Haiti and donors take steps to make aid more effective

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President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe preside over a meeting announcing the new CAED framework. (photo: HCNN Editor)
President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe preside over a meeting announcing the new CAED framework.

Haiti's President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe presided on Friday over a crucial meeting that gathered representatives of the Haitian government and the donor community to find better ways and means to render foreign development aid more effective through a plan conceived by the Caribbean country's leadership.

The Haitian government has set up a new coordination structure for the foreign development aid, known by its French acronym CAED, that creates a new framework likely to render international assistance to Haiti more effective.

The CAED structure, that replaced the Interim Commission for Haiti's Reconstruction (ICHR), was created last December to better help canalize donors' funding and facilitate the implementation of priority projects from the Haitian government.

President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe reiterated the commitment of their administration to building back better, to transparency and good governance, to the fight against corruption, among other commitments.

Prime Minister Lamothe gave a report of his government's achievements despite the meager means at the disposal of his team.

"We have achieved much with the meager means that we have, but so much remains to be done and that's why we want to count on your help to do much more," said Lamothe addressing international delegates at the meeting.

"We need to create jobs in order to improve the living conditions of the Haitian people, but to do so we need investments," stated Lamothe. "That's why we are improving the doing business framework to attract investments," he said.

Former US President Bill Clinton and a former Canadian Governor of Haitian origin, Michaelle Jean, also attended the one-day meeting.

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