The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) had a vital interest
in the welfare and development of Haiti and saw its
rebuilding as a priority issue for all CARICOM
Member States, the Most Hon. Percival J. Patterson
“A strong Caribbean Community needs a strong
Haiti,” the former Jamaica Prime Minister and
current Special Representative of the Heads of
Government of CARICOM to Haiti pointed out in an
address to the International Donors Conference
Towards a New Future for Haiti at the United Nations
Headquarters in New York.
The Conference was co-hosted by the United
Nations and the United States in cooperation with
the Government of Haiti and with support from
Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, and
Member States of the UN and international
financial and development agencies pledged US$5.3B
over the next 18 months towards the reconstruction
of Haiti. The CARICOM Member State was devastated
after a massive earthquake on 12 January 2010.
Actual losses from the disaster that claimed more
than 200 000 lives and left more than one million
homeless, were pegged at US$7.9B or 120 per cent of
A Post Disaster Needs Assessment presented to the
Conference by the Haitian Government estimated that
US$11.5B was needed to rebuild the country. Fifty
per cent of the estimated resources were earmarked
for social programmes; 17 per cent for
infrastructure and 15 per cent for the environment
and disaster preparedness and management.
CARICOM, Mr. Patterson said, was committed to
assisting Haiti in the reinforcement of a governance
process where transparency, accountability,
compassion, efficiency and vision predominated. He
added that the capacity of CARICOM had been placed
at the disposal of Haiti.
He said CARICOM believed that it could make a
tremendous difference in Haiti through the skills
the Community could bring to bear in human resource
development and institutional capacity-building.
“The Community stands ready to make available its
capacities in administrative reform; in education
and training, including vocational education and
certification; in engineering and construction for
earthquake and hurricane resistance, in providing
solutions for low and middle income populations; and
in agriculture, tourism research and development,”
Mr. Patterson told the Conference.
Mr. Patterson also said that CARICOM welcomed the
establishment of the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF).
All Donors, he said, most now commit to that Fund
and its joint management.
“The arrangements for the Fund, and more
generally for support to Haiti, must facilitate,
encourage and recognise this collaborative approach.
This Donors’ Meeting is a good place to begin to
recognise that all donors and donations, big and
small, in kind or in cash are important,” Mr.