Haiti: Haiti's ambassador to Washington, Raymond Joseph, on Thursday hailed the aid of 2.8 billion proposed by the U.S. administration after the devastating earthquake of January 12 last, calling it "generous".
"U.S. aid to 2.8 billion is what one calls for the end of this year to help develop. I think that's pretty generous on their part," said the diplomat in interview with AFP after a proposal made by the administration to Congress to approve a plan of assistance for 2010.
Most of the aid would be distributed through programs for reconstruction and infrastructure development driven by the State Department and USAID, the U.S. agency responsible for development aid.
"This is not budget support, including Haiti also needs due to lack of revenue aSru since the earthquake," said Joseph.
The France in February announced an aid of 300 million euros including budget support.
"Paris and Europe in general give budgetary support. This means that Europe and France, was much more trust in government. But I hope that this will change in the United States" has Mr. Joseph said.
Asked about the issue of corruption, Mr. Joseph acknowledged that "in the past, the money disappeared. But this is not what we have now, do not go to Haiti to measure the light years earlier.
"Ordinarily, USAID continues to work with NGOs, now we are trying to force their hand to work with the government," he said.
For Paul O'Brien of the humanitarian organization Oxfam, the U.S. aid sought in Congress is a "signal indicating that the United States take to heart aid to Haiti in this crisis."
"This request responds to urgent and critical needs," wrote President Barack Obama in a letter to the chairman of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation