Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive of Haiti and former U.S. President Bill Clinton co-authored an op-ed piece for the Times last week — Finishing Haiti’s Unfinished Work — in which they discuss reconstruction efforts and the recovery plan developed by the Haitian government in conjunction with the international commission they co-chair. In the article, Bellerive and Clinton ask the international community to provide "reliable schedules for disbursement" of funds pledged and the cooperation of the World Bank in ensuring that these funds are delivered more efficiently to Haiti.
In looking to the immediate needs of reconstruction and recovery, the authors summarize:
- For the overall effort to succeed, however, we need the participation of everyone involved: nongovernmental organizations must submit their projects to the commission for approval, as most have agreed to do; businesses and government ministries should notify the commission of their programs, as most have agreed to do; and donors should honor their pledges.
In looking down the road at the future development of Haiti's economy and infrastructure, they urge:
For those governments, donors and businesses that have not yet committed to investing in Haiti’s economy or aiding relief and reconstruction efforts, we urge them to do so quickly. In addition to short-term needs like rubble removal, there are ample opportunities for investments with longer-term dividends — in agriculture, construction, tourism, manufacturing, service industries and clean energy, especially solar. No matter how people choose to help, the most important thing is that we work in alignment with the priorities of Haiti’s development plan, with a sense of urgency, and in partnership with one another in the service of the people of Haiti.
Finally, for all of who have an interest in the progress of these efforts, the authors point to a new web site developed to provide information on the ongoing reconstruction process, including a map of pledges and funds awarded by country.
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