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OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin Meets with Haiti's President Michel Martelly

  September 12, 2011

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin met with Haiti’s President Michel Martelly in Port au Prince, Haiti last week as part of an official visit by the high ranking OAS diplomat to the Caribbean country.

During the meeting which lasted for more than an hour, President Martelly updated Assistant Secretary General Ramdin on the current political situation in Haiti. Discussions were also held on areas of OAS co-operation and support to Haitian development programs.

According to Assistant Secretary General Ramdin, “the OAS will continue to provide whatever support is required by the people of Haiti and the President. There is work to be done. We are looking forward to the establishment of a complete government in the near future, so that projects and discussions can move forward with relevant counterparts working in different government agencies.”

During his visit to Haiti, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin also held meetings with Haitian civil society representatives, and members of the International community.

The high ranking OAS official also officially launched the OAS Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti. The scholarships have been facilitated through partnerships with OAS member and observer states and accredited educational institutions to offer distance education scholarships. The distance education scholarships prioritorise vocational and teacher training, professional development training and academic studies. The fields of study range from Agronomy and Environmental Studies, to Computer Science, Development Studies, Economics, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Education and other areas.

“The goal is to help Haitian students improve their prospects, assist their country and help their families at the same time. This project we believe, is timely and relevant, and we will work to continue and expand it," said Ramdin.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-835/11