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Haiti - Reconstruction : Presentation of the Strategic Development Plan of Haiti to ECOSOC
06/08/2012 14:12:16

Haiti - Reconstruction : Presentation of the Strategic Development Plan of Haiti to ECOSOC
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that held end of July in New York, its annual substantive session for 2012, discussed on the situation in Haiti, with Ms. Josépha Raymond Gauthier, the Haitian Minister of Planning and External Cooperation.

During this meeting, Ms. Gauthier presented the progress made in the country's recovery, while recognizing that the situation remained difficult "This situation will only get worse if our partners do not realize that the time is no longer to the discouragement." Stressing that the government Martelly-Lamothe was determined "to give a better image to Haiti," by facilitating investment and promoting the rule of law. On this point, the Minister described the support of the international community of obligation, in order to put Haiti on the path to sustainable development and achieve the objective set by the President and the Government, ie make Haiti an emerging country by 2030.

The Strategic Development Plan, prepared by the Ministry of Planning, is a tool designed to streamline the assistance provided to the country and to sustain it. It will soon be the subject of public consultation with all stakeholders interested to the development of the country.

In her detailed presentation of Development Plan, Mr. Claude Grand Pierre, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Planning, has reviewed the vision, the great global choices,the strategy and major projects for the rehabilitation and development of Haiti, namely : the territorial foundations, economic, social and institutional. With this plan, Haiti offers a vision and a clear pattern to all donors, which has long been lacking in the relationship of Haiti with its partners.

Ms. Gauthier noted that these national priorities, should also be those of Haiti's international partners to ensure coherence of aid and facilitate the investment needed for development in the medium and long term of the country. The new framework of coordination of development aid to Haiti has also been discussed with its mechanisms, both governmental that joint, of aid effectiveness.

ECOSOC was also seized of the report of its Advisory Group on Haiti, chaired by Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN, and composed of eleven other country, all close to Haiti and worried about its development. In its report, the Group highlighted the relevance of the Strategic Plan of Development prepared by the Government and called the whole of international actors to use it when they decide of the assistance to be given to the country. The Group also encourages donors to have direct recourse to Haitian administrative structures, rather than through parallel channels [NGOs], which only disperses and fragments international aid. Meanwhile, continued efforts are expected from the Haitian authorities to carry out administrative and institutional reforms.

Also attended the meeting in duplex from Port-au-Prince, Nigel Fisher, UN Resident Coordinator in Haiti, which has reported the support of the UN system to the strategic plan and called for coordinated support from the international community to implement it. The objective of strengthening of Haitian institutions is at the heart of UN activities in Haiti over the next year, he said.

The debate that followed with the Member States of the Council (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, CARICOM, the United States, El Salvador, Mexico, Dominican Republic...) has highlighted the support whose benefits Haiti. Many countries have indeed expressed their willingness to continue assisting the country and to fully integrates it among their regional and international partners. If this goes through the espect of certain commitments, with regard to the proper functioning of government, and assumes the continuance of a strong international presence in the country, it still remains, that the international community remains remains in very good provisions vis-à-vis the government Martelly-Lamothe, and is willing to accompany him, beyond the post-earthquake reconstruction towards a long-term development.

Learn more about ECOSOC :
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six main UN bodies responsible for setting standards and making recommendations to reduce poverty, improve health and education, promote respect for human rights and environmental protection . It is the central coordinating structure of economic and social activities of the United Nations system.

See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-625-haiti-reconstruction-l-ecosoc-examine-le-programme-d-assistance.html (in french)

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