Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti

Clearing and reconstruction work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (UN Photo)

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A United Nations advisory group on Haiti on Thursday reported improvements in the earthquake-torn country but said aid coordination remains a challenge, and a stalemate in the formation of the government is delaying aid.

The Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, reporting on the results of a four-day visit to the Caribbean nation in June, said: “The first finding of the group is that the situation on the ground has improved since its visit at the same time in the previous year.”

“The progress made in clearing and reconstruction work in Port-au-Prince and neighbouring towns is visible and shows that Haitian society is mobilized and that the aid provided by the international community has been useful,” said the 13-member group.

“It has become particularly urgent in view of the greater number of development partners providing aid to Haiti and the resources committed to the reconstruction process,” it said. “Almost all of the interlocutors of the group held the view that aid is still not sufficiently coordinated, which creates duplication and reduces the effectiveness of interventions.”

Nigel Fisher, the deputy special representative of the secretary-general in Haiti, told ECOSOC that the implementation of the government’s priorities was “significantly delayed” because of an ongoing stalemate in a struggle between President Michel Martelly and Parliament over the confirmation of a new prime minister.

Read further: http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/haiti.php?news_id=7205&start=0&category_id=2

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