Happy 214th Haiti!

Haiti_flagCongratulatory Message to the President of Haiti HE Jovenel Moïse from CARICOM Chairman Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  to mark the country’s 214th Independence Anniversary, 1 January 2018.


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) extends warmest congratulations to the Government and People of the Republic of Haiti on the occasion of the Two Hundred and Fourteenth Anniversary of Independence.

As a nation and also as a member of the Caribbean Community, this occasion is, indeed, cause for celebration since history has proven that the success of the Haitian Revolution extended into the success of the Region both socially and politically.

President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes SG LaRocque to Haiti in December
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise welcomes Secretary-General LaRocque to Haiti

The Republic of Haiti has demonstrated its resilience to the world on numerous occasions.  The courage and fortitude of the Haitian people have served as an inspiration to the people of the Region.  The contribution of the country to the world of art, music, literature and academia has gained Haiti international renown.

Haiti has also made its mark on the Caribbean Community particularly through its commitment to the welfare of people with disabilities. CARICOM welcomes the chairmanship of Haiti from 1 January 2018 and looks forward to the leadership providing an enabling environment for the advancement of our integration efforts. 

The Caribbean Community salutes Haiti as it continues its journey of self determination.

CARICOM cherishes Haiti’s membership – Secretary-General on its 213th Independence Anniversary

800px-Flag_of_HaitiCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti on its 213th anniversary as an Independent nation, saying the country’s liberation was a catalyst for independence for other countries in Latin America and later, of the Caribbean.

Haiti’s Provisional H.E. Jocelerme Privert.

Haiti gained its independence on 1 January 1804 after a hard fought anti-slavery and anti-colonial battle against the French colonisers.  It became a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 1 July 2002.

The Caribbean Community cherishes Haiti’s membership, the Secretary-General said in his congratulatory message to the country’s Provisional H.E. Jocelerme Privert.


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CARICOM congratulates Haiti

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
President of Haiti. His Excellency Michel Martelly
President of Haiti, His Excellency Michel Martelly

CARICOM has congratulated the Government and People of Haiti as they celebrate the country’s 212th independence anniversary on 1 January, 2016.

The CARICOM Secretary-General  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque in his congratulatory message to Haiti’s  President, His  Excellency Michel Martelly, paid tribute  to “the solidarity, strength and unity of the Haitian people”, which he said “continued to inspire the Community”.

“We are all aware of the significance of Haiti’s independence 212 years ago and its effect on shaping our modern world, it is in how the Haitian people continue to persevere in the face of adversity that we are most encouraged… Your resilience and steadfastness brings added strength to CARICOM,” he also said.

Noting that he expected Haitians at home and abroad will celebrate the occasion with the usual culturally rich environment for which it is known, he indicated that he could speak from first-hand knowledge of  that rich and diverse culture, having experienced and enjoyed a very successful CARIFESTA XII, last August. (more…)