Minister Bibeau to travel to Haiti

News Release

February 16, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada and Haiti enjoy a special relationship. Canada has long had close links with Haiti and stands in solidarity with the Haitian people.

It is in this context that the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will visit Haiti for a third time, from February 18 to 21, 2018.

During her visit, Minister Bibeau will meet with Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and other government representatives to review Canada’s cooperation program, discuss shared priorities for Haiti's development and consider ways the two countries can strengthen cooperation and accountability mechanisms. The Minister will underscore Canada’s support for Haiti’s health sector and emphasize to the Haitian government the sector’s importance in the country’s development.

The Minister will also visit development projects supported by Canada and meet with key stakeholders who support the empowerment of women and girls and who work in the areas of health and agricultural development.

Quotes

“Canada’s goal in supporting the empowerment of women and girls in Haiti is to make the country’s whole population stronger, more resilient and more self-reliant. I am pleased to travel to Port-au-Prince to continue our discussions with various government and civil society partners, with a view to building on our shared achievements.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.

Quick Facts

  • The Haiti program is one of Canada’s largest development programs. Canada is Haiti’s second-largest bilateral donor, after the United States.

  • Canada’s current priorities in Haiti are the promotion of human dignity, particularly with regard to health, the empowerment of women and girls, growth for all, the fight against climate change, inclusive governance, and peace and security.

  • Canada is a lead donor to Haiti’s health sector. Canada’s support aims to improve the quality of and accessibility to the country’s health system, especially in the most underserved areas.

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