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Meeting at Dominican R. offers 4 billion dollars to Haiti

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Meeting of Santo Domingo offers 4 billion dollars to Haiti

Haiti: The pre-World Summit on Haiti has proposed on the night of Wednesday to Thursday in the Dominican Republic to allocate more than 4 billion dollars for reconstruction and budgetary needs of countries devastated by an earthquake January 12.
"Donor countries and multilateral agencies on Wednesday approved a fund of 3.8 billion dollars (2.8 billion euros) to pay to the Government of Haiti over a period of 18 months," said a statement read by Minister Dominican Economy, Temistocles Montas.

The allocation of another $ 350 million (256 million euros) to support the budget of the Haitian State has also been proposed, said the minister during a press conference in Santo Domingo after the conference.

In the statement, participants stressed the need to "verify the status and progress accelerated public financial management" of the Haitian State and to establish mechanisms "for monitoring process for accountability.

Thirty delegations of officials and technical representatives of donor countries and agencies had gathered since Monday to discuss reconstruction in the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti the island of Hispaniola.

The adopted proposals will be presented to the international donor conference scheduled March 31 in New York.

Housing is a priority, according to participants at the conference in Santo Domingo who suggested that donors provide 130,000 tents. The earthquake of January 12 was about 220,000 dead and more than one million people homeless in Haiti, ravaged part of the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities.

The needs of the poorest country in the Americas to rebuild after the earthquake in January were valued at 11.5 billion dollars over three years, according to a plan presented Tuesday by the Haitian government and attended the World Bank and the UN.

Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation

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