Construction boom in Haiti good for CARICOM – St. Lucia PM Anthony

Best Western Hotel Construction in Haiti. PHOTO/File

St. Lucia Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony believes the recovery efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 has the potential to create an employment boom in the construction sector, thus stimulating Haiti’s economy and in turn the economies of her Caribbean partners.

Speaking on the anniversary of the earthquake, he noted that during a recent visit to Haiti, there were signs that the country is on the road to recovery.

Earlier this month Dr. Anthony attended a meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Bureau in Haiti to pass on the Chairmanship of CARICOM to the Michel Martelly, the president of Haiti.

“There is a construction boom in Haiti. The earthquake of 2010 taught them a very important lesson, they have had to review and completely revise their building codes, and the business of just putting up buildings without proper foundations and adequate steel, cement and mortar. All of that has been reviewed.”

Despite the trauma of the devastating earthquake visited up them, Haitians have proven resilient, and are working hard to re-build their country.

January 12th marked the third anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti killing over 300,000 people, about the same number injured and an estimated one million made homeless.

Haiti which accounts for approximately 60 percent of the estimated 40 million people of CARICOM acquired provisional membership of the Community in 1997.

Haiti’s official membership of CARICOM was established in 2006 coinciding with the inauguration of arrangements for achieving the central objective of serious regional economy via the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). – (CMC)