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FCM President visits Haiti and unveils reconstruction projects

FCM President visits Haiti and unveils reconstruction projects

Post ID: 412 | POSTED ON: Oct 10, 2011
 
 

Berry Vrbanovic, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), travelled to Haiti last week as part of a mission for the Haiti-Canada Municipal Cooperation Project (MCP).

OTTAWA (FCM ) — Mr. Vrbanovic, who was in Haiti from July 9 to 13 as part of a Canadian delegation from FCM, the City of Montreal and the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), met with local partners and elected officials, and launched a series of projects aimed at building project management skills and restoring facilities that were severely damaged by the January 2010 earthquake.

‘‘Canadian municipalities have a leading role to play in rebuilding Haiti,’’ said Berry Vrbanovic. “They help by sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences with their Haitian counterparts.’’

The MCP is being jointly deployed by FCM, the UMQ and the City of Montreal, with financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It seeks to rebuild and strengthen the administrative and institutional capacities of the communes of Léogane, Gressier, Petit-Goâve et Grand-Goâve, which make up the Région des Palmes, as well as the city of Port-au-Prince; so they can better respond to the needs of their populations. The program also provides a support to the Fédération Nationale des Mairies d’Haïti (FENAMH), the Fédération Nationale des CASEC (FENACAH) and the Ministère de l’Intérieur et des Collectivités Territoriales (MICT).

The MCP coordinates its various activities in the Région des Palmes and with the two Haitian community federations, with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (ANM) and Cités unies France (CUF) to ensure optimal use of international cooperation funds. “The MCP results from a strong commitment to solidarity and a co-ordinated effort by both the Canadian and international municipal sectors. These initiatives are aimed at providing meaningful help to local Haitian governments; efforts which will ultimately lead to an improved quality of life for the Haitian people,” said Mr. Vrbanovic.

‘‘There is no easy fix to last year’s terrible earthquake, but we are hopeful that working together we can help Haiti recover,’’ added Vrbanovic. 

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