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Haiti - Earthquake : Reconstruction will cost $1.12 billion (first assessment)
24/08/2021 11:09:58

Haiti - Earthquake : Reconstruction will cost $1.12 billion (first assessment)
On Monday 23 August, Prime Minister Ariel Henry chaired a preliminary meeting of the technical steering committee, as part of the assessment of damage, losses and post-earthquake needs 2021, in the Southern Peninsula (PDNA-2021 / Post Desaster Needs Assessment).

From the outset, the Head of Government expressed his satisfaction with the quality of the support offered by the members of the Tripartite Partnership involving the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank (WB). He also highlighted the availability of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which is at the forefront, alongside other national and international actors, in the planning of post-earthquake reconstruction.

Ministers Michel Patrick Boivert (Economy), Liszt Quitel (Interior), Simon Dieuseul Desras (Planning) as well as representatives of technical and financial partners including the UN, WB, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), IDB took part in this meeting "It is essential that each actor has in mind the objectives that we have set for ourselves, along with the 6 week deadline to complete the entire process and begin to provide, with serenity and speed, lasting responses to this disaster," underlined Prime Minister Ariel Henri adding "We have the firm will to orient reconstruction on the path of sustainable development "encouraging all local and international actors to work rigorously in order to provide the Government and its partners with adequate tools to better frame their interventions for the benefit of earthquake victims.

The technical and financial partners welcomed this initiative of the Haitian authorities. The United Nations Deputy Resident Coordinator in Haiti, Maureen Bermingham said saw this exercise as an opportunity not only for the physical reconstruction of the country but also for social reconstruction.

Msellati Laurent, Resident Representative of WB in Haiti, in his remarks confirmed the readiness of his institution to align with the proposals that will be made by the partners of the United Nations and also the European Union and the IDB.

Following the first satellite impact assessment, the results showed that the damage caused by the earthquake would require the disbursement of US $1.12 billion, Laurent said.

Stéphanie Zidebell, the representative of the UNDP confirmed the contribution of her organization in the process of reconstruction of the southern peninsula.

Recall that Haiti is in its 4th PNDA: 2016 after the passage of Cyclone Mathew, 2010 after the earthquake of January 12 and 2008 after the passage of hurricanes Fay, Gustave, Hannah and Ike.

The technical steering committee has 6 weeks to finalize the preliminary version of the PDNA (update of the 2016 PDNA), produce the physical and economic reconstruction plan for the southern peninsula and organize the meeting of donors in order to have funds to finance the plan "It is essential that each actor has in mind the objectives that we have set for ourselves, along with the 6 week deadline to complete the entire process and begin to provide answers, calmly and quickly lasting to this disaster," concluded Ariel Henry.

SL/ HaitiLibre

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