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Haiti - Reconstruction : The President Martelly fixes his position in terms of reconstruction
19/07/2011 15:17:42

Haiti - Reconstruction : The President Martelly fixes his position in terms of reconstruction
The President Michel Martelly, conducted in the presence of members of the outgoing Government, parliamentarians and foreign diplomats, on the premises of the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH), this Monday, July 18, 2011, to the launch of the Week of the Reconstruction, marked by the presentation of a plan of reconstruction of the downtown of Port-au-Prince.

The Head of State stressed the importance of the reconstruction of downtown as a starting point, given its importance for the economic and tourism development of the country. It was also an opportunity for the President Martelly to recall the necessity to put the country under construction and create new poles of development.

Paul Emile Simon, the town planner, member of the Facilitation Committee, presented the major axes of the project of the revival of downtown. According to him, this reconstruction will be based on an administrative axis starting from the old Port du Roy until the Résidence du Gouverneur and another commercial axis, starting from the port, taking the Rue Traversière, crossing the market Hyppolite to emerge after the Rue Courbe on the old residential zone climbing to Bel-Air.

According to Charles Castel, the Governor of Central Bank the financing of these major projects "will be made initially and primarily from the $ 60 million of debt reduction of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which will be devoted to the reconstruction of the Legislative Palace, the Palace of Justice, Superior Court of Auditors and the town hall of Port-au-Prince." On the other hand, the BRH will invest another "200 million for the reconstruction of more than 15 other buildings" said Mr. Castel, who argued that the reconstruction of Government buildings, with increased police security, will play a catalytic role for the private investment.

The Head of State also stressed on the urgency to "reconstruct" both men as buildings and infrastructure. Advocating the change in the mentalities, in how to manage public affairs and in the way of "doing politics. "

"...today the invitation of the BRH to the presentation of the architectural project designed by Prince Charles Foundation https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-2228-haiti-reconstruction-first-images-of-the-future-port-au-prince.html offers me the opportunity to fix my position on the issue of the reconstruction, it's an opportunity to make a break, both symbolic and tangible, with the policy pursued until todat [...] it is necessary to definitively leave the logic of the urgency and turn the country into the future, towards the reconstruction. After January 12, 2010, the public action has been paralyzed by the magnitude of the damage. Unfortunate decisions were taken and we must now provide clear guidance to all actors involved.

The camps are a serious health threat, absorb precious financial resources and provide no dignity to those who live there. The Government is committed to accompany with respect and mentor the displaced to launch the reconstruction in respect of the property. Courageous responses will be made. The existing financial availability allow us the construction, of ministries and other state buildings and to make available for the public sector employees as the private sector, a special program of home loan on preferential terms through the BNC and the BPH. I take this opportunity to pay a deserved tribute to Mr. Toussaint Guiteau and remember that his death will not go unpunished, I reiterate my willingness to find the culprits at all costs. Despite this hard test, the program "Kay pam" will be launched tomorrow Tuesday, as would have liked Guiteau. I emphasize on the fact that the public buildings thta will be built, will be in all legality taking into account the rights of owners and the prescribed of the law in terms of public utility. This question of public utility in the Downtown and to the north of Port-au-Prince is already the subject of my attention. These great works will be made ​​possible among other things, through the financing of the BRH that demonstrates our real commitment and our determination to return our country to work.

In addition to creating adequate space for public services, I do not forget the important issue of housing which is an insurmountable obstacle for most citizens and to which we must provide an answer, certainly in the affected areas but also across the country.

In terms of housing development, three major areas will be retained:

Firstly: The development of new neighborhoods on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince and out of the capital, neighborhoods including schools, clinics and other services.

Secondly: The restructuring and urbanization of existing neighborhoods, road access, basic services like water and electricity, green space and community centers, high-risk areas will be identified and made no-building.

Thirdly: The densification of already urbanized areas by constructions in height.

Together with my government we will ensure that all this will be integrated in an overall planning framework and financial policy, which will provide access to housing credit to the small pockets It is understood that there will be no donation of housing. The reconstruction should not only benefit to Port-au-Prince, the reconstruction will also mean new poles of development, economic opportunities and a definitive building code..."

See also:
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-1052-haiti-reconstruction-prochaine-procedure-d-expropriation-a-port-au-prince.html (in french)

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