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Newly-appointed World Bank vice president to visit Haiti

first_imgNewsRegional Newly-appointed World Bank vice president to visit Haiti by: – February 7, 2012 Share 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet WASHINGTON, CMC – The World Bank newly-appointed vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, is to begin a two-day visit to Haiti on Wednesday, his first official visit to the region since taking office on January 1, the bank said in a statement.Following talks on Monday with the visiting Haitian prime minister Garry Conille in Washington, Tuluy will travel to Port au Prince where he will discuss the bank’s role in the earthquake-ravaged country’s reconstruction and development with the finance minister André Lemercier Georges.Conille is currently leading a five-day mission to Washington that includes talks with the International Monetary Fund and leaders in the US Congress.The Washington-based financial institution said Tuluy will also talk with government officials and business leaders about Haiti’s growth opportunities, as the country rebuilds an economy that has lost more than its entire value.“This is my first official trip, and it reflects the priority we give Haiti,” Tuluy said, adding that he looks forward to seeing first-hand how, two years after the devastating earthquake, “reconstruction is gaining momentum with tangible results on the ground.”“In spite of the many challenges, a lot has been achieved through the joint efforts of Haitians and international partners,” he continued, pledging “significant human and financial resources” to Haitian reconstruction.On Wednesday, Tuluy and the Haitian minister for public works, Jacques Rousseau, will meet at the Office of Building Assessments, an agency the World Bank helped to create after the 2010 earthquake.During its first eight months, the agency evaluated 400,000 buildings in Port-au-Prince and developed guidelines and building codes for safe public buildings, schools and hospitals, the World Bank said.The ministry also houses the database that “allows the risks to which every village or town in Haiti is exposed to be identified, providing crucial information to reduce the population’s vulnerability to disasters in the entire country,” the bank said.Tuluy will also visit the Pétionville Club Camp, home to thousands of earthquake refugees whom the World Bank is helping to relocate to permanent housing.A 95-million-US-dollar project is to house 85,000 people, and upgrade neighbourhoods and basic services for 300,000 others, the bank said. The project also provides rent subsidies to help families move out of the camps.On Friday, Tuluy will visit a primary school that received tuition waivers and school feeding financed by the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).Since the earthquake, the World Bank said it has funded 210,000 tuition waivers and school meals for 75,000 children every day.The bank is funding a project to give as many 175,000 Haitian children between ages six and 12 access to primary school.The bank said it was helping boost Haiti’s disaster risk management, agriculture and business development through a crisis response programme worth 255 million dollars.The World Bank said the Haitian economy contracted by 5.4 per cent in 2010, but is projected to have grown by 5.1 percent in 2011, in large part due to reconstruction efforts.The January 12, 2010 earthquake left over 220,000 Haitians dead and a further 300,000 injured, significantly worsening poverty and living conditions for the poorest nation in the Americas.The World Bank estimates that the quake wiped out about 120 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the total value of goods and services in the economy.Antigua Observerlast_img

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