China Brings Silk Road Projects to Haiti, Electricity, Housing, Infrastructure in Port-au-Prince
5 August 2017
EIRNS—The Haitian Press Agency (AHP) has announced that China is committed to an infrastructure-building program of $30 billion, focussed on Port-au-Prince, and starting very soon, according to Huffington Post Aug. 4. Mayor Youri Chevry gave details this week, including that there will be new housing, a railway from Port-au Prince to the countryside, market facilities, and a new City Hall. A priority will be the construction of a 600 MW electricity plant to supply the city.
A delegation from China spent eight days in Haiti, ending Aug. 2. Haiti Libre reports that there will be continuing work on the timetable for these projects.
The principal agencies involved are the Southwest Municipal Engineering and Design Research Institute of China, and Bati Ayiti (Build Haiti), based in Haiti. Staff are already being recruited; the projects are expected to have 20,000 workers on the job as of December this year.
This initiative comes from the May Belt and Road summit in Beijing, Huffington Post reports, where President Xi Jinping offered infrastructure projects to more than 100 countries, in the spirit of the new Silk Road.
Leaders in Haiti are making the obvious comment of how conspicuously this Silk Road infrastructure-building approach differs from the Clinton Foundation dallying, and the Bush/Clinton Committee pretense of aid after the 2010 earthquake, during the Obama years.