15 Views no discussions Share Share NewsRegional PLEASE EXPLAIN: UN wants Haitian authorities to explain legislative council election results by: – May 13, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has called on the country’s electoral authorities to explain “as soon as possible” why their results from three districts in recent legislative elections do not match the figures of local and international observers.In a statement, MINUSTAH said it took note of the final results announced on Tuesday by the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in the 18 districts where the original results were contested.The Council set up a special office to re-tabulate and verify the results in those cases, in cooperation with observers from Haiti’s National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).The OAS/CARICOM Mission (JEOM) has also said it has taken “note” of the release of the results but expressed concerns over the procedures adopted in arriving at the results.MINUSTAH noted that in 15 of the 18 cases, the office’s results matched those of the observers, but not in the cases of the districts of Jacmel, Belladère and Vallières/Carice/Mobin-Crochu.“In the interests of transparency and in order to legitimize these results, MINUSTAH calls on the CEP to post as soon as possible the decisions of its special office and to explain to all concerned parties, including the candidates, the reasoning that led to these decisions.”MINUSTAH also called on Haitians to refrain from violence during the post-election phase and to work together to reconstruct the country, still reeling from last year’s catastrophic earthquake.President-elect Michel Martelly is scheduled to be inaugurated on Saturday after he won the run-off round of polls earlier this year and he spoke by telephone this week with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.A high-level UN delegation, led by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, will attend the inauguration.CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas is expected to lead a delegation to the inauguration.
Double Digit Growth Shows Export Tourism is a Rising StarAustralian tourism has reached stellar heights with a record $32.5 billion in international spend, a growth of 10% year on year, positioning tourism as one of Australia’s leading exports.ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley, today congratulated Australia’s tourism industry on this outstanding achievement, a testament to the hard work of the export tourism sector in building an attractive product for the international marketplace.“Across the board, from the USA to India, Malaysia and China, we are seeing double digit success in a wide number of markets, all of which are showing signs of further upward growth,” Mr Shelley said.“It’s clear Australia’s tourism sector is continuing to grow, competing strongly and engaging across a broad range of new and traditional markets, including driving a 14% growth in spend from the USyear on year.The International Visitor Survey, released today, shows Chinese visitor spend grew by 25% in the past 12 months to reach $6.4 billion, almost half of which was spent during the March quarter. This is a direct impact of the spike in visitors during Lunar New Year celebrations.“The industry has performed well over the past five years, building the eighth largest international tourism industry by spend in the world, and the current drop in exchange rates helps to bolster this success even further.“Few Australian industries have enjoyed this level of growth. Only yesterday it was reported that the chief economist of Barclays Bank believes tourism can overtake iron ore as Australia’s No.1 export earner and we are seeing proof of this claim today.”Mr Shelley said the figures showed the importance of hosting international events with March quarter figures highlighting the increase in visitors during the Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup.“Australia is fast becoming a popular destination for Chinese visitors during the Lunar New Year period which is evidenced by the remarkable 32% year on year growth in spend for this market in the March quarter.“International visitors love Australia and what we have to offer – our natural environment and heritage, our great food and wine and the unique travel experiences that we provide.“Our committed tourism businesses should take credit for this excellent growth. They have worked hard to build a high quality product range that competes strongly in the international marketplace and this has set Australia on a path to tourism export success.”“Whilst these are certainly positive outcomes, this is not a time for complacency given we are competing against the well resourced marketing budgets of alternative travel destinations.“For Australia to maintain this growth we need to continue a strong industry/government partnership to ensure all policy settings are focused towards maximising the industry’s opportunity to build on the $32.5 billion result we have seen today.”Source = Australian Tourism Export Council