July 23, 2005 14:06 ET

CIDA: Minister Carroll Announces Canadian Initiatives during Visit to Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI--(CCNMatthews - July 23, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced a series of measures funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support Haiti's efforts toward sustainable development.

Minister Carroll is currently in Haiti, where she is meeting with Haitian officials and visiting CIDA projects, particularly those in the micro-credit and energy sectors.

"I am here today to reinforce Canada's strong and valued relationship with the Haitian Government,"Minister Carroll said. "Today's announcement is part of Canada's $180-million commitment to respond to the needs and priorities of the people of Haiti."

The funds announced today will be provided as follows:

- $15 million over ten years to support more than 60 Haitian
savings and credit cooperatives, in cooperation with
Developpement International Desjardins. This will help
establish a judicial and regulatory framework and ensure
good management practices;

- $10 million over seven years to contribute to the
rehabilitation of the Artibonite River Watershed along
the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the
first phase being the development of a binational
watershed management plan, directed by Oxfam-Quebec and
CRC Sogema;

- more than $6 million over five years for the second phase
of an Oxfam-Quebec initiative to provide training to
design, promote and implement agroforestry production
models, with an emphasis on gender equality;

- $5 million over four years for the Haitian Development and
Employment Fund (FODEM), an initiative to support
activities toward the rehabilitation and construction of
basic and economic infrastructures to generate employment,

- over $3.6 million over five years to support local
governance including efforts to sustain and regenerate the
north-east region's fragile ecosystem, through a United
Nations Development Programme initiative partially funded
by the United Nations Capital Development Fund.

Funding for these initiatives were provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    France Bureau
    Press Secretary
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)