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Great, imposing and grandiose! A national palace identical architecturally to the one destroyed by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. At the same time, a National Palace adapted to the reality of the country and that respects modern building standards. This is the palace that Jovenel Moise expects from the commission of seven members to work and reflect on the reconstruction of the official residence of Haitian heads of state. At the National Palace on Wednesday morning, in the presence of representatives of the three state powers, two former heads of state (Boniface Alexandre and Prosper Avril) and a former prime minister (Michèle D. Pierre-Louis) Bankers, mayors of the metropolitan area and personalities of civil society, the Head of State officially puts the commission to work.


Clément Bélizaire (co-ordinator), Patrick Durandisse, Patrick Delatour, Daniel Élie, Sabine Malbranche, Georges Michel and Yvan Pinchinat, the seven members of the commission, will go to work quickly in concert With the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC) and the Housing and Public Buildings Unit (UCLBP) to: retrieve and analyze the architectural plan of the engineer Georges BAUSSAN; elaborate the roadmap for the reconstruction of the National Palace; organize the orientation debate and the competition to define the architectural party for the construction of the palace; Define the plan and program and develop terms of reference for the study of the reconstruction of the palace and inform citizens, media, public bodies and civil society of all activities undertaken in the context of the reconstruction of the National Palace . "I hope this work will start this year," the head of state said.


The Nation must have an architectural work that responds to the concerns of the 21st century while preserving the neoclassical style of the palace it replaces. Haiti, in its splendor, and the Republic that receives its guests must have a grand, imposing and grandiose palace ... " Jovenel Moses imposes conditions on the reconstruction of the National Palace ...

 Three essential conditions must be taken into account in the conduct of the work of Reconstruction of the Palace, demanded Jovenel Moses. Firstly, they must enable the citizens, academics, experts, architects and engineers of the country and the diaspora to nourish the reflections in order to have a national palace that responds to the architectural and aesthetic concerns of the State while respecting modern standards construction of public buildings of cultural and historical value.

The new National Palace must make the link between history, culture and the future of the nation. The realization of a work of this magnitude requires a dialogue and a plural communication with the citizens by listening to their opinions and developing their sense of appropriation of all the stages of the reconstruction. Secondly, "we must learn all the lessons of the January 12 earthquake and be vigilant in order to take into account all construction safety standards". And, according to the president, the architecture of the palace has made dream several generations. "I consider it necessary to reconstruct the exterior facades of the palace identically.

Inside, however, new accommodations are needed to meet the needs of the organs and services of the Presidency of the Republic, while respecting the modern standards of construction of a public building, he ordered. It is not yet known whether a survey was carried out to ascertain the consent of the population on the reconstruction of the National Palace. However, the head of state said that "a large part of the nostalgic population would like this symbol that was destroyed to be rebuilt identically". "For many, post-earthquake reconstruction has not begun until the National Palace is rebuilt," he said. "By deciding to rebuild the national palace as a real estate, cultural and historical value of the Republic, my administration wants to offer the younger generation the opportunity to mark the history of the country and to inscribe in the stone its vision Of a new Haiti, " said the President of the Republic, stressing that the reconstruction of the palace will also generate jobs.

While his mentor Michel Martelly has just spent five years running the country, Jovenel Moses declared, as a sort of disavowal that does not say his name, that more than 6 years after the earthquake, "the efforts deployed at the center -ville do not live up to the expectations of the people and fans of the historic center of Port-au-Prince ... ". "The major axis of Caribbean economic development, from Santo Domingo to Kingston, takes Port-au-Prince as its center," says the head of state.

This table invites us to have an overall plan for the downtown, well-ordered programs and well-crafted projects. The geography of the region's economic activity calls for reflection to make Port-au-Prince the necessary axis for the distribution of financial flows and one of the lungs of the economic activity of the Caribbean.

According to the president, the metropolitan area must be completely redesigned. "We need to build an urban community in Port-au-Prince that is as beautiful as it should be, that respects nature and makes us feel good. Port-au-Prince must be a modern city, a cultural city, a city of citizenship, civic bond, social bond, conviviality, solidarity and governability.

"The metropolitan area must be a place of progress, prosperity and sharing, " dreamed Jovenel Moses. In the same vein, he announced the setting up of initiative committees on the redevelopment and reconstruction of the historic centers of all the major cities of the Republic, primarily the historic center of Cap-Haitien and all the cities of the South Devastated in support of the newly created public planning authorities.

Besides the National Palace, during his five-year term, Jovenel Moses also wants to rebuild the legislative palace and the courthouse. The Commission's coordinator, engineer Clément Bélizaire, has promised that he and his team will offer the country "the national palace that Haiti deserves ...". More than one would have liked to know how much it will cost to rebuild the National Palace and who will finance it? Neither the Head of State nor the coordinator of the Commission mentioned it in their speeches. However, it should be stressed that representatives of the international community in Haiti were not invited to the National Palace for the nomination of the commission to work on the reconstruction of the presidential palace.