The Lamothe report
On September 30th, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe presented the report on his work in New York. From September 22 to 26, 2014, he met with several Haitian investors and partners for discussions centered around sustainable development projects for the country.
Publié le 2014-10-10 | lenouvelliste.com
On the occasion of the 69th General Assembly of the UN held last week in New York, Prime Minister Lamothe met with foreign investors and international donors to "sell another image of Haiti on an international stage". He has already given a good report on the impact of the many meetings in New York.
After a meeting on Monday with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on cooperation between Haiti and Venezuela, Prime Minister Lamothe met with Christian Paradis, Canada's Minister for International Development and La Francophonie, on Tuesday. "We discussed the priority needs of the country as well as the increased size of the Haitian National Police (PNH), in order to create a climate to attract private investment," he said.
For over a year, Canada had stopped funding new projects in Haiti. This meeting allowed Canada to reconsider that decision. Minister Paradis said that the country will return to this measure in the days to come, through a new cooperation that takes into account the priority needs of Haiti such as hydroelectric power and other technical assistance.
According to Prime Minister Lamothe, the government has continued to promote the country internationally. "During the 69th annual meeting of the United Nations, we presented to the world a different image of Haiti through the various meetings we have had with potential investors."
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Prime Minister Lamothe and President Martelly attended the "Clinton Global Initiative" group session for investment issues. The two chief executives discussed the possibility of better direct funds for the reconstruction of the country through priority projects of the Haitian government. "The funds for Haiti must go through government channels and others, such as non-governmental organizations. Unlike previous years, we want to have more control over the funds that international donors will grant Haiti to carry out sustainable development projects."
During the meeting, the Prime Minister presented the progress made on the relocation of people living in tents since the earthquake of January 12, 2010. More than 98% of the 1.5 million people displaced by the earthquake have already been relocated, said the Prime Minister.
During the week in New York, the Prime Minister also met with Arne M. Sorenson, President of the Marriott group. The hotel is expected to open in February 2015, and it will create 250 jobs. A dozen young Haitians are currently undergoing training abroad and will be the first employees of this hotel chain.
"We also worked during this tour in New York with Muhammad Yunus, on his social business program that is aimed to develop Haiti in order to create jobs and reduce economic dependence,” said the head of government. “We promised government support for any project that would strengthen the peasantry."
Prime Minister Lamothe also said that the country is in a better position compared to the last 30 years. Public investment increased by over 8% and inflation dropped significantly. However, the Prime Minister said that there is still much to do. "We did a lot with very little, but we have a lot to do to develop the country. The main thing is to continue in this direction with the support of all partners and friends of Haiti."
Regarding the creation of investment funds, Marie Carmelle Jean Marie, Minister of Economy and Finance, said that three friends of Haiti are ready to put their money in this "ambitious and promising project." According to her, this new tool will allow the government to better register economic growth and enable the country to implement projects without direct assistance from abroad. “The Inter-American Development Bank disbursed 150,000 USD for the installation of this project,” she said.”We want January 12, 2015 to mark a turning point in Haiti’s economic history."
Article by Jocelyn Belfort
Translated from Le Nouvelliste
by Stefan Viard
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