Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe meets with representatives from USAID (HCNN)
By Joe Colas
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's prime minister Laurent Lamothe launched this week a series of open discussions with major international donors, calling on partners to give up the usual diplomatic language, to expose and help solve the issues that often block needed assistance from being delivered effectively to the Caribbean country.
Lamothe said administrative and procedural obstacles often prevent badly needed financial aid from being delivered while Haitian and foreign partners had failed to sit down and explain in clear and explicable words what the problems are in order to solve them together.
"This series of meetings is an opportunity for both parties to discuss, in a non-diplomatic way, issues that are blocking the aid from flowing in effectively," Lamothe told HCNN on Tuesday.
"We want them to tell us very clearly what are the problems and what they expect my government to do to help solve them," Lamothe said. "But if the problems are on their side we'll urge them to solve them as well," he stated.
Lamothe and several Haitian government cabinet members met on Monday, in separate meetings, with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a delegation of the US Embassy and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
The discussions continued on Tuesday at the headquarters of the ministry of planning and external cooperation, with representatives from Canada and the World Bank. Representatives of the European Union, Venezuela and France, among others, will follow during the next few days.
"When we have partners who have promised to help us, we want to make sure the assistance is actually delivered and that is used effectively, in the benefit of the Haitian people," Lamothe said. "Because there is so much to be done here," he added.