Haitian PM says 2012 is year of reconstruction
By Dialogo January 10, 2012
Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille promised that 2012 would be a year of reconstruction and economic recovery in Haiti, with a growth rate of eight percent.
He made the pledge only days before Haitians mark the second anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 of their people.
During a press conference, Conille said, “2012 will be a year of opportunities and challenges in which the government will launch the construction of some 20 buildings to relocate public administration and hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents”.
However, he conditioned the success of the projects on the “ability of (his) government to mobilize the necessary resources and on the capacity of Haitians to work together.”
The opposition-dominated parliament is in conflict with President Michel Martelly, whose power was weakened by the brief arrest in October of Deputy Arnel Belizaire. Police arrested Belizaire for allegedly breaking out of prison and for illegal possession of a firearm.
The government has launched a program encouraging displaced persons to return to their neighborhoods.