Santo Domingo.- Haitian businessman Philippe Bayard on Wednesday said his country and the Dominican Republic should seek a joint solutions to the problems common to both nations.
Although he discarded notions of Dominican racism against Haitian citizens, he stressed that the only way to put an end to issues such as the immigration status is addressing them jointly.
Bayard, president of the regional carrier Sunrise Airways, said one of the problems nagging his compatriots has been inherited from the generations since the Haitian Revolution which culminated in its independence, but “brought about an identity crisis.”
"In Haiti we’re still discussing what we are. We have many problems between us," he said.
Bayard said Haiti’s economy would improve if it completely open its doors to trade with the Dominican Republic, which would also help ties between the Hispaniola neighbors.
"We must work to sell this island in a joint manner...We need to open the markets between the two nations to make it one," he said, interviewed by El Nuevo Diario editor-in-chief Persio Maldonado.
He noted however, that the creation of a single market doesn’t imply opening the Dominican border to Haitians, adding that he’s aware that much work is still needed in Haiti to find a solution to this issue.