Haiti is currently participating in the 18th International Conference of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with the participation of 2,500 delegates from around the world. Several heads of state from Europe, America and Asia are present as observers.
The Republic of Haiti requested on this occasion the status of Associate Member of the African Union, according to the Chief Cabinet of Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador Ady Jean Gardy which represents our country at this meeting. The request of adhesion of Haiti to the African Union to the Conference of Heads of State was extensively applauded.
The head of the delegation of Haiti, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy, on behalf of the Republic of Haiti, highlighted the importance of such an approach, which aims for the first time to integrate Haiti into the family of African countries as Associate Member of the African Union, determined to establish exchanges at all levels of the business diplomacy with African states. During a press conference in Addis Ababa, relayed by RFI, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy recalled the keen interest of President Joseph Michel Martelly, of Prime Minister Gary Conille and of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe in this process of accession of Haiti to the African Union.
The chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy, who has the rank of Ambassador, took advantage of the 18th Conference of Heads of State and Government to increase contacts and talks with the Ethiopian authorities and to other Heads of State of passage in Addis Ababa, on behalf of the business diplomacy and of development advocated by the Minister Laurent Lamothe.
Recall that this conference also participates Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, assisted by Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly, along with fifty Heads of State, including Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Congo, of Jakaya Mrisho Kilwete, President of Tanzania, of Allasssan Ouatara, PPresident of Côte d’Ivoire or of Ms. Ellen Johnson, the President of Liberia. Several other African heads of state, including of Burkina Faso, of the Equatorial Guinea, of Gabon, of Ghana, of Mauritania, of Rwanda, of Sudan, of Togo, of the Republic of Sahrawi, of Tunisia or of Nigeria took the opportunity to announce their intention to strengthen their diplomatic relations with Haiti as soon as possible.
Mr. Ady Jean Gardy on behalf of the Republic of Haiti has informed the representatives of various governments represented, of the intention of the Haitian government to accredit a diplomatic mission to the African Union. He announced a possible African tour of resident of the Republic and of Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Lamothe. Finally he promised to send the instructions from the Foreign Minister of Haiti to the Committee of 10 Heads of State that was formed in Addis Ababa to provide them with suggestions of Haiti regarding an urgent reform of the UN system and of structures of the African Union. The Ambassador Ady Jean Gardy back to Haiti this week, after the close of the 18th Conference of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa.