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Haiti - Economy : Conclusion of the Forum on the sustainable development pole of North
29/06/2011 14:00:28

Haiti - Economy : Conclusion of the Forum on the sustainable development pole of North
The Forum on the sustainable development Pole of North, held Saturday, June 25 in Cap-Haitien, ended with a call for synergy between the various regional and local actors, the creation of a Regional Development Fund and a grant for the youth entrepreneurship.

The participants, about sixty, from the academic sector, the Association of Mayors of the North (AMNORD), of the Business Community and Civil Society have denounced the centralization as a major obstacle to regional development. Garry Delmour, the President of the Association of Mayors of the North, argues that the development of the Commons is compromised by the lack of financial, technical and human resources. The tendency of Deputies and Senators to get involved in the management of projects, it's a serious breach to the rights of the territorial collectivities to fully utilize the resources who should be allocated to them. The Mayors of Pilate, l’Acul, of Quartier Morin, have stressed, for their part, the inadequacy of resources available to municipalities and the poor perception of citizens of the reality.

However, despite the difficulties that arise, it is necessary to conceive big dreams and to adopt a pro-active participation in the in the developmenthas recommended Ms. Dieudonné Luma Etienne, Vice-President of the Tourist Association of North and regional Director of Commerce. The regional development requires a conversion of the function of local authorities, Delegates, Deputy Delegates and Mayors, which must which must support the animation and the administration of local development and build a partnership with universities and business communities, so that the primacy is recognized to the ideas, reflection, dialogue, exchanges, said Pierre Robert Auguste, President of the Institute for Global Change in Haiti (ICGH). "We must stop in Haiti to think about the development in terms of dependency and aid but in capacity for initiative and partnership duties."

Several proposals were made ​​by forum participants, through workshops, around the sub-themes. In regard to tourism, they advocated the establishment of real schools of specialized training, while focusing on the security aspect and the existence of basic infrastructure. The lack of specialized schools leads to the lack of management/leaders (cadre) that can contribute and participate in the development of the regions. The participants wish, that continuous trainings and adapted to the needs, be designed by universities. They estimate that it is necessary for the territorial collectivities, to invest in the exploitation and the promotion of renewable energy. Finally, an employment agency for young people will be attached to the Sustainable Development Observatory of the North (ODDN).

Jacquelin Oxil, resident of the Grande Rivière du Nord, has offered a land with an area of one square (carreau) of land (1.29 ± acres) in the area of Cadouche, for the development of a botanical garden. It was also announced the creation of two museums at the Grande Rivière du Nord, one of which will be called Jean-Price Mars and the second Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the Father of the Fatherland. The Observatory of Sustainable Development of the North will start operating from next month and will be resident at the University Anténor Firmin. The observatory is expected to play a leading role in regional development for the supervision of territorial collectivities.

This forum was carried out in partnership by the Technicians Associates for an Integrated Local Development (TADLI), the Public University of North to the Cap-Haitien (UPNCH), the University Anténor Firmin (UNAF) and the Institute for Global Change of Haiti (ICGH).

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