(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana) Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt
Skerrit wants the operations of non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) in the Haiti recovery and
reconstruction efforts to be stream-lined, and has
called on the United Nations to assist in doing so.
In a press conference at the 31st Regular Meeting
of the Conference of Heads of Government of the
Caribbean Community at the Rose Hall Resorts and Spa
in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Monday, Prime Minister
Skerrit told the media that there were several NGOs
doing their own thing in Haiti, oblivious to the
vision, strategic direction and wishes of the
The press conference was convened following
discussions between the Secretaries General of the
United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the Organisation of
American States, Mr. Jose Miguel Insulza and Heads
of Government of the Caribbean Community
The outgoing CARICOM Chairman, who on Sunday was
commended by the CARICOM Secretary-General for his
role in guiding the CARICOM support to Haiti
following the earthquake on January 12, told the
press conference that CARICOM had asked the UN
Secretary General to assist with streamlining the
operations and activities of NGOs in Haiti.
“While we speak about maintaining democracy in
Haiti, we cannot at the same time be empowering NGOs
to undermine the democratic institutions that are in
Haiti,” Mr. Skerrit explained.
He expressed grave concern that if the situation
was not addressed, the inroads made in Haiti, would
be seriously jeopardized, especially in light of
impending general elections in February 2011.
“We believe that the situation is untenable, and
we should put an immediate stop to it. We must call
on the international institutions and government to
desist from putting the resources into NGOs,” the
Dominica Prime Minister asserted.
Prime Minister Skerrit also underscored the need
to fast-track budgetary support to the government of
Haiti, so that they can meet their daily obligations
to the people especially in the payment of salaries
to public sector workers.
He told a large gathering of media
representatives that there was a perception in Haiti
that the government had access to resources which
were not redounding to the benefit of the people.
This misconception, PM Skerritt explained, stemmed
from the reports of the many pledges that were being
made, yet many of those pledges, he said, had not
yet been honoured.
On Sunday, at the Opening Ceremony, the UN
Secretary-General had also alluded to this issue and
had urged the international community to expedite
actions in regard to the pledges made to the
recovery efforts in Haiti.