CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

March 16, 2005 16:47 ET

CIDA: Canada Provides Further Support to Haiti


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MARCH 16, 2005 - 16:47 ET

CIDA: Canada Provides Further Support to Haiti

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 16, 2005) - Foreign Affairs
Minister Pierre Pettigrew today announced, on behalf of International
Cooperation Minister Aileen Carroll, that Canada will provide over $8
million towards stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
Minister Pettigrew also conveyed Canada's support for the electoral
process in 2005 and ongoing national dialogue.

"I am pleased to announce this initiative," said Minister Pettigrew.
"Canada applauds the resumption of the democratic process and is
encouraged by the preparations under way to ensure that elections are
held in the fall of 2005 as announced by the Provisional Electoral
Council. Canada has also committed $17 million to facilitate Haiti's
electoral process."



The funding announced today will be allocated as follows:

- $3.9 million to help reinforce the capacity of the Government of
Haiti to ensure the leadership of the implementation of the Interim
Cooperation Framework, to help strengthen the Government of Haiti's
planning, implementation, follow-up and evaluation capabilities;

- $2.9 million to fulfil the financial requirements for Haiti's
accession to membership of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Haiti's membership in the CDB is essential as the policy dialogue
between Haiti, the Caribbean community and the donor community will
guide poverty-reduction programming;

- $2 million to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) to support farmers in the Gonaives region of Haiti
following the devastation caused by tropical storm Jeanne in
September 2004.


"Canada is a key player in the international effort to rebuild Haiti and
follows through on its commitments," said Minister Carroll. "Canada has
demonstrated its support by disbursing close to $96 million of more than
$180 million pledged in Washington at the International Donors'
Conference on Haiti, last July."

Minister Pettigrew is in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from March 16 to 17 to
participate in meetings with interim government officials, members of
political parties and the Provisional Electoral Council. On March 18,
Minister Pettigrew will travel to Cayenne, French Guiana, to take part
in a ministerial meeting of the countries most involved in Haiti,
including Canada, the United States and a number of Latin American
countries.

The funding will be provided by the Canadian International Development
Agency and is part of Canada's commitment of more than $180 million over
two years for Haiti's reconstruction and development efforts, including
$154 million in support of the transitional government's Interim
Cooperation Framework and 100 civilian police officers.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the March 2004 federal
budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of Communications
    (819) 953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534
    info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    www.cida.gc.ca (electronic version of document)
    or
    Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Sebastien Theberge
    Director of Communications
    (613) 995-1851
    or
    Foreign Affairs Canada
    Media Relations Office
    (613) 995-1874
    www.international.gc.ca