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20 May 2009

Haiti: third meeting of PARGEP’s joint committee

Maryse Gaudreault, member of the National Assembly for Hull and parliamentary assistant to the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, embarked on a mission to Haiti on May 20 where she will attend the third meeting of the joint committee for the Haitian governance enhancement project (PARGEP). The meeting will lead to the adoption of the 2009-2010 action plan.

PARGEP is a unique international cooperation project that will serve to promote Québec’s public administration expertise while modernizing Haiti’s civil service.

“Québec is a true pioneer in the areas of international cooperation and solidarity. This is the first time that a government has utilized its own key resources to reinforce Haiti’s governance structure. Our public administration model is a textbook example that has drawn attention from several quarters,” said Ms. Gaudreault.

With a five-year budget of $7.2 million, PARGEP will focus on government planning and coordination, in addition to human resources and public financial management. The project will be implemented by the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), which will call on the services of experts from various Québec departments and agencies. This innovative initiative stems from the trilateral memorandum of agreement signed by the governments of Québec, Canada (CIDA) and Haiti on November 7, 2007.

During her visit, Ms. Gaudreault will also hold discussions with a number of Québec’s key partners in Haiti, including Jean-Max Bellerive, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation; Ronald Baudin, Secretary General of the Primature; and Hervé Denis, Chairman of the Haiti-Canada Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Additional meetings are scheduled with representatives of international development organizations such as the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), Oxfam-Québec, Doctors of the World (MDM), Desjardins International Development (DID), Plan Nagua, SUCO and the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation.

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