The European Union (EU) is providing Haiti with €532 million to finance a number of projects on the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has said.
Lamothe, who returned here over the weekend following visits to France and Belgium, said that Haiti needed funds to continue ongoing projects, and initiate new programmes aimed at improving the living conditions of Haitians who are still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.
"The trip was very productive, and I believe there is a better understanding on the part of our partners about our efforts and resolve to bring about change in Haiti."
"Contrarily to what was the practice so far, the European Union is open now to channel resources to fund projects through the government instead of through NGOs," he said.
The agreement for the funds could be signed in New York on the margin of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) later this month.
According to officials here, Port-au-Prince will receive €112 million under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), while €420 million will come from the 11th EDF.
Lamothe, who, during his European visit, met with French Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, said that Haiti would also be receiving budgetary assistance from the EU and other donors.
"Our administration is based on transparency and we are doing more effort every day to make sure this becomes a culture in the public administration," Lamothe said.