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20 Mar 2012

Haiti support project receives 2-year extension

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand; font-size:10px;color:grey;" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Photo_groupe1_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;">Centre, Uder Antoine, the Secretary-General of the Prime Minister’s Office, with representatives of the three participating governments and the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), the project agent.</span>

On November 7, 2007, the governments of Québec, Canada and the Republic of Haiti signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to implement the Haitian Governance Enhancement Project (PARGEP). A meeting of the joint committee was recently held in Port-au-Prince, and it was decided to extend the project for an additional two years to continue the solidarity efforts following the 2010 earthquake.

The goal of PARGEP is to facilitate the transfer of Québec expertise in public administration to the Haitian government and, as such, contribute to the improvement of Haiti’s senior public service as well as government services provided to Haitians. With funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), PARGEP will thus continue its activities in Haiti beyond the initial deadline of December 31, 2012.

Québec’s participation

The Government of Québec is pleased to continue its commitment to PARGEP. The project is a good example of the importance it accords to its relations with Haiti, both in terms of bilateral relations and international solidarity.

Donald Leblanc, the Director of International Solidarity - Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa, at the Ministère des Relations internationals, who represented the Government of Québec at the event, also took advantage of the meeting to honour the memories of Anne Chabot and Anne Labelle, two Services Québec employees who died during the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Special mention for PARGEP

In addition, on International Civil Defence Day, Thierry Mayard Paul, the Haitian Minister of the Interior, Territorial Collectivities and National Defense

Vincent Vermandèle, Co-ordinator, Bureau de l’information d’urgence, Services Québec; and Rhodes Jules Garçon, local PARGEP officer.

, presented a commemorative plaque to two PARGEP representatives, Vincent Vermandèle from Services Québec and Rhodes Jules Garçon, a local project officer, for emergency communications support provided to Haiti’s Civil Defence Directorate.

Québec’s public expertise, which is provided to PARGEP by Services Québec in collaboration with other international partners, has made remarkable improvements possible in Haiti’s national risk and disaster management system. This support is greatly appreciated by the Government of Haiti, as shown by the recognition ceremony held at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince.

Haitian Governance Enhancement Project (PARGEP) (French only)
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