International community urged to honour pledges to Haiti

“Now more than ever, the people of Haiti, are entitled to see tangible democratic dividends which have a significant impact on the quality of their lives”

So far, the ordinary Haitian is not feeling the impact of the recovery efforts, Special Representative of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government on Haiti, the Most Honourable Percival Patterson has said.

Mr. Patterson acknowledged the efforts of the International Community in the reconstruction programme in Haiti, but pointed out that the pledges made by the International Community had fallen short and “the inflows to the Haiti Recovery Fund have been insufficient to make a visible impression on the ordinary Haitian even as another Hurricane season draws nigh.”

“Now more than ever, the people of Haiti, are entitled to see tangible democratic dividends which have a significant impact on the quality of their lives – in particular – durable shelter for those internally displaced, access to basic services which include water and sanitation, the provisions of jobs,” he told the United Nations Security Council.

He appealed to the International Community to honour their pledges to that disaster-ravaged nation and called for greater coordination in the reconstruction efforts.

Mr. Patterson said that CARICOM regarded “strong, robust and flexible institutional capacity as a sine qua non for sustainable development, good governance and security,” and in this context, pointed to the dire need for the International Community to focus on re-building Haiti’s institutional and administrative capacity.

“The restructuring, strengthening and building of Haiti’s institutional capacity is the lynchpin and lies at the heart of any plan for National Recovery and Sustainable Development,” he explained.

“If Haiti is really to exercise leadership in the process of reconstruction and the development of its people, we only delude ourselves if we expect the Government of Haiti to deliver a load in the absence of an adequate administrative capacity,” Mr Patterson said.