25th January

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CDB MISSION RETURNS FROM HAITIA high-level delegation from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has just returned from an official visit to Haiti. The mission, led by CDB President, Dr. Compton Bourne, met with representatives of key government ministries, the central bank, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. The itinerary also included courtesy calls on Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis and President René Preval.Dr. Bourne described the mission as "a fact-finding visit" to discover more about the Haitian economy, and one which underscored CDB's commitment to working more closely with Haiti. He said that "the Bank has been working assiduously over the past two years to bring Haiti into the CDB family. We have been making plans, but without real first-hand knowledge of the situation. From this visit, we will get a sense of where to aim our interventions." The CDB delegation was in Port-au-Prince from January 10 to 12, 2007. This mission is expected to be followed by a series of exchanges between Haitian technocrats and the staff of the Bank to determine the precise nature of the assistance which CDB will make available to Haiti.

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