Did You Know? Martelly Wants CARICOM In French

You may have heard of CARICOM but I garrantee you, there are some things you probably didn't know about CARICOM when it comes to Haiti.


Haiti - CARICOM

a) CARICOM is mainly about the "English Speaking" Caribbean Community (Haitians don't speak English)

b) No Visa = Deportation -- If you are Haitian and say you travel to Trinidad and Tobago with a Haitian passport and NO visa, even if you have a US green card, you will be deported. (I am speaking from experience LOL... Yo manke fouke-m wi!)

President Martelly wants to change that...

A few weeks ago, Haitian President Michel Martelly made his first appearance at the 32nd Annual Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit and he made the following requests:

1 - Martelly urged the Caribbean leaders to remove the visa requirements for Haitians to travel to other Caribbean nations.

2 - Martelly also ask CARICOM to adopt French as an official language.

Martelly says...

"The Caricom integration system is one of the most advanced in our hemisphere, but it is also the only one in the world where English is the sole language (and) where 50 percent of its population is French and Creole speaking..."

Question:

a) What is your opinion about President Martelly's request?

b) Being that English and Spanish are two dominant language for business in the Caribbean and in our hemisphere, do you think we should force others to speak French/Creole or should we start teaching Haitian kids English and Spanish from grade school?

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Cyndi says...

FRANCAIS se lang nou pou kisa pou n jete l.le nou rive nan peyi blan yo fe nou al leklo pou n pale lang anglais a se min jan yo kap fe l tou. tanpri pa jete langage nou an pou moun '''L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE ''KANPE POU SA NOU KWE...

LOT NATION PA JETLE LANGAGE YO POUKISA SE NOU KI VLE FE L KOTE CHWAL LA BAY KOU PYE A RERMET LI MINM KOTE

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Anastazia says...

I believe we should do both. Caricom should adopt the french language if in fact 50% of its population is french speaking people.

And we should as well teaching kids at an early age to speak different languages as it is all to the country's best

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Bernadette says...

Do you people UNDERSTAND that ENGLISH is the universal language (on the Planet) for BUSINESS?

And did you also KNOW that FRENCH is the universal language (on the Planet) for Academia?

CARICOM is a business association entity for mainly Latin America of which Haiti is part

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Jeffrey says...

you cant force pple that dont speak french to speak it. thats madness.

he wants to add

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Ezabelle says...

yes amen amen

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Jean Pierre Alexandre says...

Williams Powell, I wouldn't say that. Maybe you don't know about Jamaicans?

Let's face the reality by checking in our own backyard.

I am not going futher with you on that, just dig more about

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Marc says...

at Bernard
I'm not going to argue with you, but I have a question for you. Are you one of those people who never reads a

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Sergo Jean says...

Monche mwen bawou 100 sou 100 le consa nou ta lwen. Le yon neg al lecol ou doue aprann metie cap rapote ou cob pou pran swen fanmi ou e non de bagay cap mete ou deye paske cote ou ye a ou bien zone wap fonctione a metie sa preske pa gen vale paske mounn pa interese de li sof ou menm e ou vinn tonbe nan categori ou menm pou cont

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Sergo Jean says...

I do not support the topic and I think president Martelly made a big mistake by saying that. Premie bagay zafe imigration avec viza rapote peyi sa yo anpil cob sou lot nation parey yo ki pa avanse e lo pran yon peyi tankou Haiti, przidan Martelly pa tap gen mounn ki rete nan peyi avec li paske tout mounn bezwen pati a l'etranje pou Rezon x ou y epi economicman palan Haiti poco prepare pou sa ke se nan zafe respecte loi, justice,doua humen, gouvernace e ot, nou pa pre nan anyen.Mwen panse prezidan tap di leta lap dirige a pral fe yon plan tout moyen posib li nan 15 ane anco pou ayisyen yo jwen privilej sa nan Caribbean Nations kote yo pap bezwen viza pou voyaje nan peyi sa yo.Si se sa li te di nan panse pa mwen, mwen panse kec chef leta nan peyi sa yo te ka considere parol sa epi pran l o serie le yo retoune lakay yo e prezante l bay congre lakay yo pou analiz avec vot epi nan prochen election cap fet pou ranplace lide congre epi prezidan ou pm.Map bay prezidan consey sa le lap voyaje sonje ke li sorti nan yon peyi ke etranje yo di ki pa canpe sou anyen, ni respecte loi ni creye loi tou pou fonctione defason plu just sof ke yo toujou bezwen ed lot nation pou suviv e yon bagay ke nation sa yo pa responsab pou yo;Prezidan ou bezwen pi onet e reprezante Haiti avec des vizions cle e wap di kisa ke ou vle pou peyi a.Si mwen te ou kom ou pa mwen menm, mwen tap invite yo pito kec ladan yo vinn constri Ayopo e hotel nan chac vil province nou yo pou yon period de 50 ane a renegocie, paske nan plan foc gen travay epi tourism an Haiti cap voyaje.Peyi sa yo se sa yo genyen nan plan yo kife neg peye pou viza pou rantre lakay yo e yo pa vle neg rete tou nan peyi yo paske foc cob rantre pou peye fonctione leta lakay yo epi constri lot bel bagay pou atire plus mounn, se sac fe wap we yo toujou ap deporte ayisyen lakay yo epi yo pa gen doua rete ilegal nan peyi yo. Prezidan ou te mizisyen si ou te conn fe bal gratis toutan ou pa tap gen cob pou ocupe fanmi ou e se menm bagay sa lot peyi yo utilize pou pran swen mounn lakay yo.Pou zafe lang Mwen panse prezidan Martelly pa corec e li tronpe pito li te di lap travay pou tout Ayisyen vinn pale Angle nan 10 ane epi lap fe Lang angle vinn oficiel pou peyi Haiti.

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Kenold Pierre says...

Powell; I meet some good ones .We can't

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