Friday, as part of recovery plan of agriculture implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture designed to meet 60 to 70% of food needs of the country, at the end of term of President Martelly, a memorandum of understanding was signed by Pierre Richard Casimir, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) accredited in Haiti, Bang-Zyh Liu.
In this memorandum, the Taiwanese government undertakes to make available to Haiti $10 million over a period of 4 years to increase the development of the cereal sector in the plain of Torbeck and certain zones in the plain of the valley of Les Cayes. Following the term of this agreement, 2 million will be disbursed in 2013, 3.25 million in 2014, 2.5 million in 2015 and 2.25 million in 2016.
In his speech, Ambassador Taiwanese declard, “It was time for Haiti and Taiwan to engage in the fight for the recovery of agricultural production, given the difficulties faced by the sector […] What is important is that this agreement concretizes the willingness of both governments to give Haitian farmers the means to enable them to become self-sufficient and more efficient.”
For his part, Pierre Richard Casimir thanked the Taiwanese government for his contribution and commitment to support the efforts of the Haitian government, aiming the effective recovery of production and the strengthening of food security in Haiti, stressing the good relations of cooperation between the two Nations.