South Coast Initiative to begin Regional Strategic Development

The UN and government of Norway (GON) made a two-day visit to review South Coast Initiative (SCI) projects. South Department (SD) Delegate, Serge Chery, took UN Resident Coordinator in Haiti, Peter De Clercq, and the GON's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representative, Trygve Bendiksby, on a tour of several project sites:


• Road infrastructure rehabilitation
• Roche a Bateau Electrical Cooperative facilities
• Port Salut Fish Market
• Saint Louis du Sud Millionaire River mitigation project
• Aquin Nature Interpretation Center

De Clercq acknowledged the Haitian government's initiative on the SCI, made possible by the technical support of the UN working in SD, in addition to the financial support of GON, the World Bank, the Inter-American Bank Development, and the European Union. He complimented SCI supporting the Haitian government's investment in the SD's infrastructure with six projects:

1. South Sea
2. South Land
3. South Energy
4. South Road
5. South Cities
6. South Governance

Bendiksby also gave high marks for successful cooperation between Haiti and Norway, and added he wants to see more development of new programs to continue to back the Haitian government's objectives.

Chery strongly asserted an integrated approach instead of an individual projects way is necessary to accelerate regional strategic development. SD he said, ". . . has already laid the groundwork for such a territorial approach . . ."

The SCI, launched in 2011, has pioneered a number of first-time initiatives in Haiti: the announcement of marine protected areas; a watershed management plan; electric cooperative; and organization of decentralized donors.

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