Haitian president appreciates Plan and Naturalization Law
SANTO DOMINGO. “This is the first step, but we are far from solving all of the problems, but like this we have a lot of faith in the projects that we are doing in Haiti, with this process we also have hope.”
This quotation is from Haitian President Michel Martelly, contained in a communiqué released yesterday that stressed the gratitude of the president for his Dominican counterpart Danilo Medina for the approval of the Law of the Special Regime and Naturalization, and the startup of the National Plan for Normalization of Foreigners that will most favor Haitian citizens.
“The President is a man that honors his word, since the situation which we have experienced could have been worse, but the President has intervened and promised to help with the solution of the problems,” said Martelly in the framework of a visit that he made last Wednesday to Frank Rainieri, the president of the Punta Cana Group, in order to talk about issues of tourism investments, according to the press release.
Martelly recalled that after the Constitutional Tribunal took its decision with the decree of sentence 168-13, which established criteria on nationality, he met with President Medina on several occasions, and that he always promised to take the best measures to safeguard those affected by the decision of the high court.
“We have hope that those who might be left out will be taken in later, and we are sufficiently fortunate to have lived the Haitian experience in the Dominican Republic,” said Martelly in the communiqué.
On Monday, 2 June, the government initiated the reception of applications for the registration of foreigners for the National Plan of Normalization which, according to what was reported by the director, Samir Santos, yesterday, has now received more than 30,000 persons looking for information or presenting the request in the 14 offices that are open so far.
The Haitian government is yet to start in the country an identification plan for its nationals which it announced last February. This is because the lack of documents and their costs are the principle obstacle for hundreds of Haitians that can apply for the Normalization Plan.
The Ministry of Foreign Relations has assured the Dominican and Haitian media that it has offered all of the facilities to Haitian officials in order for them to carry out this plan of theirs. These assurances came in answer to statement made by the Haitian ambassador in the country, Fritz Cineas, who told Diario Libre that his government has not started the process because the Dominican authorities have not authorized the entry of their equipment and personnel.
Due to the number of Haitian immigrants that are visiting the offices that receive the applications for the Normalization Plan, they are making appointments in order to be able to attend up to 40 persons a day.
Regarding their plans for tourism, the communiqué indicates that Martelly thinks it would be pretentious to build “another Punta Cana in Haiti”, but he understands that they could establish agreements to development a project of this kind in his country. “We can take advantage of the fact that we have different cultures and ways in order to take advantage of both,” he said.
“I want to congratulate don Frank Rainieri for this success-he added-and I believe that his visits to Haiti not only can help us to develop a destination, but also that he can see new things that can be adapted, grow and expand.”
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