The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) through their Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, congratulated the President of Haiti on the occasion of the 214th anniversary of the country’s Independence on January 1.
In a letter to the President of Haiti, LaRocque said that as a nation and as a member of the community, there is a need for celebration since history has proved that the success of the Haitian Revolution has extended to the social and political success of the region.
“The Republic of Haiti has demonstrated its resilience to the world on many occasions. The courage of Haiti and the courage of the Haitian people served as inspiration to the inhabitants of the region.”
In the letter LaRocque said that Haiti has shaped the Caribbean Community, particularly through its commitment to the well-being of people with disabilities.
“CARICOM looks forward to Haiti’s leadership from January 1, 2018 and hopes that leadership will provide an enabling environment for the advancement of our integration efforts.”
On January 1,1804, Saint Dominigue, as Haiti was then known, gain their independence from France in what was described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. The country became the second independent nation in the Americas and was renamed Haiti by Jean-Jacques Dessalines.