BRASILIA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazil and the United States ratified their
plan on Thursday to establish industrial plants in Haiti. This would enable the
duty-free export of products to both countries and thus support Haiti's
During a meeting in the Foreign Ministry's Itamaraty Palace, Brazilian
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and U.S. Commerce representative Ronald Kirk
agreed to advance the implementation of the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity
(HOPE) program created by the United States.
The two countries are part of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, which
was initially established to stop the social and political crisis in 2004.
Amorim told Xinhua in a press conference that the fundamental motivation of
this initiative was humanitarian, "to aid Haiti's economic development through
sustainable production activity."
This mechanism would allow Brazilian companies in Haiti to export products
to the United States without paying customs fees, and vice versa.
The agreement would benefit Haiti as well as Brazilian and U.S. companies,
On Thursday morning, President of the Brazilian National Confederation of
Industry (CNI) Armando Monteiro Neto said the Brazilian textile companies were
interested in establishing themselves in Haiti under the framework of the HOPE
The Brazilian industries also requested an adjustment to the HOPE program,
such as giving Brazil the status of "beneficiary."