Haitian Diaspora Plan Post-Earthquake Reconstruction

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CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Mar. 23, 2010: Some five hundred representatives and associations of the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, Canada, France, Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean continued a three-day meeting Monday ahead of the March 31st donor conference for Haiti.

The meeting was convened by the Organization of American States with the goal of contributing ideas for the reconstruction and future of the Caribbean country following the January 12th earthquake.

The `Forum with the Haitian Diaspora: Contributing to the Strategic Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of Haiti` brings together at least 17 Haitian organizations that live outside their country, as well as other social, professional, religious groups, non-governmental organizations, academics and the private sector.

The forum`s objective is to develop a strategy for collaboration that identifies the key points in the work of recovery, reconstruction and development of Haiti. The meeting builds on the work of the international community and the commitments proposed at the January 25 meeting in Montreal, as well as the results of the High-Level Technical Meeting of Donor Countries that took place March 16 and 17, 2010, in Dominican Republic.

The Diaspora meeting will end today, Tuesday, March 23, and its conclusions will be considered during the Haiti Donors Conference to be held in New York City on March 31, 2010.

During the inauguration in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization`s headquarters in Washington, D.C., OAS Secretary General Miguel Insulza emphasized the need for the international donor community to provide the necessary funds so the Haitian government may provide the services for which it is responsible, and the need to create an agency that coordinates international efforts.

`We also express our hope that the international community will reach a clear agreement on the coordination necessary to ensure that all the available resources are properly channeled to Haiti in the upcoming New York Meeting,` the Secretary General added.

OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin praised the inclusive character of the meeting, which brings together representatives of all sectors of the Diaspora and gives them an opportunity to define concrete ways to help their co-nationals.

`If all these different actors unite their efforts, we`re going to help Haiti recover more quickly, more efficiently and in a more transparent way,` he said.

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