….President Michel Martelly has so far failed to get Parliament’s approval to extend the mandate. (of The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission)
Led by former President Bill Clinton and Jean-Max Bellerive, Haiti’s former prime minister, the commission was given an 18-month mission to oversee an ambitious array of rebuilding projects. It took too long to get organized and former President René Préval was more of a hindrance than a partner. A list of approved projects fills 256 pages, though few are finished or fully financed.
Still, Haitians have seen real progress in the last two years. About half of the 10 million cubic feet of quake debris has been removed from Port-au-Prince and other areas. More people have access to clean water in the capital than before the quake. With investment from a Korean garment maker, an industrial park is being built in the northeast, with the promise of 20,000 jobs.