ACS calls for assistance for Haitian project

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is calling for support for the establishment of a training center for risk and disaster management in Haiti.

ACS Secretary General Luis Fernando Andrade Falla, told reporters that he expects the 25-member grouping to fund the US$13 million project in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

He said the Dominican Republic had presented the idea for the project during a recent meeting and that 18 per cent of the funds needed has already been “effectively” contributed.

The Dominican Republic provided US$2.6 million.

“We want to keep it (project) on top of the agenda. We have to recognise that a lot of (ACS) members have been making contributions, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and CARICOM.”

But Fella said that because of the November 28 presidential and legislative elections in Haiti, the Port of Spain-based grouping is experiencing a challenge in acquiring the funds for the Haitian project.

However, he believes once the election process is over the international community will be “more forthcoming” with finances.

Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake on January 12 this year that killed more than 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.

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