Haiti will request donations worth $7 billion in a donor conference to be held in Port-au-Prince this week. “We are seeking $7 billion in the long term … but what we need for the next months and the next fiscal year is about $500 million,” Haitian Foreign Affairs Minister Renald Clerisme said. During the gathering, Haitian officials will present proposals on various road, agriculture, tourism and institutional reform projects. The forum will involve some 40 representatives from bilateral and multilateral agencies including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The government has yet to send its budget proposal to Parliament as it could not finalize funding details without the donors’ pledges. “We need to know the commitment of the international donors before we can actually plan what we’re going to do,” Finance Minister Daniel Dorsainvil stated.
Source: Haiti seeks $7 billion in international aid (Reuters)