SOURCE: Miyamoto International

Miyamoto International

January 14, 2011 14:54 ET

Earthquake Reconstruction Symposium Marks Significant Progress One Year Later

Miyamoto Cites Commitment of Haitian People and the Opportunity for 500-700 Thousand Tent Dwellers to Return to Their Homes in Next 18-24 Months

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI--(Marketwire - January 14, 2011) - One year after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, significant progress towards housing reconstruction has been made. This was discussed at a Symposium on Earthquake Reconstruction that took place on January 11 in Haiti's capital. The Symposium was sponsored by Haiti's Universite Quisqueya and Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering firm.

Over 250 representatives from the public, non-profit and private sectors heard speakers like Dr. Kit Miyamoto, CEO of Miyamoto International; Sean Penn, CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization; Diego Osorio, the senior operations officer of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF), a partnership between the international community and the government of Haiti to help finance post-earthquake reconstruction; David Tordjman, a project manager for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); and Dan O'Neil, senior director of Caribbean Programs at the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). 

In his remarks, Dr. Miyamoto said, "Working with the Haitian Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communication, we are at a stage where assessments of 400,000 damaged buildings have been completed. We have identified 100,000 homes that can be repaired at a cost of $2,000 each, allowing families to move from the tent cities back to their homes. This means that 500-700 thousand people can be relocated over the next 18-24 months, if funding is available."

"More than anything else," Dr. Miyamoto said, "this demonstrates the commitment of the Haitian people, as exemplified by the 600 engineers and 500 Haitian masons, who worked tirelessly on the program. In the end, it will be the Haitian people who will triumph over adversity through hard work and unstinting determination."

In his remarks, Diego Osorio, said, "In the case of Haiti, it is important to take stock of what needs to improve, but also to keep in mind what has been done well and how it can be multiplied. Hence, the suitability of this particular conference."

"Repairing homes is a vital step in bringing communities back to life," said Dan O'Neil. "By integrating the community into the process, we ensure the initiative's success and long-term viability."

Commenting on the value of the symposium, David Tordjman said, "This type of continual communication by interested, empowered partners in support of the Haitian government will be a key to the success of the sustainable reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Pearl of the Antilles."

About Miyamoto International
Miyamoto International is a global earthquake and structural engineering firm providing critical services that sustain industries and communities around the world. The firm specializes in High Performance Earthquake Engineering solutions that reduce lifecycle costs and realize a positive net impact on a structure's operation. Miyamoto helps tackle some of the most challenging projects in the world from diverse offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe. The firm's clients include governments, private-sector organizations, developers, architects and contractors who desire highly-effective and sustainable technical solutions.
http://www.MiyamotoInternational.com

For more information about the Haiti Reconstruction Fund, see http://www.haitireconstructionfund.org/.

Private tours of the newly repaired housing are available for members of the press by contacting
Dr. Kit Miyamoto 
kit@miyamotointernational.com
1 916 769 4909

YouTube video: Miyamoto Int. Haiti Earthquake: One Year Later http://www.youtube.com/user/miyamotoint

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