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Vice-Consul of Haiti Judnie Galdine Souffrant, a show of force

Vice-Consul of Haiti Judnie Galdine Souffrant, a show of force

Here is a picture of Vice-Consul of Haiti Judnie Galdine Souffrant as she has decided to paralise traffic on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Vice Consul of the Haitian Consulate, Judnie Galdine Suffering, obstructed the Ouanaminthe border road with her car, impeding traffic for two hours. She invoked diplomatic immunity for refusing to hand over identity documents and car registration.

Consulate and Human Rights Committee representatives arrived to remove the car blocking the road. International conventions still require diplomats ". . . to respect the laws and regulations of the State of residence . . ."

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Haiti's Reception Center for Returnees at Malpasse

Haiti's Reception Center for Returnees at Malpasse

Here is a picture of Haiti's Reception Center for Returnees at Malpasse following mass deportation of undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Malpasse situated in the Ouest Department of Haiti, is one of the four land connections between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To combat problem of statelessness of the Haitians deported from the Dominican Republic, the Haitian government reportedly set up reception centres at Malpasse. But these so called reception centres are far from capable to accommodate the deported people. The reception centre at Malpasse is nothing more than a flimsy plywood hut in the midst of desert of white gravel. The government had declared in June that the reception centres were ready to welcome the Haitians, but the reality of the situation is rather miserable. The migrants are in a devastated, homeless and stateless condition in Haiti.

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Smuggling at the border with the Dominican Republic

Smuggling at the border with the Dominican Republic

Here is a picture of the usual activities that take place regularly on the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic where many smuggling operations take place

As per news report dated July 1, 2015, Carl-Frédéric Madsen, the President of the Association of the Industries of Haiti (ADIH) has expressed his deep concern about the rising smuggling activities in the border area with the Dominican Republic and also in the provincial ports and the capital city. Smuggled merchandises create unfair competition and threaten the existence of the local Haitian traders and manufacturers by pushing them towards bankruptcy. Such act of smuggling is further weakening the national security through illicit goods and curbing the state revenue by $300 million, every year. ADIH has urged the state to take immediate actions to eliminate this scourge as it is threatening our national economy. The fight against smuggling will encourage our local businessmen and create many new investment opportunities. ADIH is ready to extend their unconditional support in this movement.

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Minustah escorting Dominican trucks entering Haiti

Minustah escorting Dominican trucks entering Haiti

As per news report dated March 9th, Blas Peralta, the President of Fenatrado (National Federation of Dominican Transportation) has said that MINUSTAH and National Police of Haiti have jointly established a safe corridor through which the Dominican trucks carrying merchandise from the Dominican Republic to Haiti can carry goods so henceforth under the protection of these two forces. Presently, the insufficient number of MINUSTAH member has forced to limit the stretch of the protective cover. Any driver deviating from the safe corridor will run on own risk. The corridor spans from Jimaní to the Haitian town of Kwadèbouke and from there to the area near the international airport in Port-au-Prince. However, Peralta has insisted for a full safety cover for the Dominican trucks until it completes its journey in Haiti.

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Haiti and Dominican republic projected with strongest economic growth

Haiti and Dominican republic projected with strongest economic growth

Here you have it. All the predictions suggest that Haiti has taken off economically. The slogan that Haiti is open for business may have some truth to it.

According to the latest update of the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook report, the two countries that share the Island of Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic , are expected to lead the entire Caribbean in economic growth in 2015 and 2015

In 2014, the Dominican Republic is projected to grow economically by 5.3 percent of their GDP. At the same time, Haiti is expected to grow by 3.8 percent.

In 2015, the two nations are expected to grow at even a higher rate. Dominican Republic is projected to lead the region with a GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent, with Haiti at 3.7 percent.

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Market Day In Dajabon - Haiti And Dominican Republic Border

Market Day In Dajabon - Haiti And Dominican Republic Border

Here is a picture of the border between Haiti and Dominican Republic on a market day. Market Day in Dajabon allows Haitians and Dominicans to buy and sell their products freely. The border betweenHaiti and Dominican Republic is closely monitored however, that does not prevent Haitians from crossing the border on a regular basis in search of job

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