Investors demand urgent action in the face of violence in Haiti

Jamaican President Andrew Holness said Tuesday that investors demanded urgent action in Haiti to reassure residents under siege from violent gangs in the Caribbean country.

This is how Holness made it clear, one day after going with seven members of the Caribbean Community (caricom) to Haiti to closely observe the political, social and violent crisis that is being experienced in that territory and to seek a solution to all of it.

Caricom representatives met with several high-ranking Haitian officials, including the interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry, and the general director of the Haitian National Police, as well as representatives of various sectors to discuss the social and violence problems that exist in that country.

"One issue that each group discussed was the urgency of national security and the need to safeguard the Haitian population from gangs."Holness told a press conference on Tuesday.

Holness further said that the caricom was "anxious" to assume a role in restoring social stability in Haitií, and which has also proposed to be one more support for the Caribbean country, as well as a facilitator for the building process.

"The region has an obvious interest in bringing Haiti back to normal while risking the consequences of situations in the country, which could spill over. Given this, the Caribbean must pay attention to these issues and work to find solutions."he emphasized.

Some of the senior Caricom officials who traveled with Holness to Haiti were the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Exchange, Kamina Johnson-Smith; the Bahamian Minister of National Security, Wayne Munroe, and the Bahamian Minister of Labor and Immigration, Keith Bell.

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