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Ma: Taiwan will fulfill pledge to aid in Haiti's reconstruction

Ma: Taiwan will fulfill pledge to aid in Haiti's reconstruction

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 15 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???), who is on a state-visit trip to the Caribbean and Central America, said Wednesday that Taiwan will fulfill its pledge to help Haiti's development efforts in reconstruction after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Ma arrived in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, Tuesday after visiting the Dominican Republic. He met with his Haitian counterpart Michel Joseph Martelly and told the Haitian president that Taiwan will never leave Haiti behind but will help the country move ahead and emerge from the devastation of the earthquake. Martelly said that the reconstruction efforts have not proceeded smoothly and some five years after the disastrous earthquake, only 10 percent of the reconstruction work has been completed. Ma said that Taiwan is always devoted to global humanitarian efforts and the country has the responsibility of helping Haiti and will continue to play a role in providing the Caribbean country with relief efforts during the long-term restructuring path. The two presidents discussed how to better Taiwan's relief efforts during their meeting, while Ma has been considering whether Taiwan will be able to help Haiti develop solar energy, an alternative energy source which is expected to allow Haiti to cut electricity generation costs and assign the savings to urgent reconstruction projects. It was the second state visit paid by Ma to Haiti after the first visit in August 2013. In the last visit, Ma and Martelly jointly presided over a ceremony initiating the construction of a new Supreme Court building funded by Taiwan to replace the old court house which was destroyed in the quake. During the current visit, Ma attended a ceremony for the inauguration of the new Supreme Court building. Ma said that the Supreme Court building work symbolized a strong friendship between Taiwan and Haiti, and indicated that the bilateral ties have become closer than ever. In addition to the Supreme Court building project, Martelly told reporters that Taiwan has also funded some of Haiti's road construction projects, adding that his country is looking forward to Taiwan's assistance in agricultural development and boosting cultural exchanges between the two countries. Ma said that Taiwan and Haiti will mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2016 and to commemorate the friendship, Taiwan is expected to devise more cooperation projects. The Taiwan president said that Taiwan is considering the feasibility of working with international organizations to provide vocational training in Haiti in a bid to help the Caribbean country improve its job market. In a speech in the Supreme Court building inauguration ceremony, Ma expressed gratitude to Haiti for the country's concern over a dust explosion at the Formosa Coast Fun water park in New Taipei on June 27, which killed at least five and injured more than 400. After the speech, Ma took a big bow to all of the guests in the building inauguration ceremony. (By Kelven Huang and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-16 19:35 GMT+08:00