Top World Bank Executives Visit Haiti to Pledge Support

By: Shani K. Collins, Your Black World

The top priorities for rebuilding Haiti include education and reconstruction. “These two sectors will contribute to the long-term recovery of the country. The activities of the Bank to Haiti, the disaster risk management, the increase of agricultural productivity, the job creation, and the improvement of access to basic services remain priorities,” said Cox.

A reconstruction and housing development program is set to launch in the near future. The program will kick-start repairs, and jumpstart Haiti’s economy. Also an education initiative will be launched by President Martelly. “Lekol pou Timoun Yo” (School for your Children) will provide ”free and compulsory education to children.”

Pledging the World Bank’s ongoing support, van Trotsenburg expressed optimism about the launch of new programs and initiatives in Haiti. He said, “The international community is committed to supporting the ongoing reconstruction in Haiti. With the continued support of donors, [Industrial Development Authority] IDA has also been able to raise $500 million U.S. dollars for Haiti through an opening special crisis response aimed to contribute to long-term efforts in economic recovery.”

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