Recommendation 1:As the Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group submits its final report, it believes that the work for which it has been tasked has merely just begun and that it is imperative that Florida’s efforts to assist Haiti continue. Accordingly, the State of Florida should establish an office or designate an organization to manage an on-going Florida-Haiti Initiative. Through staff coordination and a dedicated website, this office/organization would serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate information concerning the three priority areas that were identified by the Group (Economic Development, Disaster Preparedness, and Security), as well as other areas important to Haiti’s reconstruction. The office/organization would also maintain strong relations with Florida’s Haitian-American community and would work to carry out other recommendations described in this report.
Please Note: The following was released by the Governor’s Office on Monday, April 11, 2005.
Executive Office of the Governor State of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2005 CONTACT: Jacob DiPietre (850) 488-5394
GOVERNOR BUSH RECEIVES FINAL REPORT FROM HAITI ADVISORY GROUP
~ Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group Delivers Final Recommendations ~
Miami – Governor Jeb Bush, joined today by Haiti’s Prime Minister Gérard Latortue and U.S. Ambassador to Haiti James Foley, accepted the final report and recommendations of the Governor’s Haiti Advisory Group. The advisory group is a special task force assembled by Governor Bush last year to determine the best ways Florida might assist the Republic of Haiti as it continues to move through a challenging period of transition. The report was presented to the Governor at the inaugural luncheon marking the opening of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, a sister entity of the American Chamber of Commerce of Haiti
“The Haiti Advisory Group has served as a valuable conduit in creating a dialogue between Florida’s Haitian community and Haitian leaders,” said Governor Bush. “As our Caribbean neighbor continues to face times of uncertainty and distress, we are committed to supporting the Haitian people in their effort to rebuild and create a positive future for the island nation. I look forward to reading this important report, and to further discussions regarding the Advisory Group’s recommendations.”