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Republic of Haiti
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Location  Central America and the Caribbean
Capital  Port-au-Prince
Area  27,750 sq km
Population  10,788,440
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  • Pope Francis named Chibly Langlois of Haiti as a cardinal among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope on 12 January 2014.[1]

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  • On 1 February 2012 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff offered 6,000 visas to Haitians over a five-year period as one of several efforts that look to help the Caribbean nation's economy.[2]

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  • The Clinton Foundation announced on 11 March 2013 that former U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded more than $700,000 to develop Haiti's agriculture sector. The grants will go toward efforts to plant trees, build a coffee farm and train farmers.[3]

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  • Ertha Pascal-Trouillot served as interim President of Haiti from 13 March 1990 to 7 February 1991. She was the first woman to hold that office in Haitian history.

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  • La Hotte in Haiti, located in the south-east of the country the biosphere reserve encompasses both terrestrial and marine areas, was added to the list of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves on 19 March 2016. The list recognizes regions that have maintained a healthy economy while hanging on to significant environmental values.[4]

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  • Best Western International inaugurated a hotel in Haiti on 28 March 2013 and became the first U.S. hotel chain to open a hotel in Haiti in 15 years.

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Haiti as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[5]
  • Jean Wiener of Haiti won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for leading community efforts to establish the nation’s first Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests.[6]

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  • French President Francois Hollande arrived in Haiti on 12 May 2015, first official visit by a French head of state since Haiti won independence in 1804, to boost relationship between the two countries.

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  • The Haitian government launched a program, called "Ti Manman Cheri," or Creole for "Dear Little Mother", on 27 May 2012 that uses mobile phones to transfer cash credits to mothers who keep their children in school.

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  • A new constitution took effect in Haiti on 19 June 2012, giving some two million citizens living abroad the right to own land and run for public office, which is expected to have a huge impact on the economy of the Caribbean country.[7]

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  • The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership on 29 June 2014 announced the launch of the “Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corporation,” a supply chain enterprise in Haiti that will improve the livelihoods of more than 12,000 smallholder peanut farmers in the country.[8]

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  • Haiti and Dominican Republic on 10 July 2014 signed a new trade agreement aimed at easing import-export between the two countries according to the international standards.[9]

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  • Michèle Pierre-Louis, a Haitian politician, was the second female Prime Minister of Haiti. She took office as Prime Minister on September 5, 2008.

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  • The United Nations mission Haiti inaugurated a new water supply system on 8 September 2016 which is expected to provide for more than 13,800 people – more than half of whom are women – in the country’s Saut d’eau region.[10]

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  • A new industrial park in Haiti was inaugurated on 22 October 2012. The project is part of US efforts to help Haiti recover from the devastation it suffered in the 2010 earthquake.[11]

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  • Haiti was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 24 October 1945.[12]

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  • Haiti's Yanick Lahens won France's Femina literary prize 2014 for Bain de lune, a novel about three generations of the same family interwoven with political opportunism and other challenges facing her home country. Lahens scooped the French-language section of the award.

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  • Haiti signed a grant agreement of US$24 million with the World Bank on 7 November 2014 to help 230,000 children attend school in the country and receive quality education through tuition waivers and other support.[13]
  • Claudette Werleigh was Haiti's first female Prime Minister from November 7, 1995 to February 7, 1996. She had previously been Haiti's Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Religion.[14]

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