National Police Academy in Ganthier by Canada, toward public security in Haiti

Had the project of the National Police Academy in Ganthier been completed as per schedule, it could have played a significant role in the public security and peace building in the country. The project was initiated by Canada in 2008 and it was included in the five year program (2006-2011) of the Canadian International Development Agency or CIDA. The Honorable Beverley J. Oda, the Minister of International Cooperation at the time, announced that the Canadian International Development Agency will contribute a maximum amount of US$ 16,949,038 (CAN$ 18,100,000) to the construction project. Alongside the construction project, on April 8, 2010, Canada also committed CAN$16.5 million to the initial training and professional development of the Haitian National Police (HNP) senior officers so that they become more capable of ensuring the safety of the Haitian people.


The goal was to set up the infrastructure and equipment to enhance the professionalism necessary to train inspectors and commissioners of the Haitian National Police (HNP). It would support the development of a new training curriculum and implement proper organizational and administrative structure for a training institution. However, six years have already been passed-- only three offers to construct were submitted. The academy has still remained an unfulfilled dream. The first tender was cancelled due to non-compliance requirements. A second tender was submitted unsuccessfully in October 2011. Neither of these two bidders, SNC-Lavalin and Groupe SM (both were Montreal, Quebec based) had fulfilled required compliances. The third or the last proposal, so far, was launched in October 2011 and the same was again cancelled in 2012 by the responsible Canadian authority (Canadian Commercial Corporation or CCC, a Crown corporation owned by the Government of Canada, authorized to engage entities for this purpose for the benefit of the Government of Haiti) on undisclosed noncompliance ground. They said that the building of the Police Academy has still remained a priority but while reassessing the received bids it had been found that the project construction cost had escalated from the planned amount $18.1 million to nearly $35 million.

According to Ralph Lapointe, the Mayor of Ganthier, the project of Police Academy seems to have stalled. There is absolutely no movement, action or any communication.

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