The Presidential Office (La Présidence) is composed of all services supporting the constitutional functions of the President of the Republic of Haiti. These services and offices are: the Cabinet of the President, the Personal Secretariat of the President, the General Secretariat of the Presidential Office, and the Council of Ministers.
The Cabinet of the President provides technical and policy advice to the President to inform the decision-making incumbent upon the President. In addition, the Cabinet provides expert sectorial advice on a range of national issues.
The Personal Secretariat of the President is responsible for the management of all personal matters to the President of Haiti. It is also charged with the administrative follow up of all decisions taken by the President of Haiti.
The General Secretariat of the Presidential Office is the administrative body of the Presidential Office and its various services.
The Council of Ministers is composed of the Ministers and examines and set forth the government’s general policies, and ensures the coherence of the executive branch’s policies.
The Office of the Prime Minister (La Primature) is the administrative and policy making body supporting the Prime Minister. He/she is the Head of Government and develops the general policy for the Nation. The government’s political agenda must be approved by the Parliament in order to be funded and enacted. The Prime Minister forms his government by appointing sectorial Ministers.
The Ministry for Planning and External Cooperation (Ministère de la Planification et de la Coopération Externe – MPCE) is in charge of the conception, management and monitoring of the planning process relating to the nation’s development program. It also oversees the coordination of foreign assistance to Haiti’s national development efforts.
The Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (Ministère des Haïtiens Vivant à l’Etranger – MHAVE) was created in 2000 in recognition of the paramount influence Haitians living overseas have on Haiti’s economy and social fabric. It recognizes and affirms that Haitians living abroad maintain strong ties with Haiti.
The Office for Housing and Public Buildings Construction (Unité de Construction de Logements et de Bâtiments Publics – UCLBP) is a government entity under the auspices of the « Primature ». It is tasked with the overall coordination of public constructions nationwide and with the management of public construction planning for the post-2010 reconstruction efforts.
The Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Washington, D.C. is a Diplomatic Mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs representing the government of Haiti to the United States of America. The term “embassy” is often used to refer to the building or compound housing an ambassador’s offices and staff. However, “embassy” refers to the diplomatic delegation itself, while the office building in which they work is known as a “chancery”.
The Embassy’s role is to promote and defend the foreign policy interests and objectives of Haiti to the United States. As such, the Embassy plays an important role in conveying current affairs information and policy developments in the host country to its government, and in promoting the culture and image of Haiti to the American public. The Embassy also enacts the strategic engagement of the Haitian community in the United States through cultural and civic events; thus giving the Haitian Diaspora the opportunity to maintain ties with, or discover their home country.
The Officials working in an Embassy are diplomats – foreign envoys stationed in a host country. In Washington, D.C., Haiti is represented by His Excellency Ambassador Paul Getty Altidor. Ambassador Altidor is the highest-ranking Haitian official to the United States. He is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Embassy in executing the directives and instructions from the central government in Port-au-Prince. He is assisted by a corps of diplomats and locally hired personnel.