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Cultural Exhibit

Postby KarenS » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:50 am

According to Caribbean Net News: "PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: Haiti and the Dominican Republic are preparing for the second edition of the ecological, tourist and production exhibition christened 'Let us protect our frontier rivers.' The cultural exhibit will be displayed from March 25 to April 9 in the Dominican border city of Dajabon.

This is a very significant event for north and northeast parts of Haiti according to the Haitian Environment Minister, Yves Andre Wainright. He added that Haitian companies and country groupings should take advantage of this occasion to become known by the Dominican people and to promote local products.

An agreement between Haiti and the Dominican Republic provides the opportunity for Haitian tradesmen based in ‚ÄėOuanaminthe‚Äô to market their products to Dajabon without paying customs duties during the exhibit.

The organizers predict at least 500,000 visitors between the two countries. To accommodate the crowds, more than 100 detached shelters will be set up on a space of 55,000 square meters.

Haitian and Dominican authorities allocated more than US$600,000 towards this event which echoes the theme 'Centre Pont Ha√Įti' (Center Bridge Haiti). Additional investors include the Foundation for the Development of Alternative Tourism (FONDAH) and the Foundation of Science and Art based in the Dominican Republic.

During a joint press conference on Tuesday with the ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Haiti, Jose Serulle Ramía and Minister Yves André Wainright, indications were given that the Haitian funds will be used for the cleaning of Ouanaminthe.

'The aims of the exhibit are environmental and political,' declared the Dominican diplomat.

'This event is designed as a space for dialogue for the harmonization of relations between the two people,' stressed Jose Serulle Ramía. The ambassador wishes to further develop trade relations between Ouanaminthe and Dajabon, where 'an almost permanent trade' already exists."
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