These sheetlets were the result of direct negotiations between Margareth Emile, then Postmaster General of Haiti, and the Bureau Philatélique Bayart
, Brussels, which was responsible for design, production and marketing. To be legally safe Bayart requested a formal guarantee from the Haitian government. On February 25, Mme Emile signed a certificate confirming that the sheets were an official issue of the Haitian government, to be released on March 1, 2010. The document also authorized Bayart to sell the sheets to collectors. 70% of the proceeds were to go to the Haiti Post Office and 30% to the publishing house.
On the morning of June 8, 2010, the “Métropole” and “Caraibes” radio stations reported that Postmaster General Margareth Emile had been replaced by Jean Ernest Paul (as per a presidential decree dated May 27). Her dismissal was linked to the illegal issue of stamps commemorating the recent earthquake in Haiti. According to Josseline Fethiere, Minister of Commerce and Industry (the minister in charge of the postal service), the souvenir sheets were not authorized by the Haitian Government.