Haitian President Rene Preval will tell U.S. President Barack Obama to halt food aid to the quake-struck country despite continuing relief requirements as the government feared that the flow of assistance would cripple the Haitian economy in the long term, Reuters reports.
“I will tell him (Obama) that this first phase of assistance is finished. If they continue to send us aid from abroad – water and food – it will be in competition with the national Haitian production and Haitian commerce,” said Preval, who is set to meet with Obama in Washington March 10.
He said job creation should instead be a priority for thousands of Haitians who lost their source of income after the Jan. 12 quake. The U.S. is one of the largest aid contributors to the Haiti post-quake humanitarian effort.