Qatar-US sign partnership agreement for Haiti reconstruction
June 10, 2013 - 12:00:00 am
WASHINGTON: Governments of the State of Qatar and the United States of America Country have signed a partnership agreement to build 'The City of Qatar' in Republic of Haiti.
The agreement was signed for the State of Qatar by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States and Chairman of the State of Qatar Fund for the Reconstruction of Haiti (Qatar Haiti Fund) and for the US by Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Rajiv Shah.
In a speech he gave on behalf of the US government, Dr. Shah praised the partnership and co-operation with the State of Qatar and the role played by Qatar Haiti Fund in the implementation of a genuine, humanitarian and tangible project on the ground.
A number of officials from the State Department and the Congress, as well as representatives of Haiti Government and the Fund's Board of Directors, attended the signing ceremony.
The US $9 million project includes the construction of low-cost houses, a technological school, commercial stores and a market. This project will benefit over a thousand families victimized by the 2010 earthquake which claimed the lives of 365,000.
The government of Haiti provided the land for the project while the USAID will donate over $4 million to prepare the project's infrastructure.
The Qatar Haiti Fund was founded in 2011 with a Qatari grant of $20 million. It focuses on vital reconstruction areas, including housing, health and education sectors. (QNA)