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Haiti - USA : Aid of $100 million from USAID for Haiti
09/06/2023 09:10:55

Haiti - USA : Aid of $100 million from USAID for Haiti
Thursday, June 8, 2023, US Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States is investing more than $100 million in the Caribbean region to suppress arms trafficking and support initiatives to fight climate change.

The announcement came ahead of an official trip to the Bahamas for a meeting of Caribbean and United States leaders hosted by Harris and Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis.

As part of these initiatives, the US Department of Justice plans to appoint a coordinator to oversee illegal arms smuggling cases in the Caribbean as island nations report an increase in violent crime. Additionally, the Department of State has pledged to help improve forensic work in the region, strengthen local police departments, and support a Trinidad and Tobago-based unit aimed at helping the islands resolving firearms cases and providing training for the collection and analysis of related intelligence.

The United States, with assistance from the United Kingdom, will also establish a program in the Eastern Caribbean to mentor local judges and prosecutors in an effort to improve the prosecution of gun crimes as island nations are struggling with a backlog of cases.

The State Department also plans to work with the severely underfunded and understaffed Haitian National Police (PNH), which is struggling to quell an upsurge in gang violence, to help investigate and prosecute crimes linked to the United States that involve gangs, arms smuggling and human trafficking.

This initiative is considered essential given that gangs are estimated to control up to 80% of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince as killings and kidnappings soar in the metropolitan area and beyond.

Senior US administration officials have said the deteriorating security situation requires an international response and that the United States strongly supports the deployment of a multinational force in Haiti.

Senior US administration officials said discussions were ongoing and any decision on military force would be made in consultation with the UN and the Haitian government.

100 million for Haiti :
In addition, Kamala Harris announced that the United States Agency for International Development USAID will invest nearly $54 million in Haiti to help combat a sharp increase in the risk of famine and provide access to drinking water and health care.

An additional $10.5 million will go to supporting Haiti's agricultural sector as poverty deepens.

USAID also plans to invest $20 million to help Caribbean companies using renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

About an additional $15 million will be used to strengthen emergency response and preparedness across the region.

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