President Moise is in Peru, representing Haiti at the 8th Summit of Heads of States and Government of the Americas, to debate corruption

Posted by hougansydney.com on Saturday, April 14, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
epa06667767 Haitian President Jovenel Moise (R) waves while accompanied by his wife Martine Marie Etienne Joseph (C) upon their arrival to the inauguration of the eighth Summit of the Americas, in Lima, Peru, 13 April 2018. The Summit of the Americas, which gathers heads of state and delegates from the Western Hemisphere to discuss shared policy issues and formulate solutions for regional challenges, will take place 13 and 14 April 2018. EPA-EFE/MARTIN ALIPAZ

(Haitian President Jovenel Moise (R) waves while accompanied by his wife Martine Marie Etienne Joseph (C) upon their arrival to the inauguration of the eighth Summit of the Americas, in Lima, Peru, 13 April 2018)


Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, accompanied by the First Lady, Martine Moise, on Thursday, April 12, left Haiti for Peru, to represent Haiti at the Eight Summit of Heads of States and Government of the Americas, taking place from the 13 to the 14 of April in the Peruvian Capital of Lima, under the theme: "Democratic Governance in the Face of Corruption.”

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, opened the summit on Friday by decrying the scourge of corruption in Latin America and urging the leaders present to adopt all the necessary measures to increase transparency and boost society by strengthening education, promoting gender equality, enforcing the code of conduct of civil servants and adopting regulations on declarations of the assets of state officials.


Many of the nations attending the summit, are embroiled in major corruption scandals of their own; including, of course, Haiti, where the scandal of corruption in the management of more than $2 billion of PetroCaribe funds, is rattling the political climate.
 
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, as well as the President of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, were not present at the summit. Trump was forced to cancel his attendance last minutes, due the angers he caused among Latin American countries, when earlier this year,  he reportedly referred to Haiti and El Salvador, two Latin American nations, as “shit holes”.

Breaking News: Trump referred to Haiti as "shit hole country" during meeting this Thursday morning


Vice-President Mike Pence represented the United States, while opposition leaders represented Venezuela, which is currently experiencing, the worst political and economical crisis in its history. 

American Vice President, Mike Pence, said that the United States stands with Venezuelans fleeing the rule of Nicholas Maduro. Addressing the opposition leaders, Pence, says “ We are with you to see freedom once again,” adding that Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought “abject misery” to his people.

The Haitian President, whom is expected to return back home on Monday, April 16, took the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with many of the regional leaders.

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