in all aspects of the Caribbean Community, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as the nation recovers from the series of catastrophes and crises it suffered during 2010. Developments on Haiti, a member of CARICOM, were discussed by regional leaders with Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, and CARICOM’s Special Representative on Haiti, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, during the recently concluded 22nd Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government in Grand Anse, Grenada. A communiqué from the meeting, where the leaders re-affirmed CARICOM’s support for Haiti, said the region’s private sector stakeholders were urged to collaborate and take advantage of opportunities offered by the French-speaking nation, to strengthen that position of the country and the Caribbean in local and external trade. Additionally, the leaders agreed to encourage the private sector, including members of the Diaspora, through appropriate incentives, to contribute “generously” to the Fund. The document said the leaders were optimistic that Haiti’s ability to fully and effectively participate in all aspects of CARICOM will be further strengthened by its exploitation of the three-year one way duty free concession granted by the Council of Trade on Economic Development (COTED) for goods entering the Single Market from the French-speaking territory. In this regard, COTED has been asked to explore the possibility of expanding the list of products, “at the earliest opportunity”. A re-commitment was also given to provide support to augment Haiti’s institutional capacity as well as provide professional and technical support in the short and medium terms. On the matter of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, the leaders noted that the disease was on the decline and congratulated the government and institutional partners on the efforts at controlling the disease. The regional leaders also voiced regret at the circumstances resulting in the withdrawal of Haiti’s Under-17 football team from the Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) age group World Cup qualifying tournament in Montego Bay, St. James. “Heads of Government expressed their support for the démarche of Haiti towards the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and CONCACAF for special consideration to be given Haiti to permit the team to participate in the World Cup Finals,” the communiqué informed. It also said Haitian President, Rene Preval, announced that the Inter-Sessional meeting would be his last. “President Preval expressed his deep appreciation to his colleagues for the support provided by the Community to Haiti during his tenure and for standing side by side with Haiti, following the calamities of 2010,” the communiqué stated.
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Migration to Europe has also brought some benefits to poor countries. Statistics from the World Bank indicate that the amount of money which migrant workers send home is about €100 billion per year – almost €40bn more than what poor countries receive in development aid. Frattini knows, however, that his room for manoeuvre is limited. He has made clear that any fast-track procedures he proposes will only apply to well-educated professionals. He acknowledged last week that member states would not accept a common approach to permits for less-skilled workers. This point was stressed recently by the woman who will chair the Council of Justice and Home Affairs ministers during Austria’s EU presidency in the first half of 2006. Liese Prokop, the interior minister in the Austrian government, said: “The principle of ‘one size fits all’ does not seem appropriate to me. The baseline situations and the admission and integration capacities of the member states still vary greatly across the EU, as do the job markets and the requirements of different economic sectors.”Justice officials in the Commission have been studying the existing fast-track initiatives for work permits already in place in many EU countries to see if these can be introduced across the Union. It is common, for example, that EU countries process applications for nurses within a matter of days so that gaps in healthcare services can be plugged, whereas decisions for other categories of workers can take several months. Although Frattini has not shied away from muttering the words ‘Green Card’, some officials are nervous about using the term. This is largely because the best-known recent attempt by an EU government to introduce a Green Card was something of a failure. In 2000, Germany launched a Green Card system for 10,000 information technology workers, with a view to making use of the skills acquired by those employed in India’s burgeoning computer industry. Two years later, only 3,000 such permits had been issued. Among the reasons cited for the poor performance were the restrictions placed on workers from bringing their families to Germany, the limitation of the contracts on offer to two years and the requirement that the workers would have to leave the country once the contracts had expired. Nonetheless, the commissioner for justice, freedom and security will present migration in a largely positive light today (21 December), when he unveils plans to allow foreign professionals to live and work in the EU. Frattini has admitted that he is in favour of a system partly based on the US Green Card system to accelerate applications from engineers, medical staff and scientists for work and residence permits. He can draw on a variety of forecasts to support the argument that Europe will need well-qualified migrants to address the demographic factors which could imperil the Union’s economic success in the future. Eurostat, the Commission’s data collection office, predicts that deaths in the EU’s 25 countries could outstrip births by the end of this decade. Should current trends continue, that could lead to a shortfall of 20 million workers across the EU, while the pension needs of the increasingly ageing nature of the population would put extra strains on the exchequers of national capitals. According to Frattini, the main focus of his work on low-skilled migrants will be to prevent them working outside the formal labour market. As well as depriving the state of revenue, many jobs in the ‘informal sector’ or black market are dubbed by the International Organisation for Migration as ‘3D’: dirty, dangerous and degrading.German Socialist MEP Wolfgang Kreissl-Dörfler said that he had heard of examples where immigrants were refused wages by their employers when a designated pay-day arrived. If the immigrants then protested, he added, the bosses threatened to notify the authorities of their illegal status. No doubt, it will take much more than the new Commission plans to free large numbers of migrant workers from effective slavery. read more