Finally, at long last – Haiti government seeks talks about dysfunctional reconstruction panel-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

Mr Rouzier had said a government agency would replace the commission

The new Haitian government has said it is open for talks on improving the international commission that oversees earthquake reconstruction efforts.

The call came hours after Prime Minister-designate Daniel-Gerard Rouzier told AP he wanted to replace the “dysfunctional” panel.

The commission, co-chaired by former US President Bill Clinton, has been criticised as too slow.

The agency was set up after the 2010 earthquake to assure foreign donors their funds would not be misspent.

In his interview with the Associated Press, Mr Rouzier called the 27-member reconstruction commission “dysfunctional” and said it would be replaced by a government agency.

“What I can tell you is that the [commission] as it exists today will not continue,” he said.

“I don’t mean to crucify the people who came up with the concept. But sometimes when something doesn’t work you have to fix it.”

He said he would like Mr Clinton, who is also a UN envoy to Haiti, to remain active in the country’s reconstruction.
Haitian Prime Minister-designate Daniel-Gerard Rouzier – 25 May 2011 Mr Rouzier had said a government agency would replace the commission

“When you have someone of Clinton’s calibre, this is a man of tremendous vision… We have to pick his brain and make sure that we have the right strategy.”

Hours later, the office of Haitian President Michel Martelly issued a statement saying that he and Mr Rouzier were “very open and willing to begin discussions” with Mr Clinton and the international community to make the commission “more efficient”.

The other co-chair of the commission is outgoing Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

A statement from his office sent to the BBC said that in recent months the IHRC had “further integrated recover co-ordination functions with the government of Haiti’s longer-term development plans in order to accelerate the progress of reconstruction efforts”.

The countries that have contributed the most to rebuilding after the devastating earthquake, including the US, France and Japan, are also represented on the commission.

Mr Clinton has expressed his frustration at the slow pace of reconstruction in Haiti, but in January, one year after the earthquake, he said the speed of the effort was picking up.

A recent US government report criticised the commission for delays in its work.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 killed more than 250,000 people, made about two million people homeless and wrecked large parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Sixteen months on, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tent cities.

Mr Rouzier was appointed prime minister by President Martelly and is awaiting senate confirmation of his role.

Mr Rouzier is a US-educated businessman who runs several companies in Haiti, including a car dealership and an electric power company.


Unfortunately, Preval never gave a damn about the reconstruction panel, reconstruction, or the Haitian people.

Bill Clinton only cares about Bill Clinton.

He only held three meetings on reconstruction, during the first year, plus a teleconference call.

Haiti’s reconstruction needs a hands on approach, on a daily basis. One might have an oversight committee, but someone has to do something, and Clinton is not the one.

Clinton is universally disliked in Haiti for the fact that he had two terms, to do something, and did nothing. He is simply continuing the process in the hopes of making more money and gaining a Nobel Prize.

Haiti deserves better.

Don’t take any crap Michel!!


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3 thoughts on “Finally, at long last – Haiti government seeks talks about dysfunctional reconstruction panel-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

  1. Martelly is too arrogant and does not listen to those who could help.

    He has Gervais Charles and ignores him

  2. I think Mr. Rouzier is right about the commission. The haitian government needs to take charge of the rebuilding of the country. When Bill Clinton had power as president of the most powerful country on earth, he did not help Haiti. Now, it’s time for him to take care of his foundation, let the haitian people take care of Haiti. In any negotiation to maintain the commission, all the foreign members need to be replaced.

  3. I agree that Clinton must go.

    Unfortunately, Haiti’s ability to handle money has been less than honest. Because of this, the foreign donors insist that they have some say over how their dollars are spent.

    Otherwise, people like Preval will just transfer it to their own accounts…as was the case of the $198,000,000 stolen by Preval from Petro Caribe funds.

    There was absolutely no integrity in Preval’s government.

    Let’s hope Martelly is an improvement, but, with strong rumors that Martelly inner circle people are selling government jobs, Haiti might still require some assistance in the integrity department.

    Buy the APN Director position for $1,000,000 and you will make multiples of this over 5 years. It is a good investment.

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