March 17, 2009 15:32 ET

Minister Oda Concludes a Successful Visit to Haiti: Ensuring That Canadian Assistance in Haiti is Well-Directed and Effective

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, concluded a three-day trip to Haiti today to assess the progress being made and to move Canada's work in Haiti towards increased coordination and effectiveness.

"In these tough economic times, we need to make aid dollars go the extra mile," said Minister Oda, who last visited the country in 2007. "I'm pleased to see the difference Canada's aid is making. We need to continue to improve our programs to make sure they have the greatest impact and result in positive change for the Haitian people."

Minister Oda held working meetings with high-level officials of Haiti's government including President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis, 7 Ministers, representatives of the private sector and civil society, as well as with other donors, bilateral and multilateral partners, and Canadian non-governmental partners.

"I'm proud that Canada is taking leadership on Haiti, especially on improving coordination and coherence among donors to ultimately deliver results," said Minister Oda. "By working together, we can seize upon a unique opportunity to bring hope to this country."

This trip follows up on a technical meeting hosted by Minister Oda in Ottawa last week, it is the next step in preparation of a major donors' conference on Haiti to be held in the upcoming weeks in Washington, D.C.

Haiti is central to Canada's engagement in the Americas. The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti is the largest recipient of development aid from Canada in the Western hemisphere. Canada is committed to invest $555 million to support development in Haiti between 2006 and 2011.

Contact Information

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