U.S. President Barack Obama is requesting USD2.8 billion in funding for Haiti from the U.S. Congress, Miami Herald reports. Obama’s request comes one week before the international donor conference in New York and is expected to pave the way for the global drive to mobilize funds for Haiti’s reconstruction.
The request involves funds to reimburse the approximately USD843 million that U.S. agencies already spent on relief efforts and money to support the reconstruction of Haiti’s government infrastructure. It also includes some USD219 million worth of debt relief and USD433 million funding for housing, energy, agricultural, industrial and infrastructure projects.
The assistance package, Miami Herald says, does not include the direct budgetary support that Haitian President Rene Preval requested during his visit to the U.S. earlier this month.