Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and Stare Representative daphne campbell at re-opening of the Caribbean Martketplace in Little Haiti
After a long hiatus of 18 year renovation, the Caribbean Marketplace in Miami's Little Haiti has been reopened on Friday, 18 July 2014 between 5pm and 7pm, following a grand reopening ceremony. This 9,500 square foot market is located right on the next door to the Little Haiti Cultural Center and is easily identifiable by its bright colors and vibrant activities. It houses gift shops, art and craft centers, a space for private events, refreshment and concession area and hosts Caribbean culture, community and special events. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. There were many other notable dignitaries present to witness the occasion including Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 2 Jean Monestime, Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon (District 5), Florida State Senator Oscar Branyon II and Florida Representative Daphne D. Campbell. The re-establishment has been completed under a joint effort by the city of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC), District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon and the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) with a funding of $550,000 for the renovation work from Ford Foundation.
On Friday, November 7, 2014, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe was awarded Innovative Leader of The year 2014 in a ceremony.
Lamothe 2014 Innovative Leader
Prime Minister Lamothe, after receiving the 2014 Innovative Leader of the Year Award, spoke about where Haiti stands in its recovery efforts. For the past four years he said the government has launched several innovative projects to combat poverty and drive sustainable economic growth.
He credited his administrative staff for their diligence in moving projects forward. He also praised Brazilian President Lula for making a commitment to Haiti's poor when Lamothe last visited Brazil. In a symbolic gesture he dedicated his award to the Haitian people.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with Blake Mycoskie, of TOMS Shoes. The Prime Minister took the time to thank him for the investment brought to the country
Blake Mycoskie makes World a Better Place
Blake Mycoskie has started three companies: TOMS Shoes, Eyewear, and Roasting Company. Each targets in-need communities. Profits raised by sales of shoes goes to children with no shoes (35 million so far); coffee sales deliver clean water to communities; eyewear sales purchase glasses for people without them.
Mycoskie's 2011 book, Start Something That Matters, went to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, and he was listed in Fortune Magazine's "40 Under 40" list.
Here is a picture of First Lady Sophia, Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe at an ALBA meeting in Cuba regarding the Ebola Epidemic. This took place on Monday, October 20, 2014.
ALBA or Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América was formerly known as 'Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America'. It was founded initially in 2004 on the ideology of Simón Bolívar, a 19th-century South American independence leader, well remembered for his contribution to integrate the social, political and economic issues of the Latin American and Caribbean countries. Its recent Extraordinary Meeting was held in Cuba on October 20th with a single agenda--" Development of a coordinated response to the Ebola epidemic". The meeting was attended by the Haitian President Martelly accompanying the First Lady Sophia Martelly and the Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. While addressing the attendees, the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rightly emphasized on the necessity for immediate actions to confront the epidemic crisis. A message from the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed its appreciation of the solidarity offered by the ALBA member countries with a special mention for Cuba's extraordinary contribution towards the epidemic issue.
Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe flew to Washington recently, where he met with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the long-awaited elections in the Caribbean country and the prolonged delay. During the meeting Kerry stated the need for a speedy conclusion to the gridlock caused by the Haitian Senate being unable to vote on the election bill, and Lamothe made assurances that one would be sought. If the country does not have an election by January 12, 2015, the Parliament would be thrown into chaos.
Here is a picture of Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe during a presentation.
According to the Prime Minister, Haiti has tremendous challenges ahead. He discussed the problem of holding election in Haiti as scheduled, that the Martelly-Lamothe government is making lots efforts to meet with the various sectors of the population. Prime Minister Lamothe stated that these elections will be conducted as soon as possible.
Other area that the Primer Minister touched on was energy security and the rule of law and security in general.
Here is a picture of the first official flight to Cap-Haitian by American Airlines. It took place on October 2, 2014 and on board were President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Haiti Minister of Tourism, Stephanie Villedrouin and many more
After the celebration inside of the new Cap-Haitian airport, president Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe took ot to the streets of the city and were followed by several thousands of people
A historic day yes in deed. You are looking at the first flight of American Airlines to the city of Cap-Haitian. Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe were on board to celebrate the opening of the First American Airlines flight to Cap-Haitian
Haiti and Venezuela to Renovate Cap-Haitien Airport
Prime Minister Lamothe said Cap-Haitien International Airport has been re-named Hugo Chavez International Airport after the late Venezuelan president, a generous benefactor of Haiti. He gave over $1 billion to aid the country and his memory lives on in the hearts of Haitians.
Haiti and Venezuela have inked a deal to renovate the airport. Construction carried out by Haitian contractors with oversight by a Cuban-Venezuelan company. A runway has already been completed.
The Haitian Prime Minister has not made it official. In fact, he did announce that he was not interested in becoming president. However, many people still believe that he will run in the next presidential election in Haiti.
So far, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has been visiting several regions in the country and he often receives warm welcome. He is likely to be one of the biggest challenges for the opposition and as a result, he has been the main focus.
So what do you think?
Do you think Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe should run in the next presidential election in Haiti?
One thing that some people see already as a potential barrier for the Prime Minister is to acquire his discharge. This is something that is required in Haitian law. However, there is only one major problem for the Prime Minister. It has to be given by the Haitian Senate
This is something to think about
Prime Minister Lamothe got a sneak peek at Google's new self-driving vehicle during his visit to the company. Google plans to roll out a fleet of self-automated (SA) vehicles as soon as drive-testing is completed. With hundreds of thousands of miles driven, no malfunctions have occurred.
Tesla and Nissan also have plans to release SA vehicles. Tesla wants to design an auto that will perform 90% of driving tasks; Nissan wants to offer affordable SA vehicles to consumers by 2020.