Military Engineers Complete Infrastructure Pilot Project in Petit Riviere de l'Artibonite

A large-scale infrastructure project has been nearly completed in the town of Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite (PRA). A corps of 30 military engineers, trained by the Ecuadorian government, was praised by Prime Minister (PM) Lamothe ". . . for the work you are carrying out in this community . . ."


The corps of engineers (COE) built three sections of road and other parts of PRA that encompassed Louverture Street, La Crete Pierrot Fort, and an in-progress clean drinking water project. The COE have also participated in combating the Chikungunya epidemic.

The government of Haiti (GOH) has partnered with Ecuador to implement these projects within the parameters of GOH's curtailed budget. The message GOH is sending to the world, according to PM Lamothe, is the importance of funding COE correlates with Haiti's ability to assert its economic self-rule, and put in place a security infrastructure that will respond to foreign incursions upon its soil.

Minister of Defense, Lener Renauld, feels the steady advance in the completion and operation of future projects, based on the project initiated in PRA, must be high on the GOH's agenda despite budget limitations. Objectives can be modified so long as forward movement occurs.

Renauld also made the media aware a Convention on Defense of Haiti would soon be held in Port-au-Prince, during which a white paper would be distributed to delegates about the reasons a built-up defense system would speed up the country's recovery.

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