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Regional Developments by Caroline Anstey, World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean

Haiti Donor’s Technical Meeting


On March 23, donors and representatives of the Haitian Government met at the World Bank to discuss aid coordination and short- and medium-term approaches to budget support.


The meeting fleshed out implementation requirements to bolster aid coordination.  In particular, we focused on strengthening the government's capacity for coordination, mechanisms for communication, oversight and accountability, and coordination among donors.  We also discussed specific mechanisms for tracking and monitoring commitments, disbursements, implementation, and participants addressed anticipated financing requirements and approaches to broad budget and line-item support for 2007-2008.


The Government of Haiti was represented by the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation and the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications.    Also present were representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Japan, Spain, the United States, the European Commission (EC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations (UN), and the World Bank. 


Follow-up meetings on coordination will take place at the local level in Port-au-Prince in the coming weeks.


High level “Conference on the Caribbean: A 20/20 vision”


Preparations for the June 19-21, 2007, High level “Conference on the Caribbean: A 20/20 vision” are well advanced.  The Conference, which is being organized by the United States Department of State and the 14 CARICOM Ambassadors on behalf of CARICOM Heads of Government, with support from the IDB, the OAS and the World Bank will consist of three fora: i) Expert Forum; ii) Private Sector Forum and; iii) Diaspora Forum.


In that connection, a Call for Papers for the Expert Forum has been issued.  We invite those interested to submit their proposals.


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