Haiti calls for more efficient international cooperationListen /
The Government of Haiti is committed to strengthening its relationship with humanitarian aid partners and making their job more efficient, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told the international community on Monday.
Two years after a deadly earthquake slammed the country, the Prime Minister said Haiti does not want to be known as an "NGO nation."
Rather, Haiti wants to be recognized for its fight to escape an extreme situation with NGO assistance within in a framework provided by the government.
"We want more tangible results that in the long run will help guide Haiti outside of the extreme poverty where Haiti finds itself right now. We need to have the support of the NGOs. The only thing that we're asking is that that support is channelled through the Haitian government to meet the Haitian government priorities." (Duration: 21″)
Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) reports Haiti is on the path to development despite still facing significant challenges brought about by the earthquake.
The number of people living in camps has dropped from 1.5 million to around 370,000 today, while 75 per cent of the earthquake debris has been removed.