Thursday, November 1, 2012


(Haiti Libre) -

Wednesday in the Council of Ministers, the Head of Government, Laurent Lamothe, after having offered his condolences and holding ​​a minute of silence, proceeded to the reading of the Law of 15 April 2010, of the decree declaring a state of emergency in Haiti. He then presented to all the ministers the action plan of the Government.

Government Decree:

"Justification: Considering that given the gravity of the situation resulting from the passage of Sandy on the whole national territory, it is necessary to take all necessary measures to effectively assist the affected population;

Considering to this end, it is necessary to declare a state of emergency for a period of one month according to the law of 15 April 2010; amending the Law of 9 September 2008 on the state of emergency (Chapter III and Chapter IV Article V Article XVI and VII);

On the report of the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities, and after deliberation by the Council of Ministers dated 30 October 2012,

Article 1. - The state of emergency was declared throughout the national territory for a period of one (1) month from the date of publication of this Order.

Article 2. - This Order will be printed, published and executed to the diligence of the Prime Minister and of all Ministers...."

Implications of the proclamation of state of emergency:

This declaration of a state of emergency, will be implemented by the Prime Minister and all the Ministers concerned.

- Authorisations or derogations provided by law for the activities required, to ensure the protection of people, property and infrastructure;

- Faster disbursement procedures for the recovery effort, and a faster response to populations in distress - disposals and reallocations (MEF);

- Facilitation of customs procedures applicable to the management of materials and humanitarian goods.


- Opening up: priority treatment of the rehabilitation of vital transport infrastructure  deserving urgent intervention (bridges, coastal roads). The inventory of these facilities is in progress;

- Provide departmental directorates, the ability to act faster: investment in the acquisition of heavy equipment and decentralization;

- Gabionade, bank protection, dredging of rivers and canals;

- Rehabilitation of electrical infrastructure;

- Refurbishment and repair of water infrastructure.

Agriculture :

- Irrigation: cleaning and maintenance;

- Rivers: cleaning, containment and consolidation of banks;

- Watershed management: correction of gullies and establishment of nurseries;

- Crop production: distribution of seeds, tools, fertilizers, agricultural mechanization;

- Animal production: distribution of chickens and goats

- Animal health: vaccination and deworming;

- Rural roads: rehabilitation.


- Prevent the spread of cholera and malaria;

- Reinstallation of Cholera Treatment Units (UTC)

- Renovation of certain structures affected (including hospitals);

- Decontamination of water sources (DINEPA).


- Actions of construction biomechanics in gullies, rehabilitation of flooded areas;

- Reshaping the rivers;

- Construction of protective structures of inhabited areas (gabionade);

- Cleaning of canals and rivers;

- Implementation of activities for watershed rehabilitation, and preparation for the next active climate season.

Support of the international community:

- A request for international assistance to respond to the emergency, will be launched by the government, mainly in the recovery of the affected areas, of which are the agricultural sector and the environmental sector;

The next meeting of the Support Group of the International Community will be held Monday, November 5, 2012.

The deputy Rodon Antoine Bien-Aimé, President of the Economic and Financial Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, has welcomed the government's decision and called for collaboration, of all citizens of the country in order to facilitate coming out of the crisis. According to the deputy, this decision will allow authorities to focus on other critical issues the country faces.

A favorable reception, not shared by some parliamentarians, like Senator Joseph François Anick; who challenges the decision of President Martelly, considering that with this decision, the government will in fact, have more means in order to squander funds from the public treasury...

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