Haiti on display at Expo Milano 2015
Expo Milano 2015 was an opportunity for Haiti to project a positive image of the country. Fashion, agriculture and Haitian cuisine were highlighted on July 10th, a day especially devoted to Haiti. 150 countries were represented by a pavilion that revealed the identity, customs, traditions and above all the vision of a people. The participating countries offered attractions, shows, flavors, and displayed their expertise in the areas they know best.
Italy, the host country, offered Haiti a pavilion of 250 square meters. This pavilion has allowed Haiti to promote its identity with collaboration from Haitian designers, stylists, and ambassadors including Sybille Denis Tuat, Maguy Durce, Maelle David, Michaelle Baussan, Miko Guillaume, Daphen?e Floreal, Michel Chataigne, and Maria Lucia Cadet (Malou).
Through their creations, the designers and stylists, aided by designer Stella Jean, presented a fashion show followed. Chef Gladys D. Nazemi and colleagues prompted foreigners with a tasting of tasting the local cuisine. Haiti is not new to this international exhibition held every five years in a different country. Under the administration of President Dumarsais Estime, Haiti was the host of this international exhibition. Prime Minister Evans Paul launched the opening of the day devoted to Haiti.
In a speech for the occasion, he said he was first grateful to the organizations that facilitated the representation of Haiti in this major international event. “My presence here reflects the desire of the Haitian State to join this great event and is also in a historical initiative,” he said. He recalled that Haiti has been the host of the 1950 World Expo, called “International Bicentennial Exhibition of Port au Prince,” approved by the International Exhibitions Bureau. which was held from December 1, 1949 to June 8, 1950.
To stay in the theme covered this year: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, the Haitian Prime Minister said that “Haiti’s participation in Expo Milano, particularly within the cluster of grainsand tubers is of double importance. “It allows Haiti to safeguard the historical heritage of Native Americans, preserving their good nutritional practices, for the benefit of its population of over ten million inhabitants, and, secondly, to share our heritage with visitors of the World Expo, who in turn can appropriate it.”
Prime Minister Paul also paid tribute to Gladys Guyteau Exile, the Commissioner of the Expo Milano in Haiti who “through her dedication and patriotism, ensured Haiti’s participation in Expo Milano 2015,” he said.
The partnership between the Universite Notre Dame d’Haiti led by Bishop Pierre Andr? Pierre, the University of Milan, Aquaplus, AVSI and the Rotary Club of Milan, in research for the development of Moringa in the country, prompted the Italian authorities to facilitate Haiti’s participation in Expo Milano 2015. Maguy Durce, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and coordinator of Haiti’s participation in Expo Milano 2015 said that Haiti’s participation at the event did not exceed 200 thousand dollars thanks to the donation of the pavilion from Italian officials.
Whenever Haitian designers represent the country abroad, they see themselves as ambassadors and prepare accordingly, said Durce. After their performance at Expo Milano 2015, three foreign diplomatic missions based in Milan and other cities in Europe have already expressed their desire to partner with Haiti to strengthen the textile sector. “We have already received two scholarships to two major universities in Milan,” she said. Expo Milano 2015 will continue until
October 31, 2015. Article by Robenson Geffrard Translated from Le Nouvelliste by Kristine Belizaire