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Haiti - Humanitarian : Venezuela's assistance is more quick and easier, according to Martelly
05/12/2011 07:05:58

Haiti - Humanitarian : Venezuela's assistance is more quick and easier, according to Martelly
After the Summit of Heads of State of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC), Michel Martelly, the President of the Republic of Haiti declared to the AP that "the cooperation with Venezuela is the most important in Haiti right now in terms of impact, direct impact" and that shipments of fuel from Venezuela have a great impact in the context of recovery post January 12 of the country.

"We are grateful to President Chavez for helping us from the bottom of his heart," added Martelly.

After the events of January 12, 2010, the Chávez government has made helping Haiti a priority, by sending tons of food aid, by establishing temporary camps to house thousands of Haitians who were left homeless.

"In that program there is a deal where you repay the amount owed with the rice, so this is good for us. Because the main thing for us is to create jobs," emphasizes the President of Haiti.

Petrocaribe covers 43% of the fuel needs of member nations in Petrocaribe, shipping an average of 95,000 barrels of fuel a day, making substantial savings to beneficiaries. This program helped Chávez cement relationships with a growing group of allies across in the Caribbean.

In Haiti Petrocaribe program also provides funds to support social programs, including government projects, such as social housing and the provision of food to poor families.

"Through the Petrocaribe program we are building social housing, about 3,400. We also have a program, the 'Bolsa Familia' that we are establishing. [Aba Grangou]..." declared Saturday the Head of State in his speech.

He also indicates that currently a 30-megawatt power plant and two other 15-megawatt plants installed by Venezuela now "represent a good 20 percent of our total consumption" in the country.

"With such rich support, we can, he can [Hugo Chávez] bring some very important change to Haiti," says the President Martelly, adding that Venezuela provides assistance with few conditions, unlike other countries, such as the United States that provide assistance which is equally important but often takes more time to come through due to required procedures and controls.

After January 12 Venezuela pledged $1.3 billion in recovery aid following the earthquake, the largest amount among 58 donors, until now Venezuela has disbursed $118 million, the Chávez government also said last year that it was forgiving $395 million in debt through Petrocaribe. While the United States who have pledged $1.2 billion, has so far disbursed just over $172 million.

"Sometimes for a simple project, it might take too long [before funds are disbursed] [...] If you're asking me which one flows better, which one is easier, I'll tell you Venezuela" concluded Michel Martelly.

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