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Haiti - Reconstruction : International Conference on the issue of the habitat in Haiti
30/01/2011 14:41:38

Haiti - Reconstruction : International Conference on the issue of the habitat in Haiti
President Clinton and Leslie Voltaire had proposed a few months ago the holding of an international conference-exhibition on the models of construction, in order to address the problems of the habitat in Haiti. It is now a reality. Patrick Delatour, the Minister of Tourism, announced Friday the official launch of a series of activities on the habitat in Haiti "This program is what we insist to call: the stage of reflection on the reconstruction of Haiti" said the Minister.

"After January 12, 2010, many questions were asked, [...] the government took a responsible position and first we assessing the damage and we found, that apart the violence of the earthquake, one of the fundamental reason why we had so much destruction in Port-au-Prince is the way we build..." has made know Patrick Delatour.

This program will include two activities:

B>Conferences-debates :
A series of conferences and debates from January 31 to February 3, will be held at the Karibe Convention Center in Petion ville. Several sectors involved in reconstruction will take part in this conference. The guest star will be the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment who will present the development plan of Port-au-Prince. The Minister of Social Affairs will discuss of the government's housing policy and the "Caisse Nationale de Dépôts de France" will present a proposal of structuration of the reconstruction program. Other urban professionals, as Paul Emile Simon and Leslie Voltaire, presidential candidate, will speak on the habitat and urban planning, the case of Port-au-Prince and the development of the territory.

Presentations of housing Prototypes :
Prototype of houses will be built on a site called "les Orangers" to be exposed to visitors "We have received 360 requests of international companies offering solutions of reconstruction [...] we selected about 140 that will present prototypes" said Patrick Delatour.

Priscilla Phelps, Representative of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) said that "IHRC fully supports this activity, because the issue of the habitat, of the housing and the neighborhood development is the priority number one [...] This activity will allow the introduction of the housing construction industry in Haiti and will be affordable for small budgets"

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