April 14, 2009 11:26 ET

Minister Oda Participates in the Successful Haiti Donors' Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today participated in the Haiti Donors' Conference "Toward a New Cooperation Paradigm for Growth & Opportunity" that brought leaders from over 30 donor countries and multilateral organizations to Washington, D.C.

"Our objectives were to endorse renewed hope for Haiti, encourage greater collaboration and ensure real focus on priorities that will produce tangible results. I'm pleased that these objectives have been met," said Minister Oda. "I see this as the beginning of a new process-an opportunity to move forward together with more effective development and support for Haiti."

"Much remains to be done, but we must do it better with greater coordination and cohesiveness." said Minister Oda. "Following many serious challenges in 2008, now is the time to renew our commitment to Haiti and seize this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the Haitian people. We agreed to take the necessary measures to help Haiti mitigate against future crises, and fully support the Government of Haiti in owning its development agenda."

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) hosted the Conference, which was co-chaired by Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Minister Oda, who was the Head of the Canadian delegation at the Conference, raised a number of important issues to improve the quality of foreign aid to Haiti.

Today's Conference was preceded by the Ottawa Technical Meeting on Haiti in early March, hosted by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), with representation by Haitian authorities and important donors.

Canada has committed $555 million over five years (2006-2011) to reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti. This makes Haiti the largest recipient of Canadian long-term development assistance in the Americas.

For further information on today's Conference and other Canadian aid initiatives in Haiti, please visit CIDA's web site at:

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Michelle Coates
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office