Heads of the Francophonie center of the Americas (CFA) and Reporters Without Borders (RWB), accompanied by a representative from the Ministère des Relations internationales, took part in a fact-finding mission in Haiti from January 27 to February 3 to assess the feasibility of projects there. The Québec delegation visited the Gonaives region and the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
Roland Bélizaire, DG, Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communication; Michel Robitaille, CFA; Dennis Trudeau, RWB Canada; Olsen Jean-Julien, Haiti’s Minister of Culture and Communication; and Frédéric Tremblay, MRI.
Michel Robitaille, CEO of the Francophonie center of the Americas, indicated that the exploratory mission’s purpose was to identify projects and partners in Haiti, one of the western hemisphere’s French-speaking countries. The trip gave Mr. Robitaille an opportunity to present the Center’s programs to Haitian officials and several potential partners, including Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Alliance française of Gonaives, COSAF (Theater Without Borders organization of Haiti), and the Canadian and French Embassies.
RWB Canada Vice President Dennis Trudeau met with the Gonaives media to examine their work conditions and determine their needs.
The delegation paid a visit to partners and projects backed by the Ministère des Relations internationales, including the construction site of the future offices of the Francophonie institute for marketing in the Caribbean (Institut de la Francophonie pour la gestion dans la Caraïbe). Meetings were also held with CECI (Centre for International Studies and Cooperation) and Oxfam-Québec – international cooperation agencies which garnered support from the MRI during emergency response operations in September, 2008. The Eben-Ezer School was visited with representatives from the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation to take a look at the One laptop per child pilot project which received MRI funding.
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