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14 Jan 2011

$1 million for Haiti

The Québec government is injecting a million dollars to help get the Haitian economy back on its feet.

The amount earmarked by the Ministère des Relations internationales will be used to fund the start-up and recovery of revenue-generating activities. It will boost the ability of Haitian credit unions to play a dynamic economic role and have a positive impact on their country’s development.

Destined for the private sector, the money will enable support over 1,000 businesses, ensuring jobs for over 4,500 families throughout Haiti. It will be managed by Développement international Desjardins (DID) and its Haitian partner, the Fédération des caisses populaires haïtiennes Le Levier (Haitian credit union federation).

The investment is in keeping with the Québec government’s significant commitment to the people of Haiti in the wake of last year’s earthquake. Québec has singled out Haiti as an international action priority. The Caribbean country is the primary beneficiary of the Québec International Development Program.

Line Beauchamp, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, announced the investment on behalf of Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie. She stressed the close, privileged ties that Québec has fostered with the Haitian people for over a decade.

International solidarity – Haiti
Québec International Development Program
Développement international Desjardins
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