PORT-AU-PRINCE: Four years after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, the Organization of American States (OAS) says the impoverished country has become “a place of perseverance and opportunity”.
Noting the anniversary of the tragedy that crippled Haiti on January 12, 2010, OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General and Chair of the Group of Friends of Haiti and the Haiti Task Force, described the progress in Haiti as “inspiring”.
“We have seen the government and people of Haiti persevere, work through issues, find opportunities and secure results,” said Insulza. “Today, although much remains to be done, Haiti can demonstrate concrete results and the journey is inspiring.”
Working with the Government of Haiti, private sector agencies, international partners, member states and observers, the OAS said it has provided technical support to the country in areas ranging from trade facilitation and business development to tourism and education, among other areas.
“The government must be commended for the progress made,” said Ramdin. “They have worked with a wide range of partners internationally, sub-regionally and locally and four years later, business and development interests in Haiti have increased, education and training opportunities have been expanded and, in concrete terms, more than 1.3 million Haitians have been moved out of tent camps and into safer housing. The work continues for everyone. There is a long road ahead for Haiti, but progress always starts with a single step.”
Both Insulza and Ramdin said political stability, good governance and democracy will contribute to continued growth in Haiti.
“In this regard, I am encouraged by the steps taken by the government, the legislative organs and other stakeholders to hold overdue senatorial and local elections as soon as possible,” said Insulza. “The OAS stands ready to assist and support the electoral process.”