Interim Haiti Recovery Commission OKs US Energy Schemes

The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission has approved investments to rehabilitate at least five of Haiti's energy substations. Photo by: Horia Varlan / CC BY Horia VarlanCC BY

The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission has approved U.S. investments to rehabilitate at least five priority energy substations in the quake-hit Caribbean nation. The program forms part of the U.S. government’s strategy to upgrade Haiti’s electricity sector.

The investment was approved during the second board meeting of the IHRC on Aug. 17, where the U.S., Korean firm Hansoll Textile Ltd., Haitian Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Inter-American Development Bank announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the development an industrial park in northern Haiti.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Agency for International Development will provide USD1 million to the Coca-Cola Company’s Haiti Hope Project. The public-private initiative, which has so far mobilized USD7.5 million, seeks to develop a sustainable mango industry in Haiti.

United Nations Development Program Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan is in Haiti to inspect recovery and development projects supported by the agency. U.N. special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton is also in the Caribbean nation to discuss with stakeholders education, energy and debris management schemes.

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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.