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Haiti - Politics : Good news for people with disabilities
31/08/2017 08:54:15

Haiti - Politics : Good news for people with disabilities
Gérald Oriol Jr., the Secretary of State for the Integration of People with Disabilities, informs us that various inclusive public policy measures have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted by the authorities to promote the integration of people with disabilities.

In addition to the Government's efforts to respond to people with special needs, which account for almost 10% of the total population, one of the biggest challenges is the issue of universal accessibility. The aim is to guarantee people with reduced mobility equal access to all services available to the population (health care, schools and universities, employment in both public and private enterprises) and access to public spaces sch as ministries and other public bodies, shopping centers, churches, sports centers, social housing, parks and recreation centers.

The Secretary of State pointed out that significant progress was being made in the area of universal accessibility, among others:

1) A bill on the accessibility standards for the built environment of nearly 200 articles was finalized and adopted by the Council of Ministers on 30 June 2017 and tabled in Parliament. It was ratified Tuesday 29 August by the Senate and must now be voted by the Lower House in the same terms before being sent to the Executive for publication in the Official Journal "Le Moniteur".

2) By a notice published, the National Commission on Government Procurement (CNMP) invited the contracting authorities to "draw up in the contract documents the technical specifications relating to the accessibility of spaces and buildings to persons with disabilities". This is done in compliance with Article 27 of the law of 13 March 2012, which stipulates that "The award of a public contract for any new construction of public buildings is conditioned by the inclusion in the tender dossier, of the accessibility of persons with disabilities to different spaces or facilities";

3) The Court of Auditors and Administrative Litigation (CSCCA) inserted in its Aide-Mémoire for all public and para-public institutions that they are asked to present:

1) for lease projects, the "distribution plan of the house with appropriate accessibility for persons with reduced mobility".

2) for draft public works contracts, the mandatory document "appropriate accessibility for persons with reduced mobility (for the construction of buildings, public works or buildings)".

Secretary of State Oriol appreciates and encourages these good practices, which are the results of working sessions and fruitful exchanges with the institutions concerned and invites all actors in the State, of private business sector and the civil society to collaborate in order to create an environment accessible to all, "in terms of the quality of services and infrastructures. This is necessary and indispensable for the construction of a more just, prosperous and inclusive Haiti."

HL/ HaitiLibre

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