I just went on the White House web site to follow Preval/Obama meeting. The main point I get from this is Obama is calling Haitians to stand up and move forward and Preval is pledging for a Donnors Trust Fund on Haiti.
“It is time to wipe away the tears; it is time for Haiti to rebuild”, said Obama.
In other wors no more BeBelala… let’s move on.
Here are some more excerps of Obama’s remarks.
Haiti can lead the way, and will lead the way, with a strong vision for its future. The international community can pledge the resources that will be necessary for a coordinated and sustained effort.
And working together, we can ensure that assistance not simply delivers relief for the short term, but builds up Haiti’s capacity to deliver basic services and provide for the Haitian people over the long term. So, Mr. President, in the face of devastation that shocked the world, the people of Haiti responded with resolve and faith that inspired the world — in song and in prayer, and in the determination to carry on.
As you declared during last month’s national day of mourning, it is time to wipe away the tears; it is time for Haiti to rebuild. And to you, and to the Haitian people, I say today, as you embark on the heavy work ahead, you will continue to have a steady and reliable partner in the United States of America.
From Preval, I welcome the idea of a trust fund to be created . This is a good idea.
Preval said “I do recommend the concept of a coordination via the creation of a trust fund, a donors trust fund, whose implementation would be done followed according to a unique procedure carried out by one executing agency”.
We must deal with the need of rebuilding Haiti, thanks to an effective decentralization policy — namely, offering health care, education, jobs to all Haitians, men and women, regardless of where they live in the country, in order to prevent migratory flows towards the big cities, towards Port-au-Prince, and that will help avoid that disaster such as the earthquake would cause so many victims.
On March 31st, there will be at the United Nations an international conference in order to support the reconstruction of Haiti.
I do hope that all participants will share this philosophy, this vision, of decentralization. And at the same time, just as the first responders, I do recommend the concept of a coordination via the creation of a trust fund, a donors trust fund, whose implementation would be done followed according to a unique procedure carried out by one executing agency.
We talked about this and I do know that we can already count on your support to be the advocate of that idea during this conference in support of our vision.
I hope, next time, Preval or his successor will take time to look at his vis a vis eyeball to eyeball and not only read his paper head down or to the public.
If you want to read all the transcript of Preval and Obama:
Or watch the the video: