Brussels announces additional €63.5 million to support Haiti's reconstruction following hurricane Matthew

Posted by on Friday, April 21, 2017 Under: Economy
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During his official visit to the country following the appointment of the new Caribbean Executive, 
European Development Commissioner Neven Mimica has announced an additional € 63.5 million package to support the reconstruction of Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, which had ravaged the southern peninsula of the country and risk plunging what used to be called the "bread basket of Haiti" into famine, more than six months after the storms.

Of the package, $ 18.5 million is a "special" allocation in response to the hurricane that struck Haiti in October 2016. About $ 14.5 million will be channeled directly through the Haitian government's budget and the other four million will support agricultural projects. The other 45 million will go to the construction of the national highway that connects the capital Port-au-Prince with the second port city of Cap Haitian, a project that will "help the development of the island" and "facilitate the access of the communities to the Health centers, schools and other services. "  "The people of Haiti have suffered bad road conditions for many years. The EU is committed to the completion of National Highway 3 until the end, from Port-au-Prince to Cap Haitian," said the Commissioner, who also stressed the commitment of the European Union to "support the Haitian population and the reconstruction and stabilization of the country". 

After Hurricane Matthew, which left more than two million people affected, including about 900,000 children, the European Union, the Community executive mobilized a humanitarian aid of 19.7 million to cover the immediate needs of food, water, health services , Education, housing and protection and another 18.5 million to support the Government in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of the agricultural sector.

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