PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — President Jovenel Moise has urged legislators to
cooperate with his administration for the socio-economic development of the French-speaking
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, regarded as one of the poorest in the western hemisphere.
Speaking at ceremony where Prime Minister Dr Jack Guy Lafontant presented the 2017
legislative agenda that included at least 50 draft laws to the President of the Senate,
Youri Latortue, on Monday, Moise, who was sworn into office in February, said that it was
necessary for there to be cooperation among all stakeholders for the benefit of the entire population.
The draft laws focus on improving the business climate and economic development,
state organisation, land-use planning and environment and national security.
“After decades…after centuries of turpitude and destructive disorder, we have today,
together, the possibility to restore it standing in the honour and dignity of each of its
daughters, each of its son,” Moise told the ceremony
“Today we are on the tightrope. We are at the crossroads. We are not entitled
to error. We cannot pretend that we did not know. We must and can move the
country forward. Through stubborn work and humility in the memory of our
ancestors and our responsibilities in relation to our offspring, we must ensure
that the law brings stability for the nation and security in the management of
He told the legislators that by making the right decisions, “the future generation
will appreciate the actions we are going to take in the direction of the national
interest. The impartial story will acknowledge that we have deserved well of our
Moise said that one area where the need for innovation is particularly desired, it
is that of the organisation of the work of the institutions of state power.
“I repeat, the only reason that justifies the organisation of state power as it is in
a Republic like ours is the promotion of collective well-being. It is through
innovation, that is to say, by our ability to do things differently and to do better
when we do not have more resources than we will come out as a people,” he
said, noting “this country has forged itself into the clay of these unfavourable
“We all know that the Haitian legislative production is very low. This is one of the
sources of the weakness of our institutions. To be sustainable, public policies
must be supported by legislation voted by Parliament.
“I must thank Parliament for agreeing to include 50 draft laws and/or proposals
on the legislative agenda of this parliamentary year. Various aspects of the
country’s social life are affected by these proposals and draft laws,” he said, re-
emphasising the need for there to be cooperation among the various
stakeholders in pushing forward the development of the country.
“So let’s act together to modernise the country and restore Haiti to its place in
the concert of nations,” Moise added.