Laurent Salvador Lamothe is a Haitian political figure who has served in the government of Haiti as Minister of Foreign Affairs since October 2011, having been appointed Prime Minister on 4 May 2012.
Laurent Salvador Lamothe (born 14 August 1972) is a Haitian political figure who has served in the government of Haiti as Minister of Foreign Affairs since October 2011, having been appointed Prime Minister on 4 May 2012. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of the company Global Voice Group.
Life and career
Son of Louis G. Lamothe, a doctor in Spanish literature and the founder of the Lope de Vega Institute, and of Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe, a painter, Lamothe was born in Port-au-Prince. He grew up in an academic and artistic, but also athletic environment. His elder brother, Ruben, served as captain of the Haitian Davis Cup tennis team for some time. A tennis player himself, Laurent Lamothe represented his country at the Davis Cup in 1994 and 1995.
At the same point in time, Lamothe left Haiti to complete his tertiary studies in the United States. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in political sciences at Barry University in Miami, he turned to business management and obtained a Master’s degree with an honorable mention from Saint Thomas University. He was said to be a "keen, analytical and articulate student, a gentleman and a people person".
Two years after obtaining his Masters degree in business management, he founded the telecommunications company Global Voice Group with his business partner, Patrice Baker. The company started out as a small telecommunications company and is today a worldwide provider of technological solutions in emerging markets and developing countries. Through his company, Global Voice Group, he introduced telecoms governance technologies in Africa which allow regulation agencies to manage the sector in terms of control, tariff equity and transparency. This earned him a nomination as Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” in May 2008.
His involvement in the political and social life of Haiti subsequently led him to accept the position of Special Advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly. In order to achieve more and to avoid conflicts of interest, Laurent Lamothe resigned from his businesses and considers himself as a former businessman. He also became a member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti (CIRH).
In September 2011, Lamothe and former United States President Bill Clinton co-chaired the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti launched by President Martelly on September 8, 2011 to help redevelop Haiti by making it more attractive to foreign companies and investors.
Subsequently, Lamothe was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Haiti. On October 26, 2011, he made his first speech as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs during his installation ceremony, which took place in Bois-Verna, Haiti. He is viewed as "competent and dynamic minister" and a "talented entrepreneur with the vision to move Haiti forward"
Following a controversy concerning the nationality of certain senators and ministers from Haiti, the Preliminary Report of the Senate Committee on Nationality published March 8, 2012 in Port-au-Prince is clear: the documents of Laurent Lamothe's nationality within the concerned service of the State are all complete. The senatorial commission charged to verify the conformity of Laurent Lamothe's documents is composed of senators Francky Exius, William Jeanty, Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aimé, Kély C. Bastien, Mélius Hyppolite, Jean Rodolphe Joazile and Lucas Saint-Vil. The commission has been formed following a private meeting leaded by senator François Anick Joseph.
On 10 April 2012, the Senate endorsed his nomination with 19 votes in favour to 3 votes against. The Chamber of Deputies endorsed him 62 to 3 on 3 May 2012. He was formally appointed on 4 May 2012.
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