Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou pledges to aid Haiti

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou paid a state visit to Haiti and met with his equal, President Martelly, at the Presidential Palace. Ma informed Martelly Taiwan is as committed as ever to assisting Haiti in its reconstruction efforts, born of 2010's colossal earthquake.

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Martelly let Ma know progress on reconstruction of the country has been disappointing. A mere 10% of construction projects have been finished. Ma assured Martelly he can count on Taiwan's ongoing efforts to see Haiti rise from the ashes of destruction towards a strong economy and sustainable growth.

Of the many projects the Taiwanese government is committed to in Haiti, the development of solar energy is a high priority. If Taiwan can provide the resources for green energy, Haiti could slash electricity generation expenses, and with the savings apply them to critical reconstruction programs.

On this current visit Ma and Martelly went to the inauguration ceremony for the new Supreme Court building, funded by Taiwanese dollars. Ma spoke of the resurrected Supreme Court structure as a symbol of the solid bond Taiwan and Haiti have forged over 59 years of friendship.

Some other areas Taiwan has invested money in have been road infrastructure and agricultural development. Looking toward the future, Ma indicated the possibility partnering with other international agencies, a vocational training program could be implemented in Haiti to create more employment opportunities.

Next year on the occasion of Taiwan and Haiti's 60th anniversary of alliance Taiwan will partner on further cooperation projects.

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