CARICOM Backs Haiti Recovery Plans

Caribbean leaders are pushing for the establishment of a development fund for Haiti, where donations for the quake-hit nation will be deposited into, IPS reports.

“We want to ensure that Haiti continues to be at the centre of our agenda and that the international and regional communities do not forget Haiti now that the headlines are no longer on Haiti,” Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said at the sidelines of the Caribbean Community intersessional summit, as quoted by IPS.

The World Bank is also mulling over working with the Inter-American Development Bank and United Nations agencies to set up a multidonor trust fund for Haiti, according to the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick.

“The benefits of it are that no reconstruction or redevelopment project works in the local country doesn’t have ownership. So the Haitians have to be in the driver’s seat,” Zoellick said.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.