Haiti - Economy : The Industrial Park of North takes shape
In early June 2011, Cheryl MiIIs, Chief of Staff of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. State Department traveled for the 2nd time in the North accompanied by Mr. Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Tony Chan of the USAID and Mark D'Sa of the State Department to meet with local partners to assess the progress in the project preparation.
During this visit the delegation, accompanied by Georges Sassine, executive director of the CTMO-HOPE, was received by the Chamber of Commerce of Fort Liberté, head of the department of the North East, which hosts the Industrial Park of North. Following the pre-feasibility study of the establishment of an industrial park in the North conducted on behalf of the IDB, the work of closing of the land of 250 hectares have been undertaken and completed. A contract for hydrogeological studies and a study contract of the social and environmental impacts have been concluded. A hydrogeological study contract and a contract for studies of social and environmental impacts have been concluded. A digital terrain model reserved for the park and a parcel map for the implementation of geotechnical testing and verifying the quality of groundwater and surface water are also in progress as well that for the realization of a reconnaissance drilling.
A compensation plan for farmers, also called "Resettlement Action Plan", is being developed. In order to prevent the growth of slums around the site, it is also intended to prohibit any new construction within a specified area around the site during a certain number of years.
Studies that should lead on urban plans for the cities of Ferrier, Fort-Liberté, Terrier Rouge, Caracol, Trou du Nord, Limonade and Quartier-Morin, as well as real estate operations, of development, of elimination of inadequate housing, of beautification and expansion and of construction of social housing in these various communes, in accordance with urban planning and the scheme of territorial coherence which will be validated are in progress.
These steps must also establish that this project will not harm the ecosystem of the Bay of Caracol, a condition sine qua non of its realization.
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-576-haiti-economie-la-coree-parle-business-avec-haiti.html (in french)
HL/ HaitiLibre / HOPE