Haiti, the most populous full member-state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-bloc has completed all arrangements to join the African Union. By this June, it would assume full membership of African Union.
Already holding the distinction of being the world’s first free Black republic, Haiti is the first out of continent nation seeking to become the African Union’s first member state not actually on the physical continent of Africa.
Haiti with a powerful delegation attending the most recent African Union International Conference of Heads of State and Government, held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia early in February surprised delegates with the announcement that it would seek full associate membership with the 54-member bloc. It attended the last conference of the Union on observatory bases.
“The head of the delegation of Haiti, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs who has the rank of Ambassador to Haiti immediately obtained the status of Member Observer with the Union and submitted to that organization, a formal request for the status of full Associate Member of the Union of Heads of State and Government of Africa, a status that will be effective from the next Union Summit next June in South Africa,” haitiliber.com, an online newspaper forum reported.
“…The African continent occupies a place increasingly important in the diplomatic action of the Haitian government … to this end, a process of participation of Haiti in the African Union was engaged with the President of the regional institution, for the grant to Haiti, of a status of associate member and of the accreditation of a diplomatic mission with that organization,” Haitian prime minister Dr. Garry Conille said, according to Haiti Libre.
The head of the Haitian delegation at the A.U. conference, Ady Jean Gardy, said that the move was an attempt to “establish exchanges at all levels of the business diplomacy with African states,” and he pledged Haiti’s support with technical assistance to help countries then re-negotiate donor aid agreements with the goal of debt cancellation.
The African Union is the modern incarnation of the Organization of African Unity, started in 1963, and its vision today is to build “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.”
The Union in recent times has faced serious humiliation in the hands of European big powers which in times of challenges run over the union eroding its power base actions with impunity and treating them as personnel -non-grata even on issues concerning African crisis they should handle.
Although this is the first time an outside state has requested membership with the A.U., Haiti has long maintained positive relationships with many African nations. In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, several African states urged each other to provide naturalized citizenship to all Haitians that sought refuge in Africa, with Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade proposing a plan for the mass adoption of orphaned Haitian children across the continent.
Wade said the history of Haitians as descendants of African slaves gave them the right to a new life on the continent, according to Reuters.
“We have attachment and links to that country,” former A.U. Chairman Jean Ping said of Haiti in 2010, according to Reuters. “The first black republic in 1804, that carried high the flame of liberation and freedom for the black people.”
Source;BET Global News
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The Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union ended this morning in Addis Ababa, with the departure towards their respective country of 54 heads of state guests, 2.500 delegates and 400 journalists from around the world who have followed with interest the request of the Republic of Haiti for the position of member with the African Union. The head of the delegation of Haiti, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs who has the rank of Ambassador to Haiti immediately obtained the status of Member Observer with the African Union and submitted to that organization, a formal request for the status of full Associate Member of the Union of Heads of State and Government of Africa, a status that will be effective from the next Union Summit next June in South Africa.
This is a first for the African Diaspora believe the African Heads of State, who declared that Haiti takes them in advance and by surprise because no black country of the African diaspora had never made such a request.
The Ambassador Ady Jean Gardy met the President of the Republic of Benin, Mr. Thomas Boni Yayi, following his election yesterday as head of the Presidency of the African Union and took the opportunity to address the issue of Haitian students who are struggling in Benin. The new President of the Union promised to do what is necessary, as soon as he returned to Porto Novo, Benin’s capital.
The Chief of Cabinet Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ady Jean Gardy has distributed this morning before leaving Addis Ababa, a statement of the Minister Laurent Lamothe, congratulating Mr. Boni Yayi for his election to the head of the African Union of Heads of State, his appeal for calm in Nigeria and the Sahel in crisis and his decision to find a solution for peace between Sudan and Southern Sudan, whose the two Presidents were in Addis Ababa. The Minister Laurent Lamothe noted in his note the interest of Haiti to participate alongside the African people in the peace negotiations and to promote economic development of LDCs (Least Developed Countries) through diplomacy business.
Mr. Ady Jean Gardy in a new press conference in Addis Ababa also reported the determination of the Minister Lamothe in accordance with instructions of the President of the Republic Michel Joseph Martelly and the Prime Minister Gary Conille, to strengthen links with Africa. The Special Envoy Ady Jean Gardy also announced plans of Haiti to provide technical assistance to countries of the African Union to help them re-discuss with donors the idea of?debt cancellation which is a real straightjacket for their development and to break together the barriers preventing to raise funds on global financial markets, to each debt cancellation.
The AmbassadorAdy Jean Gardy has also entered Haiti as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Conference of Forum on Investment held between China and the countries of the African Union, to enable the country to benefit programs for creating employment and technological gifts as part of the business diplomacy.
The African Heads of State warmly applauded the arrival of Haiti in the African Union, referring to the diplomatic efforts conducted since 1945 by Haiti for the creation of African States, Haitian protests against the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy, the struggles conducted against the war of Algeria,the support for the independence of the Libyan and the assistance of Haiti to the RDA (African Democratic Rally) who realized at once the decolonization across Africa in the sixties.
Mr. Ady Jean Gardy, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs was proud to be able to ‘impose’ the presence of Haiti to the African Union which replaced the Organization of African Unity in 1963. He announced to the Heads of State that he met a possible tour of the President of the Republic Michel Joseph Martelly and Foreign Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, during this summer throughout Afri