At the 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Haiti, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Rodrigue signed an agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank’s Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett, to establish CDB’s first country office in Haiti.
The agreement comes after the CDB and Haiti’s government developed a 100 million dollars country strategy plan for 2017 to 2021. La Bennett says this agreement will help Haiti meet its development priorities and further reinforce the country’s relationship with the CDB: “The strategy focuses on three main themes: agriculture and community development, sustainable energy development and education and training. It is this deepening engagement between CDB and the Government of Haiti that has led us to conclude that there is a need for a country office. We expect that this will lead to the development of closer relationships with the Government and the people of this country, enabling CDB to be a more proactive, responsive development partner,” she said.
Haiti joined the CBD in 2007 and has since been allocated 45 million dollars in grant resources from the Special Development Fund.